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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 #5670 on: February 20, 2020, 12:39:24 PM »
Thanks all. After much deliberation, ended up just booking using my United card and will save my points for later use. I booked basic economy and paid for advance seating. Came out a bit lower than standard economy and effectively the only difference is that I can't cancel or change the flight. The $ savings made it worth it.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #5671 on: February 20, 2020, 12:41:51 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.
Makes a lot of sense. Just like hotels wont honor elite status, united is encouraging to book direct.

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« Reply #5672 on: February 20, 2020, 12:56:20 PM »
Makes a lot of sense. Just like hotels wont honor elite status, united is encouraging to book direct.
The difference is, the hotels tell you, you only get the benefits when booking direct. UA says you need to put some/all of the charge on your card. If I book using my UA card, I'm entitled to my benefits, so it's not right that I should have to fight for them.
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