#chasefail. the new Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Card

In one word? FAIL.

Lots of people, myself included, were anxiously awaiting Chase’s new credit card offering due to the United-Continental merger. Well, here it is:

http://www4.chasecreditcards.com/MPConsumer40kAFW.aspx

And here are the perks. Notice that they are basically the same as the current Continental OnePass Plus card.

  • 25,000 miles after first purchase
  • 5,000 miles after adding an addtional user and having them make a purchase
  • 10,000 miles after spending $25,000 in a calendar year
  • First checked bag is free
  • Priority boarding
  • 2 passes to the United clubs every anniversary
  • Access to The Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection (similar to the AmEx Fine Hotels & Resorts Program)

Blah blah blah. Very weak opening offer from Chase. This could have been huge for the merger but it’s the same standard offer that the OnePass Plus card has always offered. This is no secret. The one ‘enhancement’ is the Priority Boarding which can be useful if you don’t have status. You’ll probably board after all the elites and before the general public. Also, some people might find some value in the LHR Collection if you tend to stay in higher end properties.

The one HUGE note is that if you hold/held a Chase United or Continental credit card in the past (like the OnePass Plus a lot of us have), you are most likely ineligible for this offer. You’ll end up getting this new MileagePlus Explorer card in early 2012. That counts out a LOT of people.

For more information, see the FlyerTalk thread here, posted by an official UA correspondent:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/united-mileage-plus-consolidated/1238514-introducing-all-new-mileageplus-explorer-card.html

My advice – Keep waiting! With all the crazy sign-up bonuses Chase did this year, they’ll be sure to come up with something for this card.

UPDATE:

It seems like United is targeting a better offer for their elites once again. If you have status, log into your MP account and you will see an offer for “up to 60,000 bonus miles and first year free”. It’s 50k miles after first use and 10k miles after $25k in spend. Again, you’ll likely only get this if you have UA/CO status.

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