Posted by William Charles on January 23, 2020
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Published on January 23rd, 2020 | by William Charles

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Chase United MileagePlus Explorer – 60,000 Miles Publicly Available (AF Waived First Year)

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • Chase is offering a bonus of 60,000 miles after $3,000 in spend within three months, the annual fee of $95 is also waived for the first year

Card Details

  • Valid until 4/2/20
  • Annual fee of $95 waived first year
  •  Chase 5/24 rule applies to this card
  • 25% off in flight purchases when using your card (including WiFi and food/beverages)
  • $100 Global Entry/TSA PreCheck credit
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 2 miles per $1 spend with United Airlines, restaurant and hotel purchases
    • 1 mile per $1 spend on all other purchases
  • Last seat availability
  • Miles don’t expire
  • Free checked bag when you pay with card (for 2 people)
  • Priority boarding
  • 2 Club passes per year
  • No FX fees

Our Verdict

Previous offer was for 65,000 miles but required $10,000 in total spend. Even though this is 5,000 miles less considering the spend requirement is so much smaller I definitely think this is the better deal. This is the best deal we’ve seen as other similar deals still required $8,000 in spend. Most people won’t be eligible due to the 5/24 rule, but with the introduction of the Sapphire 48 rule I’m guessing more and more people are using a 5/24 slot on this card. There is also business offer for 100,000 miles. I’ll be adding this to our list of the best credit card bonuses.



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Shawn
Shawn

Saw your post yesterday about the final day for the 40k offer, jumped on it, of course now deeply regretting having done so.. Would calling Chase and asking nicely to be switched to this offer help? Anyone ever successfully gotten Chase to do that before?

Karo
Karo

I applied for the same card a month ago. Just called Chase asking the same question and they said no. They say they’ve received many calls with the same question but unfortunately, they cannot switch the promotion. Sigh.

St
St

Yes. Chase usually matches offers. Definitely call and ask for it to be matched. Let us know what happens.

Arthur
Arthur

now this starts to look a bit more compelling. might get this card in a month when im released from the 5/24 jail.

UnitedFunBucks
UnitedFunBucks

When you put it that way, I’ve got a self-imposed life sentence: Too many better offers out there, especially since United devalued their awards.

“Economy to Europe for just…. 90K!”

Chris B
Chris B

I don’t know what you are looking at, economy to Europe is still 60K round trip :/

Keith
Keith

Ever since the grounding of all 737 MAXs I have been having a very hard time being able to redeem airline miles for free flights.

Captain Oblivious
Captain Oblivious

It’s as if… the airlines don’t want us to use these “points” to fly for free… hmm.

Ferris
Ferris

40,327 people died in 2017 in the USA in car crashes, 0.013% of the population. For planes, it is 0.000019% if you count only developed countries population (only 1.3B of the world population).

J
J

This is completely irrelevant information.

Chimpo Cheetah
Chimpo Cheetah

I like it.

dayTradeIt
dayTradeIt

In a car, you at least have some degree of control, which isn’t quite the case for you on board of 737 MAX, unless you can fly

Ferris
Ferris

There have been no 737 max flights for almost a year

Cilia
Cilia

Good! There should be no 737 max flights EVER AGAIN.

Pahanin
Pahanin

Your data is meaningless because there’s probably 1,000,000,000,000,000 more cars in motion than planes and therefore, 40,327 vehicle deaths in 2017 is so small it doesn’t register on my calculator.

Ferris
Ferris

Some easy math does the trick. The average household (128M) takes 5 trips per day( averaging 29 miles) netting 640M trips. There are approximately 50M flights per year. So, since there is a 12.8:1 ratio of flights to car trips, we have to adjust the stats I posted above.

Now, car crashes still have a 0.013% fatality rate, but flights move up to 0.000228%, meaning you are still 57 times more likely to die in a car crash when assuming there are the same amount of trips/flights each year.

Next time, don’t insult math.

JJ
JJ

Great, except that you’re quoting aggregate stats, which hide the details.

How many of those car crash fatalities were a distracted, impaired, or aggressive/unsafe driver killing themselves or their passengers? How many were from to driving recklessly in unsafe conditions (ice, heavy rain or snow, fog, etc)? Those shouldn’t count – but fatalities from cars where the driver was not at fault still should.

Subtract those out from your car stat, and then narrow down your flying stat to the metric that’s being discussed here: What’s the fatality rate of flying on the 737 MAX?

MAP
MAP

Think they will match if you signed up for the 65k offer?

Candice
Candice

Ha! I just applied for the other offer a couple of weeks ago. I just sent a SM to try and see if they will match this offer instead. I will report back!

Joa
Joa

They refused to match this offer, at least for me. Say not eligible

Candice
Candice

They refused to match the offer. I will probably try again when I get to $3k in spend.

PANDA
PANDA

They also refused mine via SM. I’m assuming this might be an issue bc the offer is not showing up publicly on the Chase site at https://creditcards.chase.com/ and is only showing up on the direct explorer link above. I’ll try again once the new offer is on the Chase site

Mike
Mike

I also tried via secure message and was denied.

“We regret to inform you that your account is not eligible for the new offer of 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 spend within the first three months from account opening. The original offer is still available and will remain on your account. “

Dan
Dan

I just applied and got approved for the 65k offer, earlier this week 🙁
Any way Chase will agree to change the offer on my card to match the new one?
I’m pretty upset.

Staradmiral
Staradmiral

If you disagreed with the 65k offer, why didn’t you wait one week? it stated offer ends 01/22

David
David

This is the opposite of constructive. Sometimes after the old offer ends, the public offer goes down significantly. He didn’t say he “disagreed”, he’s just saying he’d rather have the new one.

dan
dan

How would I have known that there was a better one coming?

Cilia
Cilia

This might be the dumbest post I’ve ever read on DOC. Congrats!

Vi
Vi

I heard Chase has a 21-day policy on offer matching, no harm to try

Steve
Steve

Isn’t there also expanded ability to book saver tickets as a benefit with this card or did they remove that benefit? Perhaps it is just not much of a benefit anymore and not worth mentioning?

William Charles

Oliver
Oliver

The expanded ability to book saver tickets is the reason I keep the card.

Steve
Steve

Pretty sure you can downgrade to the fee free version and still keep that benefit

SkiStar
SkiStar

Jackpot! Very nice SUB and benefits for the first free year. Thanks as always, DoC, coming through with the go to info as always!

KP
KP

I applied last week and still waiting for approval. If approved, could I ask for this one instead?

Captain Greg
Captain Greg

Maybe you should call in and ask if you could switch. If not, consider canceling your current application and reapplying.

Bob Roberts
Bob Roberts

Wow surprising they immediately improved both the biz and personal offers. Gave them a pass although tempted …. now I can get both biz and personal, lose 5K miles but spend $22K less. Although the $4 fee increase is brutal 😉

Dick Richards
Dick Richards

Someone get this man a medal

Jimmy James
Jimmy James

Wow, what a champ

Chuck Charles
Chuck Charles

How does he do it?

Ed Edwards
Ed Edwards

Such great comment

kenji
kenji

just wonder if i can combine this 60K with existing CSP miles

anonymous
anonymous

No, but you should be able to do the other way around.

Greg
Greg

Sent Chase a Private Message this morning and was matched to the newest offer. I had previously signed up for the 40K Miles + 10K Miles after spending 5K.

bambinone
bambinone

Same or lower MSR. Makes sense.

Josh
Josh

That’s so annoying. What are the chances Chase will match to this instead of old offer. Idk how to explain in SM.

Radster
Radster

Chances are good assuming you applied recently. You just have to ask i.e, “I recently was approved, saw a better offer. Can you match it to my account”. Easy peasy.

CericRushmore
CericRushmore

Applied yesterday. Rejected for match. Let us know if anyone gets a match.

Josh
Josh

DP- Was rejected for match. Bummer.

Steve
Steve

William Charles This link on the chase website still works for the old offer in case anyone still wants the 65k miles: https://creditcards.chase.com/travel-credit-cards/united/united-explorer?iCELL=61FY

Ryan
Ryan

Is there a no annual fee downgrade option with this card or will you be stuck with the options of either paying the AF or cancelling after the first year?

Candice
Candice

It is my understanding that there is a no AF option for this card.

Lrdx
Lrdx
Ryan
Ryan

Nice! Thanks!

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