Last updated on November 24th, 2020
The United Club Card is one of the more popular airline credit cards for those who prefer to travel with United Airlines. The card offers 2X miles on United purchases, 1.5X miles on all other purchases, and complimentary United Club membership for an annual fee of $450. Now it seems that Chase is seeking to make changes, including the now known United Club Card changes to a Visa Infinite.
What is known so far is that the new United Club Card Visa Infinite will have an annual fee of $525. This fee is $75 more than what currently comes from the Club Card as a Visa signature. The new card will also offer a special introductory signup offer of 100,000 miles after spending $5,000 within the first 90 days. This enhanced bonus offer will run from March 15 to May 17, 2020. Existing Visa Signature cardholders appear free to keep their current Club Card at the $450 annual fee rate.
Visa Infinite Perks
The question many cardholders are wondering is, “does Visa Infinite offer $525 worth of value?” For the frequent traveler, however, the answer is likely “yes.”
Visa Infinite offers complimentary Priority Pass Select membership. Priority Pass Select provides access to over 1,200 airport lounges worldwide. Adding Priority Pass to United Club membership is a very nice perk. United Club membership has a value of approximately $600 and offers access to 45 United club lounges worldwide.
Visa Infinite also offers TSA PreCheck statement credits, plus statement credits for food and beverage and spa services through the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection.
Better Lounge Access for Frequent Travelers
Switching the United Club Card from Visa Signature to a Visa Infinite is an interesting move. The increase in annual fee, plus Priority Pass Select, make the card comparable to the Platinum Card from American Express. This means the card offers exceptional value to those who travel often, but not exclusively with United Airlines.
Of course, the Platinum Card offers higher value on purchases, which hampers the day-to-day value of the Club Card. For travelers who frequent United or other Star Alliance carriers, however, lounge access alone makes up for the annual fee.
About United Airlines
United Airlines is the third-largest airline in the world. From its headquarters in Chicago, the carrier services over 350 destinations in over 48 countries across the globe. United is also a founding member f the Star Alliance, the world’s largest carrier alliance. Star Alliance features 28 carriers, including Air Canada, Air China, Avianca, All Nippon Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Lufthansa, and more.
Chase is the nation’s second-largest credit card issuer, with over 83 million cardholders to date. Chase credit cards are a popular option for consumers thanks to the value of Chase Ultimate Rewards, as well as their wide variety of co-branded credit cards with companies like United, Southwest Airlines, Disney, and more.