November 30, 2019

Use this credit card’s 65K bonus miles to knock someplace special off your travel bucket list

BGR has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. BGR and The Points Guy may receive a commission from card issuers. Please note: the offers mentioned below are subject to change at any time and some may no longer be available. One of the quickest ways frequent travelers can rack up bonus miles is by taking advantage of credit card sign-up bonus offers -- an incentive that United Airlines has hiked on one of its co-branded cards recently as part of a limited-time offer. After making some major improvements to its United Explorer Card over the last year and a half, the card is throwing in one more sweetener to tempt travelers with, one that will be on offer through January 9, 2020. The offer is an increased (and, we might add, a fairly generous) sign-up bonus of 65,000 miles which you will rack up after reaching two spending tiers with the card. As we said, this is on the fairly decent side of the spectrum when it comes to offers of this kind from co-branded airline cards -- the airline industry in general being known for many things but not necessarily its excess of giveaways for passengers. In terms of the United Explorer Card's temporarily expanded sign-up bonus (one of several nice offsets for the card's $95 annual fee, waived the first year) here's how you get it: New cardholders will need to reach two tiers of spending to earn the full offer of 65,000 miles. First, you’ll earn 40,000 United MileagePlus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of card ownership. Then, you’ll earn another 25,000 United miles after you spend $10,000 total on purchases in the first six months. Before now, the sign-up bonus offer included 40,000 miles after new cardholders spent $2,000 within the first three months of card ownership, and then an additional 20,000 miles after spending $8,000 in the first six months. So, yes, with the new limited-time sign-up bonus offer, the spending requirement for the first six months is higher, but you're rewarded for it (with an extra 5,000 bonus miles over the previous offer).

The final word

Beyond the sign-up bonus, other benefits of the United Explorer Card to be aware of include the ability to get a free checked bag on United when you use this card to buy your ticket, as well as priority boarding and two one-time United Club passes each year. Additionally, you can enjoy a 25% rebate on any in-flight purchases like food and Wi-Fi. The sign-up bonus offer of 65,000 miles will definitely make this a hard card to pass up for at least some frequent United Airlines fliers, but don't forget -- if you do want to grab this card for those miles, make sure you act before the offer's end date of January 9, 2020.
November 30, 2019

Use this credit card’s 65K bonus miles to knock someplace special off your travel bucket list

BGR has partnered with The Points Guy for our coverage of credit card products. BGR and The Points Guy may receive a commission from card issuers. Please note: the offers mentioned below are subject to change at any time and some may no longer be available. One of the quickest ways frequent travelers can rack up bonus miles is by taking advantage of credit card sign-up bonus offers -- an incentive that United Airlines has hiked on one of its co-branded cards recently as part of a limited-time offer. After making some major improvements to its United Explorer Card over the last year and a half, the card is throwing in one more sweetener to tempt travelers with, one that will be on offer through January 9, 2020. The offer is an increased (and, we might add, a fairly generous) sign-up bonus of 65,000 miles which you will rack up after reaching two spending tiers with the card. As we said, this is on the fairly decent side of the spectrum when it comes to offers of this kind from co-branded airline cards -- the airline industry in general being known for many things but not necessarily its excess of giveaways for passengers. In terms of the United Explorer Card's temporarily expanded sign-up bonus (one of several nice offsets for the card's $95 annual fee, waived the first year) here's how you get it: New cardholders will need to reach two tiers of spending to earn the full offer of 65,000 miles. First, you’ll earn 40,000 United MileagePlus miles after you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of card ownership. Then, you’ll earn another 25,000 United miles after you spend $10,000 total on purchases in the first six months. Before now, the sign-up bonus offer included 40,000 miles after new cardholders spent $2,000 within the first three months of card ownership, and then an additional 20,000 miles after spending $8,000 in the first six months. So, yes, with the new limited-time sign-up bonus offer, the spending requirement for the first six months is higher, but you're rewarded for it (with an extra 5,000 bonus miles over the previous offer).

The final word

Beyond the sign-up bonus, other benefits of the United Explorer Card to be aware of include the ability to get a free checked bag on United when you use this card to buy your ticket, as well as priority boarding and two one-time United Club passes each year. Additionally, you can enjoy a 25% rebate on any in-flight purchases like food and Wi-Fi. The sign-up bonus offer of 65,000 miles will definitely make this a hard card to pass up for at least some frequent United Airlines fliers, but don't forget -- if you do want to grab this card for those miles, make sure you act before the offer's end date of January 9, 2020.
November 30, 2019

Strawberry-flavored HIV medicine could save thousands of children

There are roughly 80,000 babies and toddlers who die of AIDS every year, and that's partly due to the difficulty of administering the medicine. It can be extremely difficult for a toddler to swallow a pill or a foul-tasting syrup with alcohol. Cipl...
November 30, 2019

London Bridge attack: Victim Jack Merritt had ‘lust for life’

Jack Merritt's friends, family, and those who worked with him say he "saved lives through his work".
November 30, 2019

No, ‘The Simpsons’ hasn’t been canceled

One of the things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday is that The Simpsons will not end after this season, which happens to be the 31st season of the highly acclaimed animated series. The reassurance that the show isn’t ending just yet comes directly from showrunner Al Jean, who took to Twitter on Thursday to debunk reports that claimed the end is near. However, there is one reason to worry about the future of the show, given that news of its end came directly from a person that should be in the know: The Simpsons theme composer Danny Elfman. Elfman talked to Joe.ie about his career and expanded on The Simpsons ending. Elfman revealed the show is nearing its end when asked to comment on the quality of the show, which some say has dropped in recent years. "Well, from what I've heard, it is coming to an end. So, that argument will also come to an end. [...] I don't know for a fact, but I've heard that it will be in its last year,” he said. He mentioned that he could be wrong about it, and that he never expected the show to last as long as it did. "All I can say is that I'm so flabbergasted and amazed that it has lasted as long as it did,” he said. “So, you have to realize, when I scored The Simpsons, I wrote this crazy piece of music, and I expected no-one would hear it because I really did not think the show had a chance in hell. Really, I expected it would run for three episodes and get canceled, and that would be that, because it was so weird at the time, and I just didn't think it had a chance. So believe me, that is one of the truly big surprises in my life." Jean's debunking on Twitter was unequivocal, as he confirmed articles saying The Simpsons is ending are not true: https://twitter.com/AlJean/status/1200094208893341696 But even if the show isn’t ending after this year, we could be close to the end. ComicBook explains that the show was renewed for two seasons in February, which means season 32 could be the last one. On the other hand, let’s not forget that Disney now owns Fox, which means it also owns The Simpsons. And given the successful launch of Disney+, where the show’s first 30 seasons are available to subscribers, the giant entertainment company might not want to kill this franchise just yet.
November 30, 2019

Euro 2020 draw: England drawn against Croatia, Wales in group with Italy

England are drawn against Croatia and Czech Republic in Group D at Euro 2020, with Wales alongside Italy, Switzerland and Turkey in Group A.
November 30, 2019

Climate change ‘blueprint’ for Wales launched

Plans aim to improve flood defences and see more woodland planted to combat climate change.
November 30, 2019

Parents demand answers over troubled Glasgow hospital

Families of patients treated at Glasgow's children's hospital say they have no confidence in the health board.
November 30, 2019

Solihull stabbing: Man died after knifing in town centre

The victim, aged 21, died in hospital after the stabbing in Poplar Road, Solihull, at about 3am.
November 30, 2019

Liverpool 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Leaders move 11 points clear despite Alisson red card

Liverpool keeper Alisson is sent off for a blatant handball outside his penalty area as the Reds move 11 points clear at the top of the table with victory over Brighton.