It’s been years since I obtained my United℠ Explorer Card — so lengthy that I don’t keep in mind what number of miles I obtained as a sign-up bonus or what I spent them on. What’s extra, today, I seldom use this card, focusing as an alternative on constructing my mileage balances with Bonvoy and Chase Final Rewards®.
But the United℠ Explorer Card stays in my pockets and I proceed paying the annual payment ($zero for the primary yr, then $95). Why? As a result of the distinctive advantages make this card value preserving.
Extra flight redemption choices
My favourite perk of the United℠ Explorer Card pops up each time I search United’s web site for a reward flight. It’s the phrases, “Solely accessible to you as a MileagePlus Chase Cardmember” that seem subsequent to fairly a number of flight choices. It signifies that as a result of I’ve the United℠ Explorer Card, I’m in a position to make use of miles to e-book saver-level flights that are not accessible to non-cardholders.
Having extra flights to select from may be very interesting. For one factor, I can select flights that higher go well with my journey plans. This contains flights with higher departure occasions, nonstops versus connecting flights and the like. And since I’ve extra flight choices, I’ve extra seating choices.
If the aisle seats have already been scooped up on one flight, I can test the seating chart on flights the place saver awards aren’t accessible to different MileagePlus members. The percentages of getting caught in a center seat on a United flight are significantly diminished by having this card.
Two free United membership passes yearly
United Membership airport lounges provide a spacious, stress-free place to attend on your flight whereas having fun with free drinks, snacks Wi-Fi and different very nice perks. You should buy a United Membership cross for $59 per individual.
My United℠ Explorer Card comes with two free lounge passes yearly. The worth of those passes greater than offsets the annual payment if I get the prospect to make use of them, which I do most years.
Free checked bag
The free checked bag perk may also make up for this card’s annual payment. With out this bank card, I’d pay $30 every option to test a bag on a United flight, at a value of $60 round-trip. A free checked bag is like cash within the financial institution for me.
It is a perk custom-tailored for stress circumstances who actually — actually — do not need to fear about getting on a airplane, discovering the overhead area utterly full, then fumbling to take out laptops and e-readers so the flight attendant can gate-check your carry-on bag.
After I e-book a United flight, I’m mechanically assigned to an earlier boarding group than most different economy-class passengers. All I’ve to do is present my MileagePlus quantity on my reservation. The system acknowledges me as a United℠ Explorer Card accountholder. This advantages helps guarantee loads of area for my carry-on within the overhead compartment.
Miles don’t expire
I earn United miles very slowly. With this card in my pockets, I can let my mileage stability construct as slowly as I like with out worrying about these miles expiring.