United Airlines Credit Card Offers

United Airlines Credit Card Offers

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Chase and United have a suite of co-branded credit cards. I wanted to provide a look at each of the current offers in one place for easy comparison. Let’s cover all the details of these bonuses.

Note that you’re potentially eligible for the bonuses on each of these cards, and Chase’s typical application rules, including the 5/24 rule, apply.

Chase United MileagePlus credit card offers

United Club Infinite Card: 80K miles

The United Club℠ Infinite Card is offering a welcome bonus of 80,000 MileagePlus miles after spending $5,000 within the first three months. This card has a $525 annual fee, and offers a variety of perks, including:

  • A United Club membership
  • A free first & second checked bag
  • Premier Access travel services, including priority check-in, security, boarding, and more
  • MileagePlus Premier elite upgrades on award tickets, including for companions
  • A 10% discount on select economy award tickets
  • 10,000 bonus MileagePlus miles for joining CLEAR
  • IHG One Rewards Platinum status, plus a $75 credit with IHG

Read a full review of the United Club Infinite Card.

Receive a United Club membership with the card

United Quest Card: 60K miles + 500 PQP

The United Quest℠ Card is offering a welcome bonus of 60,000 MileagePlus miles + 500 Premier qualifying points after spending $4,000 within the first three months. The card has a $250 annual fee, and perks include the following:

  • Up to a $125 annual credit for United purchases
  • An award flight credit of up to 10,000 MileagePlus miles per year
  • A free first & second checked bag
  • 25% savings on United inflight purchases, including of food, beverages, and Wi-Fi
  • MileagePlus Premier elite upgrades on award tickets

Read a full review of the United Quest Card.

Receive upgrades on award tickets with the card

United Explorer Card: 50K miles

The United℠ Explorer Card is offering a welcome bonus of 50,000 MileagePlus miles after spending $3,000 within the first three months. The card has a $95 annual fee that’s waived the first year, and perks include the following:

  • Two United Club passes annually
  • A free first checked bag
  • Priority boarding
  • 25% savings on United flight purchases, including of food, beverages, and Wi-Fi
  • MileagePlus Premier elite upgrades on award tickets

Read a full review of the United Explorer Card.

Receive great perks on United with the card

United Gateway Card: 20K miles

The United Gateway℠ Card is offering a welcome bonus of 20,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. The card has no annual fee, and perks include the following:

  • 25% savings on United inflight purchases, including of food, beverages, and Wi-Fi
  • 2x miles on United purchases, gas stations, and local commuting and transit, all with no foreign transaction fees

Read a full review of the United Gateway Card.

Receive savings on inflight purchases with the card

Which Chase United Airlines credit card is best?

As you can see, there are four different United credit cards to choose from, and it can be tough to decide which card makes the most sense. In general, I’d recommend choosing a card based on the size of the welcome bonus, and also how the perks match up with your travel patterns.

As a general rule of thumb:

  • The United Club Infinite Card is offering a great welcome bonus, so if you’d benefit from a United Club membership for at least a year, I’d probably pick up that card
  • The United Quest Card has the annual fee that’s easiest to justify, given the $125 annual United travel credit, and other perks, which should offset the annual fee if you fly the airline with any frequency
  • The United Explorer Card is one of the most perks-rich mid-range airline credit cards out there, and offers valuable benefits for the occasional United flyer
  • Personally I wouldn’t apply directly for the United Gateway Card, simply because the bonus is so much smaller than on the other cards, and you could downgrade another type of United credit card to the no annual fee card as long as you’ve had it for at least 12 months
Redeem your MileagePlus miles for some awesome travel rewards

Bottom line

We’re seeing solid bonuses on United Airlines’ personal co-branded credit cards, issued by Chase. There’s lots to choose from, ranging from the bonus of 80K miles on the premium United Club Infinite Card, to the bonus of 20K miles on the no annual fee United Gateway Card.

Do you plan on picking up a United credit card with an elevated bonus?

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  1. George Guest

    I have a Chase Sapphire and the AA Executive card.... does it make fiscal sense to get this United Infinite Card? I am starting to fly more on United lately.... but it seems I can do United just as well with the Chase Sapphire and Star Alliance carriers, Opinions please.

  2. smokenmirrorsgotu Guest

    with all the devaluations taking place 100k is the old 60k.

    Not falling for it.

  3. Esquiar Guest

    UA is still a great program if you can access IN saver biz space. Unfortunately, you need Plat status or higher.

    For those of us not earning 12k PQP, UA miles are mainly good for international economy on off peak times, or you can hunt for partner I space…

  4. Jk. G Guest

    Does the united lounge membership also give you access to star alliance lounges worldwide?

  5. Andrew Guest

    Just got my approval for the infinite card. Thanks for the link. Best part is new company takes care of a lounge membership so I can have them pay the annual fee for me and they still safe money

  6. Stannis Guest

    It’s too bad UA never releases longhaul J award seats. These miles are useless unles you want to fly to Cleveland in the back.

    1. DCS Diamond

      It’s too bad UA never releases longhaul J award seats. These miles are useless unles you want to fly to Cleveland in the back.

      My experience has been that it's best to redeem UA miles to fly with partner/*A airlines rather than on UA metal. What has worked very well me for flying long-haul J has been to purchase Y or premium economy and upgrade to J (PZ) using PlusPoints. My record doing that is...

      It’s too bad UA never releases longhaul J award seats. These miles are useless unles you want to fly to Cleveland in the back.

      My experience has been that it's best to redeem UA miles to fly with partner/*A airlines rather than on UA metal. What has worked very well me for flying long-haul J has been to purchase Y or premium economy and upgrade to J (PZ) using PlusPoints. My record doing that is nearly perfect since PlusPoints were introduced about 2 years ago. I just requalified for 1K, likely for the last time, and will be ending the year with 580 PlusPoints, of which

      240 expire on 07/31/2023
      340 expire on 01/31/2024

      If the clearance rate of PlusPoints to long-haul PZ continues to be as good as it's been, it won't be a bad way to end my more than two-decade association with the airline and MileagePlus (though the association will likely continue in some form as I am a UA 1MM and, thus, a Lifetime *A Gold.)

  7. PM Guest

    Any idea if Chase will give me the additional 10,000 miles? I got the Quest card last month & just got the 80,000 miles … now it’s 90,000.

  8. DM Guest

    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...

    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)

    1. globetrotter Guest

      But you must pay the AF when the opening monthly bill hits and you did not yet receive the bonus miles in your account. How do you use PYB using points in your UA account?

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George Guest

I have a Chase Sapphire and the AA Executive card.... does it make fiscal sense to get this United Infinite Card? I am starting to fly more on United lately.... but it seems I can do United just as well with the Chase Sapphire and Star Alliance carriers, Opinions please.

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smokenmirrorsgotu Guest

with all the devaluations taking place 100k is the old 60k. Not falling for it.

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Esquiar Guest

UA is still a great program if you can access IN saver biz space. Unfortunately, you need Plat status or higher. For those of us not earning 12k PQP, UA miles are mainly good for international economy on off peak times, or you can hunt for partner I space…

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