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Chase just gave its suite of co-branded United cards a makeover with bigger, limited-time bonuses – and a new look to boot. Right now you can currently earn up to 90,000 MileagePlus miles (and some PQPs), depending on which version of the card you choose.

From the no-annual-fee *united gateway* to the top-end *united club infinite*, you can get a bigger bonus on the entire lineup of personal United co-branded cards. And best of all, you've got nearly two whole months to take advantage – these limited-time offers end on Wednesday, Aug. 7! 

While these aren't the largest sign-up bonus offers we have ever seen on these cards, they are the biggest we've seen in a while … and they're all much better than the standard offers.

Just be warned: These United miles won't go nearly as far as they once did. Last year, the airline hiked nearly all award rates by 20% to 35% – or more. For example, United economy flights to Europe that previously cost 30,000 miles each way at the lowest “saver” award rates now cost at least 40,000 miles.

Still, that doesn't mean that a big stash of United miles are worthless … far from it. And if it's United's elite status you're after, the airline just made some positive changes that mean spending on many of these United credit cards can help you get there even faster.

Let's take a closer look at these cards and see what each has to offer.

 

United℠ Explorer Card

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  • Earn 2x miles per dollar spent on United purchases, including tickets, in-flight food and Wi-Fi and baggage service charges
  • Earn 2x miles per dollar spent on hotels
  • Earn 2x miles per dollar spent on dining
  • Earn 1x miles on all other purchases
  • Up to a $100 credit to cover enrollment in Global Entry, TSA PreCheck, or NEXUS
  • First checked bag free on United flights
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges
  • Get two, one-time passes to the United Club each year on your cardmember anniversary
  • 25% back as a statement credit on purchases of food, beverages and Wi-Fi on board United-operated flights
  • One year of complimentary DashPass, a membership for both DoorDash and Caviar that provides unlimited deliveries with $0 delivery fees and lower service fees on eligible orders. After that, you are automatically enrolled in DashPass at the current monthly rate. Activate by Dec. 31, 2024
  • Earn up to 1,000 PQPs toward United Premier status by spending on your United Explorer Card
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95 a year

 

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United Quest℠ Card

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  • Earn 3x miles per dollar spent on United® purchases
  • Earn 2x miles per dollar spent on dining, select streaming services & all other travel
  • Up to a $100 credit to cover enrollment in Global Entry, TSA PreCheck, or NEXUS
  • Each year, receive a $125 credit on United® purchases
  • Two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits starting in your second year
  • First and second checked bags are free on United flights
  • Get priority boarding privileges on all United flights
  • 25% back as a statement credit on purchases of food, beverages, and Wi-Fi onboard United-operated flights
  • Earn up to 6,000 PQPs toward United Premier status by spending on your Quest Card
  • $250 Annual Fee

 

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United Club℠ Infinite Card

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  • Earn 4x miles per dollar spent on United® purchases including tickets, Economy Plus, inflight food, beverages and Wi-Fi, and other United charges.
  • Earn 2x miles per dollar spent on all other travel
  • Earn 2x miles per dollar spent on dining
  • Complimentary United Club lounge membership
  • Up to a $100 credit to cover enrollment in Global Entry, TSA PreCheck, or NEXUS
  • First and second checked bags are free on United flights
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges
  • 25% back as a statement credit on purchases of food, beverages, and Wi-Fi onboard United-operated flights
  • Starting in 2024, you'll be able to earn up to 10,000 PQPs toward United Premier Status by spending on your United Club Infinite Card (up from the previous cap of 8,000)
  • $525 Annual Fee

 

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Learn more about the *united club infinite*

 

United Gateway℠ Card

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  • Earn 2x miles per dollar spent on United purchases, including tickets, in-flight food and Wi-Fi and baggage service charges
  • Earn 2x miles per dollar spent at gas stations
  • Earn 2x miles per dollar spent on local transit and commuting costs, including mass transit, tolls, ride share services and more
  • Earn 1x miles on all other purchases
  • 25% back as a statement credit on United Inflight and Club premium drink purchases
  • No annual fee

 

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Learn more about the *united gateway*

 

Earn PQPs Faster with Credit Card Spend

Unlike Delta, United didn't drastically change how travelers qualify for Premier status. In fact, they've actually made it a bit easier for travelers with one of these credit cards.

Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) are the most critical building block of earning status with United … and with a threshold of 5,000 PQPs for even low-level Silver, you need a lot of them to earn status.

 

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Spending money with United is the easiest way to rack them up, naturally. Spend $1 with United, you get 1 PQP.

But for years, United has made it possible to add to your stash of PQPs by spending on select United credit cards like the *united explorer*, *united quest*, or the top-tier *united club infinite*: Spend a whopping $12,000 on your card and you'd earn a measly 500 PQPs. That system has changed.

Now you'll now earn 25 PQPs for every $500 you spend on most United co-branded cards. The no-annual-fee *united gateway* still doesn't earn PQPs from spending.

Under the old system, spending $12,000 on a top United card would net you 500 PQPs. With this change, you'd get 600 PQPs on that same spending.

While it might seem like a small improvement, it could move the needle for travelers who are just a few hundred (or less) PQPs away from the next tier of Premier status. Plus, it's nice that you'll earn those PQP boosts by spending in significantly smaller spending increments.

United Club Infinite cardholders can also earn even more PQPs by spending on the card as the airline raised the cap from 8,000 to 10,000 PQPs per year.

Read next: Take That, Delta: United Status Requirements will Stay Flat Next Year

 

Another Benefit: Expanded United Award Availability

One of the best benefits of holding a United Airlines co-branded credit card – even the no-annual fee Gateway Card – is the increased access it provides to award seats on United Airlines flights.

This means that just for holding the card, you will see more saver-level award seats available when you search for ways to redeem your miles. Oftentimes, there is additional award availability during peak travel times and/or more popular routes. This ultimately means you have to use fewer miles when it comes time to use them.

Finally, United cardholders will get access to all Everyday awards. This means you can use your miles to book seats on any United Airlines flight, even if it’s the last seat on the plane. You may pay a small fortune in miles to do so, but that could come in handy.

Related reading: The 7 Best Deals We've Found for United MileagePlus Miles

 

Should You Apply?

It depends. There are plenty of considerations to keep in mind.

Like all Chase credit cards, the entire portfolio of United Airlines credit cards are subject to the Chase 5/24 rule. That means if you have been approved for five or more credit cards from any bank (not just Chase) in a 24-month period, you will automatically be declined for any of these cards regardless of your credit score or history with Chase bank.

That's the big reason we always suggest starting your travel rewards credit card journey with Chase credit cards. They are simply harder to get later on down the line. And that alone makes it important to consider these offers.

Assuming you already have a Chase Sapphire Preferred or Reserve and one of the Chase Freedom Cards, one of these United cards could make a ton of sense for filling a Chase 5/24 spot.

Chase does allow you to hold more than one of the United personal cards at the same time. But if you've earned a bonus on any of the United personal cards in the last 24 months, you won't be eligible. 

Read more: Master Guide to Credit Card Applications & All the Rules You Need to Know, Bank by Bank

 

Bottom Line

The entire suite of United airlines co-branded credit cards are offering bonuses of up to 90,000 MileagePlus miles, depending on which version of the card you choose. If you've got a good use for United Miles, take advantage of these bigger offers before they're gone! 

Limited-time offers end Wednesday, Aug. 7! 

 

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