[Update] United TravelBank Is Back

Update 1/14/22: From reader Kyle: For those experiencing issues with payment not going through, add the card to your united account as a payment method and then use the saved payment card to pay for the travel bank purchase. That work around is working at the moment.

Update 1/8/22: Travel credits now posting as well.

The United Airlines TravelBank feature was down for a few days, but has now returned.

United TravelBank link

Lots of people like using their AmEx incidental airline credit to load their United TravelBank account with funds which can be used for the next 5 years. Anecdotally, these purchases have worked to trigger the airline credit; hopefully that lasts.

Just be sure to select United as your Amex airline option first. Also be sure not to leave the TravelBank account dormant for more than 18 months. (Update: some speculate that the 18-month dormancy does not apply to the newer TravelBank loads. Regardless, if you load your TravelBank once every 18 months, or you use up some of your TravelBank balance within the 18 months, that resets your 18-month clock.)

Hat tip to FM and to reader Mike

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cfxa2000
cfxa2000

I am able to purchase $100 travelbank using Amex Platinum with saved credit card option in the United Wallet. Its been 4days now, and am still waiting for Amex Credit to happen, hope it works.

Rec
Rec

Added my credit card in the wallet and then payment still failed. though my credit card has pending transactions. Does anyone have the same experience? will the pending transactions disappear or I will need to dispute them? lol

KEV
KEV

Is the United Travel Bank website not working again? I have tried so many times with my Platinum and Aspire and both didn’t work and said “Payment failed – Please try again.”

Alex
Alex

same situation. I’ve tried several times in the past few weeks.

katie
katie

I’ve also tried several time today, 01/25, with saved credit card in the United Wallet and still received “failed payment” error message.

daniel
daniel

updated data point, purchased $200 and $250 on Plat and Aspire on 1/17, says airline fee credits earned on 1/21

Jared
Jared

Is it down again? My screen says:

As we keep evolving the digital experience for our travelers, we’ve decided to discontinue the united.com gift registry program. Although you’ll no longer be able to create a new registry or add to your existing one, you can still book travel using the TravelBank balance linked to your current registry until your balance expires.

I had only done one $100 purchase for my Plat Biz and was trying to do the 2nd $100. Bummer.

Diamond Vargas
Diamond Vargas

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Jared
Jared

Okay, I figured out what I am doing wrong. 😉

Yu
Yu

Anyone tried to add credit card under spouse’s name into his/her wallet and successfully purchased the United travel fund?

Greg
Greg

How to cash out money in my UA travel bank? I do not travel and my $500 in UA travel bank will expire in 09/22. I see someone below mentioned to book a refundable airfare to cash out. How to do that? Can someone please explain? Thanks.

Manu
Manu

Another data point. Kyle’s trick works. Purchased Jan 11, credited Jan 14. Purchased again Jan 14, credited Jan 17.

aquac
aquac

Has anyone seen a dp for Penfed Credit for Travel Bank in 2022?

richard
richard

Check out the Penfed forum for the 100 credit. TB will work for purchases of 50 or less

Do not try 100 or the credit will most likely not post (no data points——just observation). Safest option is 50+50 purchase TB. Can do all in 1 day or space out over days

Andy
Andy

Purchased 1/13 credited 1/16 — if people want continual data points.