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Mileage Plus Branded Credit Card and Checked Baggage Fees

Old Jul 21, 2016, 11:14 am
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UA site - Free checked bags for eligible United MileagePlus Chase credit cardmembers

First and second checked bags free for MileagePlus Club and Presidential PlusSM card members

First checked bag free for MileagePlus Explorer cardmembers and cardmembers with certain other Chase credit cards
The requirement to purchase ticket(s) with the applicable United MileagePlus card will be waived for flights completed during the first 90 days following a new primary Cardmembers account open date.
Terms and conditions
  • The primary Cardmember and one companion traveling on the same reservation are each eligible to receive their applicable standard checked bag(s) free. To receive the applicable standard checked bag(s) free, the primary Cardmember must include their MileagePlus account number in their reservation and use their qualifying United MileagePlus Credit Card from Chase to purchase their ticket(s).
  • The traveler must be a Cardmember at the time of check-in in order to be eligible for free checked bags.
  • One authorized user is eligible to receive the applicable standard checked bag(s) free only if traveling on the same reservation as the primary Cardmember and counted as the one traveling companion eligible for the benefit.
  • Eligible Cardmembers will receive their applicable standard checked bag free on flights operated by United or United Express; codeshare flights are not eligible.
  • Checked bags must meet weight and size restrictions or may be subject to additional fees. Learn more about our baggage policy.
  • Primary Cardmembers are eligible to receive applicable standard checked bag(s) free when they use their miles to book award travel on United-operated flights, as long as they pay for their award ticket taxes and service charges with their qualifying Card and include their MileagePlus account number in their reservation.
  • Primary Cardmembers who are already exempt from checked baggage service charges will not receive additional free checked bags.
    Premier members:
    Club or Presidential Plus Card members who receive two or more free checked bags through their Premier status will not receive additional free checked bags.
    Explorer Cardmembers and Cardmembers with certain other MileagePlus Chase Credit Cards will not receive a free checked bag in addition to the free checked bag(s) awarded through their Premier status.

    For additional information on Premier benefits, visit www.united.com/premier.
    International travel:
    Club and Presidential Plus Card members will not get additional free checked bags if there are no first and second checked bag service charges applicable to their international travel itinerary.
    Explorer Cardmembers and Cardmembers with certain other MileagePlus Chase Credit Cards will not get an additional free checked bag if there is no first checked bag service charge applicable to their international travel itinerary.
  • Unpublished fares, such as priceline.com and Hotwire, are not eligible.
  • New United MileagePlus Chase primary credit Cardmembers will be eligible for their applicable free standard checked bag(s) 2 weeks after account opening.
    Offer subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.
FAQs
Can I get both by status benefit and the credit card benefit?
No, the benefits do not stack. The best way to think about it is the first / second bag fees are waived, and you only have one "first" bag. Also addressed in above T&Cs.

If my ticket has a bag allowance doe the card benefit provide additional allowance?
No, the benefits do not stack. The best way to think about it is the first / second bag fees are waived, and if the ticket has no fee, the waiver provides no additional benefit, . Also addressed in above T&Cs

Will I get the checked-bag benefit on an UA issued award ticket if I pay the out-of-pocket costs (tax, TSA fee) with a qualifying Chase UA card?
Yes, assuming you meet the other requirements (cardholder's MP number is on the same PNR, etc.).

Is third bag fee at the original fee or charged at what was the first bag fee?
The higher bag fees are unchanged when first and/or second bag fees are waived.

Do Basic Economy fares change the bag waiver?
No - see Introducing Basic Economy
And MP branded Chase cardholders will be exempt from the BE carry-on & boarding group restrictions

If I am a Chase MP branded cardholder but used a different card to purchase the ticket, will I still get the bag waiver?
No
But some have found if you purchase E+ access with the Chase MP branded card, you will then received the bag waiver

If I cancel the card after booking but before travel, will I still get the waiver?
No, the T&Cs state the card must be active at the time of travel.

How do I get the checked bag fee waiver when checking in with a partner airline, such as a codeshare?
Checked bag fee waiver only applies when checking in with UA. Codeshare/partner airlines will not provide the checked bag waiver benefits based on being a primary cardholder of a Chase MP card.

What if I purchase the UA ticket on a third party site using the Chase MP card?
This is a YMMV situation. It depends on how the 3rd party handles its billings. Reports are the Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity ... bookings will received the bag allowance waiver at check-in.

What if I forgot to use the Chase MP card for the original purchase?
Certain additional items, such as E+ access seem to trigger the bag waiver.
Recent reports suggest this no longer works.

I have a new Chase MP card, how can I tell UA knows this?
This takes a week or two to be fully acknowledged in the system

Go to https://www.united.com/en/us/account
At the top look for "Mileage Balance" and just below that "Exp. xx/xx/xxxx" with a "?" in a circle. Click on the "?".
A popup should mention the being a MileagePlus CC holder and your miles will not expire. This signifies the MP account and CC have been properly linked.


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Old Jan 3, 2022, 10:49 pm
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Mileage Plus Branded Credit Card and Checked Baggage Fees

If I use my United Explorer card to pay the ticketing fees for a (US Domestic) Lifemiles award ticket on United, does the cardholder and a co-passenger on the same PNR still each get a free checked bag?
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Old Jan 4, 2022, 12:33 am
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Originally Posted by rj123456
If I use my United Explorer card to pay the ticketing fees for a (US Domestic) Lifemiles award ticket on United, does the cardholder and a co-passenger on the same PNR still each get a free checked bag?
While I am pretty sure the bag waiver only applies to UA issued ticket, nothing in the T&Cs stated that.

However when booking with another carrier, UA will have not information on how the payment was made. So I would suggest no bag waiver.
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Old Jan 5, 2022, 8:36 am
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New United Explorer Card

I was just approved after a delay over the weekend during ticketing for this new card. Once approved, I went back and bought the tickets. Unfortunately had to transfer an additional 4K UR points to cover the increase in cost. I didn't have my physical card, but was able to join it to apple pay to make my purchase through the app. (I did verify on United.com that it was an acceptable form of payment)

The reservation ticketed at Economy (X) instead of XN - Should I be concerned that they won't recognize my card purchase for the benefits of free 1st checked bag and such? The apply pay recorded a different last 4 on my purchase than the actual card - i guess that is for security, but will it mess up my benefits?
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Old Jan 5, 2022, 11:40 am
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Originally Posted by Erin Barker
I was just approved after a delay over the weekend during ticketing for this new card. Once approved, I went back and bought the tickets. Unfortunately had to transfer an additional 4K UR points to cover the increase in cost. I didn't have my physical card, but was able to join it to apple pay to make my purchase through the app. (I did verify on United.com that it was an acceptable form of payment)

The reservation ticketed at Economy (X) instead of XN - Should I be concerned that they won't recognize my card purchase for the benefits of free 1st checked bag and such? The apply pay recorded a different last 4 on my purchase than the actual card - i guess that is for security, but will it mess up my benefits?
When is your flight? Give UA and Chase a few days/2 weeks to update all your information in their appropriate databases and you should be fine. If your flight is less than 2 weeks out, you may be out of luck.
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Old Jan 5, 2022, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by tx_wiingman
When is your flight? Give UA and Chase a few days/2 weeks to update all your information in their appropriate databases and you should be fine. If your flight is less than 2 weeks out, you may be out of luck.
January 22. I guess I'll keep my fingers crossed.
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Old Jan 5, 2022, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Erin Barker
January 22. I guess I'll keep my fingers crossed.
You should be fine. Keep checking your Mileage Plus account on your United app. Should see some changes in a week or two.
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Old Jan 5, 2022, 9:22 pm
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I have united quest and mileageplus visa card. Bought domestic flight ticket using travel credit via amextravel n paid the difference using amex card. The system wont allow me to rebook using united website.
am i out of luck for the free baggage allowance?
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Old Jan 5, 2022, 9:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Bidu
I have united quest and mileageplus visa card. ....
But not used to make the purchase?

Originally Posted by Bidu
... Bought domestic flight ticket using travel credit via amextravel n paid the difference using amex card. The system wont allow me to rebook using united website.
am i out of luck for the free baggage allowance?
Yes, no bag fee waiver if the Chase MP cards were not used.
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Old Jan 21, 2022, 2:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Erin Barker
I was just approved after a delay over the weekend during ticketing for this new card. Once approved, I went back and bought the tickets. Unfortunately had to transfer an additional 4K UR points to cover the increase in cost. I didn't have my physical card, but was able to join it to apple pay to make my purchase through the app. (I did verify on United.com that it was an acceptable form of payment)

The reservation ticketed at Economy (X) instead of XN - Should I be concerned that they won't recognize my card purchase for the benefits of free 1st checked bag and such? The apply pay recorded a different last 4 on my purchase than the actual card - i guess that is for security, but will it mess up my benefits?
Did this end up working? Chase doesn't give instant card numbers so this is next best option
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Old Jan 27, 2022, 10:25 am
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chase baggage benefit on LH codeshare on United

I am trying to book a ticket with United but I found a website that has substantially cheaper price than United. I have a round trip ticket with two direct flights in and out of Europe with United but the website books them on LH codeshare (but both flights are on United, no LH flight is included in the itinerary). I will pay the ticket with my Chase united card to claim the baggage claim but is it still eligible? I don't see anything on their terms that would prevent me from claiming it by booking a ticket through a travel agent with LH code (except there is one line where it says no codeshares other than UA, which I read as LH flight with UA codeshare...) Any experience on this?
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Old Jan 27, 2022, 10:46 am
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Originally Posted by sony2012
I am trying to book a ticket with United but I found a website that has substantially cheaper price than United. I have a round trip ticket with two direct flights in and out of Europe with United but the website books them on LH codeshare (but both flights are on United, no LH flight is included in the itinerary). I will pay the ticket with my Chase united card to claim the baggage claim but is it still eligible? ...
Yes, as long as you are bag checking directly with UA and have you MP account on the reservation.

The one potential issue is the 3rd party website does not report method of purchase to UA -- this has been an issue in some cases.

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Old Feb 1, 2022, 9:12 pm
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My situation. I have United travel bank funds I want to use, but my wife has the United Quest card. If I book the ticket in my account (to use the travel bank funds) and use her card to pay the remaining balance (let's say $50), will we get 2 free check bags each?
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Old Feb 1, 2022, 9:22 pm
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Originally Posted by climbingbear
My situation. I have United travel bank funds I want to use, but my wife has the United Quest card. If I book the ticket in my account (to use the travel bank funds) and use her card to pay the remaining balance (let's say $50), will we get 2 free check bags each?
Yes, as long as her UA MP account is part of her ticket.
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Old Feb 13, 2022, 1:21 am
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I have a question about the free bag allowance from Chase co-branded credit cards. T&C states that
o receive the applicable standard checked bag(s) free, the primary Cardmember must include their MileagePlus account number in their reservation
.

Does that mean I will have to credit the miles into MileagePlus? Can I not take advantage of the credit card bag allowance while crediting the miles to other Star partners?
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Old Feb 13, 2022, 10:18 am
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Originally Posted by tya
... Does that mean I will have to credit the miles into MileagePlus? Can I not take advantage of the credit card bag allowance while crediting the miles to other Star partners?
Short answer is yes, the MP account must be in the PNR at the time of bag checki

It is via your MP number UA is aware you used the appropriate credit card.

An option is to change the crediting program after checking your bag.
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