Well, that is never nice. About one year after Chase made the 50,000 mile bonus the standard bonus on the United Business MileagePlus Explorer card, they have dropped the bonus to only 30,000 miles. That is a real bummer for United travelers who were wanting to pad their United accounts!
The Great Bonus On The United Business Card – Gone
It was a really nice move last year when United made a change on their business card to place it at a normal offer of 50,000 miles. It is a great offer and easily attainable with the spend. It also enabled people to get a lot of award travel out of a single credit card application. Now, it sits at only 30,000 miles (see this link and this link).
Not Worth It – Right Now
Around the same time, Chase made the Southwest Premier Business to also reside at the 50,000 point level on a regular basis. Now, apparently, Chase has decided that the time has come for the great bonus on the United business card to take a big drop – to go from 50,000 miles to only 30,000 miles.
This drop makes this card a definite do not get – for now. Since Chase cards can be harder to get now anyway, it is not worth applying for a card that has had historic spikes to a higher bonus and actually lived there for a while. So, if you were planning on getting this card, hold off for now. There is nothing the card would give you that would make it worthwhile to get without the bonus right now anyway.
Business Bonus Falloff?
The real area of concern for me is if this is a start of Chase dropping their business cards to lower, regular offers now. We have seen the business versions of the Marriott card, Southwest card, and the Chase Ink Plus to be at high regular bonuses of at least 50,000 miles/points. Will this change?
Also, I did check some other links I had to see if I could find a working 50,000 mile link on the United business card but there is not one I could find at this time. Leave a link in the comments if you find one!