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The United MileagePlus Explorer 65,000 bonus miles offer is still available to some, but it may be targeted. There's been some angst on Flyertalk with several folks in the last few days unable to see the 65,000 bonus miles offer, and only seeing the 30,000 bonus miles offer, which is the best public offer at this point. So I decided to see if I could get the 65,000 offer to appear. The problem is that my husband and I each already have the card, so of course when I logged in as either of us, there either was no offer, or if using one of the other links, only the public 30,000 offer appeared.

Enter the munchkin's MileagePlus account. I figured it still wouldn't work (who's going to show a credit card offer to a 4 year old?) but lo and behold, the 65,000 offer appeared:

United MileagePlus Explorer 65000 65K Offer


4/30/13 Update: Updated the link. Please note that you need to be logged in and have clicked on the 30K offer you see in your account, before clicking the link in the post. You will no longer see the above landing page with the signup bonus mentioned; you'll be redirected to an application page, which will have your name, address and MileagePlus number hard coded into the application.

United MileagePlus Explorer 55K Offer

Many on FlyerTalk have successfully applied and received the 55,000 offer, which is 50,000 miles after $1000 spend + 5000 miles after adding an authorized user (if you exclude the 10,000 for additional $25K spend). If for some reason you aren't able to confirm the bonus with the rep when you activate the card, you can try a secure message and asked to be matched to the higher offer.


As I noted before, in United MileagePlus Explorer: 65,000 Bonus Miles, for most people this is really a 55,000 bonus miles offer. There is now a $1000 minimum spend requirement to receive 50,000 miles, and as before, you can add an authorized user for an additional 5000 bonus miles. To earn the final 10,000 bonus miles, you'd need to spend $25,000 on the card in a calendar year. I've updated Best Travel Credit Cards with these details.

Other benefits include:

  • 2X United miles on United purchases
  • Check your first bag free
  • Priority boarding
  • Two complimentary passes to the United Club per year

If you don't already have the card, here's what to do to see if you're targeted for the 65,000 miles offer:

1. Clear all cookies from your browser

2. Make sure you have some United miles in your MileagePlus account

3. Log into your United MileagePlus account

4. Visit this link which will redirect you to the application page (no bonus offer is mentioned, but many on FlyerTalk have successfully received the higher bonus this way)

5. Click on Apply Now to proceed to the application. Don't forget that Chase will often also approve you for a business card that you apply for at the same time as a personal card. I'd recommend applying for the Ink Bold Charge Card with 50,000 bonus points (which transfer 1:1 to United miles) if you don't already have it, or if you do have it, the Ink Plus, which also offers 50,000 bonus points but is a credit card instead of a charge card. Regardless, make sure you're either able to meet the minimum spend of $10,000 to earn the entire bonus, or be willing to settle for 25,000 bonus points after first spend. If you spend $5000 of the minimum spend on 5X categories (=25,000 points) and $5000 without any category bonus, by signing up for the United MileagePlus + Ink Bold (or Ink Plus) you'd have 135,000 United miles--that's enough for a roundtrip flight in Lufthansa First Class from the U.S. to Europe and back, or 6 nights in any Park Hyatt in the world, such as the Park Hyatt Maldives, where the standard villa can be close to $1000 per night.

Some people are able to get two personal cards from Chase approved simultaneously, so you could instead pair the United MileagePlus application with the Hyatt Card to earn 2 free nights at any Hyatt in the world, or the Sapphire Preferred, to earn 40,000 points = 40,000 United miles.


Note that the United MileagePlus member name is hard coded into the application, so you won't be able to apply for someone else.

What if you aren't targeted for the 65K offer online?

  • Go through your mail, as some have received a targeted offer in the mail
  • Apply for the United MileagePlus Explorer Card and then secure message to ask for a match to the 55,000 miles offer with $50 statement credit
  • Drop by a Chase branch, as some have reported being able to apply for a 50,000 offer through their local branch


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Picture?type=large Antonio M. commented 12 Oct 2012
If you log in to your united account, then navigate to the website given above, it'll show you the 65k offer. When you click to apply, it'll populate the application form with your MP info. But would this actually work if you were not originally targeted?
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 12 Oct 2012
@Antonio While I can't say for sure, I do think this is targeted and that if you're not, you won't be able to see the 65K link no matter which link you access.
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 12 Oct 2012
@Jeff Sorry if I wasn't clear; I didn't mean you can apply for more than one card on a given application, but that you could apply for a business card (through its own separate application) around the same time/same day. It's not that the credit pulls will get combined (in general they don't, for Chase personal and business) but that Chase won't see a recent inquiry because you're applying for both (some folks even do 2 personal + 1 business) at the same time. It can help avoid the "too many recent inquiries" denial.
Avatar_60_headshot_low_res Carol W. commented 04 Nov 2012
Tried the link and did not get the 65K link, but tried it with my husband's FF account number and voila it appeared. Just applied. Thanks!
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 05 Nov 2012
Carol, Great! So glad your husband was able to get the offer :)
Picture?type=large John M. commented 25 Jan 2013
So I just called the phone number on my 30k offer and they immediately rattled off what the offer was without me saying a word. When I asked about the 65k offer, they said that I'd not called the correct number. Presumably, if someone shares the number to call on their 65k offer a good time will be had by all!
Picture?type=large John M. commented 29 Jan 2013
So let me take back my prior comment. Oddly enough, United/Chase do not furnish a phone number on the higher mileage offers (probably to dissuade people like us). Hilary was on point that having some mileage in your account would cause one to receive the higher offer. Problem is, I've recently moved near a United hub from a US Airways hub and had ZERO United miles. If you're impatient like me or don't want to take a chance for this offer to expire and don't want to lay out money to "try", you'll want to get some miles in there ASAP. That's what led me to BCKSTGR; a social media marketing platform where you can earn up to 600 free United miles (until 1/31...HURRY). Once you join their site (bckstgr.com), you'll get 200 miles each for linking your Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare accounts to it. After signing up, I went to bed and woke up the next morning with my 600 miles and 50,000 bonus offer for the MileagePlus Explorer card. Bravo to Hilary/TravelSort and the Intrawebs!
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 30 Jan 2013
John, terrific--glad you were able to get miles into your United account via BCKSTGR and see the higher offer!
Avatar_60_headshot_low_res Carol W. commented 30 Jan 2013
As I previously wrote my husband received the offer with the 65K miles but my offer was only 35K. So, I applied and got the lower mile offering. Then, like someone on here suggested, I sent a secure message and told them that my husband got the higher mileage offer and today they responded and added an additional 20K miles to my account.
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 30 Jan 2013
That's great news Carol, so glad you were able to get matched to the higher offer!
Picture?type=large John M. commented 30 Jan 2013
Does the two browser trick work with Chase? Also, can I sign up for a business credit card under the premise of having sold things on eBay/Amazon or do I need an EIN, etc?
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 30 Jan 2013
There's not really a two browser trick with Chase, at least I've not heard of someone getting approved for two of the exact same Chase personal card at the same time. I still recommend submitting all of your credit card applications as close in time together as possible though, both to try to minimize the number of hard credit pulls and so that all issuers don't see any recent credit inquiries within the past few months. You do not need an EIN for a business card application; you can just use your SSN and state it is a sole proprietorship. Although if you want to, it's easy to get an EIN. See http://travelsort.com/blog/ink-bold-sign-up-tips
Picture?type=large John M. commented 30 Jan 2013
Thanks, as usual! What is your preference between the Ink Bold vs Ink Plus and why?
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 30 Jan 2013
No preference actually--I have both! The only difference is that the Ink Plus is a credit card (though you should still pay in full of course every month). Some prefer applying for the Ink Bold first, since later when you apply for the Ink Plus you're able to give as a reason the fact that you want a credit card in addition to (or instead of) a charge card. With the Ink Plus, you don't accrue interest charges for the first 6 billing cycles, so that does give you some leeway to pay for the minimum spend.
User_avatar_default Julie L. commented 12 Feb 2013
The mileage bonus is only 35k instead of 55k, is that right? I could not find the link of 55k, it expired?
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 12 Feb 2013
Julie, do you have miles in your United MileagePlus account? It worked at least as recently as January 29 for John M above, after he got miles into his account.
Picture?type=large Caroline L. commented 28 Mar 2013
The link is still working. My husband had the original Continental One Pass credit card. He opened it on September 2010. He cancelled it last week. From what I understand, he should be able to apply for this offer since he opened the CO card prior to the July 14, 2011 cutoff. How soon can he apply for the 55K offer? Can he apply immediately or should he wait until his credit report is updated?
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 29 Mar 2013
Caroline, interesting--so your husband's CO One Pass card didn't get converted to the United MileagePluse Explorer card? As far as I know, these were supposed to have all been converted in 2012, and once converted cardholders were ineligible for the MileagePlus Explorer bonus.
Picture?type=large Caroline L. commented 01 Apr 2013
His CO One Pass card was converted to the Explorer card. However, it appears many people received the 55,000 bonus if the CO card was opened prior to July 2011. Here is a post that indicates that. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/18613593-post393.html
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 01 Apr 2013
Yes, it may be possible, though I've also seen posts where they didn't get the bonus after the conversion. It's worth a try, it's one of those YMMV situations.
Picture?type=large Caroline L. commented 03 Jun 2013
Hi Hilary, I just want to give you an update. We decided to try and it worked. He received the 55K bonus.
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 03 Jun 2013
That's great-glad it worked out!
User_avatar_default Jason S. commented 02 May 2013
The link is dead again. Can you update it Hilary?
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 02 May 2013
Jason, it's not dead, but you do need to click on a 30K banner after logging into your United MileagePlus account, then click the link, and the application will appear. I just did this and will post the screenshot. Note there is no landing page, just the application, so you'd need to apply then later confirm the 50K + 5K for adding authorized user offer.
Avatar_60_butterflyonkittynose Elizabeth L. commented 22 May 2013
Thanks alot for the tip. By using the link you provided, I just successfully received the United MileagePlus Explorer card with 50,000 bonus points for $1000 spent, 5000 bonus for adding authorized user. It seems the 30000 bonus is the only thing people would see now. I took some risk in applying this card by having 0 United miles in my very newly opened MileagePlus account. I didn't expect it would go through, but it did. Thank you so much :D
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 22 May 2013
That's great Elizabeth, so glad you were able to get the better bonus! It's hard to beat for earning United miles, given the low minimum spend.
Picture?type=large Thomas M. commented 25 May 2013
Hilary, I am currently seeing the 50k offer on my United account homepage, but the min spend is $2,000 in 3 months. If possible, I was hoping to get the 50k offer with $1,000 min spend in 3 months. If I were to follow the link above in this article, would I at least (worst case scenario) be assured the 50k miles with min spend of 2k in 3 months? I'm just wondering how I would prove the offer if, for example, following that link only netted me 30k miles? (since you said no specific offer appears on the landing page). Thanks.
Picture?type=large Thomas M. commented 25 May 2013
Nevermind Hilary - I was actually able to find a landing page to show the 1k min spend offer. Thanks as always for the great write-up.
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 26 May 2013
Great! Glad you were able to find the $1000 minimum spend offer for the United MileagePlus Explorer, and thanks also for confirming it's still possible to see the targeted offer when logging in.
Picture?type=large Lawrence H. commented 12 Jun 2013
I just applied and it said I was approved. I never saw anything about 50k mile? How do I confirm that? Thank you.
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 12 Jun 2013
Did you see the 65,000 offer before applying by logging into your United account? The regular offer is for only 30K miles, so you would need to have seen the higher targeted offer to get the extra points. The 50,000 miles after spending $1000 in 3 months is listed in the terms.
Picture?type=large Lawrence H. commented 12 Jun 2013
I never saw anything about 65k miles. I cleared my cookies and logged into my united account. I clicked on the 30k mile offer. Then I clicked on the link you have posted in Step 4 above. It took me to the application page which I filled out. It said I was accepted and sent me an email. Do I need to do something else? Also, how soon can I get the miles? I want to book a trip in the next 2 weeks. Thank you.
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 12 Jun 2013
This should have worked, even though there are never any guarantees with these unadvertised links. In particular if you noticed a DZ9V in the URL of the application, that should have coded you for the higher offer. However, you will need to meet minimum spend and miles usually post on the next statement, so that timing likely won't work with your travel plans--you'll need to use other miles/points or buy revenue tickets.
Picture?type=large Scott M. commented 06 Jul 2013
I cleared my cookies a couple days before and used the link you provided in step 4. I was approved and received my card yesterday. I called to verify the number of points that I would get after spending $1000 and they confirmed that it was 50,000 miles (plus the 5,000 for adding a card holder and 10,000 for meeting the yearly spending limit). Even though the application that I used didn't say anything about the newer no foreign transaction fee card I still ended up getting that one :). Thanks for you help and the link!
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 08 Jul 2013
Scott, that's great! Glad you received the 55K/65K bonus offer, enjoy your United miles :)
Picture?type=large Robert S. commented 12 Jul 2013
Hilary, thanks so much for this extremely helpful post! I want to earn 80k United miles for an upcoming trip so I am planning on taking advantage of the 55k Chase Explorer deal and also the Chase Sapphire Preferred 40k UR deal. I'm passing on the Ink Bold deal because I don't think I can hit the $5k spend in time. Three questions for you: 1.) I already have 2 chase cards, from your experience, do you think I can get 2 more personal cards? 2.) I've always heard to apply as quickly as possibly with the two applications, but just today I gave my brother that advice and he applied for 1 Chase SW card and 1 Chase SW biz card and his biz card app was flagged and denied because the rep said it was too close to his personal card application. Have you ever heard of that? 3.) I have a Freedom card that I use for everyday spend and I tried transferring my UR points to United but the rep said I cannot do that from Freedrom, but only Sapphire. I see that in your instructions above. BUT, can I convert my Freedom points to my new Sapphire account, and then over to United? Thanks again, great info!!
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 12 Jul 2013
Robert, glad it's helpful! Will try to answer your questions as best I can: 1) I can't really say, since I'm not Chase and don't know your credit history etc., but if your 2 existing Chase cards were applied for awhile ago, your credit is stellar and you don't have too many recent other credit applications, you should be able to get a couple more, even though you may need to call reconsideration and shift credit lines around. 2) I personally don't have experience with the SW cards as I don't fly them, but I'm still a bit surprised that this was the answer given, since usually business reconsideration is wholly separate from personal cc recon. Sorry to hear this. It might still be worth waiting a week and calling back about the biz card to see if another rep says the same, or possible to get approved. 3) Yes, you need to have a Chase card linked to Ultimate Rewards in order to transfer out. Once you have the Sapphire Preferred you'll be able to transfer Freedom points to Sapphire, then out to partners such as United. Hope this helps!
Picture?type=large Robert S. commented 26 Jul 2013
Got my Chase United MP Visa and met my minimum spend, now just waiting for the authorized user card to appear and for my miles to post! Thanks Hilary. Also, as described above, after your first purchase posts, send a Secure Message to Chase asking for a $50 statement credit. I just got approved for that today as well! What a great deal! Now on the hitting the min spend on my Sapphire Preferred...
Picture?type=large Elizabeth H. commented 04 Aug 2013
Thank you for all the great tips Hilary! Unfortunately, the link never worked for my mom; however, we called our local branch and they are running the 50K promotion! Along with the 5k for adding an authorized user and the 10k if you spend $25k in each calendar year! The Chase rep. stated that all branches are offering this promotion right now. The only difference that I'm aware of is that you have to spend $2k in the 1st 3 months vs. $1K. My mom went to the office and signed up yesterday. It would be nice to get the $50 statement credit too :) Also, I have the United card already but now I'm going to get the Sapphire preferred too- 40K miles! Hope this helps others!
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 05 Aug 2013
Great to know Elizabeth--thanks for sharing your experience and that it's available at the local branch even if you're not targeted online-55K bonus miles is great even with $2K minimum spend.
Picture?type=large Lawrence H. commented 20 Aug 2013
I met the spending requirement and I have been credited the 50k miles. I also received the 5k miles for signing my wife up. Everything worked great! Thanks for the help on this. I have another question. Since my miles have already been credited, can I change my MileagePlus Explorer card to the MileagePlus Explorer business card so that I can get double miles on restaurants and gas stations?
Picture?type=large Robert S. commented 23 Aug 2013
Hi Hilary! I earned all my miles and am about to redeem 80k United MIles for an SFO to SYD and return trip in Feb. I was planning on booking them as two one-ways, in case I need to change or cancel one segment. Is there anything else I should know about booking United award tickets? Is the fee $150 if I need to cancel and do I get all my miles back? Also, do you happen to know how long it takes to transfer Chase UR points to United Miles? Thanks so much!
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 24 Aug 2013
Robert, great, so glad all your miles posted! Unfortunately United has raised its cancellation/redeposit fees for non-elites to $200, please see http://travelsort.com/blog/united-increases-award-ticket-change-and-cancellation-fees-for-non-elites So if you booked as two one ways, you would pay $200 redeposit for each segment; hopefully you won't need to cancel both, as that would be $400 for both. Ultimate Rewards points to transfer pretty much instantly to United, so that's the good news. If you're already logged into your United account, you may need to log out and log back in to see the United miles that you transferred.
Picture?type=large Xin J. commented 20 Sep 2013
hi, thanks so much for sharing! i followed your instructions and successfully got the application approved -- however i didn't get to check the terms and see whichever point offer it was... is there anyway that i can check though? thanks so much Hilary!
Picture?type=large Keola D. commented 27 Sep 2013
Has anyone had luck with the 50k or 60k offers recently? I tried this, clearing cookies, logging into my mileage plus account, and get a server error.
Picture?type=large Louis D. commented 13 Nov 2013
I know it's been 6 weeks since you posted, but just walk into a Chase bank and ask for the offer. They are more than happy to offer it. We did it yesterday and it was easy.
Picture?type=large Kyle B. commented 30 Sep 2013
I just want everyone to know that I just signed up for the card last week and had not received it yet, I proceeded to email chase an ask them for a bonus of 20k miles and they obliged. In hindsight, i could have asked for more. I do all my banking with chase and it seems had I asked for a 100k they would have given it to me. They also threw in an extra 50 back on first purchase of 50 or more. They let me know it was set up on my account and that I needed to call once I spent the 1000 in the first 3 months. Ask and ye shall recieve
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 30 Sep 2013
Kyle, congrats, glad that Chase provided you some nice bonus points and even a $50 statement credit for the inconvenience, and as a Chase bank customer. As you say, it pays to ask!
Picture?type=large Louis D. commented 13 Nov 2013
Just as a heads up this offer is still available. You just need to walk into a physical Chase bank and ask. They will be more than happy to set you up with it.
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 13 Nov 2013
Thanks Louise! Good to hear that it is still readily available from Chase retail branches. Just keep in mind the United award chart devaluation: http://travelsort.com/blog/united-award-chart-devaluation-redeem-miles-before-february-1-2014
Picture?type=large Hayley F. commented 14 Sep 2015
Hi all, I know this is old but can you get a card similar to this in the UK? Or can i apply for this card if in the UK? I've been looking but not sure...
Avatar_60_hilary Hilary Stockton commented 14 Sep 2015
Hayley, thanks for your comment; unfortunately this card is not available in the UK; this and the best credit card bonus offers are only available to US residents with an SSN (social security number). The highest bonuses for most UK cards are 20K-30K points, e.g. for AMEX cards. If you own a business, there's also a 40K AMEX Business Platinum offer.
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