As part of my latest round of credit card applications, I applied for the new United MileagePlus Club Card from Chase. This card is similar to the old Presidential Plus credit card in that the main perk is membership to the United Club. While I don’t travel enough to justify paying for a club membership, I didn’t have to worry about that because thanks to Flyer Talk, I was able to capitalize on the offer of the waived first year annual fee. Otherwise, the annual fee would be a whopping $395!
The card arrived with as much prestige as the American Express Platinum card did. A silver hard cover case holds the card and the welcome package. In it, you get the card, a guide book to the perks, and the 2012 Luxury Hotel & Resort (LHR) Collection guide. If you’re familiar with the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts Program, this is essentially the same thing. When booking through the LHR program, you are entitled to certain perks like a room upgrade (if available), late checkout, free daily breakfast, and a unique property-specific amenity (likely a spa or food & beverage credit).
The physical card is a carbon copy of the Chase Sapphire Preferred (CSP) card in that it is composed of a piece of metal sandwiched in between 2 thin pieces of plastic. It has the same weighty feel to it. The front of the card has minimal information on it – United logo, Chase logo, “MileagePlus Club”, and your name. Again like the CSP, the numbers, expiration date, and security code are on the back of this Visa Signature.
Aside from granting United Club access to myself and 2 guests any time, the MileagePlus Club card also sports a few other perks. It earns 2 miles per dollar spent on any United purchases (tickets, onboard purchases, etc.), which I won’t use because for any airline purchases, I use my AmEx Premier Rewards Gold card that earns 3 points per dollar spent on “Airlines”. It also earns 1.5 miles per dollar spent on EVERYTHING ELSE. This will be my new go-to card when a purchase does not fall under any certain bonus category. Sorry, Starwood AmEx, you’ll have to take a seat for a while.
Another perk I’m looking forward to using is the waiver of the close-in award booking fee. Usually, if you book an award that departs in less than 21 days, you will have to pay a fee. Dodging this fee is crucial because certain Star Alliance partners like Lufthansa and Singapore only open up award seats within a few weeks, or even days, of travel.
- Priority check-in, security, & boarding
- First & second checked bags are free for you & a companion
- No foreign transaction fees
- Hyatt Platinum status
- Avis President’s Club status
I plan on utilizing this card for all its worth for this first year because I doubt I’ll renew it come next year. Finally, here are a few pics: