NetSpend and United Airlines to Launch First Mileage Rewards Prepaid Card

NetSpend and United Airlines to Launch First Mileage Rewards Prepaid Card

May 23, 2017         Written By John H. Oldshue

Travel rewards cards are typically reserved for Americans with high credit scores and equally high spending habits. Many come with significant annual fees to cover their exclusive offers.

NetSpend and United Airlines are hoping to change that with the launch of their MileagePlus GO Visa Prepaid Card. Set to release in the summer of 2017, this will be the first mileage rewards prepaid card in America.

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All points earned on the card can be used in United’s existing MileagePlus loyalty program. Points can be redeemed for United Airlines flights, as well as hotel bookings, cruises, travel add-ons, and more. United and NetSpend have not announced which purchases will quality for points or how many points will be awarded per $1 spent. Currently, their website says “Check back for more details.”

There is no information about annual or transaction fees for the card yet, but they may be similar to the NetSpend Visa Prepaid Card. This card is free to activate, but it has a number of transaction fees based on account activity and the type of transaction a person completes.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of May 23, 2017. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.


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