United MileagePlus Explorer Card

United MileagePlus Explorer Card
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Card Features

Earn Miles
Free Checked Bag
Fraud Protection
No Foreign Transaction Fee
Concierge Service
Lost Luggage Coverage
Travel Assistance
Priority Boarding on United
Travel Accident Insurance
Car Rental Coverage
Apple Pay
Android Pay
Lounge Access: 2 one-time passes for

The Sign-Up Bonus

  •  Earn 40,000 United Airlines MileagePlus Miles when you Spend $2,000 in the first 3 months.
  •  Earn 5,000 United Airlines MileagePlus Miles when you add your first authorized user and make a purchase during the first 3 months

Get These Perks

  •   Free checked bag
  •   2 one-time passes for Lounge Access
  •   Free priority boarding on United

Pros & Cons

  Annual fee waived 1st year
  No foreign transaction fees
  Free first checked bag
  Priority boarding
  2 United Club passes on account anniversary

  $95 annual fee

What You'll PayMore fee details 

Annual Fee
$0 the first year, $95 after that
Foreign Transaction Fees

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Written by Amy 2 years ago

Best For...
This card is designed for Unite Airlines frequent fliers who are more focused on earning miles than achieving tier status or lounge access.

Review of the United MileagePlus Explorer Card

With the United MileagePlus Explorer Card you'll earn unlimited 2X miles on United ticket purchases and 1X on all other purchases. Miles can be redeemed to book travel with Star AllianceÔäó and other partner airlines, upgrades, inflight purchases, hotel stays, and car rentals. Miles can also be used for merchandise, gift cards, and special events.┬á┬á

As a sign-up bonus you can earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months. And since one-way Saver Award travel starts as low as 12,500 miles, these bonus miles can go a long way towards your next trip. 

Additionally you ca earn 5,000 bonus miles after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase during the first 3 months.

Although this card doesn't include United Club membership like the pricer Club version (annual fee $450), you will earn 2 United Club one-time passes each year on your account anniversary.  Access to United Club includes complimentary bevearges, snacks, and amenitites like workspaces, free Wi-Fi and more.

The Bottom Line
For loyal United fliers looking to earn miles for their next trip, this relatively affordable card will do the trick. Travelers seeking lounge membership and status tiers should consider the pricier United MileagePlus Club Card.

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