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United MileagePlus Explorer Guide to Benefits

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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 #5655 on: February 13, 2020, 10:51:08 AM »
I was billed the annual fee on the explorer card on Feb 1st, I am going to cancel the card and get refunded the fee by the end of this month. Can I still apply for TSA Precheck before I cancel it and get the amount credited back to my card?

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5656 on: February 17, 2020, 12:23:51 PM »
I was billed the annual fee on the explorer card on Feb 1st, I am going to cancel the card and get refunded the fee by the end of this month. Can I still apply for TSA Precheck before I cancel it and get the amount credited back to my card?
Unless you specifically don't want the card, call retention, they'll likely waive the fee. As far as the GE/Precheck, I don't know for sure, but I don't think they'll refund it once the card closes, so you'd be risking them taking too long to process the credit. Maybe someone here has a DP as to how long it takes for the credit to post.
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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5657 on: February 17, 2020, 01:14:21 PM »
Unless you specifically don't want the card, call retention, they'll likely waive the fee. As far as the GE/Precheck, I don't know for sure, but I don't think they'll refund it once the card closes, so you'd be risking them taking too long to process the credit. Maybe someone here has a DP as to how long it takes for the credit to post.

Thanks, do you have a good contact number for that?

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5658 on: February 17, 2020, 01:38:43 PM »
i applied last month and got only 40k, would calling in to match to 60k help?

I tried and no luck.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5659 on: February 17, 2020, 01:39:59 PM »
Anyone have success lately with sm to match from 40k to 60k

I tried and was denied.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5660 on: February 17, 2020, 01:43:17 PM »
Thanks, do you have a good contact number for that?

Number on the back of the card, and ask for retention department

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5661 on: February 17, 2020, 01:51:24 PM »
Thanks, do you have a good contact number for that?
800-945-2006. Also see the Credit Card Retention Bonuses thread
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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5662 on: February 17, 2020, 10:28:10 PM »
I am looking to book a flight using United. The flight is pretty well priced relative to using united points so I was planning on using UR points instead to book the flight. Is there any way to book using UR and still get the benefits of my United business CC (e.g., first checked bag free, etc.) so I can purchase the basic economy ticket?

On a related note, if I have the united business card and was using that to purchase the tickets and getting those benefits, is there any reason to not purchase the basic economy tickets? Seems to me you get all the benefits except pre choosing a seat but I can always pay extra for that, still comes out less then getting reg economy.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5663 on: February 18, 2020, 03:33:16 PM »
I am looking to book a flight using United. The flight is pretty well priced relative to using united points so I was planning on using UR points instead to book the flight. Is there any way to book using UR and still get the benefits of my United business CC (e.g., first checked bag free, etc.) so I can purchase the basic economy ticket?

On a related note, if I have the united business card and was using that to purchase the tickets and getting those benefits, is there any reason to not purchase the basic economy tickets? Seems to me you get all the benefits except pre choosing a seat but I can always pay extra for that, still comes out less then getting reg economy.
You can put a small part of the charge on your UA credit card. If you don't care for the seat selection, just book basic.
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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5664 on: February 18, 2020, 08:08:03 PM »
You can put a small part of the charge on your UA credit card. If you don't care for the seat selection, just book basic.
Except that Chase Travel/Expedia use their own CC to make the payment. United does not see that you used their CC.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5665 on: February 19, 2020, 12:25:43 PM »
Except that Chase Travel/Expedia use their own CC to make the payment. United does not see that you used their CC.
Speaking from experience? I was under the impression it worked with a small charge. Even if they don't recognize it as the card, you should be able to show them the charge or receipt.
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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5666 on: February 19, 2020, 12:49:14 PM »
Speaking from experience? I was under the impression it worked with a small charge. Even if they don't recognize it as the card, you should be able to show them the charge or receipt.
Many people here reported it. I never tried it myself. You will have to fight with United to add the free baggage manually.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5667 on: February 19, 2020, 07:21:11 PM »
Except that Chase Travel/Expedia use their own CC to make the payment. United does not see that you used their CC.
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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5668 on: February 19, 2020, 08:05:30 PM »
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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5669 on: February 19, 2020, 11:53:44 PM »
Good to know. Makes no sense that when booking via OTA you'll lose card benefits. UA should probably do something about that. Meh, who am I kidding.
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