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Micp3208 Jul 30, 20 11:30 am

UA "TravelBank" Q&A , with new option to deposit funds
 
Recevied an email today from MileagePlus advertising the United TravelBank again. It was being marketed as a way to budget future travel and by adding funds you will receive a 10% bonus. The deal may be worthwhile if you are traveling soon, but funds that are matched are deposited with 90 days and then those bonus funds are only valid for 120 days. The funds deposited by you are good for 5 years. . .

Interesting concept and way to get some short term cash flow if there are takers.

SAPriorityTag Jul 30, 20 12:30 pm


Originally Posted by Micp3208 (Post 32569611)
Recevied an email today from MileagePlus advertising the United TravelBank again. It was being marketed as a way to budget future travel and by adding funds you will receive a 10% bonus. The deal may be worthwhile if you are traveling soon, but funds that are matched are deposited with 90 days and then those bonus funds are only valid for 120 days. The funds deposited by you are good for 5 years. . .

Interesting concept and way to get some short term cash flow if there are takers.

This is very interesting. I have not (yet) received this email, and I'm not aware of any way to add funds to my TravelBank. Hmmm

Micp3208 Jul 30, 20 12:39 pm


Originally Posted by SAPriorityTag (Post 32569760)
This is very interesting. I have not (yet) received this email, and I'm not aware of any way to add funds to my TravelBank. Hmmm

This is the email link:
https://www.united.com/offers/travel...0&icid=7424127

There are six denominations you can choose from, $50 to $1,000.

mkasperzak Jul 30, 20 1:45 pm

Glad I got the invitation to Join TravelBank, or is it the NEW TravelBank, as I missed the email a year ago about the end of the program and would have let $425 expire in 3 months had I not checked to see my balance.

WineCountryUA Jul 30, 20 2:11 pm

The Travel Bank never when away. The $5 bonus per reservation from the United.com Club program and the Gift Registry method for submitting funds have gone away.
The Travel Bank credit card 1.5% credit still works and looks like there is now a new program for depositing funds

Xyzzy Jul 30, 20 4:44 pm

N:pw that it seems TravelBank purchases may be back I guess it's time to see whether it will still trigger Amex Platinum airline credit...

emcampbe Jul 30, 20 7:39 pm


Originally Posted by WineCountryUA (Post 32569993)
The Travel Bank never when away. The $5 bonus per reservation from the United.com Club program and the Gift Registry method for submitting funds have gone away.
The Travel Bank credit card 1.5% credit still works and looks like there is now a new program for depositing funds

correct.

Iíve had this card since a few months after it was introduced, and always get the 1.5% TB cash deposited. The card is way less valuable than it once was - up until last year, or whenever it was that they did that devaluation from PQD to PQP, I used it to hit PQD waiver for my purchases that didnít get bonuses on my MP select (or for the discount on in-flight purchases). Now that spend doesnít even work to reduce PQP on that card, I rarely use it any more, much better to use Freedom Unlimited or other cards with bonus categories on those.

I didnít get an invite yet to add funds with a bonus - but probably wouldnít use that option right now - Iíll wait until I actually can envision wanting to travel for fun again. But love the TB for its flexibility - it has its issues, but one benefit, unlike with ETCs, is that you can choose the amount you want to use - for me, that means I can choose to use a few dollars less than the total trip cost, and then put the rest on my CSR, which give me the trip protection benefits of the card.

WineCountryUA Jul 30, 20 8:29 pm


Originally Posted by emcampbe (Post 32570559)
.... But love the TB for its flexibility - it has its issues, but one benefit, unlike with ETCs, is that you can choose the amount you want to use - for me, that means I can choose to use a few dollars less than the total trip cost, and then put the rest on my CSR, which give me the trip protection benefits of the card.

And TB funds can be used for partner flights! What would be great would be depositing ETCs in the TB and consolidate the two programs.

ctownflyer Jul 31, 20 8:47 am

Is there any way to add more funds without the bonus after you take advantage of this offer?

Xyzzy Jul 31, 20 9:15 am

FWIW, I tried the offer link above and am prompted to log in. :pnce I enter my credentials my browser either displays a white screen or an error ... I tried using two different browsers. <sigh>

ctownflyer Jul 31, 20 9:26 am


Originally Posted by Xyzzy (Post 32571727)
FWIW, I tried the offer link above and am prompted to log in. :pnce I enter my credentials my browser either displays a white screen or an error ... I tried using two different browsers. <sigh>

Try F5 a couple times after signing in?

Xyzzy Jul 31, 20 9:35 am


Originally Posted by ctownflyer (Post 32571757)
Try F5 a couple times after signing in?

What is "F5" supposed to d:o? My keyboard has no such key (Macbook). I did try to reload (and shift-reload to force it) the page - with no success... then I tried Safari (I'd tried Firefox & Chrome earlier) and I was prompted to authenticate my account and then I saw the offer!

SAPriorityTag Jul 31, 20 11:39 am


Originally Posted by mkasperzak (Post 32569939)
Glad I got the invitation to Join TravelBank, or is it the NEW TravelBank, as I missed the email a year ago about the end of the program and would have let $425 expire in 3 months had I not checked to see my balance.

I'm glad you brought that up. This really has me curious because when I sign in it says that my TravelBank account balance is $0 (it's not). So I wonder if they'd have two separate accounts running.

SAP

Xyzzy Jul 31, 20 11:54 am

FWIW, my charge today posted as "UNITED ELECTRONIC TICKETNG" so I'm d:(ubtful that it will trigger the Platinum card fee rebate (it used to). I'll post again if it does.

ctownflyer Jul 31, 20 11:59 am


Originally Posted by SAPriorityTag (Post 32572076)
I'm glad you brought that up. This really has me curious because when I sign in it says that my TravelBank account balance is $0 (it's not). So I wonder if they'd have two separate accounts running.

SAP

It's just not synced up, but when you fund it, it gets added to your regular TB balance.


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