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Received a TARGETED offer for the United Airlines MilagePlus Explorer Card, earning 50K points after $2K spend plus 5K points for adding an Authorized User (AU). I came up w/ a sequence of steps that appears to DE-Target the offer, making it available for all:
    1. If you're not a United MileagePlus member, sign up for an MP account here:
      https://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps/account/enroll.aspx

    2. Open up an Incognito/In-Private/Private browsing window.

    3. In the FIRST BROWSER TAB, navigate to the following URL and login w/ your MileagePlus account:
      https://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps/sso/Login.aspx?return_to=thatsaplus

    4. If, upon logging in, you're taken to the 50K offer page (https://www.theexplorercard.com/50kAFW), you're all set. Just use the APPLY NOW button on that page and proceed. HOWEVER, if you're taken to the 30K offer page (https://www.theexplorercard.com/30kAFW), continue onto the next steps

    5. In a SECOND BROWSER TAB, navigate directly to the 50K application page:
      https://www.theexplorercard.com/ApplicationProcessing?SPID=FHTG&CELL=0XM&REFERID=TEC

      Note: The URL above is where my targeted offer directed me to; however, I don't see any verifiable details on that page proving that it's the 50K offer.

    6. In a THIRD BROWSER TAB, navigate to the following URL (which is a variation of the 50K application offer page):
      https://applynow.chase.com/FlexAppWeb/renderApp.do?PID=UAB1&CAT=0&SPID=FHTG&CELL=60XM

    7. Now for the magic... In the THIRD BROWSER TAB, hit the REFRESH BUTTON (or simply re-paste the URL that's already in there). Upon doing so, it should redirect you to the LANDING PAGE of the 50K offer:
      https://www.theexplorercard.com/50kAFW

      If the URL itself doesn't change to the actual 50K offer landing page, copy/paste the 50K LANDING PAGE URL into that THIRD BROWSER TAB:
      https://www.theexplorercard.com/50kAFW

    8. Now that you're at the 50K landing page, hit the APPLY NOW button (which, after some redirects, should take you to same the URL as your SECOND BROWSER TAB)


Note: There may also be a current 50K + 5K AU + $50 BONUS offer at the following URL, but I haven't been able to actually stay at that URL:
https://www.theexplorercard.com/50k50AFWIC

Each time I try going to the offer inclusive of $50 bonus, it redirects me back to the offer w/o it. If anyone's received a targeted offer for 50K + 5K AU + $50 BONUS, please post the URL that the "APPLY NOW" button goes to in YOUR TARGETED offer (so that I can try to DE-Target that offer as well).

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This is about the best, most detailed, thorough, and organized post I have ever seen on FW!
Wish I could use the offer but thanks for your time TheDiggler!

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  I get "The page you were looking for could not be found." at this step.

quaters said:   
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  I get "The page you were looking for could not be found." at this step.

  
Same here... no go on the second browser tab

I was already targeted in my united account for 50k. pasted 50k+5+$50 linke in new incognito browser and logged in, page stayed up just fine.

rsuaver said:   
quaters said:   
I get "The page you were looking for could not be found." at this step.

  
Same here... no go on the second browser tab

I just watched a friend attempt to perform my step-by-step instructions.  He too is unable to load the URL in the second browser tab. Given that, my attempt at DE-targeting the offer isn't as successful as I hoped it would be.  The second browser tab URL opens up like clockwork for me, but then I was genuinely targeted for the offer. I suppose the steps will work for others who've also been targeted, perhaps w/o being aware that they were.

If anyone is willing to do so, try earning (or redeeming) some MP miles (and allow at least 24 hour to pass after miles have been earned or redeemed). Thereafter, see if the steps in the OP work.

An easy way to earn miles is via the MilagePlus shopping portal:
https://shopping.mileageplus.com

Instead of earning FatCash from qualifying e-tailers, you'll earn MileagePlus miles.  In my experience (purchasing from Wally), miles post within a week or two of the purchase.
(It's also an inexpensive way to extend your MilagePlus miles expiration date).

I happened to earn some miles that way within the past few months.  I also redeemed some miles within the past few weeks (for an actual FF flight).

Dealpouncer said:   I was already targeted in my united account for 50k. pasted 50k+5+$50 linke in new incognito browser and logged in, page stayed up just fine.Can you please post (or PM me) the link for the "APPLY NOW" button of the 50K+5K+$50 offer? Thx!

TheDiggler said:   
Dealpouncer said:   I was already targeted in my united account for 50k. pasted 50k+5+$50 linke in new incognito browser and logged in, page stayed up just fine.
Can you please post (or PM me) the link for the "APPLY NOW" button of the 50K+5K+$50 offer? Thx!

  ...it's the one in the OP

Dealpouncer said:   ...it's the one in the OP
Sent you a PM to further discuss this. Thx.
  

For those unable to open the URL listed for the SECOND BROWSER TAB, try this alternate URL instead (which is for the 50K + 5K + $50 bonus offer, courtesy of Dealpouncer):
https://www.theexplorercard.com/ApplicationProcessing?SPID=FHT8&CELL=XWF&REFERID=TEC

Note: The URL above does not work for me (so I'm apparently not eligible for the $50 bonus w/ the 50K offer)

If the alternate URL above (w/ $50 bonus) works, when proceeding to the THIRD BROWSER TAB, I suspect that the alternate URL to use there should be this:
https://applynow.chase.com/FlexAppWeb/renderApp.do?PID=UAB1&CAT=0&SPID=FHT8&CELL=6XWF

Thank you for the post. Great detail. I had a targeted offer in the mail for 50k/2k spend but no $50 bonus. Unfortunately I got the dreaded we let you know in 7-10 days.

Call 800-453-9719 (8:00-20:00 M-F EST) quickly and say "I just wanted to answer any questions you may have so you can make a decision."

If you go thru' these steps and get a page with that offer - Does it become a Targeted offer?

And in that case, does one get the bonus even if there are reasons for Chase to deny the card or bonus?
(such as you had the card in the past x months or
you have applied for more than 5 cards in the past y months etc.)

PS: My personal experience with Amex is that if you get a targeted offer, you get the bonus no matter what.

ssgcinty said:   If you go thru' these steps and get a page with that offer - Does it become a Targeted offer?

And in that case, does one get the bonus even if there are reasons for Chase to deny the card or bonus?
(such as you had the card in the past x months or
you have applied for more than 5 cards in the past y months etc.)

For what it's worth, my genuine targeted offer has the following disclaimer on it:
This product is available to you if you do not have this card and have not received a new cardmember bonus for this card in the past 24 months.

I'm uncertain whether *I* will get the bonus if I apply. I last applied for the card in early 2014, received the bonus by perhaps April 2014, then kept the card active though the following year, closing it around Mar 2015. I've typically waited 2+ years from ACCOUNT CLOSURE to churn the bonus (at which point it would be 3+ years since last receiving the bonus). I've read where others have successfully churned Chase bonuses by waiting 2+ years from the bonus posting date (which matches what the disclaimer above says).

TheDiggler said:   
ssgcinty said:   If you go thru' these steps and get a page with that offer - Does it become a Targeted offer?

And in that case, does one get the bonus even if there are reasons for Chase to deny the card or bonus?
(such as you had the card in the past x months or
you have applied for more than 5 cards in the past y months etc.)

For what it's worth, my genuine targeted offer has the following disclaimer on it:
This product is available to you if you do not have this card and have not received a new cardmember bonus for this card in the past 24 months.

I'm uncertain whether *I* will get the bonus if I apply. I last applied for the card in early 2014, received the bonus by perhaps April 2014, then kept the card active though the following year, closing it around Mar 2015. I've typically waited 2+ years from ACCOUNT CLOSURE to churn the bonus (at which point it would be 3+ years since last receiving the bonus). I've read where others have successfully churned Chase bonuses by waiting 2+ years from the bonus posting date (which matches what the disclaimer above says).

  
Use the closing date for the statement that includes the bonus posting.

It seems chase will deny you via letter if you did not meet the 2 year waiting period. Same for the 5+ cards in last 2 years rule.

I have read that if you apply in branch with a targeted offer, the 5/2 rule may not kick in.

A similar version of this offer (w/ $3K spend) but inclusive of a $50 statement credit available here:
https://www.theexplorercard.com/50k50ICLTO

Not sure if the above is targeted. Was presented w/ the offer above while searching for flights on United.com.

*EDIT* The Apply Now button goes to URL:
https://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps/sso/Login.aspx?return_to=thatsaplus&SPID=FKF3&CELL=XWF&REFERID=UNITED

TheDiggler said:   A similar version of this offer (w/ $3K spend) but inclusive of a $50 statement credit available here:
https://www.theexplorercard.com/50k50ICLTO

Not sure if the above is targeted. Was presented w/ the offer above while searching for flights on United.com.

*EDIT* The Apply Now button goes to URL:
https://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps/sso/Login.aspx?return_to=t...

  Is the annual fee waived for the first year?  The link i got doesn't say it is waived.

SkinnyWallet said:   
TheDiggler said:   A similar version of this offer (w/ $3K spend) but inclusive of a $50 statement credit available here:
https://www.theexplorercard.com/50k50ICLTO 

Not sure if the above is targeted. Was presented w/ the offer above while searching for flights on United.com.

*EDIT* The Apply Now button goes to URL:
https://www.united.com/web/en-US/apps/sso/Login.aspx?return_to=thatsaplus&SPID=FKF3&CELL=XWF&REFERID=UNITED 

  Is the annual fee waived for the first year?  The link i got doesn't say it is waived.

Doesn't appear to be waived. Guess that's why the $50K + $5K AU + $50 bonus offer after $3K spend is so readily available. It's effectively a worse version of the OP's offer, where that one expired May 31, 2016.

The tags expired in June, yet they still honored continue services.... This should not issue a threat .



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