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New United Explorer card offers 2x miles on hotels and restaurants

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Chase has launched a new version of the United Explorer card that offers 40,000 bonus miles and a $100 statement credit for new applicants through Aug. 15, 2018.

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Chase has launched a new version of the United Explorer card that includes a 2-mile bonus on restaurant purchases and hotel stays. Additionally, new cardholders who apply by Aug. 15, 2018, can earn a 40,000-mile sign-up bonus and a $100 statement credit.

Here are the updates at a glance:

  • New look – The card features a new design.
  • Increased sign-up bonus – Along with earning 40,000 miles after $2,000 spend, new cardholders can earn 25,000 additional miles after spending $10,000 in the first six months.
  • Increased rewards rate – Cardholders receive 2 miles per dollar on hotel stays and restaurant purchases.
  • $100 application credit – Cardholders receive a $100 statement credit when applying for Global Entry or TSA Precheck.
  • 25 percent discount – The card offers a 25 percent discount on in-flight purchases, including Wi-Fi and food purchases.
  • Removal of price protection – The card no longer offers price protection, which previously covered the difference in price if an item had a lower advertised price within 90 days of purchasing it.
  • Removal of return protection – The card no longer offers return protection, which previously reimbursed you for eligible items that a store wouldn’t take back within 90 days of purchase.
  • Decreased trip cancellation coverage – Chase has decreased the card’s trip cancellation coverage to $1,500.

Existing cardholders will will automatically be upgraded to the new offer.

Comparing United Explorer card offers

In addition to earning 2 miles per dollar on hotel stays and restaurant purchases, cardholders will continue to earn 2 miles per dollar tickets purchased from United and 1 mile per dollar on general purchases. See how the new offer compares to the previous offer in the table below:

Updated offerPrevious offer
Rewards rate
  • 2 miles per dollar on hotel stays
  • 2 miles per dollar on restaurant purchases
  • 2 miles per dollar on United Airlines purchases
  • 1 mile per dollar on general purchases
  • 2 miles per dollar on United Airlines purchases
  • 1 mile per dollar on general purchases
Sign-up bonus
  • 40,000 miles when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months
  • 25,000 additional miles after you spend $10,000 in the first six months
  • 40,000 miles when you spend $2,000 in the first 3 months
  • 5,000 miles when you add the first authorized user and make your first purchase in the first 3 months
Annual fee$95, waived first year$95, waived first year
Card benefits
  • Last seat availability
  • Miles don’t expire
  • Free checked bag when you pay with card (for two people)
  • Priority boarding
  • Two Club passes per year
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check statement credit
  • 25% discount on in-flight purchases (including Wi-Fi, food and beverages)
  • Last seat availability
  • Miles don’t expire
  • Free checked bag when you pay with card (for two people)
  • Priority boarding
  • Two Club passes per year
  • No foreign transaction fees

Should you apply now?

If you’re interested in earning an influx of miles to use toward summer travel, now is a good time to sign up for the United Explorer card.

See related: Earn 40,000 bonus miles and a $100 statement credit with the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card, United MileagePlus Dining guide, MileagePlus X: A unique, mobile way to earn miles on United

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