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Consequences of canceling UA Explorer card
I’m planning on booking an award ticket using miles I earned on the UA Explorer card and then closing the card (before I have to pay next year’s fee). I know that points expire once you close the card, but will that affect an award booking made with those points? In other words, can United cancel the booking if the card used to earn the points to make the booking is no longer active? It seems convoluted, but I’d hate to find out once it’s too late.
hi Chance–once your earned miles are in your United account, the airline will cancel neither the miles nor award tickets booked with them (barring some kind of fraud of course). The only miles you might lose are miles that you earned in your current cycle before you closed your card, and most people recommend stopping spend on a card well before you plan to close it.
If your miles are in a bank currency though (Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards etc), they will expire if there is no card earning those currencies. You should always transfer your miles to a partner before you close those cards.
Nope, the ticket is yours. And as Gaurav notes, the miles won’t be clawed back either, generally.