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I have 2 one-time United Club passes that expire on 1/31/2013. We aren’t going to be using them. So I’m giving them away for free to the first person to post a comment to the blog (website, not on Facebook or Twitter) saying that they want them. We can then email so you can tell me how to mail them to you. Just post that you want them.
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.
Can I hear a woot, woot?! Okay, so I’m a little excited today. I just received my Chase United Mileage Plus Explorer card and activated it. I was a little worried about being eligible for the bonus on this card. I had both the previous United card and the Continental card. I had both of these card before July of 2011 and have already canceled both of them. There was some wording in the Terms and Conditions that made it appear that they could possibly deny me the bonus because I already had a United card. However, I’m happy to say that the customer service representative confirmed that I will get 50,000 miles after the first purchase on the card! I’m not sure if everyone will have the same experience as I have, but this is great news.
With the addition of these miles, we’ll have nearly 250,000 United/Continental miles. So I may need to start learning more about the Star Alliance. My current plan for these miles is to book a trip to multiple European cities using the stopover and/or open jaw option with the Star Alliance. But my plans may change as we won’t be able to take that trip until 2014 at the earliest because of already planned trips and available vacation time.
The United Explorer 60,000 offer is finally out! Even though they are marketing as a 60k offer, I say it’s really a 50k offer. Here are the details:
- 50,000 miles after first purchase
- An additional 10,000 miles if you spend $25,000 on the card in the first year
- No annual fee the first year ($95/year after that)
- Check your first bag for free
- Enjoy priority boarding priviledges
- 2 United Club passes per year
- Earn double miles on United purchases
Some fine print you want to check before you apply: 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.
Now the link for the offer is a little trickier than others. You want to go to www.united.com and log into your account. When you log into your account, you may see the offer show up on the right side of the screen (I did see it). If you only see the 40,000 mile offer, do not click on it. Instead click on this link https://www.theexplorercard.com/MPElite60kAFW.aspx?CELL=NS9&navSource=MP-Pool&linkTitle=PTN_Visa_Acquisitions_Chase_Acq_Elite_Explorer_60K_passes_NS9_XXD_110719
You can also try this link: https://www.theexplorercard.com/MPYoureIn60kAFW.aspx
As with all applications, make sure you take screenshots of each step of your application. Make sure you have one of the offer page.
Update: I just checked some of the blogs I follow and Darius from Million Mile Secrets also has a great post on this offer. You can find it here.
I posted about a week ago that a new United 60,000 mile credit card offer was going to be coming out at the beginning of October. According to threads I’ve been reading, it looks like this is going to be pushed back to November. I’ll keep you posted.
There is a new offer for the Chase Marriott Visa. I’ve never had this card so I can’t speak to how good the offer is. The way I decide if I want to apply for an offer is: 1) Is this an incredible offer (like the British Airways 100,000 mile offer that we saw earlier this year) 2) Is it a decent offer that I could use soon. With all the great offers coming out, I’ve being very selective with which ones I apply for. I’ve found that I’ve accumulated so many miles, that I don’t need any for travel for the next 2 - 4 years. This Marriott offer seems pretty decent, but I don’t think I’ll be applying for it soon. I’ve applied for too many Chase cards lately and I want to make sure if another incredible Chase offer comes out, I’ll be able to get it. Here are the details of the Marriott offer:
- 50,000 miles after first use (I love when there is no spending requirement)
- 1 Free Night at a category 1 – 4 hotel upon approval
- No foreign transaction fees (nice if you’re doing a lot of overseas travel)
- No annual fee the first year ($85/year after the first year)
- 1 Free Night at a category 1 – 5 hotel on each anniversary (i.e. you get this after you’ve had the card for 1 year and every other anniversary of having of the card – this could make up for having to pay the annual fee each year)
- There are other benefits which you can read about on the offer page; these are the big benefits.
And on a side note, I got my Chase Sapphire card and used it for the first time this week. I’ve read about how some other bloggers really like this card because it makes you seem like a high roller. The card looks and feels different than any other card that I have. The credit card number is on the back of the card, keeping the front clean looking. And it’s heavier than other cards. I’m not sure what it’s made out of but you can tell the difference. I told my husband about how other bloggers liked this card for those reasons and we both thought no one would tell the difference with the card. But I kid you not, the first time I used the card, the waitress at the restaurant said to me, “I’ve never seen a card as heavy as this one.” Very bizarre. Obviously, that’s not a reason to keep a card, but it was funny. Personally, I will probably keep the card because you can transfer points from Chase Freedom to Chase Sapphire and then on to airlines. We’ll see how I feel when it’s time to pay an annual fee.