Chase Releases New United Gateway Card With Grocery Bonus

It’s the new no-annual-fee credit card for frequent United flyers

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Chase released its United Gateway Card this week, offering applicants extra frequent flyer miles on groceries for the first year and a competitive bonus for spending $1,000 in the first three months. 

The Gateway card, which replaces the United TravelBank Credit Card as the no-annual-fee credit card option for United Airlines fans, is offering new cardholders 3 United MileagePlus miles per $1 spent on groceries (for the first $1,500 of grocery purchases each month) through Sept. 30, 2021. Neither of the other United-branded credit cards, both of which charge annual fees, offer bonuses on groceries. 

Cardholders who spend $1,000 within their first three months will also earn 20,000 miles, twice as many miles as several competing airlines offer on their most basic credit cards. Those miles are worth $456, based on The Balance’s average valuation of United miles. 

As previously reported, United Gateway cardholders will earn 2 miles per $1 spent on gas, local transit, and commuting costs, in addition to flights and other purchases made with United. All other purchases will earn 1 mile per $1 spent. Those are fairly typical earning rates when compared to similar cards branded by other airlines. 

The United Gateway Card offers fans of the airline a more conventional way to earn extra frequent flyer miles than the TravelBank card—the no-annual-fee card it’s replacing. The TravelBank card, which had a more unusual rewards structure and no bonuses for local or on-the-ground travel, was closed to new applicants in May. 

This new United-branded card follows Chase’s launch of the Freedom Flex in September.

Article Sources

  1. Chase. "United Gateway Card." Accessed Oct. 2, 2020.