The United card offer came out last night and quite frankly I am extremely disappointed in the terms of the offer. Here is a link: (original link expired)
It may offer 40,000 miles but you need $25,000 in spend to get the full 40k. and the wording indicates that you cannot be a previous United cardholder and get the bonus. I don’t know if that will hold true but the start for this card leaves me feeling let down.
The big spend for the last 10K is bad enough but when a card is hyped as a new card, that to me means that there can’t be a prior cardholder restriction. It is a new card. These terms and conditions show a prior card holder restriction: I bolded the wording:
Here is the wording even in todays announcement:
“Beginning today Tuesday, July 19th at 9am ET, Chase is launching two new airline travel cards, United MileagePlus® Explorer card and Continental Airlines OnePass® Plus card.”
United MileagePlus® Explorer Card:
You will first be considered for a Signature card. If you do not qualify for that product, you will automatically be considered for a Platinum card, which has different fees, benefits, and credit availability. Platinum benefits does not include Concierge Service. For pricing details, please see Pricing and Terms. For benefits details, please read your credit card benefits materials, which will be mailed after your account is established.
Earn up to 40,000 Bonus Miles
25,000 Bonus Miles:
With this bonus offer you will receive 25,000 bonus miles. You will qualify and receive your bonus after your first use of the card. First use includes using your account for purchases, balance transfers, or any checks that are used to access your account; cash advances are not included. After qualifying, please allow 6–8 weeks for bonus miles to post to your account. This one-time bonus offer is valid only for first-time United Airlines personal cardmembers with new accounts. Previous and existing United Airlines personal cardmembers/accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer.
5,000 Bonus Miles:
With this bonus offer you will receive 5,000 bonus miles. To qualify and receive your bonus, your first use of the card and addition of an authorized user to your account must both occur during the first 2 months from account opening. First use includes using your account for purchases, balance transfers, or any checks that are used to access your account; cash advances are not included. After qualifying, please allow 6–8 weeks for bonus miles to post to your account. This one-time bonus offer is valid only for first-time United Airlines personal cardmembers with new accounts. Previous and existing United Airlines personal cardmembers/ accounts are not eligible for this bonus offer. Additional cards and all cardmember communications will be mailed to the primary cardmember, who is responsible for all charges made by the authorized users. Reference to the account may appear on the authorized users’ credit reports.
10,000 Bonus Miles:
See Earn MileagePlus Miles section below.
Annual Fee & Pricing:
Please see Pricing and Terms for complete details about rates, fees, and other costs.
Free Checked Bag:
Free bag is for first checked bag for up to two people per reservation. Fees for additional/oversized/overweight bags will apply. Purchase of ticket(s) with MileagePlus® Explorer Card required. See www.united.com/chasebag for details.
MileagePlus Explorer Card members will be granted boarding access to the plane after the boarding of Special Needs passengers, elites and those with Premier Access designations, but before General Boarding of the remaining passengers. Benefits apply to the primary cardmember on the credit card account and anyone traveling on the same reservation. Benefits are available as long as the credit card account is open and not in default.Upon cancellation of the credit card account, all benefits will be cancelled. Chase Bank USA, N.A. is not responsible for the provision of or failure to provide the stated benefits.
Two United Club Passes:
Please allow 6 – 8 weeks from your credit card account anniversary date each year for delivery. To qualify for this bonus offer, your credit card account must be open and not in default at the time of fulfillment. Valid when presented at any United Club location. Each pass is valid for one (1) guest for one (1) visit. United Club representatives will retain this certificate. No cash value. Cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. All United Club membership guidelines apply. Chase Bank USA, N.A. is not responsible for offer fulfillment.
Earn MileagePlus Miles:
You will earn 1 mile for each $1 of net purchases. You will earn 1 additional mile for each $1 of net purchases made directly from United and on tickets purchased directly from Continental and at continental.com. As a one-time bonus each Year, once you reach $25,000 or more in net purchases you will receive 10,000 miles. (“Year” means, for your first year as a cardmember, the period beginning with your enrollment date through your December statement date of that same year. For each year thereafter, “Year” means the twelve month period beginning the day after your December statement date through your December statement date of the next year.) There is no maximum number of miles that you can accumulate in the program. You do not earn miles on balance transfers, cash advances, cash-like charges such as travelers checks, foreign currency, and money orders, any checks that are used to access your account, overdraft advances, interest, unauthorized or fraudulent charges, or fees of any kind, including fees for products that protect or insure the balances of your account. See Rewards Program Rules and Regulations, which will be mailed after your account is established.
Your miles will not expire as long as there is activity on your credit card account, including paying your annual membership fee, and the credit card account is open and not in default. Upon cancellation of your credit card ac- count your miles will expire according to the MileagePlus Program Rules.
MileagePlus Travel Protection & Services:
Certain restrictions, limitations, and exclusions apply. Once your account is opened, please see your Guide to Benefits for details.
United MileagePlus Visa Card Program Information:
Individuals whose requests for this offer are not approved will not be enrolled in MileagePlus through this request, although existing MileagePlus members will remain enrolled in MileagePlus. Authorized users will not be enrolled in MileagePlus as a result of this request. MileagePlus miles awarded through the use of the authorized user’s card will only be credited to the primary cardmember’s account. If a cardmember’s membership in United’s MileagePlus Program is terminated in accordance with the terms and conditions of that Program, the cardmember will no longer be eligible for or receive any MileagePlus miles for purchases using the United MileagePlus Card. Chase’s sole obligation concerning the award and redemption of miles shall be to make a valid request to United to award miles to the cardmember’s associated MileagePlus Visa card account. Chase disclaims liability or responsibility for United’s failure to award or redeem miles to the cardmember’s associated MileagePlus account after Chase has met its obligations to United in connection with such a request.
As of early this morning I have not seen anything on the Continental new product. I’m Bummin’
It is basically the same info for the Continental card. Oh well.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- Annual Fee: $95 fee waived for the first year
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The Sapphire Preferred offers 2x points on dining and travel, and no foreign transaction fees, making this the go-to card for travelers.
This card accumulates Ultimate Rewards points, which are very valuable for transfer to United and Hyatt. Overall, this card is a great choice for maximizing earnings on dining, travel, and every day spend.
- Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $500 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate RewardsSM
- Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening.
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases
- No foreign transaction fees, plus Chip and Signature enabled for international travel.
- 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs at full value — that means 1,000 Ultimate Rewards points equal 1,000 partner miles/points.
- 24/7 direct access to dedicated customer service specialists
- Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95