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Chase recently sent United MileagePlus® Select cardholders a new guide to benefits via email. It changes a few of the benefits, including purchase protection, the extended warranty, and auto collision damage waiver coverage. Similar changes were sent to some other Visa Signature card holders, including the Chase Hyatt Credit Card.
The United MileagePlus® Select Visa is a legacy card only offered before United and Continental merged, and is no longer available for new applicants. But if you’re an existing card holder you can keep it as long as you want to keep paying the annual fee. Now the base card for United miles is the MileagePlus® Explorer Card.
Unfortunately Chase doesn’t make the benefit guides publicly available – they send links only to your email directly, which is an improvement from before when they were only offered in paper form, but here are some of the benefit changes we noticed:
Even with these changes, the United MileagePlus® Select Visa is still missing pieces of coverage offered to United MileagePlus® Explorer Card holders. These include…
That’s on top of the following United benefits the Explorer Card offers:
The United MileagePlus® Select Visa was and is a strong card. It offered several benefits not found on other United cards, and if you close the account to open an Explorer Card account you will lose:
So it’s a tough call. If you really value checked bag fee savings and extra protection, go with the Explorer Card. But if you want to maximize mile earning and the ability to earn Premier qualifying miles, stick with your existing MileagePlus® Select Visa.
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