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I am deeply sorry, but it seems I am not able to distribute these codes via this blog. I highly recommend that you try and visit the United Club to get a code of your own. Again, very sorry for this confusion. If the situation changes, I will happily give out the codes that I have. In the meantime, we will give away a $100 United gift card instead!
Here are some of the benefits of the United Club Card:
- United Club Membership. This normally costs you $475 directly from United (though you can get it a bit cheaper from US Airways as US Airways Club membership will get you in United Clubs). I have written many times (here and here for example) about how club access is such a game changer for us traveling with a toddler. Family rooms are the perfect way to keep kiddos safe and entertained while waiting for a flight. The free snacks, internet, and drinks in the club are nice as well.
- Premier Access. This allows you to go in the Premier Access line at security and board earlier than general boarding. You do board after elites, but before everyone else. This may sound like a minor benefit, but it can make the difference between finding a spot for your carry-on bag on board and having to check it.
- 1.5 miles per dollar spent on the card. If you want United miles, this is the best way to earn them for purchases that are outside of bonus categories on other cards (like the Ultimate Rewards earning cards). Purchases directly from United earn 2 miles per dollar.
- First and second checked bags are free for up to two people on the reservation. This is twice as generous as it is for the MileagePlus Explorer card as that card only awards one free checked bag for up to two people. If you have a large family and/or travel with many bags, this savings could be significant.
- No foreign transaction fees. Lots of cards have this these days, but the MileagePlus Explorer card does not, so this card beats out its less expensive sibling in this category.
- No close-in booking fees for United award tickets. This is a huge benefit in my book as I think close-in booking fees can seriously dilute the value of using miles to book expensive last minute tickets. Clearly even with those fees you can still save hundreds by using miles at the last minute, but this way you are doing it in a much more cost effective manner! For non-elites that fee is normally $75 when tickets are booked less than 21 days out.
- Hyatt Platinum Status. This is mid-tier Hyatt elite status and it will get you free internet, slightly better rooms, special point awards after every third stay, 15% point bonus, 2PM late check-out, and 72 hour guaranteed room availability.
I will absolutely be getting this card myself later this year. I currently have the $95 per year United MileagePlus Explorer card that gives me some of these benefits now, and I have US Airways Club membership that gives me access to United Clubs, so there is no real reason for me to move on this yet. However, when my US Airways Club membership expires toward the end of this year, I will be trying to upgrade my MileagePlus Explorer card to this card. I likely won’t apply outright as I want to keep my account history and account number associated with my MileagePlus Explorer card (previously known as the Continental OnePass Plus card).
If you aren’t lucky enough to get your hands on a first year free code in a United Club, you can still save $95 off the $395 annual fee, knocking the first year cost down to $300, by taking advantage of the current sign-up bonus. That is a very good deal for United Club access and the other benefits stated above. Like I said, I plan to pay the full $395 fee myself since I will just be upgrading a card and won’t qualify for any first year discounts. You can also check this Flyertalk thread for ideas on how to possibly get up to a 65,000 point bonus on the Explorer card and this Flyertalk thread to learn about how to possibly get a year fee-free on the United Club card even without the code – though it seems to only work for elite UA flyers.
This post was originally providing some fee-free codes for the United Club, but I have since been informed that was not permitted. So, as a consolation prize, I will be giving away a $100 United credit to the random winner who posts in the comment section prior to 11:59PM on Wednesday May 2nd.