April 26, 2018
United Explorer Card Offering New Benefits June 1

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Chase is discontinuing the United MileagePlus Explorer card on June 1, 2018 and replacing it with a new card called the United Explorer. Most of the card’s benefits are staying and it’s actually getting a few extra perks. Existing cardholders will be converted to the new Explorer card as of June 1.

New Benefits

The new Explorer will earn 2x miles per $1 spent on restaurants, hotels, and United purchases. Cardholders will receive a $100 Global Entry or $85 TSA Pre-Check fee credit. Cardholders will also receive a 25% discount on United in-flight purchases of food, drinks, and Wi-Fi.

Eliminated Benefits

The Explorer will no longer award 10,000 bonus miles after spending $25,000 in a calendar year. Trip cancellation insurance will be reduced. Price and return protection will no longer be offered.

This looks like a response to the growing popularity of non airline specific credit cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Citi ThankYou Premier, etc. Airline cards just aren’t competitive anymore when they only offer 1x mile per $1 on non-airline purchases.

The only downside is the elimination of the 10,000-mile bonus after spending $25,000. What do you make of these changes?

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