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Another 1k benefit going away -- $60 statement credit for MP Chase Credit Card

Another 1k benefit going away -- $60 statement credit for MP Chase Credit Card

Old Feb 27, 16, 4:03 pm
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Another 1k benefit going away -- $60 statement credit for MP Chase Credit Card

I was considering applying for either the United MileagePlus Club or the Explorer card, and noticed this fine print on united.com: $60 statement credit for MileagePlus Chase Credit Card Card members. Please note that this credit will be discontinued after the second quarter of 2016.

Oh, another benefit gone? I missed the Global Entry benefit already!

What is the best card for flight purchases now as a 1k?
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Old Feb 27, 16, 4:07 pm
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Originally Posted by pollyG View Post
What is the best card for flight purchases now as a 1k?
AMEX MR Gold gives 3X points for ticket purchases.

Chase Sapphire gives 2X but has more transfer partners than AMEX.

Club and Explorer card are still good value IF you want the UC membership, possibility of CPU on awards, and/or need the PQD waiver (not relevant though for 1K).
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Old Feb 27, 16, 4:12 pm
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Wow...that is not good. I was thinking the UA card is the card to use at Costco once they move off AMEX...now I wonder if I should keep it next year.
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Old Feb 27, 16, 4:31 pm
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Originally Posted by pollyG View Post
I was considering applying for either the United MileagePlus Club or the Explorer card, and noticed this fine print on united.com: $60 statement credit for MileagePlus Chase Credit Card Card members. Please note that this credit will be discontinued after the second quarter of 2016.

Oh, another benefit gone? I missed the Global Entry benefit already!

What is the best card for flight purchases now as a 1k?

This is really annoying. Uch.
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Old Feb 27, 16, 4:46 pm
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I won't blame UA for this as we still get it this year.

Beside - in comparison, most airlines do not do that.

Disappointed, but lives move on...
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Old Feb 27, 16, 5:09 pm
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For the club card just call every year at renewal to cancel and get $100-150 statement credit for retention. 4 years in a row of this for me.
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Old Feb 27, 16, 5:26 pm
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Explorer card was marginally worth the $35 ($95-$60) for the 2 United Club passes.

As a 1k, it is absolutely not worth it at $95. Sapphire preferred gets the same 2X for air tickets, plus other relevant benefits.

I am surprised Chase and United has not come up with a card that makes sense for premier M+ Members.
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Old Feb 27, 16, 5:40 pm
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Originally Posted by goodeats21 View Post
I am surprised Chase and United has not come up with a card that makes sense for premier M+ Members.
They did. The Select. 3 x on UA purchases, 2 x on *A plus gas, grocery, drug and home improvement. 1 PQM for each $ spent on UA.com, up to 5000/year. Plus the ability to use points earned on the card to reimburse UA spend (even if not at the best value).

Not offered anymore, but those of us who had this before the merger have kept the same benefits if we kept the card. Would never switch to a current card, unless I really wanted a club membership. Passes are of dubious value - the only real benefit of the explorer for elites (IME) is the upgrade eligibility on award tickets. Club passes are ok as well, but not something worth switching cards for. I'm still happy with the Select.
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Old Feb 27, 16, 6:07 pm
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Originally Posted by emcampbe View Post
They did. The Select. 3 x on UA purchases, 2 x on *A plus gas, grocery, drug and home improvement. 1 PQM for each $ spent on UA.com, up to 5000/year. Plus the ability to use points earned on the card to reimburse UA spend (even if not at the best value).

Not offered anymore, but those of us who had this before the merger have kept the same benefits if we kept the card. Would never switch to a current card, unless I really wanted a club membership. Passes are of dubious value - the only real benefit of the explorer for elites (IME) is the upgrade eligibility on award tickets. Club passes are ok as well, but not something worth switching cards for. I'm still happy with the Select.
Yes, I realize there was some legacy card out there from the CO side, but I was referring to something currently offered. If it was available today, I would be very interested in getting it for the 3X/2X earn rates. I don't really need extra PQD (at this point). Curious, is there an annual fee for it?

For the Explorer, I am not sure that the upgrade eligibility on award tickets is even much of a benefit when I can't even clear CPUs on higher fare buckets. If I remember correctly, it is only for domestic tickets, where upgrade space is pretty much non existent now.
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Old Feb 27, 16, 6:24 pm
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Wow More deval.
Now I just got to see if it's worth closing the Explorer card (at $95, there's 0 benefits worth that amount) or change it to a free card not to loose out the credit history.
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Old Feb 27, 16, 6:28 pm
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The bight side is we just have to eat a few extra snack boxes to make up for the loss
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Old Feb 27, 16, 6:35 pm
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no big deal, considering 10+ beef bowl/turkey sandwiches and 20+snack boxes I took so far this year.
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Old Feb 27, 16, 6:45 pm
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Originally Posted by goodeats21 View Post
I would be very interested in getting it for the 3X/2X earn rates.
I believe the club card offers the same, though with the hefty annual fee after the first year.
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Old Feb 27, 16, 6:49 pm
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What's ridiculous is that most of the benefits of the credit cards are redundant for a 1K anyway. The only thing you don't get is united club access on a domestic itinerary. But is that really worth $450/year? Maybe if you are a segment warrior.

Currently, I think the best card for united is the Citi Prestige. $200/year (really $450, but you get $250 off your first plane ticket purchase). Then for every dollar you spend on travel, you get thank you points worth 3.9 cents towards purchasing United tickets. When you redeem these points, you earn PQM (but not PQD) on the tickets you fly. Since I'm usually PQM limited rather than PQD, this is a much better deal for me than the miles I would earn with a chase card. (I can't usually fly award tickets without jeopardizing my 1K status.)

On top of that, the other Prestige card benefits are also great. For example, you get priority pass select with two free guests each visit. So anyplace there is a non-United priority pass lounge, you have access. The killer benefit for me is 4th night free in any hotel if you book through their concierge. That benefit alone has been worth thousands of dollars to me. (Presumably it's a loss leader they will eventually change, but it's good while it lasts.)

Another good benefit is that they'll reimburse up to $500 of meals and lodging expenses if your flight is delayed for weather reason. That's a particularly good one for United, who likes to call mechanical delays "weather."
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Old Feb 27, 16, 6:56 pm
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Originally Posted by goodeats21 View Post
I would be very interested in getting it for the 3X/2X earn rates
Originally Posted by mahasamatman View Post
I believe the club card offers the same, though with the hefty annual fee after the first year.
Club card offers 2X/1.5X.

AMEX MR Gold and Sapphire are better for earn (and apparently Citi Presige, though I'm not so familiar with that card).
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