Update: Please read more here about how to see if you are targeted for the 70,000 mile offer on the United MileagePlus Explorer Card.

A few weeks back I wrote about the possibility of Chase releasing an increased 70,000 mile sign-up bonus offer on the United MileagePlus Explorer Card.

The increased offer is now live! You may be able to find the offer available through your United MileagePlus account, but you will only see the 70,000 mile offer if your account is targeted.

You can find reports and data points of people finding the offer here (Hat Tip: reddit user mileague).

How to Get the 70k United Explorer Card Offer

At this point in time the 70,000 mile sign-up bonus on the Chase United Explorer card appears to be targeted, which means there is no public application link.

Given that this is a targeted offer your results may vary and you may only see the offer for 30,000 or 50,000 miles.

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Check to see if you are targeted by logging in to your account.

You can check to see if your account is targeted and if the offer is available to you by signing in to your United MileagePlus account using the link below.

Link: United Explorer Card 70,000 Offer

If your account is targeted you should be able to see a banner with the 70,000 offer on your account’s homepage. The offer may also be available when you log into your account via the mobile app.

Offer Details

The targeted offer is for 70,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months. The offer is valid until June 30th, 2016.

Explorer Card benefits:

  • Earn 2X miles on United purchases.
  • Earn 1X miles on all other purchases.
  • Free 1st checked bag
  • Priority boarding
  • Get 2 free United Club Passes each year
  • Annual fee: $95

Note: Remember that if you have received the sign-up bonus on this Chase card product in the past 24 months you are not eligible to earn the sign-up bonus. Also be sure to consider Chase’s 5/24 rule when applying for new Chase credit cards.

In the past Chase has generally been very good about matching higher sign-up bonus offer if you have applied for a lower offer on the same card in the past 90 days. If you are targeted for this offer I’d suggest sending Chase a secure message requesting to have the higher offer matched.

The Bottom Line

Overall this is exciting news to see an all-time high sign-up bonus offered on the Chase United Explorer card.

Right now the offer is only available to targeted United MileagePlus members, but let’s hope that this is an indicator of a higher public offer to come out in the future.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express

Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
Bonus: 25,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. Earn an additional 10,000 points after spending additional $2,000 within the first 6 months.

Benefits:
-- 2X Starpoints per dollar spent at SPG properties
-- 1X Starpoints per dollar spent on all other purchases.
-- No foreign transaction fee.
-- Free in-room internet & unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi.
-- 2 stay credits and 5 night credits towards elite status with Starwood each year.
-- Starwood Gold status when you spend $30,000 on the card annually.

Annual fee: $0 the first year, then $95

Quick review: Starpoints are incredibly valuable when redeemed for free nights and flexible since you can transfer them to numerous airline programs. When Starpoints are transferred to an airline program in increments of 20,000 points you get 5,000 extra miles. This means that for every dollar you spend on the card you are essentially earning 1.25 miles of the airline of your choice.

About the author

Rand Shoaf

Introduced to traveling at a young age, Rand has since traveled to over 45 countries. Learning how to maximize credit card sign-up bonuses in college has allowed him to earn millions of travel miles and points. Using the same tips and tricks he writes about here has ultimately allowed him to explore the word for pennies on the dollar.