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Before we dive into this, let me say that there are more important things going on right now than the introduction of new credit cards. However, I still think this is a great time to earn miles & points that you’ll be able to redeem when it’s safe (and responsible) to travel.
Even more important, it’s a distraction from the coronavirus news we otherwise see 24-7.
So, Chase and United Airlines launched a lucrative new business credit card, which has an incredible welcome bonus and some awesome perks but it’s only available for one more week.
UNITED 100K WELCOME BONUS
Through April 2, 2020, the United Business Card is offering a limited time bonus of 100,000 MileagePlus bonus miles after spending $10,000 within the first 3 months of account opening. That’s a huge bonus!
Although, it’s also a lot of money to obtain the bonus it shouldn’t be extremely difficult for a small business.
$99 ANNUAL FEE
The United Business Card has a reasonable $99 annual fee which is not bad at all. Considering the perks (below), many people will easily be able to justify the annual fee and come out ahead.
Additionally, you can also add authorized users to the card at no extra cost.
2X MILES PER DOLLAR SPENT
The card offers 2x on the following:
- United Airlines purchases
- Local transit (e.g. taxis, mass transit, and ride sharing services, etc.)
- Gas stations
- Office supply stores
While these bonus categories are not unique in the slightest, bonus points are bonus points, particularly if you tend to fly with United more than other carriers.
ADDITIONAL CARD PERKS
In addition to the 100K sign-up bonus and the 2x mileage categories, the card offers some other great perks including:
- 5,000 bonus miles on your anniversary every year when you have both the United Business Card and a personal United Airlines credit card
- $100 annual United travel credit when you make at least seven United purchases per year, each over $100
- Two United Club passes every year (both upon account opening, and in subsequent years)
- First checked bag free
- Priority boarding on United Airlines flights
- Get 25% back on United inflight purchases
IS THIS A NEW CARD?
This can be confusing because there is also a United Explorer Business Card (which has a $95 annual fee).
Interestingly, it appears the United Explorer Business Card has stopped accepting applications, and those with the card won’t automatically be converted to the new United Business Card. So, it would appear that people would be eligible for both cards.
It’s worth noting that existing Explorer Business Card customers can call Chase and should be able to product change if you would rather go that route.
Personally, I think this is an incredibly well-rounded card for a United loyalist. On the simplest level, for the $99 annual fee, you’re getting a $100 annual United credit if you make at least seven purchases with the airline per year, and you get 5,000 bonus miles if you also have a personal United card. Add a few checked bags and you’re easily extracting more value than the annual fee.
A United loyalist could very much come out ahead with this card long term.
Any United Airline loyalists planning on getting this card?
ALSO WORTH READING: CAN I APPLY FOR A BUSINESS CARD?