Looks like the United Travel Bank is not a reliable way to dump your excess credits for the year 2017. I stumbled upon one of my 10 AmEx Platinum Cards which I had only spent $50 of the $200 set for United Airlines. I had forgotten to add $150 to my gift registry before the TravelBank site went offline. I was being cautious and had spent $50 as a test deposit, because of this, I could not switch to American Airlines for the remaining $150.
I had to do the next best thing, which was to use the credit for its intended purpose in the last two months of 2017. The AmEx site says legitimate uses are:
- Checked baggage fees
- Itinerary change fees
- Phone reservation fees
- Pet flight fees
- Seat assignment fees
- In-flight amenity fees (beverages, food, pillows/blankets, headphones)
- In-flight entertainment fees (excluding wireless internet because it’s not charged by the airline)
- Airport lounge day passes & annual memberships
Since I get the luggage and lounge for free with military I decided that the only good thing for a one hour flight would be to try to drink $150 worth of boozes. I decided to buy doubles for my whole crew on the flight. What resulted was an interesting conversation with the flight attendant. I asked to buy the entire row behind me double anythings as well as a double for myself and a wine for my buddy sitting next to me.
The resulting charge was $71.91 which showed up on my statement the next day, and was then promptly reimbursed the day after:
There you have it! Its tough to spend $200 in in flight beverages since the flight attendants can serve you only two drinks at a time. You would need to buy 25 little bottles of boozes over the next two months just to get max out of your $200 United Benefits.
Goes to show you have to use up these credits before the loopholes get closed, remember the MPX loophole, and how short lived that was? Now I have only 4 more flights to spend the remaining $78.09! If this United TravelBank doesnt work for next year I think I will do SouthWest and American Airlines with their gift cards.