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The United Club℠ Infinite Card is an expensive premier-level credit card offered through United Airlines. You’ll get 4X miles per dollar on United purchases, 2X miles on travel and at restaurants, and 1X mile for all other purchases.
You’ll also get free first and second checked bags for you and a companion, United Club membership, and access to a variety of Visa Signature & Chase benefits to aid you in travel and shopping.
Frequent travelers of United Airlines will get the most out of this card. I get into how frequently you need to use it to get your money’s worth in the Bottom Line. If you’re interested in that immediately click here, otherwise, read on below.
MileagePlus Standard Award level offers exclusive seat availability on flights with United, United Express and Copa Airlines. If someone without Standard Award level wants the last seat on a flight and can pay for it, you have the chance to claim it first. You can use your miles to book any available seat, at any time, on any United flight. When seats are available for sale, you can redeem them at the MileagePlus Standard Award level.
This card comes with Visa Signature and Chase benefits. Benefits are features that make shopping, travel, or other aspects of life easier and more secure.
You will be provided with a list of what’s available to you when you get your card in the mail. To learn more about credit card benefits check out our guide »
|Annual Fee||Regular APR||Regular Balance Transfer APR||Cash Advance APR||Foreign Transaction Fee|
|$0 intro annual fee, then $525||16.49% - 23.49% Variable||16.49% - 23.49% Variable||24.99% Variable||$0|
|Penalty APR||Late Fee||Returned Payment Fee|
|See Terms||Up to $39||Up to $39|
Overall, the United Club℠ Infinite Card is a great card for frequent travelers of United.
To get your money’s worth, you’ll want to be sure to:
How many miles will you need to earn to make this card worth it? Well, currently you can book one round-trip economy class flight on United Airlines from New York to Los Angeles for 25,000 miles, first-class tickets are 50,000 miles.
For a round-trip flight across the United States you’d need to spend $12,500 on United Airlines flights at 2 miles for every $1 spent. This will give you 25,000 miles.
To figure out the exact amount of miles you need to earn for your flight, check out United’s website »
The good news is, miles don’t expire as long as your account is in good standing, so if you wanted to you could take 2 or more years to earn a free round-trip ticket. To do this you’d need to earn 12,250 miles per year by spending $6,250 on United Airlines flights at 2 miles for every $1 spent. This will give you 12,250 miles each year, for a total of 25,000 miles.
This might seem like a lot of miles to earn to make this card worth it, but remember, miles aren’t the only reason it’s worth getting. United Club airport lounge access alone costs $650 per year without the card, so if luxury lounges are a travel perk that matter to you, this factor alone could make it worth it.
Aside from airport lounges, the other perks and benefits that come with this card also make traveling cheaper and more convenient. You won’t have to pay the normal airline fee for your luggage with free first and second checked bags for you and a companion, which saves you roughly $300 per round trip.
It costs $35 for the first checked bag each way, per person, and $45 for the second standard checked bag each way, per person. That’s pretty awesome for simply using a credit card. And to top it off, you’ll get priority boarding with access services, so you won’t have to wait in line with everyone else.
All in all these factors make for a solid travel card. As always, be sure to know what features you are going to use before you apply. That way, you’ll be sure to get the most out of your credit card.
A word of caution, you do not want to get this card if you only plan on traveling with United Airlines once. If that’s the case, and you don’t travel on other airlines frequently, there’s no point to getting a travel rewards card. You simply won’t earn enough points to make it worth it. If you still want to earn cash back or other rewards for using a credit card, consider looking into a rewards credit.
Check out our picks for the Best Rewards Credit Cards to get started.
If you do fly frequently on different airlines you’re better off with a travel rewards card that you allows you to earn miles for all or most of your flights, rather than that just one airline, such as the Discover it® Miles (Review). With it, you’ll earn 1.5 miles for every $1 spent on all purchases at no annual fee, which is much less of an investment.
And to top it off, Discover will currently double the miles you earn at the end of the first year, which means you’re actually getting 3 miles for every $1 spent on all purchases. This is a solid reward for a travel card with no annual fee.
And United offers two different business cards. First is the United Club℠ Business Card, which is similar to the Club Card except it’s meant for business owners. Next, there’s the United℠ Business Card, a decent option with a lower fee.
Interested in other airlines? Check out our picks for The Best Airline Credit Cards.
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