Chase United Airlines Cards: Increased welcome offers, up to 100K

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There are improved welcome offers available on the Chase United Airlines Explorer, Quest and Club Infinite cards. The Club Infinite hass the biggest offer with 100,000 miles earned after $5,000 in spend.  If you value the United Club access that comes with it, that’s a great deal. If not, the 90,000 mile offer on the United Quest card with $275 less in annual fee may be more appealing.

Note that many blogs are reporting the best offers for the Explorer and Quest card being 60,000 and 80,000 miles respectively. These are NOT the best offers, only the best affiliate offers. We’re linking to the non-affiliate direct offers on our card pages, which adds an extra 10,000 miles to each one.

The Offers and Key Card Details

Card Offer and Details
Chase United℠ Explorer Card
Up to 70K miles
Up to 70K miles: 60K after $3K spend in 3 months plus 10K after $6K total spend in first 6 months.

No Annual Fee First Year, Then $95

FM Mini Review: Decent perks such as enhanced access to United saver level economy awards makes this a keeper for some.


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Dine
Brand

Earning rate: 2X United ⚬ 2X restaurants ⚬ 2X on hotel stays

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ Improved economy saver award availability ⚬ Free first checked bag for primary cardholder and one travel companion when you pay with the card ⚬ Unlocks complimentary elite upgrades on award tickets ⚬ Priority boarding ⚬ No foreign exchange fees ⚬ 2 United Club passes per year ⚬ One year of complimentary Dash Pass (Must activate by 12/31/24) ⚬ Primary auto rental collision damage waiver ⚬ Up to $100 Global Entry,TSA Pre-check or Nexus credit ⚬ 25% back as a statement credit on purchases of food, beverages and Wi-Fi on board United-operated flights and on Club premium drinks when you pay with your Explorer Card

Chase United Quest Card

Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Dine
Brand
Other

Earning rate: 3X United ⚬ 2X restaurants including eligible delivery services ⚬ 2X on all other travel ⚬ 2X select streaming

Noteworthy perks: Up to $125 in statement credits for United purchases each cardmember year ⚬ First and second checked bag free for cardholder and one companion when you purchase your tickets with the card and include your Mileage Plus number ⚬ Two 5K award flight rebates per cardmember year (5K miles back when you book first 2 award tickets each anniversary year) ⚬ One year of complimentary Dash Pass (Must activate by 12/31/24) ⚬$100 Global Entry, TSA PreCheck or Nexuas reimbursement ⚬ 25% back on United inflight or Club Premium drink purchases

Card Offer and Details
United Club℠ Infinite Card
100K Miles
100k miles after $5k spend in first 3 months

$525 Annual Fee

FM Mini Review: While pricey, the Chase United Club Infinite Card is a great choice for those who want a United club membership and other perks like a 10% discount on saver awards. .


Card Type: Visa Signature

Base
Travel
Dine
Brand

Earning rate: ⚬ 4X United ⚬ 2X dining & travel

Big spend bonus: Earn up to 4,000 PQPs per year: 500 PQPs per $12K spend (up to $96K spend)

Noteworthy perks: ⚬ United Club membership ⚬ Unlocks complimentary elite upgrades on award tickets, including companions on the same reservation ⚬ 10% discount on saver level economy awards within the continental US and Canada ⚬ Free DashPass for one year (must activate by 12/31/24) ⚬ IHG Platinum Status ⚬ Up to $100 for Global Entry, TSA Precheck or Nexus fee credit ⚬ Priority check-in, security screening, baggage handling, and boarding ⚬ Free 1st and 2nd checked bags ⚬ Hertz President's Circle Elite Status ⚬ Primary auto rental collision damage waiver

Quick Thoughts

These offers are an improvement over the previous publicly-available offers, albeit with increased spend requirements.  The United Infinite card has the biggest jump, with an additional 20,000 miles added to the previous bonus of 80,000 miles.  Earlier this year, we saw a best-ever offer for 120,000 miles on this card, albeit with an extra $1,000 in spend.  While this doesn’t quite reach the same heights, if you value the United Club membership, 100K is a good bonus.

The Quest offer is the best that we’ve seen this year for the card. It adds an additional 10,000 miles from the 80K offer that we saw earlier this year while the spend stays the same at $5k in 3 months.  The Quest was at 100,000 miles for quite some time after launching, but that ended last September and I think it’s doubtful that we’ll see it again soon.  This 90k offer is the highest that we’ve seen since then and is an excellent bonus for this card, especially since the $125 in annual United credits and 2x 5K Mileage Plus award rebates takes some of the sting out of the $250 annual fee.

The direct Explorer offer gives an additional 10,000 miles on $3k spend for a total of 60,000 miles, with an option to spend another $3k to get to 70,000 total, effectively earning 4.3 miles/dollar on the last $3,000…OK, but not earth-shattering. I think the other two are more interesting.

Each card falls under Chase’s 5/24 rule, so check out Greg’s post on ways to check your status if you’re uncertain of where you stand.

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RRR

For the Quest card, it is asking for a promotional code. Any idea what this is or if needed to get the 90k points?

To be eligible to receive the extra miles associated with this offer, you must enter the 6 or 7-character promotional code that the United representative shared with you. If you don’t have a code, please enter 999999.

Nirav Aggarwal

First of all, all UA currency is in miles, not points.

The flight attendant code is for an additional 2500 miles, and is not specific to any card’s signup bonus. That means you can safely skip it.

DMoney

FWIW, Chase allows you to use Pay Yourself Back option to cover (only) the annual fee on United Cards using MileagePlus miles at 1.5c per point (much higher than what the blogger community values UMP points at). I just redeemed 6,600 points to offset $99 fee on the business card – an easy redemption for a card which will get me 150k miles as sign-up bonus. I will continue to use this PYB option as long as it is offered to get the card and other perks for free (I’ll get 5,000 miles on anniversary as I hold both personal and business version of United Cards, meaning I’ll only need 1,100 miles to offset annual fee)

Kim

Thanks for posting about the actual best offers and not the best referral offers! It is the reason why I follow FM (and NOT the referral flogging blogs – hey, that phrasing rhymes!).

Re the FM mini-review of the club card and its “waiver of close-in award fees,” I do not believe there are any such fees now. So that “benefit” should be deleted from the “mini review” text. Cheers!