Continental OnePass Plus Cardholders can get the United Explorer Card Sign-up Bonus!

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I have been a bit worried that current Chase Continental OnePass Plus cardholders would not be able to get the sign-up bonus miles for the United Mileage Explorer card.  I was concerned since the two cards are virtually identical in their benefits and since Chase has been beefing up their language in the Terms & Conditions to keep away people who get cards just for the bonus miles. Here is some wording from the current United MileagePlus Explorer offer.

This one-time bonus offer is only valid for first-time United MileagePlus Explorer cardmembers with new accounts. United MileagePlus Explorer cardmembers will only receive one 25,000 bonus miles award if they apply for both the United Explorer Card and the Continental OnePass Plus Card after 7/19/2011

I have been waiting for a current Continental OnePass Plus cardholder to report success in getting the United MileagePlus Explorer sign-up bonus.  Yesterday that happened!  Thanks to AirShadow on Milepoint for sharing their experience.  Here are the details on AirShadow’s application:

  • Previous United Mileage Plus credit card holder
  • Current Continental Onepass Plus credit card holder
  • Applied for the MileagePlus Explorer card using the targeted/elite 60K offer (50K after first purchase)
  • Received the 50K sign-up bonus on their first statement – hurray!

That is great news for those out there (like me) who have the Continental card and want to take advantage of getting the United Explorer card sign-up bonus before Continental and United finish their merger and that opportunity ends.

More good news is that Chase has now sweetened the deal available to non-targeted/non-elites to include 30,000 miles upon sign-up (if you add an authorized user) and a $50 statement credit.  Still not a blockbuster deal compared to what other cards are offering, but it is worth considering if Continental/United miles are important for your family – as they are for mine!  I’m hoping that this improved offer is a sign of an even sweeter offer to come!

You can apply for the United Mileage Plus Explorer card here.

When I press “apply now” for this offer, it asks for my MileagePlus number and password.  It then takes me to an application that has pre-filled with much of my information.  However, I cannot see the details about the bonus miles and $50 credit from that screen, so if you take advantage of that offer be sure to save screenshots* of the offer page that does show the sign-up bonus and statement credit. 

Remember that this is just one report of a current Continental card holder getting the new United sign-up bonus, so of course your individual results may be different, but it is very encouraging news!  Also remember that Chase seems to be getting pretty strict about people getting multiple rewards cards in a short period of time, so plan your Chase applications accordingly.  Let me know how it works out for you – especially if you are a current Chase Continental cardholder!


*If you’re unsure of how to take a screenshot, on Linux or Windows, by simply pressing the “Print Screen” button (usually appears between “F12” and “Scroll Lock” on most English-based keyboards) you’ve captured everything shown on your monitor to your clipboard.  You can then paste the image to MSPaint, Powerpoint, or any other image editing application.  If you only want to capture the current window, press “Alt” and “Print Screen” at the same time.  This is helpful if you have personal information appearing in other windows that you don’t want in the image.  On Mac, it’s “Command” and “Shift” and “3”, all at the same time.

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  1. Thanks for this info. I am working on collecting UA miles right now for our families trip in 2013 which I need to book in 2012. 30,000 isn’t huge but would definitely help me. I just canceled my Continental card because I have so many with Chase right now and I am trying to cut it down so I can apply for other cards maybe at the end of the year. Had United Visa, Continental Visa, British Airways & Chase Sapphire. I applied for all in 2011 except United Visa was Dec. 2010. I didn’t want to cancel the UA Visa but now that I got the retention bonus (5,000) in my account, I can cancel later this year safely just under the 1 year mark. I try to keep cards open min. 6 months and preferrably just under the year marker.
    Anyway, I’ll report back when I apply and let you know how it goes.
    Thanks again!

  2. I had missed this on Milepoint. I had assumed that continental onepass holders would be out of luck. This is good news.

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