The new United℠ Explorer Card replaces the discontinued United MileagePlus® Explorer Card, but it comes with upgraded benefits.
The old card has been phased out, but cardmembers started getting the same benefits as the new card on June 1, 2018. Going forward, those cardmembers will get a new card when their old United MileagePlus® Explorer Card expires.
Overall, you’ll be pleased with many of the changes, but there are some that won’t be so welcome.
While the miles earned per $1 spent on United-related spending remains the same, the United℠ Explorer Card offers more miles per $1 spent in the all-important dining and hotel categories. There’s also a new in-flight discount, a credit for trusted traveler program fees and new travel and purchase perks. However, you may not like that the new card cut the perk of earning bonus miles that helped with elite status.
The United℠ Explorer Card represents an upgrade that cardmembers will appreciate. There are still airline- and travel-branded cards out there that offer more robust miles/points in top spending categories, but if you’re a loyal United Airlines flyer, this card is worth having in your rotation.