Or, consider other cards for 50,000 or more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$750 for air / hotel / car bookings. Or transfer points to United, Southwest, Hyatt, and more.
No annual fee.
We get this question a lot.
You want to apply for a credit card that offers a free checked bag like the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card, Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, or the Citi® AAdvantage® Platinum Select World MasterCard. But you have a trip coming up that you’ve already booked.
Can you get the free bag benefit even though you bought the ticket before you had the card?
The answer is…yes, if it’s not United.
Here are the rules:
American – yes: As long as you have the card account open at least 7 days before your trip, and enter the AAdvantage number associated with it into your reservation at least 7 days prior to your trip you can get the benefit applied to existing reservations.
Delta – yes: You can get the free bag benefit immediately after the account is created, just make sure the SkyMiles number associated with your card is in the reservation and the benefit will apply. No further restrictions.
United – no: You must purchase the ticket with your card to get the benefit, so you can’t apply for the card and use the benefit on a reservation you purchased before hand. United is the only of the 3 airlines to require you to use the card to buy a ticket and get the benefit. Which is a bummer if you’re traveling for work or if your significant other or friend buys a ticket for you.
That’s pretty unfriendly and not at all competitive with Delta and American, so beware.
But for American and Delta this is good to remember – if you have a trip coming up that will have bag fees, this is a great way to save money right away.
Apply for the Gold Delta SkyMiles® or AAdvantage® Platinum Select now and enjoy a free bag on the trip you already booked.
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