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Update: Looks like this deal has been postponed until November. I’ll post more about a specific date when I have it.
Frugal Travel Guy has been “hinting” about an improved United MileagePlus Explorer card offer coming out on 10/4. Looks like the cat is now out of the bag about this offer via this Flyertalk post from pgary @ Free Frequent Flyer Miles. He said that his site will have a link to a 60,000 mile United sign-up bonus from 10/4 – 10/6 only. He does not know the exact details regarding the requirements for the bonus (such as the amount of spend required or whether or not the annual fee is waived for the first year), but I would guess that 10K of the miles will required substantial spend (25K) and that the other 50K will have a much lower minimum spend requirement. That is purely a guess based on their current offers.
There still have not been tons of data points that I can find about whether or not existing Continental Onepass Plus card holders (like myself) are eligible for the MileagePlus card sign-up bonus. There are at least a few success stories out there, but it is still a bit of a risk based on the terms and conditions. Since I value Continental/UA miles so highly, this may be a risk I am willing to take. If I do, it will likely be my last application of the year. Since I do already have three Chase cards (most recent Chase application about 5 months ago), I imagine it will be tough to get this one approved if I do decide to go for it.
For any of you that have been waiting for United to have a better sign-up offer, this may be your chance! Stay tuned for more details as they get announced!