Chase Adds Perks to United Club Infinite Card Without Increasing Fee

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Credit cards rarely get new/additional perks without increasing the annual fee, but Chase has done just that with the United Club℠ Infinite Card. New benefits include discounts on United economy awards, free elite status, bonus miles, and upgrades for companions. Here's what you need to know about the new perks.

Overview of the United Club Infinite Card Changes

Here's a refresher on the card's current benefits.

United Club℠ Infinite Card
United Club℠ Infinite Card
United Club℠ Infinite Card
Annual Fee$525
Welcome Bonus Earn 100,000 bonus miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
The United Club Infinite is the top-tier United co-brand card, and offers some great perks like United Club℠ membership, priority check-in, security screening (where available), boarding and baggage handling privileges. If your not an elite, holding this card means you'll be treated like one of United's most loyal and valuable customers. If you already hold MileagePlus Premier status, the card also grants access to Complementary Premier Upgrades on United flights.
  • Earn 4 miles per $1 spent on United purchases
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on all other travel
  • Earn 2 miles per $1 spent on dining
  • Earn 1 mile per $1 spent on all other purchases

Considering only the changes and new benefits, here is what Chase has added to the card as of October 2021.

10% Discount on Economy Award Redemptions

Cardholders get 10% off on saver-level economy award redemptions on flights within the continental U.S. and Canada. This is a nice perk that's effective as of October 2021. For those who frequently redeem MileagePlus miles on United, this savings can really add up. Discounted pricing is automatically applied by logging into the account associated with your card.

IHG Platinum Status and Statement Credit

United Club Infinite cardholders now get automatic IHG Platinum status. Then, starting in 2022, cardholders will also receive a $75 statement credit against spending at IHG properties during the year.

Companion Upgrades on Award Tickets

United Club Infinite cardholders already qualified for complimentary upgrades on award tickets. Now, this perk is being enhanced to include upgrades for those traveling on your same reservation.

10,000 Bonus Miles for CLEAR Membership

Cardholders who sign up for a CLEAR membership by June 30, 2022, will receive 10,000 bonus United miles. This comes on top of the fact that United Club Infinite cardholders get preferred CLEAR pricing starting at just $119 per year.

There was an offer earlier this year for $100 in United Travel Bank credit when signing up for CLEAR. If you got that and the preferred pricing, it doesn't hurt to ask if you are eligible for the 10,000 miles perk that now exists on your card. That could be a great combination.

Added for 2022: Earn up to 4,000 PQPs via Spending

The United Club Infinite card currently offers 500 Premier Qualifying Points (PQPs) for each $12,000 spent on the card in a calendar year. Currently, the earning cap on this is 3,000 PQPs per year. However, starting in 2022, the cap will increase to 4,000 PQPs per calendar year. You would need to spend $96,000 on the card to max it out.

New United Club Infinite perks include an economy award discount on United

The Bottom Line

It's rare for banks to add perks to credit cards without increasing the annual fee, but that's exactly what Chase has done with the United Club Infinite. Cardholders now get IHG Platinum status, savings on redemptions, and can score 10,000 bonus miles for signing up for CLEAR. If you're aiming for United Premier elite status, your credit card spending can get you even closer to elite status in 2022. But, this may not make a difference for many people, given the amount of money involved.

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  • This looks like a nice set of benefits, and is well worth having for anyone who does even a moderate amount of flying with United. Whilst there are better chains than IHG, with better elite benefits, I’ve certainly been treated well as a Platinum the times I’ve stayed in an IHG hotel.

  • Chase has improved this card and the CSP without raising fees, yet the reserve increases the fee without meaningful new perks

  • matthew Ward says:

    The companion upgrade makes this card worth a second look for me. Their website states “…traveling on an award ticket can take advantage of Complimentary Premier Upgrades on United flights “. Does this mean that the complimentary upgrade is NOT offered on partner airlines?

    • Matthew – correct. The upgrades that come with this card are on United flights. To qualify for upgrades on partner flights, you need to do so with status (Gold or above).

  • I like the 10,000 miles Clear benefit. That will be nice to use with travel increasing.

  • I would just be waiting for the annual fee to change. I like the additions, though. I think this will benefit people who fly UA often. It makes me think Chase is trying to up it’s game to come up in the world of lux cards to compete more with Amex.

  • You sure need the MileagePlus cards if you are a serious MIleagePlus member.

    • I don’t know. The cards functionally give you silver status so if you hold status, the card is a bit redundant and you’d likely be better off using a different card.

  • Not bad. Would have preferred Hyatt over IHG but to be fair, airline cobranded cards don’t really suit me well anyway. It’s partnerships that attract me (much like this with IHG… but maybe this will start a trend?).

  • me agrada esta promocion, creo que ire por la obtencion de esta tarjeta.