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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 #5355 on: June 24, 2017, 03:41:03 PM »
Hi! What's the fastest way for me to get my sign up offer. Of course once I've spent the required amount. I need the points asap.


Or is there Anyway to book a reservation without the required amount and wait until its posts to my account?
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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5356 on: June 24, 2017, 07:39:51 PM »
Hi! What's the fastest way for me to get my sign up offer. Of course once I've spent the required amount. I need the points asap.


Or is there Anyway to book a reservation without the required amount and wait until its posts to my account?

Unfortunately, Chase only post the miles after the statement closes. Maybe there's a way to work with customer service to change the statement close date earlier, but YMMV as usually the change only takes affect the next statement period.

as for 2nd question, not for United. Delta recently introduced this feature to "borrow" miles. Maybe United will follow suit in the future.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5357 on: June 24, 2017, 07:59:15 PM »
Do UA cardholders get a free carry-on with a basic economy fare if the flight is booked through somewhere other than UA?

very confused on this. Official policy is...Card benefits like free first checked bag, priority boarding and 2 annual United Club passes apply only to the primary cardholder and a companion on the same reservation.

not sure how others here had experiences where non-card holder got the benefit.

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« Reply #5358 on: June 24, 2017, 11:48:27 PM »
very confused on this. Official policy is...Card benefits like free first checked bag, priority boarding and 2 annual United Club passes apply only to the primary cardholder and a companion on the same reservation.

not sure how others here had experiences where non-card holder got the benefit.
Official, UA's policy about basic economy is that as long as a UA cardholder is on the reservation, everyone on the reservation will get a free carry on
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« Reply #5359 on: June 24, 2017, 11:51:03 PM »
Official, UA's policy about basic economy is that as long as a UA cardholder is on the reservation, everyone on the reservation will get a free carry on

Yes. but some are saying here that they weren't on the reservation, but simply bought the ticket with the card.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5360 on: June 25, 2017, 01:01:49 AM »
Hi! What's the fastest way for me to get my sign up offer. Of course once I've spent the required amount. I need the points asap.


Or is there Anyway to book a reservation without the required amount and wait until its posts to my account?
Change statement close date to 8 days after you finished spending.

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« Reply #5361 on: June 25, 2017, 01:26:40 AM »
Change statement close date to 8 days after you finished spending.

Why 8 days ?
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« Reply #5362 on: June 25, 2017, 01:27:52 AM »
Why 8 days ?
If you finish spending within 7 days of statement close, it usually posts on the next statement, said 8 days to be on the safe side.

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« Reply #5363 on: June 25, 2017, 02:53:09 AM »
If you finish spending within 7 days of statement close, it usually posts on the next statement, said 8 days to be on the safe side.

Oh! Do I have wait once the charge post on my account? Or pending is enough?
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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5364 on: July 26, 2017, 03:19:52 PM »
Applied with new FFN, declined because received the bonus in last 24. So new FFN doesn't work anymore?

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« Reply #5365 on: July 26, 2017, 03:41:15 PM »
Applied with new FFN, declined because received the bonus in last 24. So new FFN doesn't work anymore?
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« Reply #5367 on: July 26, 2017, 04:32:45 PM »
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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5369 on: July 31, 2017, 07:51:50 PM »
1)If I use my travel bank balance for a ticket as long as I put $1 on the United card I can still get free suitcase for myself and companion?
2) If I use a different card for the purchase but have a valid united card will they waive the luggage or are they strict? (And assuming the ticket has to be for the primary card holder?)
    (I get $100 via Visa infinite so wanted to utilize both)
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