I got an email from Mark last night with details on a targeted email from United and Chase, offering to waive the entire $395 annual fee for the United MileagePlus Club Visa Signature. Normally only a $95 statement credit is offered, but earlier this year there was an opportunity to get a code from any United Club in order to get the entire fee waived. Many people were asking friends to pick one up or just paying a one-time fee to get in and grab a brochure.
Getting the entire fee waived is even better, and that’s how I currently access the club. I’m still not sure I want to keep the card next year, but it might be a fair deal. Club food is worsening, and some need to be refurbished. Still, there is always Internet (and the signal is strong enough for me) plus faster access to an agent if you need to be rebooked. Mr. Pickles was kind enough to grab a mother and daughter out of the long, snaking line last night at Chicago O’Hare after the tornado delays and guest them in.
You can read more about my impressions of the United Club Visa here. One reason I like it is that the Explorer card has very few additional benefits for existing elite passengers. Only the Club card offers much that is new, and it does so at a rate that is usually cheaper than buying a United Club membership by itself.
I’ve tried to replicate the card offer Mark received but have so far been unsuccessful. His link requires that you sign in with your MileagePlus number and PIN in order to see a targeted offer. Despite using several people’s numbers, I haven’t been able to find anyone who has received a similar waiver. Instead, most people are getting directed to this URL:
Earlier this year I was able to get around this and get a full waiver by changing the URL. I don’t remember quite what to, but I think it was something like this:
Basically, change “95SC” which means $95 statement credit to “AFW” which means annual fee waived. But using this now I’m just getting redirected. If anyone has more success than I and can get a publicly accessible link, please do share it so everyone can get in on the deal, targeted or not.