I try not to count my chickens before they hatch. So I was pretty cautious with the new United Explorer card. I already had the previous United card and the Continental card. I canceled both of the cards in 2011. I wrote about the 50,000 miles sign-up bonus for the United Explorer card in a previous post.
There was wording in the terms and conditions that concerned me: “This one-time bonus offer is only valid for first-time United MileagePlus Explorer cardmembers with new accounts. Previous and existing United Airlines cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer. United MileagePlus Explorer cardmembers will only receive one 50,000 bonus miles award if they apply for both the United Explorer Card and the Continental OnePass Plus Card after 7/19/2011.” The part that concerned me was “Previous and existing United Airlines cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer” since it didn’t specify United Explorer cardmember – it was more generic.
But I am happy to say that I was approved for the card and I received the sign-up bonus miles! Although I didn’t get instant approval, I also didn’t have to fight for approval. I was approved without having to make any calls to the customer service line.