I was at a Chase Branch today to open a savings account (I had received an offer in the mail offering $200 if I opened a new savings account with $15,000).
While minding my own business, the manager told me I was pre-approved for a United Airlines Mileage Plus Explorer Visa. The last thing I need is another credit card, but of course my ears perked when the manager said that the offer I was targeted for included a 50,000 mile sign-on bonus after a $2,000 spend in 90 days, plus an additional 5,000 miles for adding an authorized user.
I furiously started texting my friend Ryan asking him to check the current “best offer” for the card. Right now, the best offer is only 30,000 miles (except for one offer discussed in this Flyertalk thread which is YMMV).
My largest concern was whether I would actually receive the sign-on bonus, as a few years ago I had an Explorer card. I told the manager my concern. He made some calls to the credit card department. He said that none saw an Explorer card in my credit history. They could not guarantee me that Chase might ultimately deny the sign-on bonus based on prior ownership of a MileagePlus card, but the consensus was that there was a good chance this would not come up.
I couldn’t say no. I said OK and they processed the application. I was immediately approved with a $25,000 credit limit. Now, I just have to keep my fingers crossed that I’ll get the 50,000 mile sign-on bonus.
Enough about me. The point is, sometimes the best offer can be found right from your local bank branch.
If you visit your local Chase Branch, you too might receive this 50,000 mile offer for the United Airlines MileagePlus Explorer Visa.