Published on June 17th, 2017 | by sirtheta75
July 31st – Last Day for Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Increased Bonus of up to 70,000 Miles + $50 (Recheck To See If You’re Targeted)
Update: Expiry date is now July 31st, 2017. It seems when Chase extends the expiry date new people are also targeted for the offer so worth checking to see if that applies to you.
Update, April 4: Chase has extended the offer yet again to April 30, so I’m republishing yet again… (Be sure to re-check whether you are targeted.)
Update, March 21: this post was originally published on March 16, when the offer was set to end March 31. I have updated the post and have republished it because Chase has extended the offer again, to April 15.
Following up on some comments on Will’s post from yesterday, the increased offer on the United MileagePlus Explorer is available until April 15, 2017.
According to my e-mail records, the offer was originally set to expire February 28 (e-mail dated Feb. 7), then March 15 (e-mail dated Feb. 21), then March 31 (e-mail dated Mar. 7), then April 15 (e-mail dated Mar. 21), and now April 30 (e-mail dated Apr. 4). It looks like other readers got e-mails at the same time. You’ll notice that these e-mails are all 14 days apart—so it may be worth waiting until April 18 to see if the offer is extended again! (note: this originally said March 21 and Chase has now extended the offer four times, so it could very well happen again.)
It’s unknown if the public offer of 50,000 miles + $50 statement credit will disappear when the 70,000 miles offer ends, but I’d consider that a good bet.
As reader Zorba mentions, the refreshes on this offer means it’s probably worth checking if you’re targeted even if you weren’t targeted previously.
These direct links require you to be targeted & logged in to your United account: 70,000 + $50; 70,000. Though I’m targeted, I haven’t been able to get those links to work, for some reason. These direct links do work for me: 70,000 + $50; 70,000 (pulled from the ads I see when logging in to my United account).
- 70,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. Plus, earn a $50 Statement Credit after your first purchase.
- If you’re targeted for the 70,000 miles offer, you should be able to get the $50 statement credit by doing a dummy booking.
- If none of the links work, check your e-mail or log in to your United account and see if you’re targeted.
Same as always. 70,000 miles is the best signup bonus Chase has offered on this card, and it’s certainly worth going for. There are several things to keep in mind, though.
First, even if you’re targeted by e-mail or physical mail, this card is subject to the 5/24 rule (which makes it mutually exclusive with some other 5/24 Chase cards, some of which have a signup bonus that you may value more than 70,000 United miles). Second, in-branch pre-approvals for the United MileagePlus Explorer are possible and do bypass 5/24, but the offer is for 50,000 miles + $50 statement credit and DPs are scant as to whether Chase will match to 70,000 miles (let us know if you try!) (reader irshad was successful matching from an online application).
Edit: Originally, I incorrectly stated that the annual fee is waived on the 50,000 miles offer. That is not the case for the personal card, though it is for the business card (but the business card does not have a generally available 70,000 miles offer). Apologies for the error.
Those caveats aside (and they don’t apply to anywhere near everyone), this is a great offer and I’d certainly be going for it if I weren’t well over 5/24.
If you’re thinking of applying, make sure to read these things everybody should know about Chase first.