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Can you still get a United Presidential Plus credit card?

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The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card* has been closed to new applicants for several years now, and was replaced by the United MileagePlus® Club Card*
for new applicants.

People who had The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card before the merger of United and Continental are able to keep their accounts active with unique benefits like the ability to earn Premier Qualifying Miles toward United Premier status via card spending.

The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card earns 1,000 Premier Qualifying Miles for every $5,000 you spend, with no limit to how many you can earn, which makes it a favorite of really big spenders.

If you have one, you know it’s special because no United cards currently being marketed let you earn Premier Qualifying Miles via your card spending.

But there may be (very limited) exceptions for very good customers.

Reader MarkG reports:

“I can confirm that Chase does make rare exceptions to the “no new applicants” on Presidential Plus cards. I had a regular, un-updated standard Mileage Plus Select Visa that hadn’t been updated since around year 2000. I called last year and asked if I could get a Presidential Plus card. They said it’s not open to new applicants, and I said, I’ve been w/ this credit card since Chase bought First USA in the 90′s blah blah blah… so they had me change my Select card to the Club Card in the meantime, and the guy said, people ask all the time, but I’ve never seen anyone get one.

However, he would put in a request nevertheless. I got a letter about two weeks later that they had made an exception for me and they would be delighted to invite me to the Presidential Plus card. I got a new account number, got switched over to MasterCard from Visa, and all my account history moved over with it.

The Club Card was thus cancelled, the fees are slightly different, so there had to be a refund and a new charge for the annual fee etc, and this was all already taken care of. I received the welcome materials a few days later. I happen to also have a Mileage Plus Club Card as my business card, and frankly, I’m far more satisfied using the Presidential Plus.”

And we’ve heard other sporadic reports of The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card product changes for United MileagePlus® Club Card holders.

So at the very least it sounds like you might be considered for The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card card if you have…

  • A United MileagePlus® Club Card account open
  • A long, solid history of holding United branded credit cards
  • Some luck – as none of this is official, and could change at any time

So if you’re a longtime United℠ Explorer Card holder and want in on The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card, it might be worth a call to see if there’s a chance you can upgrade.

Just note that the Premier Qualifying Miles you earn from The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card only count for earning status up to the Premier Platinum level. You can’t earn full 1K status using any Premier Qualifying Miles earned via card spending.

*The information related to The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card and the United MileagePlus® Club Card has been collected by CompareCards and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card. These offers and/or promotions may have since changed, expired, or are no longer available.

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