United Explorer Card: Benefits & United Miles Calculator

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Review the benefits of the United Explorer Card, calculate how many United Miles you can earn based on your spend, and compare against top rewards cards.
Last Updated 2022-01-03

The Unitedâ„  Explorer Card is an entry level co-branded airline card offered by Chase Bank. It provides great benefits that mirror having status with United Airlines like priority boarding, a free checked bag, complimentary premier upgrades, and more.

The card also offers the ability to earn 2X Miles on United Airfare along with several other categories. The United Explorer Card is great for anyone that primary flies with United and wants to enjoy a few extra perks and benefits to earn miles and save money.

Card Details At-A-Glance

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Bonus Categories

The United Explorer Card features the following bonus categories and earning rates per $1 spent:

There is no limit to the amount of bonus United Miles you can earn spending in these categories and no limit to the amount of United Miles you can earn with the card overall.

2X United

The United Explorer Card earns 2 United Miles per $1 spent with United. This includes purchases made directly with United such as:

  • United Airline Tickets
  • Seat Upgrades
  • In-Flight Food, Beverage, and Wi-Fi
  • Baggage Service Charges
  • Other United Fees

2X Restaurant

The United Explorer Card earns 2 United Miles per $1 spent at restaurants.

2X Hotel

The United Explorer Card earns 2 United Miles per $1 spent directly at hotels. Motels and smaller establishments like bed & breakfasts and inns will also trigger this bonus.

Purchases must through third parties will not be eligible (e.g. Expedia, Hotels.com).

1X Everything Else

All other purchases made on the United Explorer Card will earn 1 United Mile per $1 spent.

Card Benefits

The United Explorer Card features the following card benefits:

Free Checked Bags

When you use the United Explorer Card to pay for your flight, you and up to one companion traveling on the same reservation will receive the first checked bag free.

Priority Boarding

As a United Explorer Card holder, you and everyone traveling with you on the same reservation will receive priority boarding on United-operated flights.

Two United Club Passes

Every year, two United Club Passes will be deposited into your United MileagePlus account.

Global Entry/TSA PreCheck Credit

When you use the United Explorer Card to pay for a Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee, you'll get reimbursed on up to $100.

TSA PreCheck for expedited screening through TSA checkpoints while Global Entry for speeding through customs when re-entering the states. Global Entry also grants TSA PreCheck if approved.

25% Off In-Flight Purchases

When you use the United Explorer Card to make purchases in-flight on United-operated flights, you'll receive a 25% discount in the form of a statement credit.

This discount applies to in-flight purchases of food, beverages, and Wi-Fi.

Complimentary Upgrades

As a United Explorer Card holder, you'll be eligible for complimentary premier upgrades on award tickets for United-operated flights.

Luxury Hotels & Resorts

The United Explorer Card grants access to Visa's Luxury Hotels & Resorts. When booking hotel stays through this portal with your card, you'll receive the following benefits:

  • Daily Breakfast For Two
  • A Special Benefit Unique To Each Property (such as a dining/spa credit)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • A Room Upgrade (if available)
  • Early Check-In (if available)
  • Late Check-Out (if available)

Travel & Purchase Coverage

The United Explorer Card offers both travel and purchase insurance which includes:

United Miles Calculator

Calculate how many United Miles you can earn with the United Explorer Card based on spend and the cash value of those points. Results can be compared side by side any U.S. credit card featured on the site.

Any spend entered into the primary card column (the first column) will carry over to all credit card calculators on the site, so there's no need to re-enter spend when viewing other credit cards.

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