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My, That United Mileage Plus Club Card Has a Lot of Packaging

I switched my Continental Presidential Plus credit card to a United Mileage Plus Club card. Why? They’re both pretty similar – the primary reason to get it is the Presidents Club access for the $395/year annual fee (club access alone costs $450). The link above offers a $95 credit on your first month’s bill. If you go to a Presidents Club location, they will give you an application where they waive the first year entirely. I recommend that. The cards also come with Avis Presidents Club membership (2 class upgrade; guaranteed availability) and Hyatt Platinum status (as well as a few other things.

I switched because the new card offers 1.5 miles for every dollar spent on everything (2 miles for spending on United). That’s pretty huge. I’m now using this as my everyday card (except for travel and restaurants, which I’m still putting on the Sapphire card because they earn double and can then be transferred to United). If you’re a Presidential Plus card holder, United will switch you to the new card for free. The old card offered 1000 EQM for every $5,000 spent, which is fine but for most people, not particularly useful.

In any case, I wasn’t actually writing today to let you know that. I was writing to show you the ridiculous packaging the card comes in. I know that some folks out there are impressed by what a card looks/feels like. Bravo to them. I am not one of those people. Please just send me the card in a #10 envelope. I was not impressed when this monstrosity (schmancy box; several booklets; ribboning; etc) arrived in the mail…

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  1. 6 Free Codes to the United Club Card | Million Mile Secrets - pingback on April 25, 2012 at 4:00 am
  2. “If you go to a Presidents Club location, they will give you an application where they waive the first year entirely.

    - What exactly will they waive? The yearly fee?

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