Giveaway for codes waiving first year annual fee on United Club Card

Reader Blake was nice enough to share seven codes for first year fee waivers on the United Club card.

The United Club card comes with a United Club membership, Premier Access, first and second bag fee waivers when flying United, and also offers 1.5 United MileagePlus miles per dollar spent, which is a pretty compelling value. The downside is that the annual fee is $395, though that’s waived the first year with one of these codes

The other downside to the card is that it doesn’t offer a sign-up bonus, though that’s the case across the board and not specific to this offer with the first year annual fee waived.

Anyway, the code can be applied on this website and needs to be done by June 30, 2012. With the first year fee waived this card is a no brainer, especially if you’re a United flyer.

To have a shot at winning one of the codes leave a comment on this post letting us know about your best hotel experience ever (be it an amazing upgrade, awesome hotel, or great recovery from a service failure). You can enter through 11:59PM ET on Monday, June 18, at which point I’ll randomly select winners.

Thanks again to Blake for his generosity!


  1. Pretty tame story, checked in to the
    Renaissance Shanghai Pudong Hotel and was offered an upgrade to a suite. Wasn’t a frequent traveler at the time so it was kind of a shock at the time. Lots of sentimental value as my first upgrade 🙂

  2. They are a smaller hotel chain, but the Drury Hotels really do a good job of taking care of customers. We used a Drury in St. Louis for our wedding guests, and they did an excellent job of accommodating our needs even though they were also busy with a large school group that was also in the hotel. It was just no fuss – which is the best you can hope for really. Thanks.

  3. Sheraton Waikiki, 1984. I was running a conference. They gave me the Presidential Suite, for a week. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, full kitchen and living room. And a piano. All for little old me (and I was quite young at the time!) (I don’t need the card – have a lifetime UC membership, but thought I’d share this once-in-a-lifetime upgrade!)

  4. Alternatively, there are also a number of codes posted in the thread on FT that you can go and grab 🙂

  5. Got upgraded to the presidential suite in the Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima, Peru. It was a beautiful space with a dining room, a sauna, and a balcony complete with a small swimming pool. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a tray of fruit, cheeses and a bottle of wine. While enjoying our great snack out on our balcony that had a view of the Pacific Ocean, there was an earthquake and we watched as the water in the pool began to have small waves.

  6. Very generous Blake, kudos to you!

    Though a bit unnecessary as of the 100 or so people who have applied and SMed after to waive the first year fee, 100% have been successful.

  7. We had stayed at the Berlin Marriott at Potsdamer Platz for 5 nights and loved it. We checked out for one night to visit family elsewhere in Germany and checked back in on Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. when the desk clerk said, “We have a surprise for you!” It was the Capital Suite with 2 bathrooms, a HUGE living room, an almost as huge bedroom, a bathroom with a multi-head shower and an overload of toiletries (which I always take and donate to homeless shelters), and a kitchen. The coolest thing were the remote controlled curtains and variable light switches.
    The desk clerk had said there was a pool table, and the hotel’s website says the suite has a piano, neither of which were there, but we didn’t miss them!
    The suite was also next to the Executive Room which had wonderful food and beverages all day long, so that was the icing on the cake!

  8. We stayed at the Mandarin Oriental in Chiang Mai, Thailand in December 2007. It was an amazing experience that we didn’t want to leave after a three-night stay! Great rooms and ambiance. Thai food was great too at their Thai restaurants. Italian restaurant was nice too, but the food was ok.

  9. We were staying at the Westin Mauia and went downstairs to ask about a paid upgrade. Darryl, the Front Desk agent on duty, gave us keys to look at a few rooms. We came back downstairs, but the room we had wanted suddenly became unavailable. Before we could react, he found us another and told us we wouldn’t be charged for the upgrade. He must have overheard us talking about plans for our daughters birthday celebrations because the following evening, someone from Room Service arrived with a Birthday cake. Impressive.

  10. amazing upgrade in San Diego at the Hotel Palomar – beautiful hotel with great location and lovely views!

  11. We got upgraded to a Harbour View room at the IC Hong Kong on an award stay, which I guess is not supposed to happen. Anyway, the view was amazing!

  12. Not too long after being crown with a Hilton HHonors Gold membership (earned the old fashioned way…by actually earning it) and not really having a clue what I was entitled to, I checked into my two rooms at the Hilton Munich City hotel and was promptly upgraded to the Executive Level and told about the perks. I remember thinking they can’t possibly be giving away all of this food and alcohol but they were…and we very much enjoyed it!

  13. Looking forward to flying my first ever United flight next month. I’m going United First which I’ve realized does *not* give me access to United Club… doh!

  14. Recently great experience at Sheraton in Guam, upgrade to ocean view suite. Lovely place!

  15. Recently stayed at a Courtyard by Marriott in Indianapolis. Despite very short notice, no status, and it being Indianapolis 500 weekend, the front desk accommodated us for the weekend without batting an eyelash. It was wonderful.

  16. It was our first trip abroad, traveling as a family of four, and I was thrilled to take my 10 and 12 year-old kids back to the India I first experienced at 25. We stayed in Mumbai’s Taj Mahal, and the kids were amazed by the view, by the pool, and by the breakfast served by the pool, with mango and other exotic juices. But what STILL gets the laughs in our family is how a crow swooped in and stole Josh’s bacon right off his plate, right in front of us!

    The waiter leaned in to me and said, “We’re all just trying to survive, Sir, aren’t we?”

  17. My best experience was at the four seasons Maui at Wailea. The service was flawless and the room was superb. They upgraded us to an ocean view from a partial ocean view even though it was our first time staying there. The waiter at breakfast remembered my name on the second day and remembered what juice I like. It is a truly amazing hotel

  18. I’m on the fence about this card. Right now I have free RCC access via Lufthansa Senator status through 2/2013. Do I want to apply for yet another Chase card for just 4 more months of RCC? If this offer was valid through the end of the year, I’d be all over it in December.

    While on the topic of Chase, what Chase cards are you considering applying for?

  19. Seneca hotel at Niagara Falls in 2009. As a travel noobie, I did not know we can even get upgrades at the check in counter, when I booked a very cheap rate. The friendly lady at the counter offered an upgrade on her own, asked me if it was my first to Niagara falls, gave me a high floor with falls view.

    The best part of it all, she asked me if I had a AAA card and took 10% off of my already dead cheap rate. At that time, I was not even aware of AAA discount rates at hotels.

  20. Park Hyatt, Chicago. Quiet, even though it is situated in the heart of the city, luxurious, and comfortable. Great in all aspects.

  21. When I was at cancun, it was during pre-spring break sorta low season. I tipped the front desk guy, and was upgraded to a really nice room in Westin Cancun. It was the top floor. I am not sure if it was a suite, but it was definitely an upgrade.

  22. Le meridian Tahiti was amazing. Right on the beach, great first resort experience – used free resort stays from a 3 stay 1 resort night promotion

  23. My family and I just stayed at the Conrad in Bangkok, where I have stayed previously on business. Service was outstanding, and I was particularly surprised by how much the staff doted on our boys, 5 and 2. First, they made an exception for us to have all of four of us in a single room, and then they upgraded us to a club room. Even though they don’t normally allow children in the lounge during the cocktail service, the lounge staff encouraged us to bring our kids and bent over backward to serve all of us. (Our kids, I have to say, are pretty well behaved.) It was a fantastic stay and Hilton has earned some loyalty from me as a result.

  24. After traveling from NJ to CA with our entire family, we arrived at our Marriott Hotel on Coronado Island near San Diego, CA. It was to celebrate our 35th anniversary! We had four hotel rooms reserved for our family of what was then 15. (we are up to 22 and counting at the present time) They could not find our reservation and had a booked hotel! Somehow “they” found four rooms and offered us a “free” meal at their beautiful restaurant! It turned out to be one of the best meals our family has ever had! Thanks Marriott!

  25. Had I great experience at the Marriott Park Lane in London. The service could not have been better.

  26. Had a wonderful experience at The Cove in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Great service overall, and our stay was just perfect. (Haven’t ever gotten a hotel upgrade–I’ll have to work on that.)

  27. Checked into Westin Downtown Chicago and was upgraded to multi-room Presidential Suite. Try explaining that one to your boss.

  28. Just returned form first trip to Santa Fe- stayed at La Posada – incredible stay – did a big “exhale” upon arrival and the entire resort was made for chilling out, Great spa offering the ususal array of services and fitness center.Historical background, entire hotel is an art gallery and even has an in- house ghost. Way cool place and Santa Fe is all about art in a pleasant adobe setting, Entire staff was extremely friendly and many “wow- moments of service with smiles and interaction. Great weather. An “Art” hotel – especially versed in the art of hospitality, kudos to all.

  29. Stayed at the Double Tree on Times Square a few days before New Years when rooms were going for ~$700 an night. Got one using points and the suite was big enough for the whole family. Was only one night, but very memorable.

  30. Even Way back in 2001, hyatts promotions were fantastic. I was working for an accounting firm back then and stayed at the Hyatt west shore Tampa for a total of about 2 months. I took the free stays and booked a three day weekend at the Hyatt key west,where I was upgraded into a beautiful suite with multiple queenside beds, sitting area and two wrap around patios that oversaw the ocean and gulf. I currently only stay at Starwood properties cause of their pet policy but that was a great trip and a great way to treat a frequent guest.

  31. Going on Safari at Maasai Mara, staying at the Karen Blixon resort for free. The company I was working for at the time paid for it. So awesome!

  32. Was at JW Marriott in Baltimore in a standard room. Got in at midnight. Pulled back the sheets at 2am to find hair (not mine) and a plastic flower (also not mine) that looked like it was from a kids game. Went downstairs and the night manager upgraded me to a giant suite complete with a 12-person dining room table. Checked out at 7am the next morning.

  33. Best hotel experience with points… 5 nights for FREE at the Intercontinental Le Grand in Paris- using 3 free nights from PC promotion (stay 3, get 1 free or something like that), and regular points. Going rate at the time was close to 600E a night! Also, spent the points to get Ambassador, per Bens advice. Was upgraded to a top floor king room with 2 petite balconys, with stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, and the rooftops of Paris.

  34. We stayed at the Hyatt in Kauai in January 2011 for a conference. My wife went to check in, and got a slightly mysterious request: “please don’t tell anyone about your room”. Reason being, they had apparently run out of regular rooms and so had put us in a large ocean view suite instead. Nice for her, since she got to enjoy the view from the balcony while I went to sessions in a windowless conference room…

  35. I’ve been wanting this card for the Avis President’s Club status. For best hotel experience, I just spent 9 nights at the Park Hyatt Tokyo and had a wonderful time! As a Diamond, I was upgraded to a corner room with great views. The complimentary breakfast could be used with room service and I loved the convenience. The spa was also amazing because it had 3 saunas with different temperatures and a cold plundge pool.

  36. Millenium Hilton 2008. This was the most expensive hotel room I had booked in my life. A corner king in a higher level to take my fiancee after proposing to her that day. It was a beautiful room with awesome view of the city with floor to ceiling windows in 2 of it’s walls. It was the greatest night of my life and we have been married 3 happy years now!

  37. I had a wonderful experience at a non-chain resort south of Pittsburgh, Nemacolin Woodlands. We stayed in their newer hotel, Falling Rock, and had our own butler! It was certainly tough to get used to (we didn’t know exactly what to do with him) but it was ultimately pretty great to be attended to for all our needs. Certainly a unique experience!

  38. not all that special, but due to a power outage i had to book a night at the local HIX and got upgraded to the only whirlpool suite.. Soooo nice.. If I win I would like to give my dad the code as a belated fathers day present as he didn’t renew his united club membership because he thought his travel would be less this year as he was out of work.. then he got a new job and starts traveling today..

  39. Sorry Lucky but there’s really no need for codes as chase is giving the 1st year free via SM. Just ask them to match.

  40. Traveling for work in 1999 and on the road for the season premiere of the X-Files. At check-in at the One Washington Circle hotel, I asked to make sure the hotel carried Fox on its cable system. Received an upgrade to a multi-room suite and the suggestion that I invite anyone else I knew in town to come over and watch the show.

  41. Westin Piccadilly in London. Not a fantastic property by any means, but by far the most convenient location. I was upgraded to one of their named suites for a week-long stay. 2 bedrooms, large living room, and a big 4-poster bed!

  42. IC Cambodia PNP was great. Stayed there for multiple trips. Staff always remembered my name. Service was fantastic.

  43. Was staying at a Comfort Inn in Sheridan, WY. They called us and said they would be turning the water off the next morning at 9:00 AM. They nformed us our entire stay was free.i

  44. Stuck in Hamburg (HAM) because of snow the night before christmas I got a room at the Courtyard Marriot right by the airport. While not anything special as a Hotel the nice staff, including at the Hotel restaurant, made – almost – missing out on Xmas at home that much more bearable.

  45. Booked a two week award nights stay in Shanghai at a brand new property that was still bring built. There were delays in the work so the hotels opening was delayed. So what does Starwood do they put me up in the St Regis in a suite instead. Living large!

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