The Easiest Way to Get Targeted for a 50,000 Point Signup Bonus on the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Visa

A few months ago I posted about a 50k offer I received for the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Visa and as I noted, there seemed to be one telling clue on how I got the offer. On the top of the mailer, it stated “Congratulations, Ralph on recently earning miles” and by looking at the activity in my United account, I was quickly figured out it was related to online shopping done through the United MileagePlus Shopping portal. I suggested back then that others try shopping through the portal to generate an offer but I wasn’t sure if that actually would work. With the help of some clients and others, I can confirm in most cases, earning miles via the United shopping portal will result in a targeted mailer for a 50,000 point offer a few weeks later. 


To test this out, I asked several clients who were looking to get this credit card to make a purchase of any size through the portal and track if/when they got a mailer for a 50,000 point offer. In these examples, some clients previously held the Chase United Explorer card (myself included) while others did not. One person even had just created a United account recently and never had any activity with United before. In almost all cases, everyone reported receiving a mailer about 2-3 weeks after the miles posted to their account. 


Some of my mailers…

My experience was similar though I did not receive a mailer for every individual shopping transaction. From November onward, I shopped through the portal 5 times but only got 3 offers in the mail. Now this could be because several transaction were on the same day so they got lumped together perhaps? Or the system is programmed to send them at different intervals as interestingly all my offers have different links and expiration dates. Here is the one I got in the mail this week. For those who want to try and see if they are targeted, try this link:


I feel rather confident in suggesting this as a solid approach to try and earn a targeted offer for a 50,000 point signup bonus (and 5,000 bonus points for adding an authorized user) on the Chase United Mileageplus Explorer Card. Of course I can’t guarantee this will work but in my testing with clients, I’ve covered most of the scenarios, it seemed to work for many people and there is little to no downside to trying this. Remember though if you are a former cardholder, this bonus offer is not available if you received a new cardmember bonus for this card in the past 24 months.

If anyone else has experience with getting a targeted offer for this card, please let me know in the comments!