Beginning September 21, 2020, existing United TravelBank Cards from Chase are switching to a new, re-branded United Gateway Visa Card.
Existing TravelBank cardholders will receive their new card by the end of October, though several features will remain the same, including:
- Account number
- Credit limit
- Annual fee
- Interest rates
- Payment due date
Everything else, however, will be new. So, what does the new card offer that the current TravelBank does not?
The New United Gateway Visa Credit Card
The biggest change for the new United Gateway Visa is the switch from TravelBank Cash to MileagePlus miles. United MileagePlus miles have a value of up to 2.5 cents per point when booking United Airlines flights – far higher than the one-cent value of TravelBank Cash.
The new United Gateway Visa from Chase will earn 2X miles per dollar on United purchases and 2X miles on gas station purchases. All other purchases with the card earn a single mile per dollar spent. The TravelBank card only provided additional cash back on United purchases.
Other notable changes are the removal of price protection and the additions of Roadside Dispatch and Emergency Assistance Services. These new features are part of the Visa network’s protections and benefits.
United TravelBank Card
The United TravelBank Card, which is no longer accepting new applications, is a popular option for the United frequent flyer who wants no-fuss cash back with every purchase. The card earns 2% cash back on United Airlines purchases and 1% back on all other purchases. The cash back takes the form of TravelBank Cash.
TravelBank Cash is good for purchasing airfare and other United in-flight transactions, but it lacks the versatility for other methods of redemption, such as hotel bookings or car rentals with United Airlines partners. For this reason, the switch to United MileagePlus miles is a welcome change for many Chase cardholders.
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