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United Launches Mid-Tier Card with Purchase and Mileage Credits

United Launches Mid-Tier Card with Purchase and Mileage Credits
Joe Cortez

United Airlines is launching a new card targeted at flyers looking for luxury benefits without the high annual fee. The United Quest Card offers multiple bonus spending categories, a $125 United purchase credit, and two free checked bags for one flyer and their companion on the same reservation.

Flyers who are looking for luxury benefits aboard United Airlines without the high annual fee now have a new credit card option. With banking partner Chase, the Chicago-based carrier launched their newest offering, the United Quest Card: A $250 annual fee card with bonus mileage categories and airline credits.

United Quest Card Offers 2X Miles on Travel, Restaurants and Streaming Services Alongside Credits

The new purple card fits between United’s traditional card offerings: The United Explorer Card and the United Club Infinite Card. What makes it unique are the spending credits, along with the categories where cardholders can earn bonus miles.

Upfront, the card comes with an annual $125 United purchase credit. Flyers will receive the credit on their first purchase with the airline each account anniversary year. Afterwards, flyers will earn three miles per $1 spent on purchases from United, including tickets, Economy Plus upgrades and in-flight amenities. Flyers will also earn two miles per $1 on:

  • All other travel: Including airfare, trains, local transit, cruise lines, hotels, car rentals, taxicabs, resorts, rideshare services and tolls.
  • Restaurants: Cardholders will earn two miles per $1 spent at restaurants, including delivery services that classify as a restaurant.
  • Streaming services: Cardholders will earn two miles per $1 spent with Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, Netflix, Sling, Vudu, Fubo TV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify and YouTube TV.

In addition to the bonus categories, flyers will also get two 5,000-mile anniversary award flight credits after their first card anniversary. When using MileagePlus miles for a flight, cardholders will automatically get 5,000 miles back up to two times every anniversary year. Those with the card can also get two free checked bags for the primary cardholder and one companion on the same itinerary, a statement credit of up to $100 every four years as a reimbursement for the Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee, and the ability to earn 500 Premier Qualifying Points for every $12,000 spent on the Quest card every calendar year, up to a total of 3,000 Premier Qualifying Points.

New Card Brings United Total to Four – Similar to Legacy Competition

With the new offering, United now offers four credit cards, giving them a similar spectrum as their legacy competition. Delta Air Lines also offers four credit cards, and announced new benefits with their credit card partner American Express earlier in 2021. American Airlines also offers four credit cards: Three with partner Citi, and one with Barclays.

View Comments (4)


  1. Jprod

    April 9, 2021 at 3:38 am

    Barclays has 2 for AA – red and silver

  2. StrongEagle

    April 9, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Why would I switch from my current Explorer Plus card when the fee is $155 more than the Explorer card? Looks like they are giving me a $125 flying credit for paying $155 in annual fees.

  3. SPN Lifer

    April 9, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    The other $30 more than covers a second free bag (plus a second for a companion) on every flight for a year.

  4. aresef

    April 11, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    If I didn’t already have an Explorer card, I’d be interested.

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