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United Mileage Plus Club Card – Presidential Plus credit card replacement?

by on Sun March 25, 2012 • 7 Comments

Some astute FlyerTalkers have noticed on United’s preview website it displays a new mile credit card among the list of United credit cards. It’s called the United Mileage Plus Club Card from Chase, and it’s listed as ‘coming soon.’

UPDATE – The United Mileage Plus Club Card is now confirmed — click here to see the features.

Before the United / Continental merger there was a credit card called the United Mileage Plus Club Visa, but Chase has since stopped accepting new applications. The features were:

  • Membership to the United Club airport lounges
  • 5,000 bonus elite qualifying miles after $35,000 in annual spend, then one elite qualifying mile for every $10 spent up to a total of 5,000 more elite qualifying miles
  • Double miles on United purchases

On the Continental side of the house there was a credit card called the Presidential Plus That card offered similar, but broader benefits like:

  • Membership to the United Club airport lounges
  • 1,000 Flex elite qualifying miles (EQMs) for every $5,000 spent
  • A first and second checked bag fee waiver
  • Priority boarding and security
  • Double miles on United / Continental flight purchases
  • Double miles on qualifying hotel and car rental purchases
  • Hyatt hotels Platinum status
  • Avis President’s Club status

Continental and Chase have been adjusting some features of the Presidential Plus over the last few months, like removing a 25% elite member bonus on miles flown and a special discount on inflight beverage purchases and premium wine purchases in the clubs. We’re guessing that means the new United Mileage Plus Club Card may end up similar to the Presidential Plus in benefits as the Presidential Plus is no longer listed on the new United preview site.

When United launched its ‘United Explorer’ card last summer, its benefits were identical to the existing Continental OnePass Plus credit card.

Starting in March the Continental brand will be phased out as United moves to a single computer system for all of its flights. Maybe then we will find out what the United Mileage Plus Club Card has in store.

Remember though, existing United Airlines credit card holders are able to keep their existing products active, even if they’ve been discontinued for new applications. Some of these include the United  Mileage Plus Platinum Visa, United Mileage Plus Select Visa, and the original United Mileage Plus Club Visa.

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7 thoughts on United Mileage Plus Club Card – Presidential Plus credit card replacement?

  1. anne gammage

    what does a gate pass get you? I mean i know it gets you a gatepass but if you have elite access, why do you need a gatepass

    1. MileCards

      @Anne – The gate pass gets you into the club if you happen to be visiting the airport without a boarding pass. Maybe to meet a family member.

  2. Paul


    I just received the United Club card and wanted to see if you can clarity two comments (one of which you made in your post) – after $35k in purchases, I will get 5000 EQM – I did not see that in the benefits materials sent to me. Second was that I read that I can get a gate pass if I show the club card at the check in counter. Can you verify?



    1. MileCards

      @Paul – The United Club card does not offer the EQMs. The old Presidential Plus card did, but this is one of the key differences that came up. Basically, they decided to offer higher ‘regular’ miles (1.5 miles per dollar) but no longer offer elite miles. As for gate passes….not all agents know how to do that, so your experience will vary, though if you nicely ask them to look up ‘GG Line 53’ they should see the method.

  3. Brad


    I currently have the Chase Continental Pres Plus card. I got it in 2010 and still have all of the program details and cardmember agreement they sent me. Since then I have not received any changes to my card member agreement, but I am seeing changes in the benfits I am receiveing (less of them) but no change in the annual fee.

    One thing I know I have in writing was the first two bags free for me and up to 3 companions on the same reservation if I paid for the tickets on my Pres Plus card. Now I see that for all travel after Jan 1 2012 it is only 1 companion that gets this benfit. I never received anything in writing from Chase or CO/UA, so do I have ground to make them honor the 3 for my trip in two weeks. Mind you, I booked these tickets last summer for March 2012 travel.


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