United MileagePlus Explorer Visa & MasterCard Versions

I am always amazed at how awesome Frequent Flyer University readers are.

I try to do my best on covering as much information about frequent flying and travel hacking on the site, but I am always grateful when readers submit new information to me because to be honest I am constantly learning.

Chris M. from Libertyville, IL, sent me this email this weekend. For taking the time to think about FFU while on the phone with Chase, I’ll be sending a $50 Starbucks giftcard his way.

How To Get Your Annual Fee Waived By Chase /  The United MileagePlus Explorer Visa & MasterCard

Parag, I was just talking with Chase, because I was hit with annual fees on my old United MileagePlus card (the old gray visa with the $60 fee), and the British Airways card which I signed up for last year.  Your readers might find this information quite useful:

  • The front line phone rep doesn’t have any power to waive fees— if you want to get your fees waived, you need to ask to be transferred to a “loyalty adviser”.  They are pretty quick and happy to waive the fee for you, and it doesn’t take a lot of strong-arming on your part.
  • If you had the Continental OnePass MasterCard before (the entry level one with $85 fee), that card automatically switched over to a United Explorer card, but as a Mastercard.  I asked the rep if it was possible to have both the old Mastercard version, and the new Visa version, and she said yes. Hopefully that means its possible to get a second sign up bonus for the Explorer card.
  • The rep was able to waive the fee on the United Card, but not on the BA card.  I asked if this was because I was asking for two fees to be waived at the same time, or if it was something unique to the BA card.  The rep said that the Chase marketing department only budgets refunds for certain cards they are promoting.  She said that the United card was one that had a budget, but the BA card did not.  Either way, it was pretty painless to get the $60 statement credit.

What Does This Mean

Thanks to Chris’s due diligence, we now know some pretty groundbreaking news that really changes the game. I’ll be writing more in-depth about these topics this week, but here is a basic summary.
  • You can get an annual fee waived on your Chase Cards, you just have to ask to speak to the right person and the Card has to have a marketing budget.
  • There are 2 types of MileagePlus Explorers Credit Cards, a Visa and MasterCard version, which most likely means that you can get a sign up bonus for each version of the card. If anyone who has the MasterCard version, and has tried or gotten the Visa version along with the sign up bonus, please let me know.
  • If you previously had the Continental OnePass MasterCard and had your card automatically switched over to the United MileagePlus Explorer MasterCard, you are still eligible for the current United MileagePlus Explorer Visa 30,000 mile offer because it is a Visa.
Overall, I am really excited about this news and I think everyone will be extremely happy if you can get a second 30,000 mile sign up bonus for the United MileagePlus Explorer Visa.

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4,000 United Miles For Signing Up For Netflix…..Maybe

Last month I had talked about signing up for Netflix and getting 3,000 AA miles for $8.

Well I have actually been using my Netflix membership and if you haven’t tried it out yet, I highly recommend it.

I was reading Flyertalk this afternoon and came across this interesting thread.

Essentially it is another Netflix promotion in which you get 4,000 United miles.

What is interesting is that because of the United / Continental merger and the issuing of the new United Explorer card, if you have signed up for this promotion in the past, you are once again eligible it seems.

I actually did sign up for this promotion last year and got 4,000 United miles for $8.

When I went to test the link this afternoon by entering my MileagePlus, it went through. Typically if you are not eligible, it will tell you.

Since I already paid for a month of Netflix to get the AA miles, I don’t think I am going to jump on this offer right away.

However, I certainly will be trying it when my AA miles post!

The offer is 2,000 United miles for signing up and then an additional 2,000 miles if you pay with any Chase MileagePlus Credit Card.

Link To Offer

If you get the full 4,000 miles, the cost per a mile for this offer is $8 / 4000 miles = 1/10th of a cent per a mile.

According to the Flyertalk thread, the 4,000 miles post in less than a week!

If you already have a Netflix account or signed up for the AA promotion last month, not a problem. Just use a different email address and Credit Card, and you should be fine!


Public Service Announncement: United & Continental Merger

In a few hours Continental will cease to exist ; (

I was actually a fan of CO and flew on their BusinessFirst Product from Newark to Bombay and was impressed. I also liked their DIRECTV in-flight entertainment.

Now before you freak about about your CO miles, don’t worry they will still be there tomorrow in the form of United miles!

Using Miles, a free points tracking service, just sent me an extremely helpful email about the United / Continental merger, so I thought I’d share it!

Continental OnePass members (no previous United MileagePlus account):

  • Sign in on use original OnePass account number & original Continental password.
  • Your old OnePass account number becomes your new MileagePlus account number, effective March 3rd, 2012.

United MileagePlus members (no previous Continental OnePass account):

  • Sign in on use your new 8-digit MileagePlus account number & original United password.
  • United will assign you a new MileagePlus 8-digit account number on or before March 3rd, 2012, and your old 11-digit MileagePlus number will be retired.
  • AFTER March 3rd, you can get your new account number by going to:

Continental OnePass & United MileagePlus account members (who have linked their accounts with United Airlines):

  • Sign in on use original OnePass account number & original United password.
  • Your old OnePass number becomes your new MileagePlus account number, effective March 3rd, 2012.

Continental OnePass & United MileagePlus members(who have NOT linked their accounts with United Airlines):

  • You now basically have two MileagePlus accounts:
    • Your original MileagePlus account: Sign in on use new 8-digit account number (assigned by United) AND use original United password

    • Your NEW MileagePlus account, that replaces your original OnePass account. Sign in on use original OnePass account number AND use original OnePass password

  • You can call 1-800-421-4655 to link your accounts, or wait for an online tool on United coming in April.

Hope that helps!