There have been a number of reports that you can fiddle with the United website to get it to offer you a pretty lucrative sign-up bonus for the United Explorer Card. I have a predecessor to this card that I prefer, but if I were to be offered this sign-up bonus, I’d probably give it a swing (I haven’t been offered it yet).
For some, though, the offer doesn’t appear online. My father is one of them. I manage my father’s loyalty accounts for him, so snail mail comes to my house for the programs he belongs to. Lo and behold, he got a letter from MileagePlus detailing a very simliar offer for the Explorer Card.
There’s still 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months. And, there’s still 5,000 bonus miles for adding an authorized user.
There’s 10,000 bonus miles after you spend $25,000 in the first year on the card, though I would surely direct that kind of spend to more lucrative cards like the Ink Bold, depending on what types of things you’re charging to the card. Others have seen a $50 statement credit.
The card also comes with a free checked bag, priority boarding, 2 United Club passes and a few other odds & ends.
So, it might be worth keeping an eye on the mail over the next couple of weeks. Absent that, follow the directions in the first link, which I’ve also summarized below:
Login to your United MileagePlus account.
Try clicking this link. If it doesn’t work, try copying and pasting the link into a new browser window.
You can also try clicking on the “Credit Cardmembers” link under the “MileagePlus” header in the menubar.
This card is not churnable (meaning, you can’t apply for, and receive the bonus over and over again). More on churning in future posts.