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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.
- 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.
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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