[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

231
Leave a Reply

avatar
 

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
LucyLuz
LucyLuz

Yes, it worked. Purchased $50 in travel bank. Requested credit on 11/20 and receive it on 11/27. 🙂

(Aspire AMEX)

Hiro-aki Kyo
Hiro-aki Kyo

DP: (UA Travel Bank) $50 charged to UNITED AIRLINES on 10/17/2022, credit back on 10/22/2022.
(Amex Platinum)

Anthony
Anthony

DP: $50 charged to United Travel Bank on 8/24.
Credited on 8/27.
Amex Plat.

Don
Don

For another data point, charged $50 to United Travel Bank on 7/20 I think, it posted 7/21, showed up 7/24 with a 7/23 credit date. AmEx Platinum.

sy
sy

any recent dp? how long does it usually take? mine still hasn’t triggered yet

Bertrand

Still works. I made two $100 purchases with my Amex Platinum card on July 5. Two $100 credits posted on July 8.

Payal
Payal

Can I use my United Travelbank cash to pay for a pet fee or $125 to fly my puppy dog? If I have the $100 from the United Clear membership promo, can I use it and then pay remaining $25 by Amex platinum credit card?

Or If I have the $100, can I buy the additional $50 travelbank with Amex card and then will it add to my existing $100 travel bank to total $150 travelbank cash? And the. Use $125 of this $150 to pay for the pet in cabin travel?

Liz
Liz

I have this exact question! It does not seem possible online

Liz
Liz

So I called customer support. TravelBank cash is ONLY valid toward fares (not taxes, not fees, not incidentals, not pet fees, etc)

Payal
Payal

Basically United travel bank is useless. I never pay cash for united flights and only travel by redemption of points. Travel bank does not work unless u buy tickets with cash. I complained and sent it to their executive office to give me a check of my travel bank cash which will otherwise expire. Will provide an update

N
N

Frankly I think its a bit dramatic to call it useless, if you have both a Hilton aspire and plat, you could easily save two years worth of airline fee credits and book an international trip to Europe for free with the travel bank money you’ve been saving.

Payal
Payal

Why use Travelbank cash which is same as regular United pricing when you can pay with points from chase ultimate rewards program and get much better deal of flying United?

N
N

because it is far too difficult to use the amex incidental credit in any other way. I wouldn’t advocate for someone to use actual cash and load into the travel bank, but this is fantastic for people trying to use their amex incidental airline fee credit.

Carl
Carl

Purchased $250 TB on my Platinum 5/2, $200 credited on 5/6.

Matthew
Matthew

Purchased $250 TB Cash on my Aspire card on 21 April 2022. Hopefully will be able to share good news in about a week.

Matthew
Matthew

Reimbursed April 24th.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Ok folks: purchased one-shot $250 TB cash on 20 March 2022. Will report back when (and if) reimbursement comes on Aspire. It worked last year.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Reimbursed 23 Mar 2022. I did one $250 Travel Bank purchase from overseas, no VPN.

vince
vince

purchase: 3/2 (2x $100)

posted as credit: 3/5