Chase Launches New United MileagePlus Explorer Card!

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Chase is now synergizing the benefits of the Continental and United cards and has added some great new benefits. If you have an older United card you can call the number on the back of the card to convert it to a MileagePlus Explorer Card. Continental OnePass Plus cardholders will be automatically converted over the the MileagePlus Explorer card next year, but you can also call to convert your card earlier if you so desire, but the benefits are now the same.

This is the last chance you will have to earn the signup bonus on both the Continental and United cards!
Miles can be transferred freely between the Continental and United programs.
With miles from either program you can book travel on any of the dozens of Star Alliance partners. They are both extremely valuable miles and they both can be used for one-way tickets now. However there are still many advantages to Continental miles, so you’ll probably want to transfer your United miles there. See below for a comparison.
Best of all neither program charges any fuel surcharges, something that most other programs can’t say.

For each card you can get 25,000 miles for signing up and making a purchase and 5,000 miles for adding an additional cardholder, so you’ll get a total of 30,000 miles for signing up!
You can add the 2nd user onto the account when applying online.
There is no fee for the first year, the fee is $95 for subsequent years.


-Priority boarding.
Always have room for your carry-ons because you will be able to board in the elite line. On Continental you will board together with elites for now and on United you will board right after elite members and before everyone else.
-First checked bag free.
When flying on United or Continental you will get a free checked bag for yourself and everyone else on your reservation.
You can also add other family members as free secondary users on your account so that they can get free baggage as well when they’re not traveling with you. The fee waiver for secondary users isn’t automatic as it is for the primary cardholder, but you just have to show your card to the ticketing agent and they’ll be able to waive your checked bag fee!
-Miles that never expire.
Currently Continental miles don’t expire but United miles expire after 18 months. It appears in the new program that miles will expire, but if you are a cardholder your miles will not expire!
-Primary Car Rental CDW Insurance.
Most cards have secondary DCW insurance when you rent a car. This means that if you damage your rental vehicle you must file the claim with your own personal insurance policy first, and only if they won’t cover the damage will the credit card cover the damage.
With primary rental car CDW insurance you will not have to file anything with your own insurance company. Chase will cover the entire bill for any damage to your rental car. Just be sure to decline the rental agency’s CDW coverage and Chase will have your back! This primary CDW coverage applies everywhere in the world except in Israel, Jamaica, and Ireland (blame the bad drivers there!)
-United Club passes.
You will get 2 club passes (a $100 value) on every anniversary date of your card.
-Upgrades on Reward tickets for Elite members.
When flying on Continental, elite members can now be upgraded even on a mileage ticket for upgrade eligible flights. This benefit will also be introduced to United flights for 2012.
-Last seat EasyPass availability.
Currently on Continental only elite members can redeem extra miles (typically double) for last-seat availability. This is being introduced on United as well. During peak periods (like for flight to Tel Aviv during the holiday seasons) there may not be availability for non-elites. With this benefit credit card holders will also get last seat easypass availability when they need it.
-Double miles on Continental and United tickets.
-Annual spending threshold bonus.
Get 10,000 additional bonus miles with $25,000 or more in eligible spend each calendar year.
-In-flight Discounts
By having the card you will get a $2 discount off in-flight alcoholic beverages and $2 off in-flight DirecTV service!
-Concierge Service
-Luxury Hotels & Resorts Program
-Cardholders will also be able to use Chase’s new concierge service to book from the “Luxury Hotels and Resorts Collection” When you book through the concierge you will get exclusive benefits, upgrades, and amenities.

The cards also some with ultra-premium benefits and insurances that normally only come with much more expensive cards, including:
-Price protection: If you find an ad, online or in-store, that the price of an item you bought within the past 90 days is lower than what you paid, you can get a refund of up to $500 per item and $1,500 per year!
-Return protection: Return an item up to $300 and up to $1,000 a year within 90 days if the store won’t take it back.
-Free roadside assistance: Up to $50 per event
-Delayed baggage insurance: Up to $300 of essential items covered per ticket.
-Trip delay Insurance: Up to $300 per ticket if your flight is delayed to spend on hotels, cars, etc.
-Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance: Up to $1,500 coverage per event.
-Lost or damaged luggage insurance: Up to $3,000 coverage per event
-Travel Accident Insurance: Up to $500,000 per event
-Emergency evacuation, transportation, and medical coverage.
-Extended Warranty Protection: Extra year warranty.
-Purchase protection: If an item you bought within the past 90 days is stolen or damaged or if you have an “involuntary and accidental parting with the item” you can get a refund of up to $10,000 and up to $50,000 per year.
-Ticket Event Protection: If you can’t attend an event ticket for a covered reason you will get a refund of up to $500 per ticket, $2,000 per event, $4,000 annually.
-Identity Theft Protection: $1,000 coverage per stolen identity event.
Current advantages of Continental miles over United miles:
-Continental has more lenient routing rules (you can go to Australia via Asia for example) on award tickets.
-Continental has no “maximum permitted mileage” policy. If you can find award seats be designing your own roundabout routing it can usually be booked. On United there is a “maximum permitted mileage” policy, although they have just recently been moving towards a more generous policy by allowing people to exceed the maximum permitted mileage by 15%.
-Continental allows free routing changes on award tickets.
-Continental is partners with many non-Star Alliance carriers, like Virgin Atlantic.
-Continental allows for a free stopover and open-jaw on award tickets.
-Continental “Plan B” allows you to book a BusinessFirst award even if there is only coach availability and go on a waitlist and standby for a BusinessFirst seat. If you do not get the BusinessFirst seat (even if you do get a First class seat on the domestic flight) then you will get a refund of the additional miles that you paid for it!
-Continental allows you to book travel on non-Star Alliance partner carriers on the same itinerary and at the same rate as Star Alliance carriers. United has separate award charts for non-Star Alliance partner carriers that make them much more expensive than Star Alliance partners and won’t let you book travel on alliance and non-alliance partners on the same itinerary.
-Continental gives all Elite members significantly expanded coach saver award availability (XN) and coach (YN), first (FN), and businessfirst (FN) last seat standard award availability. Continental also gives Platinum Elite members expanded first and businessfirst (O) saver award availability.
-Continental’s agents are all located in the US. If you aren’t elite on United you will be routed to their offshore agents who can be very hard to understand at times.
-Continental allows you to book many more partner airline flights online than United does, thus avoiding phone booking fees. Although a manager from either airline should be able to waive the fee if you push hard enough due to the fact that it can’t be booked online.
-Continental miles don’t expire. United miles expire after 18 months of not having account activity.
-Continental counts all elite miles towards lifetime million miler status, even if it was flown on a partner airline, purchased on, or earned via the Presidential Plus credit card. United only counts miles that were actually earned by flying on a United flight.

Current advantages of United miles over Continental miles:
-United doesn’t charge a fee for changing a booked award flight to a flight within 21 days.
-United offers miles and money options for some flights to stretch your mileage balance with a cash supplement.

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if i switch from my united mileage to explorer do i receive any points for upgrading?


no, but if you apply for a new one (with a new mileage number preferably) then youll get the signup bonus again.


Just spoke to Cust. Service. I have a Milage Plus card. I asked to convert my card to the new explorer card. They said it would take two weeks to receive the card. I am flying United next week and would really like first bag free. He said I wouldn’t have the card by then.
He also told me that you can apply for the new explorer card even if you have the mileage plus card as it is a completely new and separate product.
I think rather than converting the card over (won’t receive any bonuses) it is better to apply for the new card.


@chaim: why do you say new mileage number i would like to add it to my existing mileage account


You don’t get any bonus if you are already a United Mileage Plus card holder


with a new mileage number you are able to get the bonus again and later you can merge the 2 mileage accounts into one account.


Is there a way for me to change my continental plus to elite status??


I’m flying soon with Continental and I have the noe-old OnePass Plus card. Do I get priority boarding or do I have to convert to the new card first?

Also, if the old ones are moving over to the new Explorer card, why are offering a new OnePass card. Is the new one any different?

Trying to help

@Chaim2: call again and speak to anther agent or maybe request them to over night you a card


Will the new program count all elite miles towards million miler status like continental currently does?


DOn’t understand I can sign up for both cards and get likie 60,000 miles? or it’s one over the other?


Does the current Continental One Pass card offer “PRIMARY Car Rental CDW Insurance”?


Just did research and it seems like when renting abroad all credit card coverage is Primary.


i read on continental’s website that the onepass is merging and will become only mileage plus. what does this mean if i am a onepass member? also can i merge my united and onepass miles together?


also, you said that in 2012 if you have the card then your miles wont expire. which card are you referring to? the united card or the continental card?


If you already have a onepass plus account you should now have all of these new benefits wihout having to switch your card over.

That’s unknown at this point, but I would guess that the answer is yes.

Correct, you can get both cards and get 60K miles!

Yes, but the previous United card did not have primary insurance.

The programs are being combined and rules for the new program are still a work in process.
You can transfer miles between the 2 programs as you feel like it though.

Both the Continental OnePass Plus and United MileagePlus Explorer.


Do I need to apply for both at the same time with 2 browser sessions, or can I do 1 after the other?


I have a one pass card right now. What I don’t understand is why they will send out a new card next if only the benefits are changing . And slap what’s gana be with my one pass account since it’s getting a Milage plus card??


Hi Dan,
just got Accpeted for the Chase Sapphire Card, Do u think i can try sign up for this one as well, or not the Smartest thing to do? and if there is no biggie to sign up should i already try the “3BM”?



if i already have the onepass plus card and now i sign up for the united explorer, will i have to cancel one of the cards in the future when they merge? otherwise i will get charged for both annual fees??


What is coach XN YN first FN Businessfirst FN
Is this award booking class


@Dan (elite members can now be upgraded even on a mileage ticket for upgrade eligible flights.) wich flights is eligible


On my current United card I get double miles on gas grocery etc. And 5k miles each anniversary if I change to the new card will I lose this


How many points to you get per dollar spent? And are there forex fees?


Hey Dan,
Do you know how long you have to keep an account open in order to keep bonus miles or sign-up cash-back with Chase and Citi?
E.g. with the United/continental cards if i close it as soon as the miles post will they deduct them?
Also, can you give me the offer code for secure message to increase my award for Sapphire and Continental?
Last question: what’s the bonus of having a Chase continental debit card if i have the credit card?
Thanks a lot!

Gold aa

Dan I dont know what’s going on but this is the 2nd time that I did not get the bonus mile i have the old united and u said that this is a new card but a got I letter that states that you can’t get the bonus mile


Elite award booking classes.

Signup miles are not deducted.

@Gold aa:
It is a new card, but as always with United and Continental cards if you don’t apply with a new frequent flyer number you will not get the miles again.


if i already have a onepass account but never had a cc with them, do i get the signup bonus?


they now offer 40,000 miles for the chase one pass pluss card
do you think i can ask for the 50,000 miles after getting this card (through secure messaging)?


do you have to be a one pass pluss member for the explore card


Of course.


You need a United MileagePlus number.


will these 2 credit cards be merged or just the rewards program?


just got matched for 55000 miles with the united card with additional user plus 50 dollar statement credit!!! thanks dan for keeping us posted!!