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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 #3675 on: November 21, 2014, 06:35:49 AM »
I'm just starting to get into this credit card game and had a question regarding this card.  I've actually had this card for over 10 years and its been my main card ever since.  I never received any sign on bonus when I first got it or anything in between.
What is the best way to try and get this 50k bonus? Trying to accumulate more miles faster for a trip to Israel for the family in around 3 years.  Would love to not pay for tickets.
Last month I signed up for the ink 70k and got it and this week signed up for freedom 20k and got it.
Credit score is 841. 
Do I cancel my current United card that I've had for so long and reapply right for this card? Should I make a FFN under my wife's name or something and then eventually merge accounts when the time comes to buy tickets?
Too many pulls in a short time frame?  Should I care? Was planning on signing up for 2nd freedom card under my wife's name and social using referral after I get mine.  Should I sign up at same time for this United card under her social so it shows as one pull?
Should I keep my card which is under my social with her as an authorized user and still get another under her social? Is that possible?
Sorry for so many questions :) thanks

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3676 on: November 21, 2014, 09:31:34 AM »

I'm just starting to get into this credit card game a Trying to accumulate more miles faster for a trip to Israel for the family in around 3 years.  Would love to not pay for tickets.
Good luck and have fun!  Your dream can come true!
Last month I signed up for the ink 70k and got it and this week signed up for freedom 20k and got it.
Credit score is 841. 
Do I cancel my current United card that I've had for so long and reapply right for this card? Should I make a FFN under my wife's name or something and then eventually merge accounts when the time comes to buy tickets?
Too many pulls in a short time frame?  Should I care? Was planning on signing up for 2nd freedom card under my wife's name and social using referral after I get mine.  Should I sign up at same time for this United card under her social so it shows as one pull?
Should I keep my card which is under my social with her as an authorized user and still get another under her social? Is that possible?
Sorry for so many questions thanks
Applying every month is will hurt you going forward. Too many pulls.So bunch the apps into 2/3BMs.
Your wife's United points can't easily be combined with yours, but you can buy some of the family tickets from her account.  So signing her up for the freedom and the united card together is a good idea.  In a separate pull on the same day she may need the Ink Plus, too.
Your united card may help your credit score because it gives you a long credit history.  If you have no other card that's near that old, you may want to keep it and not cancel and reaply to get the 50K.  And she can each be AU on your card without a problem getting hers.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3677 on: November 21, 2014, 10:05:17 AM »
thanks for the reply :) 
i made her an employee/au under the ink i just got and they have her social.  wouldn't that prevent me from signing her up for the ink again? 
you think i should reapply for a united on my social even though i already have one, to be able to get current bonus?  can you have 2 of the same card under your social?  should i make a new FFN for that 2nd united card i would sign up for?  or should i leave my card alone and just do the signups under her social?

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3678 on: November 21, 2014, 11:08:47 AM »
thanks for the reply :) 
i made her an employee/au under the ink i just got and they have her social.  wouldn't that prevent me from signing her up for the ink again? 
you think i should reapply for a united on my social even though i already have one, to be able to get current bonus?  can you have 2 of the same card under your social?  should i make a new FFN for that 2nd united card i would sign up for?  or should i leave my card alone and just do the signups under her social?
If she can come up with a business of her own, or even using yours, I think, she can open her own Ink Plus, too.
I don't think you can get a 2nd united, even w a new FFN.  that's to get the bonus on a new card when you haven't got one currently.  If it's by far your oldest card, I wouldn't cancel it.  Call in for a retention bonus?
Sign her up for a united and a freedom.  If your're adventuresome, especially if the other 2 are approved on the spot, go for a BA card, too.  BA pts can also go to Israel, although UR points are my favorite points overall.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3679 on: November 23, 2014, 11:57:43 AM »
thanks for the reply :) 
i made her an employee/au under the ink i just got and they have her social.  wouldn't that prevent me from signing her up for the ink again? 
you think i should reapply for a united on my social even though i already have one, to be able to get current bonus?  can you have 2 of the same card under your social?  should i make a new FFN for that 2nd united card i would sign up for?  or should i leave my card alone and just do the signups under her social?
If ur united card is that old & it's ur oldest card I wouldn't cancel it- it shows ur a long time credit holder & especially so with chase. But you do want to get more points thru new signup bonuses. So I have a very simple idea downgrade ur (current) united card to a no annual fee card I think it's called the "united rewards card" (it only gives u 1 mile per every $2 spent and loose some other benifits) which will unlock ur name for further churning with the united card. though to play it safe I would wait at least 30 days after activating ur new downgraded card till u reapply for the regular card and u can use ur old ffn.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3680 on: November 23, 2014, 01:13:02 PM »
That sounds like a very good idea, thank you for that.  I also sent an SM on Friday to chase asking if they would give me the bonus miles on my current card since I don't believe I ever received anything when I first signed up.  Let's see what they say first.  If not as long as what you suggested is true I will try it.  Thank  you again.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3681 on: November 23, 2014, 05:40:05 PM »
That sounds like a very good idea, thank you for that.  I also sent an SM on Friday to chase asking if they would give me the bonus miles on my current card since I don't believe I ever received anything when I first signed up.  Let's see what they say first.  If not as long as what you suggested is true I will try it.  Thank  you again.
Ur more then welcome, Good luck!

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3682 on: November 24, 2014, 09:00:50 AM »
sent an SM the other day and just got a response that when i complete the spending i should call them up to receive the additional 20K

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3683 on: November 24, 2014, 09:08:08 AM »
sent an SM the other day and just got a response that when i complete the spending i should call them up to receive the additional 20K
"Call them up" that's a first.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3684 on: November 24, 2014, 09:20:54 AM »
"Call them up" that's a first.
the number on the back of the card

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3685 on: November 24, 2014, 10:38:38 AM »
sent an SM the other day and just got a response that when i complete the spending i should call them up to receive the additional 20K

What did you tell them?

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3686 on: November 24, 2014, 11:19:54 AM »
"Call them up" that's a first.

Got the same response as well.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3687 on: November 24, 2014, 02:50:49 PM »
Got the same response as well.
they said after spending 2k
so just realize you need the extra k

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3688 on: November 24, 2014, 03:31:41 PM »
they said after spending 2k
so just realize you need the extra k

Right, I communicated with them right after I got the card, so they said after 1k 35k will post, and another 20k after another 1k spend.

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Re: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
« Reply #3689 on: November 24, 2014, 03:46:52 PM »
anyone got the $50 statement credit ?