United MileagePlus Explorer Card Review

Review of: United MileagePlus Explorer Card
United MileagePlus Explorer Card

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On November 28, 2012
Last modified:April 3, 2014


It's the easiest way to get bonus miles that translate into free flights on United.

In my weekly column on U.S News & World Report, I wrote about Credit Cards Gone Wild. The article was about how credit card issuers are offering all kinds of crazy bonuses to get your business. I listed many of these offers in an article here on Dough Roller last week about the best rewards credit cards. And that brings me today to the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card.

As you no doubt know, United and Continental merged. As part of that merger, the airlines have also merged their miles credit cards. Gone are the United Mileage Plus Signature Visa Card and the Continental Airlines OnePass Plus Card. And in their place is the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card. So how does the new card stack up?

Let’s Talk Miles

The most important feature of any airlines card is the miles. With the new card, you earn 30,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months your account is open, and you get 5,000 additional bonus miles after you use the card and add an authorized user within three months of opening your account. Finally, you earn 10,000 bonus miles when you spend $25,000 or more on your Card each calendar year.

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Published or Updated: April 3, 2014
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Rob founded the Dough Roller in 2007. A litigation attorney in the securities industry, he lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, their two teenagers, and the family mascot, a shih tzu named Sophie.

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