WILMINGTON, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Chase Card Services, the leading co-brand credit card issuer in the U.S., and United Airlines today launched a no annual fee credit card to reward leisure travelers. The UnitedSM TravelBank Card allows customers to earn 2% on United® purchases and 1.5% on all other purchases in TravelBank cash – and to redeem it toward United flights.
“Cash-back credit cards continue to rise in popularity and we noticed an opportunity in this space for United customers – a no annual fee card with compelling travel benefits that rewards in TravelBank cash,” said Leslie Gillin, President of Co-Brand Cards at Chase. “Our research shows that leisure travelers are looking for the simplicity of a cash-back card coupled with the ability to redeem seamlessly for travel.”
The United TravelBank Card is similar to cash-back cards as customers earn TravelBank cash, which can then be used toward the cost of a United flight. The card also offers a broad list of additional benefits not widely found in traditional cash-back cards, including no foreign transaction fees, trip cancellation/interruption insurance, auto rental coverage and 25% back as a statement credit on food and beverage purchases onboard United-operated flights. Customers will also have access to exclusive experiences through Inside Access from Chase, voted “Best Credit Card Special Events” platform by Global Traveler.
“The United TravelBank Card introduces a new way for customers to save on United flights by putting the TravelBank cash they’ve earned toward the cost of a ticket,” said Praveen Sharma, Vice President of Loyalty at United. “We are celebrating 30 years of partnership on our co-brand card program with Chase and are thrilled to add a card for cash-back enthusiasts to our portfolio of industry-leading United MileagePlus cards.”
Even if customers have not earned enough TravelBank cash for the entire price of a United ticket, they can see an immediate benefit. For example, if they have earned $75 in TravelBank cash, they can use that toward a $200 flight and pay the remaining $125 with their United TravelBank Card. TravelBank cash is seamlessly integrated in the checkout process on united.com, allowing customers to redeem for as little as $1.
United TravelBank Card Benefits
- No annual fee
- 2% in TravelBank cash per $1 spent on United purchases, such as airline tickets, seat upgrades and bag fees
- 1.5% in TravelBank cash per $1 spent on all other purchases
- 25% back as a statement credit on food and beverage purchases onboard United-operated flights
- No foreign transaction fees
- Redeem starting with $1 in TravelBank cash
- Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver
- Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance
The award-winning Inside Access from Chase program offers more than 30
unique event experiences per year in entertainment, food, sports and
fashion, such as the following:
- A private evening with Chef Troy Guard at TAG in Denver
- A private evening with Mary Wilson of The Supremes Live at the world famous Apollo Theater Soundstage
- Napa Valley Harvest weekend with two nights lodging
Upon approval, customers will be eligible to earn $150 in TravelBank cash after spending $1,000 in the first three months the account is open. The United TravelBank Card joins a rich credit card program that also includes the United MileagePlus® Explorer, United MileagePlus® Explorer Business and United MileagePlus® Club Cards. New United TravelBank Cards will be exclusively Visa cards. For more information about the United TravelBank and MileagePlus Cards, visit UnitedTravelBankCard.com.
Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. Chase serves nearly half of America’s households with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, small business loans and payment processing. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: 5,200 branches, 16,000 ATMs, mobile, online and by phone. For more information, go to Chase.com.
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 748 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 475 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to more than 190 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol "UAL".