When flight attendants tell you they have an “amazing” credit card offer, be sure to double check how amazing it actually is…
Last Saturday I flew from San Francisco to Burbank on United Express after connecting from Frankfurt on Lufthansa. This was a CRJ-200 operated by Skywest. After the beverage service, the FA made the following announcement.
Ladies and gentlemen, I want to offer you a very special deal available only onboard this flight today. Shortly I’ll be walking through the aisle with credit card applications for the United MileagePlus Explorer Visa card from Chase. You can use this card to earn valuable award miles and save on onboard purchases. Now’s here the great thing. If you sign up onboard today you’ll get 40,000 bonus miles, an offer available only on this flight. I’ll be coming through the aisle in a moment with applications.
Sounds nice, right? The usual onboard credit card push. Small problem, though. The best offer for the Explorer card is currently 50K miles! Typically, you will find an application for a 50K offer in your seatback on mainline flights for the same credit card. The 40K bonus is the standard public offering, but the 50K bonus has been round for awhile onboard United flight or online here.
I didn’t take a an application, but wonder if the FA just had some old applications? The flight oddly had no Hemispheres magazines in the seatback pocket (at least in my row) so I could not verify if the offer in the magazine was the same.
If you are considering a United branded credit card, perhaps the Explorer Business Visa is a better choice for you. Chase is offering a 75K mile sign-up bonus through March 18, 2019 and also waiving the annual fee for the first year.
Bottom line: do your homework before you apply for any credit card to ensure you are taking advantage of the best offer possible.