For the first time ever, the United MileagePlus Club card comes with a signup bonus, and a nice one at that: 50,000 after $3,000 spend within the first 3 months. As Gary L. shared in VFTW, this card quietly comes great benefits or cardholders, and although I’ve never personally held this card, I’m certainly thinking about it now. It does come with a steep $450 annual fee, so is it really worth it?
Why you want this card
- 50,000 bonus miles after $3,000 spend within first 3 months
- 1.5 miles per dollar earnings on all purchases
- 2 miles per dollar earnings on United tickets
- Waived close-in award booking fees
- Access to all United Club locations and participating Star Alliance lounges worldwide
- Current United Club members reimbursement for unused portion of membership
- Free first and second checked bags
- Hertz President’s Circle Elite Status
- Hyatt Discoverist Status
Why you may not want/can’t have this card
- $450 annual fee (see how a credit card’s benefits can offset lofty annual fees such as these)
- Under Chase 5/24 rule
- You don’t fly United 🙂
Unlike the MileagePlus Explorer card, I wouldn’t recommend this to the infrequent traveler. If you’re in airports once or twice a year, you’ll do just fine with the MileagePlus Explorer card.
Who should apply?
- The frequent traveler, one who can leverage the club entrance benefits and other card benefits to justify the annual fee
- If you’re already a United Club member, why not pay essentially the same toward the annual fee as for the membership, and enjoy all the additional benefits?
Great to see more methods to earn United miles!