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United Explorer Visa Snags Award for Chase Co-Brands

United Explorer Visa

The Chase United Explorer Visa was picked by millennial travelers as their “Favorite Credit Card” for the second straight year. The card is a co-brand with United Airlines’ MileagePlus loyalty program, also crowned “Favorite Frequent-Flyer Program” for the fourth time.

The Trazee Awards are hosted by trazeetravel.com for travelers 40 years and younger by the teams at FX Express Publications and Global Traveler. Over 15,000 reader votes were collected from December to March via an online ballot.

MileagePlus has also won the GT Tested Reader Survey award for “Best Overall Frequent-Flyer Program” for 15 consecutive years from the readers of Global Traveler magazine. 

Chase United Visa Co-Brand

Luc Bondar, United’s president of MileagePlus and VP of Loyalty says “this honor is particularly meaningful because this comes directly from our millennial customers.” The Mileage Plus staff listed off several upgrades to its program including its enhanced Visa co-brand with Chase and major improvements to the MileagePlusX app.

The award winning Chase United Explorer Visa co-brand was beefed-up last month now offering 2 miles per $1 spent on hotel accommodations and restaurant purchases and 25% back on inflight wi-fi, food and drinks in addition to the existing 2 miles per $1 spent on United purchases plus other travel benefits.

Chase Southwest Visa Co-Brand

While the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Signature card by Chase did not win a Freddie as “Best Loyalty Credit Card.” Another Chase loyalty credit card, the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Visa, did nail the top Freddie award this year. Incidentally, since its relaunch in 2011, Rapid Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Customer Service” a total of six years in a row.

In June, Chase and Southwest Airlines added another business card to its portfolio of three consumer and one business Visa card.

New Chase Southwest Airlines cardholders now earn 3 points per $1 spent on Southwest Airlines flights and hotel/car rental partners; 2 points per $1 spent on social media and search engine advertising; 2 points per $1 spent on internet, cable and phone services; four upgraded boardings per year (when available), Inflight WiFi Credits; and up to $100 Global Entry or TSA PreCheck Fee Credit.

Southwest and Chase formerly offered a Premier Business card version so the new enhanced Performance Business Visa includes the same benefits such as 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases; earn tier qualifying points towards A-List and A-List preferred status (1,500 TQP for each $10,000 spend up to 15,000); points earned count towards Companion Pass; points don’t expire as long as account is open; no foreign transaction fees; and employee cards issued at no additional cost.

Chase Marriott Bonvoy Visa Co-Brand

The new Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Signature was also a major contender in the Freddie Awards and other awards.

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Visa Signature card by Chase currently offers 100,000 bonus points to new cardholders spending $5,000 on the card in the first three months of use. Cardholders automatically earn Silver Elite Benefits and one Free Night Award each year. Cardholders charging $35,000 or more per year will accelerate their path to Gold Status. Cardholders earn six points per dollar spent at Marriott hotels and two points per dollar spent elsewhere. The card carries a $95 annual fee.

Triple-Crown Winner

The author, Robert McKinley, a million+ miler with United Airlines (east-west; international), frequent Southwest Airlines flyer (north-south), and a loyal SPG, now Marriott Bonvoy, guest since 1992 says “without question Chase is the “Triple Crown Winner” in the U.S. co-brand credit card market.”