Back in the days of pre-merger Continental they used to have a Continental Travel Club. Essentially you paid a set fee per year and in return you got money credited back to you for each flight you booked. This is similar to what Spirit has been doing and what Allegiant Airlines has considered doing. Post-merger, United has continued this travel club and its name is the “United.com Club”.
What is the United.com Club?
The basic tenets of the United.com Club are that you pay $25 per year to join. They tell you some benefits are “exclusive savings and offers,” but the real benefit is that you’ll get $5 credited to your TravelBank for every ticket you purchase. The math works out so that you’ll break even after 5 flight tickets and start saving money for every ticket purchased after that. Your $25 membership is good for an entire year after the start. So if you join on March 14th, 2013, your membership will be good until March 14th, 2014. They give you the option to automatically renew but I suggest against that since you can always join again next year anyways.
Is the United.com Club Worth it?
In my opinion as long as you book more than 5 flights per year the United.com Club is absolutely worth it. One downside is that your $5 credits go into your TravelBank after you travel on that ticket. So it’s not as great as getting straight cash back but you can easily use TravelBank dollars to take some money off of your future ticket purchases. As long as you’re a dedicated United Airlines flyer and plan on continuing to be so, I would sign up. I’m in a little bit of a lull for purchasing travel myself after traveling back and forth from the east to west coast a few times last month, but I’m definitely signing up before I purchase my next United ticket.