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United Airlines’ Mileage Plus program offers a variety of credit cards that can be used to earn rewards and miles on purchases. With United’s co-branded credit cards, users can earn United Miles for every dollar spent, plus access exclusive travel benefits such as priority check-in and boarding privileges, free baggage allowances, and more. United Airlines offers several different cards for customers to choose from depending on their individual needs and preferences.

Consumer Cards

Small Business Cards

United Gateway Card

 This credit option does not have an annual fee. A welcome offer states that you will earn 30,000 bonus miles after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. Additional ways to gain miles are listed as :

  • Earn 2X miles on united purchases, 2X miles at gas stations, 2X miles on local transit and commuting including ride share services, taxicabs, train tickets, tolls and mass transit.
  • Earn 1X mile on all other purchases.
  •  25% back on United inflight and Club premium purchases and no foreign transaction fees.
  •  No blackout dates and points expire. Travel and Purchase protection coverage included and the complimentary DashPass from DoorDash is also included with this credit card.

United Explorer Card

 This card offer is listed as a $0 intro annual fee for the first year and a $95 annual fee. A welcome offer will let you bank an additional 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of when you open your account. Additional benefits associated with this credit card options is as follows:

  • Earn 2X miles on United Purchases, 2X miles on dinning including eligible delivery services, 2X miles on hotel stays when booked with the hotel.
  • Earn 1X mile on all other purchases.
  • You will earn 2 United Club one-time passes per year – valued at $100
  • Free first checked bag for you and a companion if booked on the same reservation.
  • Priority boarding and up to $100 Global Entry or TSA Pre-check fee credit.
  • Earn 25% back on United inflight purchases and no foreign transaction fees.
  • Earn up to 1,000 premier qualifying points. You will earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 you spend on purchases with your Explorer card (up to 1,000 PQP in a calendar year) that can be applied toward your Premier status qualification.
  • No blackout dates for mileage plus members booking award flights on United.
  •  Mileage plus miles do not expire as a standard part of the Mileage Plus program.

Other benefits include Complimentary DashPass from DoorDash that your card unlocks a year of complimentary Dash Pass. Having this access to this benefit means you will get unlimited delivery with $0 delivery fees and lower service fees on eligible orders of $12 or more. The next year, you are automatically enrolled in the Dash Pass program at the current monthly rate. Finally you receive complimentary card member benefits at  Luxury Hotel Collection hotels and resorts around the world as well as the option to purchase or use miles for experiences offered by United Airlines card events from chase and United Mileage Plus programs.  And since this is a Visa Signature card, you’ll receive 24 hours a day concierge service through Visa Signature Concierge.

United Quest Card

This credit card option lists a $250 annual fee, but gives you more options and opportunities to gain miles. By being a United Quest Mileage credit card member, United has a welcome offer of 80,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. Additional benefits/perks include:

  • Earn 3X miles on United purchases.
  • You will receive a $125 annual United purchase credit.
  • Earn 2X miles on all other travel including airfare, trains, local transit, cruise lines, hotels, car rentals, taxicabs, resorts, ride share services and tolls.
  • Earn 2X miles on dinning including eligible delivery services.
  • Earn 2X miles on selected streaming services and 1X mile on all other purchases.
  •  Earn two 5,000 mile anniversary award flight credits. Starting with your first anniversary, you will get 5,000 miles back on in your Mileage Plus account after you take a United or United express operated award flight booked with your miles up to 2 times every anniversary year.
  •  Free first and second checked bags for you and a companion if booked on the same reservation.
  • Priority boarding, up to $100 Global entry or TSA PreCheck free credit and 25% back on all United inflight purchases
  • Receive one year of complimentary DashPass membership, which provides unlimited deliveries with $0 delivery fees and lower service fees on eligible orders for Doordash and Caviar.
    • After the complimentary year, you are automatically enrolled in DashPass at the current monthly rate.
  • *Note this card does not include any lounge access or lounge passes.
  • Luxury Hotel Collection benefits.

This credit card option will let you earn up to 3,000 premier qualifying points. You will earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 you spend on purchases with your Quest card (up to 3,000 PQP in a calendar year) that can be applied towards your premier status qualification, up to the premier 1K level. No reward ticket blackout dates and the miles do not expire. By being a United Quest Mileage Plus credit card member you will receive the travel protection benefits,  purchase coverage and complimentary DashPass.

United Club Infinite Card

This credit card option offers big time options on gaining miles and offers the best Perks/benefits offered by United.  An annual fee is listed as $525 and a welcome offer of 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. Additional benefits/perks include with this credit card are:

  • Earn 4X miles on all United purchases.
  • Earn 2X miles on all other travel purchases including airfare, trains, local transit, cruise lines, hotels, car entaks, taxicabs, resorts, ride share services and tolls.
  • Earn 2X miles on dinning including eligible delivery services and 1X mile on all other purchases.
  • Complimentary yearly United Club membership valued at $650 per year. Membership allows you and two travel companions access to clubs  (or one adult and your minor children) – so long as you are flying United or a Star Alliance partner that same day.
  •  Free first and second checked bags for yourself and a companion if booked on the same reservation.
  • Priority check-in, security, boarding and baggage handling where available.
  • Earn an annual $100 global entry or TSA PreCheck free credit.
  • 25% back on all United inflight purchases and no foreign transaction fees.
  • Luxury Hotel Collection benefits.
  • No black out dates

You can also earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 you spend on purchases (up to 4,000 PQP in a calendar year – enough for Silver qualification without even flying) that can be applied toward your Premier status qualification. The United Club Infinite credit card allows you to save 10% on United Economy Saver awards on United and United Express flights when traveling within the continental US or between the continental US and Canada. Complimentary DashPass.  As a United Club Infinite credit card holder you will be eligible for Platinum Elite status in IHG rewards. You will receive up to $75 in statement credit as reimbursement for IHG hotels and resort purchases charged to your card. A $70 discount is also included towards CLEAR membership.

Small Business Cards

United Business Card

$0 intro annual fee for the first year and a $99 annual fee apply the following years. United list’s a welcome offer of 75,000 bonus miles after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of opening your account. If you have a United Business credit card as well as a personal United credit card, United will give you an additional 5,000 anniversary bonus miles. Additional way to gain points are as follows:

  • Earn 2X miles on all United purchases, 2X miles at gas stations, 2X miles on dinning including delivery services.
  • Earn 2X miles at office supply stores.
  • Earn 2X miles on local transit including ride share services, taxicabs, train tickets, tolls and mass transit.
  • Earn 1X mile on all other purchases and employee cards at no addition cost.
  •  Two united club one-time passes per year.
  • Free first checked bag for you and one companion per round trip if booked on the same reservation.
  • Priority boarding and 25% back on United in-flight and InClub beverage purchases.
  •  You will receive $100 United travel credit after 7 United flight purchases of $100 or more on each card anniversary year. “United flight travel-related purchases include seat upgrades; Economy Plus; inflight food, beverages and Wi-Fi; baggage service charges or other United fees.” – United.com
  • Miles don’t expire,  no black out dates for reward tickets, and no foreign transaction fees.

You can earn up to 500 PQP for every $12,000 you spend on purchases with your business card (up to 1,000 PQP in a calendar year) than can be applied toward your premier status qualification up to the premier 1K Level. Travel/purchase protection coverage on all purchases and the Complimentary DashPass.

United Club Business Mileage Plus Card

With an annual fee of $450, this Business card is the best United Airlines has to offer. A welcome offer is listed as 75,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of your account opening. By being a United Club Business Mileage Plus member additional miles can be gained:

  • Earn 2X miles on United purchases.
  • Earn 1.5X miles on all other purchases and employee cards at no additional costs.
  • United Club membership access – valued at $650 yearly.
  • Free first and second checked bags for you and a companion per round trip if booked on the same reservation.
  • Priority check-in, security, boarding and baggage handling access.
  • No black out dates, miles will not expire, and no foreign transaction fees

Mileage plus program benefits will allow you to earn 500 PQP for every $12,000 you spend on purchases with your club Business card (up to 1,000 PQP in a calendar year) that can be applied toward your premier status qualification.  Travel protection and purchase coverage, complimentary DashPass, exclusive card member events access and Luxury Hotel Collection benefits.

Editorial Note: Information and opinions articulated in this article are solely those of the author’s, not those of a credit card company, bank, airline or hotel chain. This article has not been reviewed or approved by or otherwise endorsed by any of these companies or organizations.

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