[There are reports that the offer for 65,000 miles is currently dead and/or targeted]
There has been a lot of confusion about the 65,000 United MileagePlus Explorer Card bonus point offer that Chase United is currently offering.
It’s a very good deal if you can get 50,000 or more points, but it is a targeted offer and a lot of people are not seeing the offer–instead they’re getting the regular offer for 30,000 points.
*If you already have a Chase United Explorer card, chances are that you won’t be seeing or be eligible for either offers. Unfortunately, that’s because in the Chase United Explorer disclaimer it states that “previous and existing United Airlines cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer.” Other Chase cards are fine, just not the United Explorer. Chase let’s you sign up with as many credit cards you’re eligible for, but usually only allows one bonus per product. That means that if you have an older Chase United credit card that is not the Explorer card, you can qualify for this offer.
Don’t already have the card and still not seeing the 65,000 bonus points offer?
If you don’t already have the card and you’re only seeing the offer for 30,000 points, there are ways to try to increase it to 65,000 bonus points.
First off, you need to have miles in your MileagePlus account to be considered for the offer. If you don’t have any miles in your account, an easy way to do this is by transferring 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points from your Ink Bold, Ink Plus or Sapphire Preferred credit cards into your MileagePlus account. If you don’t have any transferable points lying around, the MileagePlus Dining program is a solid option to earn quick points. After spending $50 at a participating restaurant and filling out a survey, you’re given 1,000 points so use those to boost your eligibility.
Once you have your miles transferred and set in your MileagePlus account, follow this simple two-step instruction get closer with the 65,000 point bonus:
It is very likely that the preferred 65,000 bonus offer will appear while you are logged into your MileagePlus Account. If you do you can apply and make sure to take a screenshot of the offer!
Other steps to take:
– Clear out the cookies from your browser. If the system recognizes that you have already seen the lower offer, it’s likely that it will continue to show you the same offer.
– Paste and refresh the link a few times until the offer appears (this could work.) Then take a screenshot of the offer.
– Switch browsers. The browser you’re using may also prevent the higher offer from showing up. Try switching between Chrome or Firefox. If those don’t work, then try a search with Internet Explorer.
Worth the effort?
The Chase Explorer card comes with:
- Double United miles on United purchases
- Check your first bag free
- Priority boarding
- Two complimentary passes to the United Club per year
- 50,000 miles – 2 domestic tickets within the US or to Canada
- 60,000 miles – Coach ticket to Europe
- 100,000 miles – Business class ticket to Europe on United or other Star Alliance Airlines
Even if the $25,000 spending limit is not met in the first year for the 65,000 bonus points, the 55,000 bonus point is still a great deal.
Once you’ve been approved…
In the first three months of signing up there’s a 55,000 bonus for spending $1,000 and adding an authorized user (or else it’s 50,000 without the additional user.) To get the rest of the 10,000 remaining points you need to spend $25,000 in the first year—-seems like a lot, but read up on our simple tips to help you meet the spending requirement if you need help making this happen.
Still not happening?
If all else fails and you’re still interested in earning points with Chase United, then stick with the 30,000 offer. For one, there are no introductory fees for the first year. Then, after enrolling in the program send a secured message to Chase and ask to be reconsidered for the 55,000 bonus, which could work out in favor of the card holder. You still get the airline perks and two domestic airline tickets.