United℠ Explorer Card
The United℠ Explorer Card now earns 60,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. This card is a no-brainer for anyone who plans to fly United. There’s a $0 intro annual fee for the first year, then $95 per year after that.
The benefits of this card could easily make the annual fee worth it if you can make use of the two United Club lounge passes per year. And you could easily come out ahead with the free first checked bag benefit.
What To Book
You can book a round trip from Houston (IAH) to Lima, Peru (LIM) for 60,000 United miles per person. That means one bonus can get you round-trip economy travel between the U.S. and South America.
United Club℠ Infinite Card
With the United Club℠ Infinite Card, you can earn 90,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. This is the card you want if a United Club membership is a priority because access is included with the $525 annual fee. It’s steep, but it beats the sticker price for admission if you buy a club membership outright. Generally, United Club membership would cost $650. Combine that with the bevy of benefits the card includes, and you could make a case that this card is worth the price.
What To Book
This welcome offer is more than enough to get you from Newark (EWR) to Paris (CDG) in style and comfort. For 80,000 United miles, you can fly United business-class one way on this route.
United Gateway℠ Card*
The United Gateway℠ Card* now earns 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. Plus, you’ll get a 0% Intro APR on purchases for 12 months from account opening on purchases. With $0 annual fee, this is a solid beginner card for United travelers wanting to wade into the miles-side of travel for the first time.
What To Book
Use the 30,000-mile welcome bonus to book a round-trip coach flight from Denver (DEN) to Moab, Utah (CNY)—and have some miles left over.
United Quest℠ Card*
The United Quest℠ Card* now earns 70,000 bonus miles and 500 premier qualifying points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. This card is geared toward flyers pursuing United elite status, considering the bonus PQPs. The $250 annual fee is hefty but can essentially be cut in half if you use the annual $125 credit for United purchases. The first credit comes after your one-year anniversary. Another unique perk of this card is that card members have the opportunity to earn two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits each year.