Chase United TravelBank Card (2017.9 Update: Already Alive!)

The United TravelBank Card Review

2017.09.07 Update: It’s live now.

2017.09.05 Update: This is an upcoming new card. HT: Business Insider.

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  1. $150 offer: earn $150 TravelBank Cash after spending $1000 in the first 3 months.
  2. Earn 2% in TravelBank cash per $1 spent on airline tickets purchased from United, and earn 1.5% in TravelBank cash per $1 spent on all other purchases.
  3. How to use TravelBank Cash: $1 in TravelBank cash = $1 when used toward the purchase of a ticket on flights operated by United and United Express. You can purchase a flight ticket with some TravelBank Cash plus some cash, and there’s no minimum requirement for redemption.
  4. Earn 25% back as a statement credit on purchases of food and beverages onboard United-operated flights.
  5. No foreign transaction fee.
  6. No annual fee.


  1. There’s no free checked bag, priority boarding etc. benefits.


This card seems to be useless. CFU by Chase itself also has 1.5% cash back rate, yet the “cash back” on this card can only be used towards UA flight ticket, very restrictive. No other highlights as well.

Currently we don’t have answers to the following questions, and we need data points to confirm:

  • Can we downgrade Chase UA Explorer to this card?
  • Is this card affected by the Chase 5/24 rule? (I guess so)
  • Can we earn the 25% bonus points on MPX with this card?
  • Can we see XN award availability with this card?

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  • Sergei

    I can confirm that this card is offered as a no-annual fee downgrade option for Chase UA Explorer. I got this offer about a week ago when I called Chase about canceling my Explorer card. The rep told me that it’s the only no-annual fee Chase card that doesn’t charge extra for foreign currency conversion. Another option was United Awards card. (It does charge a hefty 3% currency conversion fee.)
    After some thinking I switched to UA Awards card since it seems to provide access to additional inventory on United award seats. I was not sure if UA TravelBank card would do the same.
    Note that Chase started discussing this new card about a year ago. Back then it sounded much more enticing