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United MileagePlus Explorer Guide to Benefits

Matching is not guaranteed anymore YMMV

Personal Card
Public offer in the Bank is 50K+5K                            Sign up for the 30+5K offer. You can get matched to the higher offer by sending a secure message after you are approved to be matched to the 55K + $50 offer that you say your colleague received.

If its your:
First time: After you sign for the 30k + 5k for adding an AU offer, you can SM Chase to match you to the 55k + $50 offer.
2nd+: Sign up with a new Frequent Flyer # (FFN), and SM AFTER receiving the first 30k. Make sure to create the new FFN with United BEFORE submitting the Application to Chase, or they'll default to your previous number, even if you leave the field blank.

Make sure to add an AU to receive the final 5k, for a total of 55k +$50.

Business Card
On the business card, you can get matched to 50k.
Follow the same process as the personal card.
Note: There is no 5k bonus for adding an AU to the biz card, so when you SM, make sure to ask to be matched to the 50k offer, not a 55k offer which doesn't exist for this card.


It could take up to a week to get a response from the Secure Message Center

Here is a link within your United account, which some DDFers have reported to received a 50k offer for the Explorer card, and the annual fee waived for the Club Card.

If u have a UMPE card and NO status, then you can do upgrades from a coach pts booking to bus/1st pts booking for just incremental pt + taxes, no fees. If you don't have the card they said they'd charge the all-dreaded rebooking fee of $100/person (always the chance to get it waived).
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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1280 on: March 21, 2013, 08:11:42 PM »
Send SM whenever you want. I recently did my first united biz card and SMmd right away. Got the $50 instantly and the 50k at my first statement.
oon my first biz i sent an sm right away.  they replied that when i spend 1k and the 30,000 post then i should call the number on the back of my card.  i did and they said they would take care of it but i think it didn't work so I called back and it finally posted when the next statement closed.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1281 on: March 21, 2013, 10:18:45 PM »
oon my first biz i sent an sm right away.  they replied that when i spend 1k and the 30,000 post then i should call the number on the back of my card.  i did and they said they would take care of it but i think it didn't work so I called back and it finally posted when the next statement closed.

Same thing happened to me. I asked them to expedite the 50k but that was a no go. Happy with the 50k though

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1282 on: March 22, 2013, 04:32:17 AM »
Anyone have luck having a second biz card open for a diff biz? (Similar to what can be done w/ the Ink cards)

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1283 on: March 22, 2013, 04:42:27 AM »
oon my first biz i sent an sm right away.  they replied that when i spend 1k and the 30,000 post then i should call the number on the back of my card.  i did and they said they would take care of it but i think it didn't work so I called back and it finally posted when the next statement closed.
Just to be clear, i sent the SM after i did the spending. What i meant by right away, was that i didnt wait for the first 30k to post, and got 50k with my first statement. Conversely, if you're churning the card, some report that sending the SM before receiving the first 30k causes them to look into your app and they sometimes realize that you already had the card, and you walk with nothing.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1284 on: March 25, 2013, 12:16:17 AM »
Started the wiki.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1285 on: March 28, 2013, 01:55:08 AM »
I signed up for my first UME Card under the business. Got Status Matched to 50K + they gave me an extra 20K!

If I sign up for a personal card, do I need to use a new FFN? It would be my first personal card.
I remember when a coke was a nickel, and you could buy VRs in OD.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1286 on: March 28, 2013, 02:05:03 AM »
I signed up for my first UME Card under the business. Got Status Matched to 50K + they gave me an extra 20K!

If I sign up for a personal card, do I need to use a new FFN? It would be my first personal card.
No.  Can use same as biz one.
It's not about the quantity of your posts.  It's about the quality.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1287 on: March 28, 2013, 02:10:37 AM »
I signed up for my first UME Card under the business. Got Status Matched to 50K + they gave me an extra 20K!

If I sign up for a personal card, do I need to use a new FFN? It would be my first personal card.
You got 70k? Also you didn't match to 55k?

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1288 on: March 28, 2013, 02:12:00 AM »
You got 70k? Also you didn't match to 55k?
biz card matches to 50k. Personal matches to 55k
Always use an Amex, you'll thank me one day.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1289 on: March 28, 2013, 02:14:05 AM »
biz card matches to 50k. Personal matches to 55k
Correct,  but in this case. . .

I signed up for my first UME Card under the business. Got Status Matched to 50K + they gave me an extra 20K!

If I sign up for a personal card, do I need to use a new FFN? It would be my first personal card.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1290 on: March 28, 2013, 02:14:47 AM »
biz card matches to 50k. Personal matches to 55k
Sorry guess it's to late for me...And the extra 20k he means from 30 to 50 or he got 70k

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1291 on: March 28, 2013, 02:22:59 AM »
Sorry guess it's to late for me...And the extra 20k he means from 30 to 50 or he got 70k
not sure what he meant about the extra 20k.
@saver2k are we disagreeing on anything? Itsyehuda said he got the card "under the business", so I wrote that biz gets 50k to clarify why he wrote 50, and not 55
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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1292 on: March 28, 2013, 02:38:23 AM »
not sure what he meant about the extra 20k.
@saver2k are we disagreeing on anything? Itsyehuda said he got the card "under the business", so I wrote that biz gets 50k to clarify why he wrote 50, and not 55
"Itsyehuda" posted that he got 50+20k .

The regular match is as you posted - 30k+20=50k.

But in itstehudas's case, he got 30k+20k+20k.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1293 on: March 28, 2013, 11:56:47 AM »
You got 70k? Also you didn't match to 55k?
i got biz matched to 55k

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1294 on: March 28, 2013, 12:33:48 PM »
i got biz matched to 55k
Some have gotten this with persistence.


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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1295 on: March 28, 2013, 12:39:14 PM »
Some have gotten this with persistence.
was easy as pie, i called & put in a request, the cs rep called me back a few days later to tell me that it was a approved

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1296 on: March 28, 2013, 04:40:57 PM »
You got 70k? Also you didn't match to 55k?

I think the 55 is after adding a second card, I didn't get those yet

But yes, I got 70K
I remember when a coke was a nickel, and you could buy VRs in OD.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1297 on: March 28, 2013, 04:44:14 PM »
I think the 55 is after adding a second card, I didn't get those yet

But yes, I got 70K
You confused.
Only the personal card offers an additional 5k for adding an AU.

You got 70k on what basis?
Did it post yet?

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1298 on: March 28, 2013, 04:45:13 PM »
You confused.
Only the personal card offers an additional 5k for adding an AU.
Some have reported getting it on the biz too.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #1299 on: March 28, 2013, 04:49:38 PM »
You confused.
Only the personal card offers an additional 5k for adding an AU.

You got 70k on what basis?
Did it post yet?

I wasn't expecting it, but it posted. Looks like this:
Activity Date  Description          Total   
3/17/2013  Chase Adjustment Miles                     20,000   
3/17/2013  Chase Explorer Business Purchase      1,224   
3/17/2013  Chase Explorer Bus United Purch        30   
3/17/2013  Chase Explorer Gas Office Dinin         106   
3/17/2013  Chase Explorer Bus Get Mem Bns      20,000   
3/17/2013  Chase Explorer Bus Enroll Bns           30,000   
I remember when a coke was a nickel, and you could buy VRs in OD.