MileagePlus Explorer card signup bonus down to 40k miles

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Hopefully many of you were able to enjoy the recent 70k signup bonus offer for this card. It was the first time that saw that high an offer on this card. Even if you missed that one, you still might have jumped on the decent -however, more common- increased signup bonus of 50k. This latter offer expired a few days ago and I expected the signup bonus offer to go down all the way to the standard 30k offered on this card. Interestingly, the current public signup offer on this card is 40k miles

I’m not sure whether to think this is an increased signup offer or if its the new ‘standard’ offer on the card. What I know is that if you’re in need of United miles, you can leverage this decent offer, and avoid having to do things like purchasing miles, even though the best bonus offer on purchased miles that I’ve ever seen available to the general public is currently running. So is this card really worth it?

 

What you get

  • 40,000 bonus miles after spending 2,000 within the first three months (value of $600)
  • Free first checked bag (value of $25 each time you check a bag)
  • Priority boarding
  • Two United club passes every year (value of $59 each)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 10,000 bonus miles when spending $25,000 or more in a calendar year (value of $150)
  • 5,000 bonus miles when adding the first authorized user to your account (value of $75)
  • Better award availability
  • Last seat booking as Standard Award
  • MileagePlus X 25% award miles bonus
  • Two miles per dollar spent on United purchases
  • One mile per dollar spent on other purchases
  • Trip delay reimbursement
  • $95 annual fee

 

 

This card is a keeper in my mind. Even though there’s a $95 annual fee, every year I offset the fee and enjoy its benefits. Additionally, Chase is good about offering a statement credit or additional United club passes to offset the annual fee charge, all you have to do is call. So the question is WHY NOT have this card in your wallet even after the first year signup bonus. Remember, after the first year, you still have the following:

  • Free first checked bag (value of $25 each time you check a bag)
  • Priority boarding
  • Two United club passes every year (value of $59 each)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 10,000 bonus miles when spending $25,000 or more in a calendar year (value of $150)
  • Better award availability
  • Last seat booking as Standard Award
  • MileagePlus X 25% award miles bonus
  • Two miles per dollar spent on United purchases
  • One mile per dollar spent on other purchases
  • Trip delay reimbursement

Easy to offset the annual fee. I won’t be getting rid of this one anytime soon. How about you? Will you jump on this 40,000 signup bonus offer?

Give me your thoughts