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While travel isn’t a priority for most people right now, airlines may be filling the skies again as soon as next year, and we’ll likely see some great offers to get travelers back onto planes. When that happens, it’ll be helpful to have a stash of frequent flyer miles, and for those looking to quickly boost their balances, United Airlines currently has sign-up bonus offers on both its primary credit card and its no-annual-fee one
Right now, the personal United Explorer Card is offering up to 70,000 bonus miles — 60,000 miles when you spend $3,000 in the first three months after you open the account, and another 10,000 bonus miles when you spend a total of $6,000 in the first six months. There’s no annual fee on this card for the first year, then a $95 annual fee starting the second year you have it.
Or, for those who only fly United once in a while even when travel is at normal levels, the new no-annual-fee United Gateway Card currently offers new card holders 20,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 in purchases in the first three months after opening the account.
Both the United Explorer Card and the new United Gateway Card earn United MileagePlus miles, which are easily redeemed on United as well as for flights on the airline’s 20+ Star Alliance partners. While United now uses a dynamic pricing structure instead of a fixed award chart to price award tickets, the airline’s website is adept at finding partner airline inventory, which makes it easy to see route options, find seats and confirm your next award trip.
With domestic United award tickets starting as low as 5,000 miles one-way, 70,000 bonus points from the personal United Explorer Card could cover 14 tickets at the lowest rate, meaning you could take your whole family on a sorely-needed vacation once the pandemic has finally waned.
You’ll earn 2 miles for every dollar you spend on United with the United Explorer Card, as well as at restaurants (including eligible delivery services) and on hotel stays booked directly with the hotel. The card then earns 1 mile per dollar on everything else you buy.
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