Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Credit Card

Best Travel Credit Card (for United Patrons)

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Pros
  • Compared to many of the best Chase credit cards on this list, the Chase Mileage Plus card has one of the best and largest signup bonuses
  • Travel like a pro thanks to free airport lounge passes, a free checked bag, and no foreign transaction fees
  • Get rewarded as a frequent flier with United with 2x points on associated purchases
Cons

If you're not a frequent flier with United, you'll probably want to pass on this card because of the $95 annual fee. Also understand that when it comes to redeeming rewards, you're only limited to doing so for United flights and StarAlliance partners.

Highlights
  • Limited time offer - ends 3/15/18
  • 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $100 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club℠ with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Your miles don't expire as long as your credit card account is open, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
Details

Application Process: Online, more or less the same as the other cards on our list of the best Chase credit cards.

Annual Fee: $95, which is mid-range as far as annual fees go compared to other credit cards in this article.

APR: A variable rate between 16.99% and 23.99%.

Rewards: The rewards for United customers are expansive, with travel benefits that include:

  • Earning 2 miles per $1 spent on United tickets and 1 mile per $1 spent on other purchases
  • 2 free United Club passes each calendar year of card ownership
  • A free first checked bag
  • Priority boarding in group two

Bonus Offers: Earn 40,000 bonus miles when you spend at least $2,000 within 3 months of opening the account. Signing up for the Chase Mileage Plus card on a United flight often results in an even better bonus mile offer.

Card attributes
  • Variable APR
    17.24% - 24.24%
  • Cash Advance APR
    26.24%
  • Bonus Offers
    Limited time offer - ends 3/15/18. Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open.
  • Rewards Rate
    1 mile per dollar
  • Annual Fee
    $0 for the first year, then $95
  • Intro APR
    n/a
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