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Recently, the card_name has seen its welcome offer upgraded and that means that for a limited time, successful new applicants are being given the chance to earn 33% more bonus miles than before.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the highest bonus that we’ve seen this card offer, but as that super-high bonus required new cardholders to hit a considerably higher spending target than this one, that shouldn’t impact how most people view this latest offer.
The welcome offer
This is curent welcome offer on the card_name:
For reference and to the best of my recollection, the highest welcome offer we have ever seen this card promote was for a total of 150,000 miles. With that offer, however, $25,000 of spending was required for a new cardholder to earn the full 150,000 bonus miles.
Viewed in that context, this 100,000 bonus miles offer looks very good.
This bonus offer is available to successful new applicants who do not currently hold the card_name and who have not received a new welcome bonus for this card in the past 24 months.
This isn’t meant to be a review, so what you’ll find below is just a recap of what this card offers to help you decide whether or not it’s a product that would work well for you.
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- No extra charge for authorized users
- 2 miles/dollar on spending made with United Airlines
- 2 miles/dollar on dining (includes eligible delivery services)*
- 2 miles/dollar on eligible spending made at gas stations*
- 2 miles/dollar on eligible spending made at office supply stores*
- 2 miles/dollar on eligible spending on local transit and commuting*
- 1 mile/dollar on eligible spending made in all other categories
*More details of what qualifies as eligible spending in these categories can be found on this Chase webpage.
- First free checked bag on United Airlines for the primary cardholder and one companion traveling on the same reservation when the flight booking is made using the card_name.
- Two one-time access passes to United Clubs per year
- A $100 United travel credit per year which is earned once a cardholder has made seven United flight purchases of $100 or more in a cardholder year.
- A 25% rebate on United Airlines inflight purchases (includes wi-fi, food, and drinks) when the purchases are made using the card_name.
- A 25% rebate on premium drinks purchases made in United Clubs when the purchases are made using the card_name.
- Earn 25 Premier Qualifying Points (PQP) for every $500 in net purchases (including purchases made by authorized users) up to a maximum of 1,000 PQP in a calendar year.
- Priority boarding.
- Premier upgrades on award bookings.
- Primary rental car cover when booking for business purposes.
- Expanded award availability (something that all holders of United co-branded cards are given).
- No foreign transaction fees.
Travelers who hold the card_name alongside a consumer United Airlines co-branded card (e.g. the card_name) will receive 5,000 bonus miles each account anniversary year.
As is the case with most airline cards, the earning rates on the card_name aren’t impressive, and there are quite a few other credit cards available that will offer a better return on spending (the card_name is a card to consider if you’d like a better return on spending while earning a currency that can be converted to United miles).
Having said that, however, as airline cards go, this one has some good features.
As long as you fly with United a few times a year, benefits like the free Club passes (worth $59 each), the United Airlines travel credit (worth $100), the 25% rebate on inflight spending (including wifi), the Premier upgrades on award bookings, access to expanded award availability, and the chance to earn up to 1,000 Premier Qualifying Points, should be more than enough to justify holding the card.
In fact, thanks to the priority boarding, free checked bag, and two Club passes, this is actually a very good card for those who don’t have United MileagePlus elite status but who fly with United from time to time.
For flyers who already enjoy things like priority boarding and free checked bags thanks to their elite status, the club passes, the 25% rebate on inflight purchases, expanded award availability, and the Premier upgrades on award bookings could be seen as reason enough to hold this card.
I rarely fly with United Airlines so this isn’t a card that I hold or that I’m interested in applying for, but when you consider the benefits that it offers and the big welcome bonus this looks like a card that could be worth holding if you fly with United at least a few times a year.