United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card Sponsored Card
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United MileagePlus® Explorer Card's Rewards

Bonus
30,000 miles
Base Earn
1 mile / $1
Max Earn
2 miles / $1
Earn / Redeem Limit
No
  • Start with 30,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months.
  • Check your first bag for free - save up to $100 per roundtrip.
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with two one-time-use passes every year.
  • Earn double miles on United ticket purchases, and 1 mile per $1 on all other purchases.
  • Your miles don't expire as long as you're a Cardmember, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn.
  • Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United flight.

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card's Key APRs & Fees

Intro Rate on Purchases
Not Offered
Intro Rate on Transfers
Not Offered
Regular Rate
15.24% (V)
  • ANNUAL FEE None 1st yr, $95 after
  • BALANCE TRANSFER FEE 3%

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card's Additional Info

  • MAX LATE FEE   $35
  • MAX OVERLIMIT FEE   None
  • MAX PENALTY APR   29.99% (V)
  • GRACE PERIOD   21 days
  • ONLINE RESPONSE   No
  • CASH ADVANCE RATE 19.24% (V)
  • CASH ADVANCE FEE 5% (min $10)
  • FOREIGN TRANSACTION
    FEE  
    None
  • No foreign transaction fees!
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95.
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United MileagePlus® Explorer Card Reviews

 
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Apr 3, 2014
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I absolutely love this credit card. The miles that you can earn are amazing. Within the first three months I received the bonus 30,000 miles and I am planning a trip to Asia very soon thanks to it! The only downside for me is the annual fee of almost $100. However, this is easily overshadowed by the cool perks (free checked bag, United Club passes, etc.). I would definitely recommend this card to any traveler or anyone who flies.
Mar 26, 2014
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4
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I have been able to accrue a lot of FF miles by using this card. Mileage Plus is an excellent rewards program with lots of opportunities to earn extra miles using this card. I only give it 4 stars instead of 5 because recently United has started to limit the opportunities to book flights with Award Miles that don't involve more than one stop or ridiculous itineraries.
Mar 26, 2014
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5
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Thanks to this card I got a really nice hotel room in Chicago using the points I had built up. The points earned are fair. This is a great card for travelers. This card along with my CapOne Venture card are my go to when I'm traveling abroad. Also, the United club passes are really cool. Unlike my other credit cards this one has more features than any of the others. I would highly recommend this card to frequent travelers!
Feb 6, 2014
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5
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I really enjoy having this United card because I frequently have to check bags. On one occasion, I was taking my girlfriend on a trip to see her parents and decided to use my United club passes. She really enjoyed the United club and I felt great because this is something that was free with the card. The benefits of this card, as a frequent United flyer, are great and I highly recommend this card, or the other versions for more frequent flyers.
Feb 6, 2014
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4
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I got my MileagePlus card to use for a big travel purchase – plane tickets out of the country for myself and 3 of my friends. That initial purchase qualified me for 30,000 bonus miles and over 5,000 miles for my ticket purchase since it was also through United. This was enough to get an additional round trip flight for free, from this purchase alone. I have considered dropping the card after the first year so that I don’t have to pay the annual fee starting in August. I may reconsider, so long as I am still a frequent traveler. The first bag free policy has been wonderful. I could more
Jan 26, 2014
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1
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Terrible Customer Appreciation
When i tried to book a trip with reward miles for my partner and I they would not put us on the same plane even though the plan was barely booked. They stink and as far as I'm concerned their mile program is a scam. When i called Chase they would not help me. I cancelled my cards with Chase
Dec 5, 2013
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4
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I think that this card has the most benefits compared to any other credit card out there that offers travel miles. After you spend $1000 you get 30,000 miles and if you add say your husband or significant other to the account 5,000 miles is added immediately. There are no restrictions in regard to where you can fly as long as you fly through United Airlines. As it turns out 35,000 miles is enough for a roundtrip ticket from Portland to Panama City. So I would definitely recommend this card for those budget travelers out there. It is awesome!
Nov 24, 2013
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4
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The United MileagePlus Explorer Card from Chase, is the least expensive credit card branded by the airline, and it has so many great benefits and perks that is worth getting for any one that flies United. The card’s $95 annual fee, interest rate and rewards program are in line with the industry standard. The Card’s more best features are priority boarding privileges, free United Club passes per year and free checked bags. You can take advantage of all the card’s benefits if you do not mind paying the annual fee BUT the benefits far outweigh the fee so it is worth the cost.
Aug 29, 2013
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4
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Rewards cards can be great if you use them to their full benefit and my United MileagePlus is no exception. I applied for this card after it became apparent to me that I was going to be traveling a few times a year for business and vacation. One of the perks of this card is that you get priority boarding when waiting for your flight. This may seem like a trivial perk, but after going through security and waiting at the airport you just want to get on your plane and not be hassled. This card allows me to do just that. The rewards points are competitive with other cards more
Mar 1, 2013
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5
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The United Mileage Plus Explorer card is a great airline credit card offering many benefits. I always earn miles when I fly on United and get miles even for my daily spending and this has at times reduced the cost of my United flights. Spending $1,000 in the first three months after signing up made me entitled to 30,000 bonus miles straight away. If you buy your United Air tickets directly from the airline or through their website, you will earn 2 miles for every $1 that you spend. You also earn 1 mile for every dollar you spend while making purchases with your card. Their annual fee is waived more
Mar 1, 2013
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4
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First off, the fee on this card is a little on the high side but with Rewards cards it's always best to weigh up the fee against the benefits you'll receive from using it and in my case it's certainly worth the investment. I do a lot of domestic flying and the fact you can use your miles on basically any United flight without restrictions is really handy. The fees are a little on the high side when compared to others so it's best to pay back what you owe asap though the staff on the end of the phone are generally very helpful. Really good card for it's intended more
Feb 21, 2013
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5
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I have had my United MileagePlus Explorer Credit Card for quite a few years now. I do a lot of travelling for my job, so I thought it would only be smart to get a card that I can get rewards for. I use it everywhere to get rewards. I also always use it to book my flights for work, which are often and usually expensive. My job reimburses me for my flights, so I am able to charge it and get the rewards still. This allows me to save a lot of money when it comes to vacation time. Overall I am happy with this card. The couple times more
Feb 11, 2013
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4
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I got this card because I was frequently flying and wanted more ways to save up miles. But now that I'm unemployed, I just have a credit card bill and not enough miles to use for anything. Chase is a good company as far as communication goes -- they give me plenty of notice about billing, for example. Beyond the fact that I believe their maintenance fees are a little high, I don't have any problems with this credit card. I simply can't use it anymore for the purpose I originally got it, so it's just another credit account at this point.
Feb 11, 2013
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5
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I’ve had a United Mileage Plus card for the past 5 years or so and it is by far my go to credit card. I was a little skeptical about get a credit card that gave you airline mileage points because it takes so long to accrue a significant amount of points. I was wrong. Within 2 months I had already spent a couple thousand dollars on the mileage plus card. You gain 1 mile per dollar that you spend. From the day that I picked up the card, we have taken several family vacation and paid zero dollars for air fare. Considering the fact that the average domestic flight more
Feb 11, 2013
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5
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I originally got this card because I wanted to transfer money from a high interest credit card to a card with a 0% balance deal. I was able to transfer $3,000 for a 12 months no interest deal. As an added bonus, I got 30,000 miles on United airlines after I spent $1,000. (I spent the money on Christmas shopping). So I wound up with $4,000 in debt. But, I got a free ticket on an airline and set up paying the card back $400 a month before my interest ran out. I cancelled the card once I paid it back and avoided the annual $95 fee. So I feel more
Feb 8, 2013
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I am lukewarm about this card. Not unlike other reviewers, I have found it a bit of a challenge at times to use my reward miles. More often than not, dates are blacked out for no apparent reason such as holidays or special events. If you do by chance find a range of dates that actually qualify for use with the rewards program, the fees charged add up and you don’t really end up saving as much as you’d hope. Whatever happened to a truly free ticket rewarding you for your business? I guess those days are long gone, unfortunately.
Dec 20, 2012
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This card is the BIGGEST SCAM ever! I have so many points with them and they will never be able to get used. There is always some excuse! This time they say there is no room for a Mileage Plus person on that day. Well I just made my real reservation with cash and there seemed to be plenty of room! I would recommend staying clear of this company/card, go for the cash back on American Express. You can't go wrong with cash!
Nov 30, 2012
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4
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The United MileagePlus Explorer Credit Card si an okay rewards card. I hate cards that charge an annual fee but I guess that happens with rewards cards. In reality are the rewards ever worth it? I would say no but if I would say that the United MileagePlus Explorer Credit Card is one of the better cards to get if you want to save up miles. The interest rate is pretty decent and there are no hidden fees to have to deal with. After the first year you have to pay the annual fee and that's it. Customer service is easy to deal with and they actually know what they more
Aug 30, 2012
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5
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I’ve had this card for about six months now, and I love all the features it gives me. The extra miles on sign up, of course are great, and the fact that they’re on United is even better. Since I do most of my flying from Ohare in Chicago, these miles are great, and I can use them to fly directly almost anywhere in the world. But the side perks are at least as important. Priority boarding for my flights, free checked bag for me and a guest, and free United Club passes? This all adds up to make for an amazingly enjoyable and comfortable trip, not to mention fact more
Aug 15, 2012
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3
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I got this card after the United and Continental Airlines merger and I must say as far as a credit card goes this one is pretty run of the mill. Nothing about it is bad but the miles you earn aren't fantastic either. I plan on canceling this card as soon as its paid off because I've found better offers out there. This was the second credit card I've ever had and for that the online tools made using it incredibly simple. I've never had problems with customer service when I've had questions. All in all I would give this card a 3/5 because the rewards just aren't that great more
Jul 25, 2012
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2
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I have had this card for several years. I got this card before UA and CO were merged, so I have another Chase credit card for Continental. Both cards offered me some sign-in bonus mileages.For one period of time in the past I traveled a lot and I exclusively took UA flights. I had been using this card for almost every purchase, simply to accumulate the mileage. However, recently I have stopped using this card for two reasons: First, I got a Chase Sapphire Preferred card which provided a generous 50k mileage, which can be equally transferred to my UA mileage account. Chase Sapphire provided the same point return for more
Jul 3, 2012
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4
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Since I was already a MileagePlus member I got 50,000 miles after the first use which is great. I have good flight status, so having the card always bumps me up as well as having ramped up the miles I have earned. I know that other airline cards might be more competitive, but since I was already a decently high United member, this card has a lot more benefits for me than it does for others, which I find strange. My dad has the same card, and he doesn't get nearly as many perks as I do (free upgrades, drinks, United Club access). I would suggest being a United member more
Jul 28, 2012
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Chris Huh
Erin just curious because I've applied for this card and super excited for it. In fine print it said something about if you are already an existing MileagePlus member that you are not eligible for the 25,000 bonus miles, but looks like you got 50,000?! That's great news. So they didn't say anything at all about you already having an existing United Airlines account?
Nov 30, 2012
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Erin Bjornsson
They send out different emails from time to time if you are a Mileage Plus member, once a month or so. It was usually 40,000 for members, but the time it came up at 50,000 I figured I would just go for it. I would reply to the emails they send periodically for the mileage plus membership, not the open offer.

It's a great card though, I'd highly recommend it! If they tell you you can't have the miles I'd call the customer service center and say something about getting emails in the past, they have been excellent every time I have needed something.
Jun 22, 2012
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5
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I signed up for the United Mileage Plus Explorer Credit Card a few years ago after I got a job that required lots of traveling. I thought that this would be a great card to have to rack up on much needed miles with all of my traveling. I'n less than two years, I've earn about three plane tickets. The interest rate for this card is very low and I'm overall extremely satisfied with my credit card. This card is also very useful when wanting to earn other travel related rewards like hotels and car rentals. There are a lot of affiliate companies that allows you to earn points on more
Jun 19, 2012
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Joe Weider So, I got this card (sorry cardhub, not through you guys) about a month ago, and I have been using it. Now this deals more with United per se, rather than this card, but it ties together, so I want to talk about it. United miles are extremely valuable. They allow one way award, and as long as you bok 3 weeks out (or if you have the club card $395 per yr), then its just $25 per route. WOW! You look at British airlines, and to use their miles to go to Europe, fee comes out to like $800-900 bux, so United is great! The downside of more
Jun 20, 2012
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May 12, 2012
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DO NOT sign up for this card. I just called to cancel this card and was told that my Continental frequent flier account that I have had for 15 years will be cancelled because that freq. flier number was linked to my Continental (now United) credit card. AND ALL MILES earned with the credit card will be forfeited. Apparently I was sent a letter a few months ago communicating this. DO NOT sign up for this card.
May 15, 2012
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War Mab
not true
Jun 19, 2012
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Won Buddy Lee
agree with war mab. not true.
Apr 23, 2012
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NOT WORTH signing up for this card... it's a scam to lure you in... Was in the process of booking my flight when the deal for a $50 rebate came up to reduce the total costs... Got approved 30 minutes later but did not qualify at the time of reserving the flight for the $50 rebate and other perks. Spent over an hour on the phone with United and then another 20 minutes with Chase and I just cancelled the card altogether. Will make me think twice using United again for the hassle I went through just for their United Mileage Plus Explorer Card.
Mar 21, 2012
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I’ve seen a few TV ads for the United Mileage Plus Explorer Card, so I thought I’d take a look at what its got. After all, some of the ads you see on TV are for really great cards while others only make really average cards sound really good. The United MileagePlus Explorer Credit Card requires excellent credit for approval, doesn’t have an annual fee in the first year (but charges $95/yr. after that), and offers an interesting initial bonus as well as some decent ongoing rewards and some assorted other perks. I find it easiest to decide on whether a card is good or not by making a pro/con more
Oct 25, 2011
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One would think that airlines would compete over everything, not just fare rates and baggage fees. I mean, as members of the same industry and direct competitors you’d think that companies like Southwest and United Airlines would strive to outdo each other in every way imaginable. That’s why I was hoping for more out of the United MileagePlus Explorer Credit Card. Southwest Airlines is currently offering two free flights to new customers who sign up for the Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card and make a single purchase with it. Unfortunately, the United credit card only offers 25,000 bonus miles after first usage, which a quick look at United’s Miles more
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Mar 5, 2013
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By: Barbara Mistrik
how do I Use my two free club passes, will I get a paper "pass" or show my MP Explorer card?
Mar 9, 2013
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Card Hub
I would call their customer service line at 1-800-432-3117. They should be able to tell you how to claim your club passes.
Jul 18, 2012
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By: Rosie Ay
anyone know if I have to live in the USA to be approved for this card? I travel on United all the time, but live in Australia.
Apr 20, 2012
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By: Joe Weider
Hey Won Buddy Lee I'd really love to get your thoughts on this card, since you seem to be the resident airline credit card expert!
Apr 20, 2012
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Won Buddy Lee
sorry joe! I don't have this card, so i cannot comment on it. I don't fly united (nor continental before merger), so this card wasn't much of benefit for me. Sorry!
Apr 20, 2012
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Won Buddy Lee
but one thing i'd add is while cardhub gets commission for us using their links, i advice ppl to look elsewhere, as there are better initial reward available. 40k + 10k for 25k spending, rather than initial 25k bonus with 15 k after $25k spending. other than that, i'd personally stay away from this card for two reasons: 1) if you fly united often, you are probably already on their tiered membership, and u get your first check bag free + lounge access. and for 2 miles u earn for flying united, u get that same with chase sapphire preferred, which is transferable to United. any detailed info on this more
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