United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

Card details
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Card details
  • Special offer: 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
  • Check your first bag for free (a savings of up to $100 per roundtrip) when you use your Card to purchase your ticket
  • Enjoy priority boarding privileges and visit the United Club with 2 one-time passes each year for your anniversary
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on tickets purchased from United, and 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Your miles don't expire as long as your credit card account is open, with no limit to the number of miles you can earn
  • Use your miles for any seat, any time, on any United-operated flight at the MileagePlus Standard Award level
  • $95 annual fee
Purchases Intro APR N/A
Balance Transfers Intro APR N/A
Regular APR 16.74% - 23.74% Variable
Annual Fee $95
Recommended credit score
720 850 Excellent
Our Review
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Sign-up bonus
  • Good rewards program

The United MileagePlus Explorer Card provides a free checked bag which will make up for the annual fee. Another great bonus of this card is the 5,000 bonus miles when making a purchase with this card within the first three months of being a cardmember. Moreover, it provides a big bonus of an additional 10,000 miles each year for big spenders after spending at least $25,000.


Compared to other travel rewards credit cards, like Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard comes with a lower annual fee than the United MileagePlus Explorer Card. Plus, this card doesn’t allow cardholders to redeem their points for the purchase related to travel.


The United MileagePlus Explorer Card is also a solid option though it isn’t the best travel reward card here. People who are a dedicated United flyer and don’t like to be checked on the bag, this card will be a good choice to offer some great perks.