Increased Welcome Offers for Four Airline Credit Cards!

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Four credit cards just dropped limited-time offers that might be useful to some travelers — including cruisers.

Chase’s line of consumer/personal United Airlines Mileage Plus credit cards upped the ante a bit on their welcome promotions:

  • United Club℠ Infinite Card
    • 90,000 bonus Mileage Plus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases within three (3) months of being approved for card membership. This offer expires on January 24, 2024. (The previous offer was 80,000.)
  • United Quest℠ Card
    • 70,000 bonus Mileage Plus miles and 500 Premier qualifying points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within three (3) months of being approved for card membership. This offer expires on January 24, 2024. (The previous offer was 60,000.)
  • United℠ Explorer Card
    • 60,000 bonus Mileage Plus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases within three (3) months of being approved for card membership. This offer expires on January 24, 2024. (The previous offer was 50,000.)
  • United Gateway℠ Card
    • 30,000 bonus Mileage Plus mileage after you spend $1,000 on purchases within three (3) months of being approved for card membership. Plus, 0% intro APR for 12 months from account opening on purchases. This offer expires on January 24, 2024. (The previous offer was 30,000.)

Yes, they are Chase cards and subject to the 5/24 rule — but we hear Chase’s heart might be thawing a bit. It might be worth a try to apply.

United Explorer Card for the Win?

If you’re a regular United flyer, you probably already hold either the United Club℠ Infinite Card or at least the United Quest℠ Card.

But if you’re not particularly loyal to one airline and fly whichever carrier works best for your schedule and budget, you might consider the United℠ Explorer Card. (The annual fee is $0 for the first year. Then it’s $95 starting in year two.)

Here’s why:

  • You get two one-time passes for the United Club airport lounges each year. That’s a fun way to start your vacation!
  • You and a companion each get your first checked bag for free when flying United. That can save you up to $140 each roundtrip. That saves a few bucks when taking a long trip — especially some cruises.
  • 25% statement credit for inflight and United Club beverage purchases (we’ll hit on this more in a minute).
  • $100 Global Entry, TSA PreCheck®, or NEXUS fee credit.
    • You can pay for someone else’s Global Entry, PreCheck, or Nexys application fee. It doesn’t have to be your application.

That’s pretty good for a card whose annual fee is $95, which, again, doesn’t kick in until the second year.

Like most airline credit cards, the points earnings are kind of meh. That’s why we recommend cards belonging to flexible points programs such as Chase Ultimate Rewards.

25% Back at United Clubs

Here’s one thing all of the United cards feature: 25% back in statement credit for purchases made on board United flights and on premium drink purchases in United Clubs. (Put that in your pipes and smoke it, Delta and American!)

The United Club at LAX

Time to Set Sail

United’s four consumer/personal credit cards feature limited-time welcome offers. Those could come in handy to save you money on trips to/from future cruises. But pay attention to the benefits — those could make your trips even more enjoyable!

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Chris Carley
Chris Carley
Chris, in addition to running EyeoftheFlyer.com, is a travel, points, miles, and credit card aficiando. He can teach us how to leverage points to make one unimaginable cruise not just attainable but affordable. Why not fly and stay for free before the cruise — which you’ll pay for with points?

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