Or, consider other cards for 50,000 more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$1,000 toward travel or transfer to United, Southwest, and more.
No annual fee, Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express. Terms apply.
The zombie United Select Visa
People who hold the United select Visa are most likely to be concerned as it offers bonus points on select spending categories no longer offered by the new United Mileage Plus Explorer. The good news is they shouldn’t be as Chase says all prior United credit card accounts will be able to retain their benefits even as the cards are no longer open to new applicants.
The Select offers 3x points on United purchases, 2x points on dining, gas, groceries, and home improvement, and 2x points on Star Alliance member airline purchases. It also offers 1 elite qualifying mile for every dollar you spend on United travel with the card, up to 5,000 EQMs per card (up to 10,000 per year if you have secondary cardholders feeding into your account). The new United Explorer Visa doesn’t offer elite miles or bonuses on dining and groceries — just 2x miles on United purchases.
What the Select lacks are baggage fee waivers and priority boarding offered by the new United Mileage Plus Explorer. If you’re an elite flyer, you already get these benefits so you’re probably better off just sticking with your United Select Visa.
New applicant, looking for higher earning?
Since you can’t apply for the United Select Visa anymore, you may ask — what replicates its bonus miles in dining and airline spending categories?
Well, perhaps unintentionally, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card does. It offers 2x points on dining purchases as well as all travel purchases. You can get 3x if you choose to use the ‘Ultimate Rewards’ online travel booking tool. You just miss out on the elite qualifying miles.
Why does this relate to United?
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card lets you instantly transfer points 1:1 into United / Continental miles. It also adds the benefits of:
So for people who missed out on the United Select Visa this is a good alternative that replicates most of the benefits.
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