We’re seeing a new Amex Offer for United Airlines flight purchases, allowing you to earn up to a 50% discount on any United flights you book between now and August 19, 2022.
United Airlines: Spend $500, Get $250
The new United Airlines Amex Offer requires manual registration before it applies on your card.
You’ll earn a $250 (CAD) statement credit upon spending $500 (CAD) in qualifying flight purchases with United Airlines via the website or mobile app by August 19, 2022.
If you were to make a purchase of exactly $500, you’d effectively unlock a 50% discount on your purchase via the $250 statement credit.
This offer has a registration cap of 30,000 cardholders, so make sure to register as soon as possible to lock in your eligibility.
This Amex Offer has been witnessed across a wide range of American Express cards. Cardholders have reported seeing the offer on their Business Platinum Card, Platinum Card, Gold Rewards Card, Marriott Bonvoy Card, and more.
Save on United Flights for 2022 and Beyond
The offer can be thought of as an incentive to book with United on any upcoming travel plans you might have in 2022 and 2023. United flies to several Canadian destinations, including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.
In particular, even though most of us might be more inclined to redeem points for premium cabins on long-haul international flights, it might make sense to consider saving your points and booking with United on a cash fare for any trips to the US, Hawaii, or elsewhere in the Americas.
That’s especially the case if you can leverage United Premier Silver status from Marriott Titanium Elite for some added perks.
United doesn’t allow you to split up a larger purchase into smaller chunks of $500 each. However, if you’re booking flights for multiple passengers, you can split up the reservation by passenger to maximize the $250 statement credits you earn.
Does This Work with United TravelBank?
The United TravelBank feature allows travellers to load up their account with TravelBank funds and use it towards future flight purchases, for a period of up to five years before expiry.
Loading the United TravelBank a popular way to “cash out” Amex US airline incidental credits and save the funds towards a larger trip on United in the future.
Thus, Canadian Amex cardholders might naturally wonder if it’s possible to earn a $250 (CAD) statement credit by loading $500 (CAD) to their United TravelBank under this Amex Offer.
However, note that the terms and conditions of the offer state the following:
Only CAD transactions are valid for this offer. The following are not qualifying purchases for this offer: Purchase of Gift Cards, vacation packages, car rental, hotel bookings, activities, transport, transfers, cargo and freight transport, flights booked using a travel agent or travel website including American Express Travel Services.
Indeed, United TravelBank funds can only be loaded in US dollars, and can only be redeemed on purchases denominated in USD too.
Previous United Airlines Amex Offers have not been triggered by TravelBank loads, and I’d suspect that to be the case this time around as well.
Scotiabank American Express Cardholders Can Register Too
As we’ve seen on previous Amex Offers, the “Spend $500, Get $250” United Airlines offer is also available for primary and supplementary cardholders of the Scotiabank Gold American Express, Scotiabank American Express, and Scotiabank Platinum American Express to register via this link.
This gives you yet another option to scale up your savings under this promotion by registering and using the Amex Offer on both your Amex- and Scotiabank-issued Amex products.
American Express is rolling out a new set of $250 statement credits on $500 United Airlines flight purchases. If you have any upcoming travel plans where it might make sense to book with United Airlines, this Amex Offer could certainly offer very meaningful savings.
All current cardholders should see at least one of these offers on their accounts, as long as you’ve held your card for a few weeks and have started seeing Amex Offers roll in.
Don’t forget to register on your Amex Offers dashboard before the maximum number of registrations is hit, and then start planning your United flights before August 19, 2022.