Earn 60,000 Bonus Miles For Spending $3,000 On The Chase United Explorer Consumer Card

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Earn 60,000 Bonus Miles For Spending $3,000 On The Chase United Explorer Consumer Card

Limited time signup bonus

From today through 9/30, you can earn 60,000 bonus miles for opening a Chase United Explorer card and spending $3,000 within 3 months.

Note you can also earn 100,000 miles on the United Club Infinite Card. You can read more about that card here.

Comparison to previous signup bonus:

The standard offer for this card is 40K miles for spending $2,000.

Annual fee

The $95 annual fee is waived for the first year with this offer.

Welcome bonus terms

You can receive the bonus on this card if you haven’t received a bonus on a United Explorer Consumer card in the past 24 months and don’t currently have a United Explorer Consumer card.

You can receive the bonus on this card even if you got a United business card or United Club card in the past 24 months or currently have a United business card or United Club card.


All Chase cards are now subject to 5/24 restrictions. That means it will be hard to get approved if you have been approved for 5 or more consumer credit cards in the past 24 months. Read more about that here.

Card benefits

United has added new features to the United Explorer card:

  • It now earns 2 miles per dollar on hotels and dining as well as on United purchases.
  • Cardholders get Global Entry/Pre-Check for free.
  • Cardholders get a 25% rebate on inflight WiFi, food, and drink purchases.

The card continues to offer benefits like:

  • A free checked bag for the cardholder and a companion, even on basic economy fares.
  • A free carry-on bag for the cardholder and companions, even on basic economy fares.
  • Priority boarding for the cardholder and companions, even on basic economy fares.
  • The ability to use online checkin and get a boarding pass in advance on basic economy fares. United does not allow online checkin on basic economy fares unless you have elite status or a United card with free bags.
  • 2 free United Club passes every year for being a cardmember.
  • Primary rental car CDW insurance in every country.
  • No foreign exchange fees.
  • Exclusive cardmember access to auctions that allow you to use your miles for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. A few years ago I used 25K miles for 4 field box seats to an Indians game along with the right to run onto the field before the top of the 7th inning and swipe 2nd base right off the field. Nobody could believe it as I walked around the ballpark with 2nd base. I even got it signed after the game by the Indians wining pitcher that night, who was equally shocked that I actually had 2nd base.
  • Cardholders with United elite status get free upgrades on coach award tickets on upgrade eligible routes.
  • If you spend $12K/year on the card it will give you 500 PQPs and if you spend $24K/year you’ll get 1,000 PQPs. PQPs from multiple cards can stack together.
  • United miles never expire, even if you close your card.

You can downgrade this card to a no-annual fee card.

Expanded award ticket availability

The reason this card is the best airline card you can get isn’t for the spending benefits, it’s for the perks. And they are awesome.

The reason this is my favorite airline card is that the United card is the only airline card that offers expanded award ticket availability.

This increases the value of your miles significantly and in turn makes the Chase Quadfecta/Quinfecta spending strategy even more valuable.

Cardholders have access to expanded saver coach award availability (XN class), last seat standard coach award availability (YN class), and last seat standard business/first class award availability (JN class).

It’s not just slightly expanded. There is a world of difference between the availability that cardholders can access and the availability for non-cardholders.

Read more about this in the United Expert Mode post.

This availability differential applies to all domestic and international routes and makes it crucial to be a United cardholders.

ll domestic and international routes and makes it crucial to be a United cardholders.

Expanded Plan B availability

As you have better access to saver coach awards you’ll also have better ability to do Plan B awards.

Plan B allows you to redeem for saver business class awards when there’s only saver coach available! Read more about Plan B in this post.

No airline besides United offers a Plan B style award redemption.

Discounted awards for cardholders

United runs promotions offering discounts on award flights for cardholders.

They have offered these discounts for travel to TahitiSki destinationsHawaii, Mexico, The Caribbean, and more.

Here Is United’s Hidden Award Chart

United no longer publishes an award chart, but rates for United flights found in their old award chart are still correct.

United does charge a close-in mileage surcharge and they can be found in the chart below. Note that the you’ll want to book travel as 2 one-ways to avoid paying the surcharge on the return leg when it wouldn’t apply when booked separately. However if you do that you would lose your ability to take a free stopover.

Partner award rates have gone up and they can be found in the unpublished award chart below with one-way rates for flights to/from the mainland US:

United flightsPartner flights
Close-in surcharge within 7 days2.5K-3K miles
1K-3.5K miles
Close-in surcharge 8-21 days in advance2K-2.5K miles1K-3.5K miles
Mainland US/Canada12.5K Coach
25K Business
35K Premium Business
14K Coach
27.5K Business
Alaska17.5K Coach
30K Business
40K Premium Business
19.5K Coach
33K Business
Hawaii22.5K Coach
40K Business
50K Premium Business
25K Coach
44K Business
Mexico17.5K Coach
30K Business
19.5K Coach
33K Business
Central America17.5K Coach
30K Business
19.5K Coach
33K Business
Northern South America20K Coach
35K Business
22K Coach
38.5K Business
Southern South America30K Coach
60K Business
33K Coach
66K Business
Europe30K Coach
60K Business
33K Coach
77K Business
121K First
Africa40K Coach
70K Business
44K Coach
88K Business
143K First
Middle East42.5K Coach
75K Business
47K Coach
93.5K Business
154K First
Central Asia42.5K Coach
75K Business
47K Coach
93.5K Business
154K First
South Asia40K Coach
75K Business
44K Coach
99K Business
154K First
North Asia35K Coach
70K Business
38.5K Coach
88K Business
132K First
Japan and Oceania35K Coach
70K Business
38.5K Coach
88K Business
121K First
Australia and New Zealand40K Coach
80K Business
44K Coach
99K Business
143K First

Excursionist Perk

While American and Delta have eliminated free stopovers, United continues to offer a free excursionist perk as described in this post. Just use the multi-city award search on United.com to piece it together.


A round-trip to 2 Hawaiian Islands is just 45,000 miles round-trip thanks to the free excursionist perk:


A round-trip ticket to 2 European or South American cities is just 60,000 miles round-trip thanks to the free excursionist perk:



A flight to 2 of my favorite cities in Asia, Hong Kong and Chiang Mai, Thailand is 80K miles thanks to the perk:


You’re even allowed a free open jaw in addition to the perk to really maximize your travel. For example this itinerary includes travel to London, Paris, and Zurich. You can take a train or use 4.5K BA Avios to get from London to Paris to fill the hole in the open jaw:


Of course the free stopover isn’t just useful from the US.

You can stopover in NYC and LA when flying from Tel Aviv to the US:



If you find yourself in Japan you can fly on the island hopper to 2 cities in Micronesia (I’ve been hankering to get back to Palau since the moment I left) for 30K miles:

Partner airlines

United has dozens of partner airlines which means lots of great award opportunities. It can be worth checking for award space on partner sites like ANA or Aeroplan.com to search for award availability and then call United to book if you don’t see availability on United.

Partners airlines include:

  • ANA
  • Aegean Airlines
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air Dolomiti
  • Air India
  • Air New Zealand
  • Aeromar
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Avianca Airlines
  • Azul Brazilian Airlines
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Cape Air
  • Copa Airlines
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • Edelweiss
  • Egyptair
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Eurowings
  • Germanwings
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Island Air
  • Juneyao Airlines
  • LOT Polish
  • Lufthansa
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Silver Airways
  • Singapore
  • South African Airways
  • Swiss International Airlines
  • TAP Portugal
  • THAI
  • Turkish Airlines

Will you signup for a United Explorer card?

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33 Comments On "Earn 60,000 Bonus Miles For Spending $3,000 On The Chase United Explorer Consumer Card"

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Would chase this offer if I recently applied with the 40k offer?


I’m on the phone now with chase trying to get the this offer as I applied a few weeks ago with the 40K offer, I’ll let you know


I’m in the same situation as you, applied and got approved for this card with the 40K bonus miles right before they offered the 60K bonus. Were you able to change to 60K bonus?


Do additional card holders get any of the benefits, such as free baggage and expended award?


On this card would you get free seat selection on basic economy fares?


Besides the bonus amount, club entry and the difference in the amount of free bags is this the same as the club card or there are more hidden benefits?


I don’t know if I’ve had this card already and if I am eligible for the bonus. How can I find out?


In regards to award flight availability are there any differences from this card to the infinite card?


When you say that you get a free checked bag/free carry-on-bag/priority boarding for the cardholder and a companion, even on basic economy fares, does that have to be booked on the primary card or can it be booked even on an authorized user card?


Applied for the Business Explorer card, same 60k bonus. Got Turned down because “INSUFFICIENT BALANCE ON DEPOSIT AND INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS WITH US” Since when does Chase make you keep money with them to get their United card??? Any one else have this? (Credit rating is 825 so we know that wasn’t a factor…)


Dan, are you positive that with this card you can have a free carry on even in basic economy?
My friend had an issue even when he showed them the card


I booked a flight using UA voucher and paid a little extra for seat upgrades using my Explorer card but doesn’t give me the free bags any advice @dan


1. Is expanded award availability (your post about expert mode) only for coach or is it for business class too? All the codes you gave: JN, XN, etc. are for coach tickets.
2. Can you still sell the one-time pass to someone else or is it now exclusively for the card member and cannot be transferred?


Dan: 2 questions
1. Are business class mileage awards also available through expert mode? In your post (from 2017) the codes listed: JN, XN etc. seem to be only economy fares.
2. Can you transfer the one-time pass to someones else or is it exclusively for the member? In other words, can I sell it like you used to be able to?


hi dan
thanks. they denied me saying that my account was not open for more then a year is there something i can do about it?