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Chase has been teasing the new United Mileage Plus Club Card with images of it throughout United Clubs and on the United.com website. This card is the replacement for the well liked Presidential Plus credit card from Continental that is now no longer open for applications.
We did some digging with Chase reps and found out details on what the credit card may have in store when it launches…keep in mind this is all subject to change before the card is formally opened for applications…
(UPDATE- The card is now officially launched. There is now an application link here, confirming most of these features Read our full review here, including a calculator to help you find out if the card is worth it.)
Click here for a preliminary application link. It lists a $95 statement credit as the intro offer.
No word yet on what the eventual signup bonus mile offer will be, or who is eligible to receive it. We also heard that existing United Club members will get their membership fee refunded on a prorated basis if they pick up this card as is typical.
And Premier 1Ks are still eligible for an annual $60 credit against the annual fee of a Chase United credit card.
What’s different from the old Continental Presidential Plus credit card?
Nearly identical, except for these areas…
What about existing cards that earn elite qualifying miles?
There are now no longer any United credit cards available to new applicants that offer earning of elite / Premier qualifying miles. So if you have a United credit card that offers this (the old Presidential Plus or the United Select Visa) keep that in mind before considering upgrading to this card. That will get a mixed reaction from the ranks of elite flyers — some who will applaud fewer folks earning status and competing for upgrades via credit card spending rather than flying — others will lament the lack of an easy way to ‘top off’ miles flown to get to the next elite status level.
Remember — you can keep your existing United / Continental credit card with all of its old benefits as long as you’d like. See chase.com/united for details.
How much is that 1.5 mile per dollar bonus worth?
Consider this –the base United Explorer credit card earns a 10,000 mile bonus when you spend $25,000 in a year. So if you spend right around that amount you’ll earn about 1.4 miles per dollar spent on the card. If you spend less, you only get 1 mile per dollar. Spend more, and the earn rate gradually decreases.
The premium Mileage Plus Club Card gets you at least 1.5 miles per dollar on all spending.
So if you’re a big $70,000+ per year spender the 1.5 mile per dollar bonus can be a meaningful difference (earn 105,000+ miles per year vs 80,000 miles with the base United Explorer).
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