Chase Removes Foreign Transaction Fee on the United MileagePlus Explorer Card

Chase recently announced that as of June 1st, the Chase United MileagePlus Explorer Card will no longer charge a 3% foreign transaction fee. This is a nice addition to the card especially since it’s a “travel” credit card.

The Chase UnitedExplorer card – unless you are targeted – “officially” come with a 30,000 point bonus offer – not shabby -. But you can send a “Secure Message” to Chase asking to be matched to the better offer which is 50,000 bonus points plus 5,000 bonus points for adding an authorized user and a $50 statement credit. Chase will generally match you to the better offer

Chase United Mileage PlusThe full benefits are:

  • Earn 30,000 bonus miles after spending $1,000 within the first 3 months of account opening.
  • Get 5,000 additional bonus after adding an authorized user to your account during your first 3 months as a Card-member.
  • Earn 10,000 bonus miles every calendar year you spend at least $25,000 on your Card.
  • Earn 2x points on United purchases, 1 point on all other purchases.
  • First checked bag is free on United.
  • Free Priority boarding and Non-expiring miles with card.
  • Expanded Saver award availability.
  • Free primary car rental CDW.
  • Receive 2 annual United lounge passes.
  • No foreign exchange fees.
  • $0 annual fee the first year,  then $95.

Many credit cards will typically charge between 2% – 3% foreign transaction fee when you make purchases overseas. Though, there are many which do not. The UnitedExplorer has now joined the club.

If you are looking for a creidt card with a NO ANNUAL FEE which does not charge foreign transaction fees you can get the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard – No Annual Fee Card, or the Discover it credit card. Of course you can always just get the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard annual fee card (which is free for the first year) for the mega 40,000 bonus point offer, and then simply downgrade when your annual fee is due to the no annual fee Arrival World MasterCard.

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