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Through October 10, 2019, MileagePlus members can land up to up to 100,000 United miles with a new limited-time offer on the United℠ Explorer Business Card. The increased bonus is broken down into two tiers:
- Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 in purchases in the first three months your account is open.
- Plus, an additional 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $25,000 total in purchases in the first six months your account is open.
Including the minimum 25,000 miles earned while meeting the minimum spend, you’ll walk away with at least 125,000 United miles, worth roughly $1,875 if you place a conservative value on the miles of 1.5¢ a piece. That gives you a return of ~7.5% on the $25,000 spent to earn 125K miles, a phenomenal return on your business expenses. The $95 annual fee is not waived for the first year.
While the minimum spend is higher than comparable consumer offers, you get six months to meet the full spending requirement, which works out to a touch over $960 per week—an achievable spend for many small businesses.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn up to 100,000 after qualifying purchases.
- Earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open
- Plus, 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $25,000 total on purchases in the first 6 months your account is open
- Earn 2 miles per $1 at restaurants, gas stations and office supply stores.
- Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on United purchases. And 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases.
- Free checked bag - save up to $120 per roundtrip (terms apply)
- Two one-time United Club℠ passes each year - Over $100 in value per year
- Employee cards at no additional cost - miles earned from their purchases accrue in your account. Plus, you can set individual spending limits for each card.
- 2X miles per $1 on United purchases
- 2X miles per $1 at restaurants, gas stations and office supply stores
- 1X mile per $1 on all other purchases
Combine United Miles with Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
One of the reasons MileagePlus is so popular, despite having a lackluster award chart, is how easy it is to accumulate a massive balance of miles in a short space of time. In addition to collecting miles on the United co-brand cards, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to MileagePlus at a 1:1 ratio, opening up earning opportunities on a much wider array of bonus categories and business expenses.
Chase offers a full suite of Ultimate Rewards earning business cards, including the no annual fee Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card and Ink Business Unlimited℠ Credit Card, and the card we consider the best all-round small business rewards card, the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card. Provided you have an Ink Preferred, Chase Sapphire Reserve®, or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards points earned across the entire lineup of consumer and business Ultimate Rewards cards to transfer partners, including United MileagePlus.
- Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Earn 3 points per $1 on the first $150,000 spent on travel and select business categories each account anniversary year
- Earn 1 point per $1 on all other purchases - with no limit to the amount you can earn
- Points are worth 25% more when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards
- Redeem points for travel, cash back, gift cards and more - your points don't expire as long as your account is open
- No foreign transaction fees
- Employee cards at no additional cost
- $95 Annual Fee
- 3X points per $1 on the first $150,000 spent in combined purchases on travel, shipping purchases, Internet, cable and phone services, advertising purchases made with social media sites and search engines each account anniversary year
- 1X point per $1 on all other purchases
Best Ways to Redeem 125,000 United MileagePlus Miles
With a treasure chest of 125,000 United miles at the ready, few places on earth are out of your reach. You can redeem United miles for flights on any Star Alliance carrier, plus 13 separate direct airline partners that include Are Lingus, Eurowings, Hawaiian Airlines, and Jet Airways. And remember, United doesn’t pass on carrier-imposed fuel surcharges. Award flights may be pricey compared to many international programs, but you won’t incur exorbitant fuel surcharges on award flights either, saving you hundreds of dollars per flight.
Some of our favorite redemptions include:
- U.S.-Europe in Polaris Business Class for 60K miles (or Economy-Class for 30K each way)
- U.S.-Europe in Lufthansa First Class for 110K miles
- U.S.-Asia in Business Class for 70K miles
- U.S.-Japan in ANA First Class for 110K miles
- U.S.-Australia/New Zealand in Business Class for 80K miles
- A free stopover in your destination region courtesy of the Excursionist Perk
United’s move to dynamic award pricing in November this year is likely to have an impact on redemption values, particularly for premium cabin awards. But, until the award pricing structure changes, you can book awards at the current award rates, provided you find saver award space. The United award-chart changes affect only flights operated by United. Partner flights should continue to price at the current levels in all classes of service.
Unfortunately, even Chase business cards are subject to Chase’s 5/24 policy, which restricts approvals to applicants with fewer than five new credit cards opened in the 24 months leading up to your application. If you’ve opened five or more new personal cards in the past two years, you won’t get approved for this card. Chase also restricts your ability to get the signup bonus on this card if you already hold it, or you’ve received a bonus on it in the previous 24 months.
This new Cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current Cardmembers of this business credit card, or (ii) previous Cardmembers of this business credit card who received a new Cardmember bonus for this business credit card within the past 24 months.
The good news is although the United Business Card is subject to 5/24, as a business card it doesn’t report to your personal credit file, and won’t add to your 5/24 count if you are saving yourself for more Chase cards in the future. Not sure if you qualify for a business card? Read our in-depth guide on how to get a business rewards card, even if you only operate a part-time side hustle.
A bonus of up to 100,000 miles on the United Business Card has the potential to fly you almost anywhere in the world in comfort and style, providing a great opportunity for business owners to turn everyday business expenses into luxury travel experiences. If you own or operate a small business, now’s a great time to apply for the United Business Card.
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