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Goodbye Presidential Plus credit card; new United Club Card may not be identical

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Well now that the United / Continental merger is complete, we can say goodbye to any new applications for the The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card*. It is now replaced for new applications by the United MileagePlus® Club card.

However the benefits of this new United MileagePlus® Club Card are somewhat different than the The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card*

The good news is…if you already have a The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card*, you can keep renewing it with the same benefits, but if you cancel it you won’t be able to get a The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card* again because it’s not open for new applications anymore

So what does the United MileagePlus® Club Card offer?

It is nearly identical to The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card* except…

  • You DON’T earn Premier Qualifying Miles.
  • You DON’T get Avis President’s Club status. Instead, you get Avis First, a lower level, and you will also get Hertz President’s Club in 2015.
  • You DON’T get an automatic waiver of the Premier Qualifying Dollar requirement. Instead, you need to spend $25,000 on your card to qualify for the waiver.
  • You ADD earning 1.5 miles per dollar on all purchases. The Presidential Plus only earns 1 mile per dollar.
  • You ADD no close-in award booking fees. If you book an award ticket less than 21 days prior to departure United charges a $75 fee, but this is waived for Club Card holders.

So if you value the Premier Qualifying miles, automatic exemption from the Premier Qualifying Dollar requirement, and Avis President’s Club status you’ll want to keep The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card*and not switch to the United MileagePlus® Club Card, or you’ll lose those privileges.

If you don’t value those two benefits you’re better off switching to the United MileagePlus® Club Card for 50% faster mile earning.

Click here for a full review of the United MileagePlus® Club Card.

For a complete comparison of all United credit cards click here.

*The United MileagePlus Presidential PlusSM Card is no longer available.


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