Update, 8/5: The 10% bonus promotion ends today!
Update, 8/4: As noted in this post, United TravelBank funding is being reimbursed as an airline fee credit! Plus you can extend the validity of the bonus via the electronic travel certificate method mentioned below.
Additionally, United tells me that you will be able to make further contributions to your TravelBank account after this 10% bonus promotion ends tomorrow!
Originally posted on 7/31:
You can get a bonus when you fund your United TravelBank as follows:
- Fund with $50, get a $5 bonus.
- Fund with $100, get a $10 bonus.
- Fund with $250, get a $25 bonus.
- Fund with $500, get a $50 bonus.
- Fund with $750, get a $75 bonus.
- Fund with $1,000, get a $100 bonus.
You’ll need to sign into a United MileagePlus account to see this offer. You may need to refresh the page a couple times after signing in to see the offer or try using another browser or an incognito browser.
This offer expires on 8/5.
The amount paid won’t expire for 5 years and can be extended beyond for another 5 years that by having any TravelBank funding or usage. You can use the funds for United flights purchased on United.com.
The amount paid will be available for use immediately. You can find your TravelBank balance in your United account and it will show up as a payment option at checkout.
The bonus will post within 90 days and will only be valid for 120 days after that.
However, assuming that United’s free change policy that has been in effect since March 3rd is still valid when the bonus posts, you can book any ticket with those funds and refund it to an electronic travel certificate valid for 2 years form the date of refund.
You can only get the bonus once per MileagePlus account and I don’t see a way to add more funds after you make your initial funding. You can however combine electronic travel certificates together.
United discontinued TravelBank funding a few years ago. Until that point, you were able to get credited for airline fee credits on cards like AMEX Platinum, AMEX Business Platinum, and Hilton Aspire if you were registered for United.
I’ll update this post next week with the results of my funding on whether it does or does not trigger that credit.