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We usually only recommend the United Club credit card with a $450 annual fee to people who plan to get real use out of the membership to the United Club airport lounges and can use that to justify the annual fee.
But starting June 1st United is adding a fee for the 2nd checked bag on flights to all regions in Asia. It goes from $0 to $100. That’s matching the $100 2nd bag fee on flights to Europe.
The United Club card is the only card that will waive the 2nd bag fee on United flights. So with $100 fees in place, just one roundtrip can save one person $200 in fees, and 2 people on a reservation $400 in fees. In other words, enough to cover the $450 cost of the card very quickly.
So if you have relatives who go to Asia a couple times a year and check 2 or more bags each time, this card becomes a no brainer. Same goes for Europe.
Just make sure you get the card before purchasing the tickets, as officially you need to do that to get the benefit. Though unofficially once the card is active the MileagePlus number associated with it usually gets the free bag benefits on existing tickets.
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