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TravelCurrent United MileagePlus credit card welcome offers

Current United MileagePlus credit card welcome offers


If you are planning a dream getaway soon, now is a good time to determine your earning strategy and rack up those points and miles. As usual, one of the easiest ways to amass a large chunk of rewards is through credit card sign-up bonuses.

United loyalists are in luck because Chase and United have teamed up to offer valuable sign-up bonuses across their cobranded credit cards. Most cards are offering just 10,000 fewer miles than their best-ever offers, making now a great time to apply. These offers end August 7.

These limited-time bonuses can go a long way toward making that dream vacation a reality.

Let’s look at each card to see which makes the most sense for your wallet.

United Club Infinite Card

Sign-up bonus: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on qualifying purchases in the first three months of opening an account. Offer ends August 7.

Annual fee: $525

Earning rate: Earn 4 miles per dollar on United purchases, 2 miles per dollar on dining and all other travel, and 1 mile per dollar on everything else.

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Is it worth it?

According to TPG’s June 2024 valuations, United miles are worth 1.35 cents each, making these bonus points worth $1,215. This is higher than the usual offers we’ve seen on this card, so it’s worth looking into.

The United Club℠ Infinite Card is made for loyal United flyers who want access to United Club lounges when they travel — along with a few additional benefits that help upgrade the traveling experience.

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Cardholders can enjoy United Club membership, including access for two guests or one adult and dependent children under 21. It also offers the first and second checked bag free for the primary cardholder and one travel companion on United-operated flights (savings of up to $360 per round trip), an up to $100 TSA PreCheck/Global Entry application fee credit every four years, Premier Access travel services, expanded award availability and lower average award prices.

United Club Infinite cardholders enjoy complimentary IHG One Rewards Platinum Elite status.

Related: United Club Infinite Card review


Apply here: United Club Infinite Card


United Quest Card

Sign-up bonus: Earn 70,000 bonus miles and 500 Premier qualifying points after spending $4,000 on qualifying purchases in the first three months of opening an account. Offer ends August 7.

Annual fee: $250

Earning rate: Earn 3 miles per dollar on United purchases (after your $125 annual United statement credit); 2 miles per dollar on dining, all other travel and select streaming services; and 1 mile per dollar on everything else.

Is it worth it?

The United Quest℠ Card offers premium perks for a reasonable $250 annual fee. The sign-up bonus points alone are worth $945, according to TPG’s June 2024 valuations, which can justify paying the annual fee for over three years of card membership — well before considering the ongoing benefits.

We’ve seen higher bonuses on this card, but this is still a good offer to take advantage of if you need those miles soon.

Cardholders receive up to $125 in statement credits each account anniversary year for United purchases, two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits after redeeming their miles for a United flight, first and second checked bags free and an up-to-$100 TSA PreCheck or Global Entry application credit.

Related: United Quest Card review


Apply here: United Quest Card


United Explorer Card

Sign-up bonus: Earn 60,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on qualifying purchases in the first three months of opening an account, plus the annual fee waived for the first year. Offer ends August 7.

Annual fee: $95, waived the first year

Earning rate: Earn 2 miles per dollar on United purchases, hotels (booked directly) and dining, and 1 mile per dollar on everything else.

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Is it worth it?

According to TPG’s June 2024 valuations, this sign-up bonus is worth $810, which is pretty good for a card with a waived annual fee in the first year. Again, it’s not quite the best offer we’ve seen on this card, but it’s close.

Aside from the sign-up bonus, cardholders of the United℠ Explorer Card will get a nice roundup of benefits: free first checked bag, priority boarding, two one-time United Club passes each year, a 25% discount on inflight United purchases (including Wi-Fi, food and beverages), access to additional award space and less expensive award flights.

You can also earn up to 1,000 PQPs (25 PQPs for every $500 spent on purchases with the card). If achieving United elite status is on your list this year, this mid-tier card could help you earn status without charging a steep annual fee.

Finally, like the Infinite and Gateway cards, you’ll get an up-to-$100 TSA PreCheck or Global Entry application credit.

Related: United Explorer Card review


Apply here: United Explorer Card


United Gateway Card

Sign-up bonus: Earn 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 on qualifying purchases in the first three months of opening an account, plus 0% APR on purchases within the first twelve months (variable APR of 21.99% – 28.99% after that). Offer ends August 7.

Annual fee: $0

Earning rate: Earn 2 miles per dollar on United purchases, gas, local transit and commuting, and 1 mile per dollar on everything else.

Is it worth it?

The United Gateway℠ Card is the entry-level card into the United MileagePlus program, charging no annual fee. However, it can still provide value to beginners.

The sign-up bonus is modest compared to the other United cards (clocking in at $405 in value, according to TPG’s June 2024 valuations), but it is a step above many other no-annual-fee cards.

In addition to the solid rewards rate, you’ll get a 25% discount on inflight United purchases and have access to up to $6,000 in trip cancellation and interruption insurance (up to $1,500 per person) if your trip is canceled or cut short by covered reasons like sickness or injury.

If you fly with United multiple times yearly, you’ll likely get better value from the other United card options. But for beginners looking for their first cobranded airline card, the United Gateway is a solid option.

Related: United Gateway Card review


Apply here: United Gateway Card


United Business Card

Sign-up bonus: Earn 75,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months your account is open.

Annual fee: $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $99

Earning rate: Earn 2 miles per dollar on United purchases, dining, gas, local transit, commuting and office supply stores, and 1 mile per dollar on everything else.

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Is it worth it?

The United℠ Business Card offers solid perks to small-business owners, freelancers and those with side gigs.

Cardholders receive the first checked bag free, priority boarding, two one-time United Club passes each year, a 25% discount on inflight United purchases and a $100 United travel statement credit after seven eligible United purchases of $100 or more with the United Business Card within an account anniversary year.

Furthermore, the card’s many benefits help make it valuable enough to offset the $99 annual fee.

Related: United Business Card review


Apply here: United Business Card


United Club Business Card

Sign-up bonus: Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 1,000 PQPs after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months your account is open.

Annual fee: $450

Earning rate: Earn 2 miles per dollar on United purchases and 1.5 miles per dollar on everything else

Is it worth it?

The United Club Business Card offers solid perks to small-business owners, freelancers and those with side gigs.

Cardholders enjoy United Club membership, including access for two guests or one adult and dependent children under 21. Cardholders also receive the first and second checked bag free for the primary cardholder and one travel companion on United-operated flights (a savings of up to $320 per round trip), Premier Access travel services, premier upgrades on award tickets, 25% discount on inflight United and Club purchases, Avis Presidents Club status, and a wide range of travel and purchase protections.

Cardholders can also receive up to 1,000 PQPs a year, earning 500 PQPs for every $12,000 spent on purchases in addition to free employee cards.

The information for the United Club Business has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: United Business vs. Business Club review


How to maximize United MileagePlus miles

While United’s dynamic award chart can make it harder to score redemption deals on some awards, the airline does offer some solid benefits for loyal flyers. United has improved its award sales in the past couple of years, which can provide excellent redemption options, sometimes starting at just a few thousand miles per ticket.

And United does offer other benefits, such as the Excursionist Perk and the fact that United doesn’t impose fuel surcharges on award tickets (which can easily save you hundreds of dollars).

It’s also a Chase transfer partner, which can help you earn United miles across multiple credit cards. The airline’s membership in the Star Alliance means you have even more options for redeeming miles across airlines, including Lufthansa, Air New Zealand and Turkish Airlines.

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By taking advantage of low-cost domestic award tickets (such as flying from Houston to Orlando for as little as 3,500 miles) and free stopovers with the Excursionist Perk, you can stretch the miles you earn with your credit cards to help you plan your upcoming trips. Or, go big and start saving miles toward a fancy United Polaris business-class award.

Bottom line

With these United sign-up bonuses up for grabs, you can get closer to your next trip. But remember: Since Chase issues these cards, they will be subject to the issuer’s 5/24 rule. If you have opened five or more accounts in the past 24 months, you may have difficulty being approved for these cards.

To learn more about how to use your United miles, check out our guide to maximizing the United MileagePlus program.

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