How to use travel credits when booking a flight on all 11 major US airlines



Slide 1 of 77:  The upcoming holiday travel season is the perfect time to offload travel credit from flights canceled during the pandemic.  Travel credit is often issued in lieu of a refund so an airline can keep the cash paid for the original flight. Each airline is different in how flyers can use credit and this step-by-step guide for all 11 major US airlines explains how to book flights using it.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you voluntarily canceled a flight during the pandemic, chances are that you received a travel or flight credit and not a cash refund. Issuing a credit is the preferred method for airlines instead of cash refunds. It's almost like an interest-free loan for airlines as it lets them keep the money paid for a flight without having to provide the service until a later date.With the holiday season fast approaching, travelers are contemplating returning to the skies, and now is the perfect time to use up that credit before it expires.Each airline is different in what they'll allow the credit to be used for. Some airlines require that the same passengers use the credit while others are transferable. Credits may also be used to purchase extras like seat assignments or baggage allowance, depending on the airline. Prospective flyers seeking to use a credit should call their airline to confirm what it can be used for and if their credit can be used multiple times if the full amount won't be used up in one trip. But once that's all done and it's time to book, the process is quite simple. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use travel credits when booking a flight on all 11 major US airlines. Read the original article on Business Insider
Slide 2 of 77: American Airlines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline's homepage.
Slide 3 of 77: Then, select the flight you'd like to take.
Slide 4 of 77: Once you're ready to book, move forward through the booking process as normal. Enter your passenger information, select your seats, and so on.

Slide 5 of 77: Once you arrive at the "review and pay" page, that's when you can enter your travel credit information.
Slide 6 of 77: Scroll down to "how do you want to pay for your trip" and select "add flight credit."
Slide 7 of 77: It will open this window and ask for your ticket number from the canceled flight for which you received a credit.
Slide 8 of 77: That can be found in the booking email.
Slide 9 of 77: Just scroll down to the payment information and the ticket number should be right there.

Slide 10 of 77: Once that's in, enter your credit card information (if there's a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.
Slide 11 of 77: Delta Air Lines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline's homepage.
Slide 12 of 77: Then, select the flight you'd like to take.
Slide 13 of 77: Once you're ready to book, move forward through the booking process as normal. Enter your passenger information, select your seats, and so on.
Slide 14 of 77: Once you arrive at the "review and pay" page, that's when you can enter your travel credit.

Slide 15 of 77: Scroll down to "payment" and select "use eCredits" in the top right corner.
Slide 16 of 77: It will open this window and ask for up to three eCredit numbers from the canceled flight or flights for which you received a credit. Delta will have sent an email with the eCredit number.
Slide 17 of 77: Once that's in, enter your credit card information (if there's a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.
Slide 18 of 77: United Air Lines: If you have a future flight credit with United, you wouldn't start the booking process as normal.
Slide 19 of 77: Instead, go to "my trips" on the homepage. It will ask for the confirmation number for the flights in which you canceled to receive the credit, and your last name.
Slide 20 of 77: The website will then show you how much credit you have to use and by when you need to rebook. When you're ready to proceed, hit "book with credit."
Slide 21 of 77: Then, search for a flight as normal.
Slide 22 of 77: Prices will then reflect the difference you'll have to pay, not the actual cost of the flight.
Slide 23 of 77: Select the flight you wish to take.
Slide 24 of 77: Then, you can book as normal since the discount is already applied.
Slide 25 of 77: If United gave you an electronic travel credit, you'll have to start over and search for the flight as if it was a new booking altogether.
Slide 26 of 77: Once you've selected your flight and have reached the payment page, scroll down to "payment information" and select "travel certificates."
Slide 27 of 77: You can then enter the pin code and your last name to retrieve the credit. Once applied, you can book as normal.
Slide 28 of 77: Southwest Airlines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline's homepage.
Slide 29 of 77: Then, select the flight you'd like to take.
Slide 30 of 77: Once you're ready to book, move forward through the booking process as normal. Enter your passenger information, select your seats, and so on.
Slide 31 of 77: The "passenger & payment info" page is where you'll enter the travel credit information.
Slide 32 of 77: Once you've entered in all the required passenger information, hit "continue to payment."
Slide 33 of 77: Scroll down to and click "apply travel funds, LUV vouchers, and gift cards." You'll then enter in the confirmation number and passenger information from the canceled flight for which the credit was issued.
Slide 34 of 77: Once that's in, enter your credit card information (if there's a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.
Slide 35 of 77: Frontier Airlines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline's homepage.
Slide 36 of 77: Once a flight is selected, proceed normally through the booking process by entering passenger information, choosing any extras, and so on.
Slide 37 of 77: The "payment" page is where you'll enter the travel credit information.
Slide 38 of 77: Scroll down to "add additional payment" under the credit card section and select "Frontier voucher."
Slide 39 of 77: It'll then ask for the email address and confirmation number of the canceled flight for which the credit was issued.
Slide 40 of 77: You can use some of the credit or all of it. You should also check to see if any residual value will go back to the credit as some airlines choose to operate under a one-time use policy when it comes to travel credits.
Slide 41 of 77: The amount of the credit with then be taken off of the purchase price.
Slide 42 of 77: Once that's in, enter your credit card information (if there's a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.
Slide 43 of 77: Spirit Airlines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline's homepage.
Slide 44 of 77: Once a flight is selected, proceed normally through the booking process by entering passenger information, choosing any extras, and so on.
Slide 45 of 77: The "payment" page is where you'll enter the travel credit information.
Slide 46 of 77: Scroll down to "redeem a voucher or credit" just above the credit card section.
Slide 47 of 77: It'll then ask for the voucher number – if you have a voucher – or the confirmation number of the canceled flight for which the credit was issued.
Slide 48 of 77: Once that's in, enter your credit card information (if there's a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.
Slide 49 of 77: JetBlue Airways: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline's homepage.
Slide 50 of 77: Once a flight is selected, proceed normally through the booking process by entering passenger information, choosing any extras, and so on.
Slide 51 of 77: If you're a TrueBlue member, you should sign in as it makes it easier to access the credit on the next page.
Slide 52 of 77: The "review trips" page is where you'll enter the travel credit information.
Slide 53 of 77: Scroll down to "payment details" and find "apply JetBlue funds" just above the credit card section.
Slide 54 of 77: Click the box for "travel bank" and if you're logged into TrueBlue, the credit amount should come up. If you're not a TrueBlue member, a separate travel bank account with login information would've been emailed to you.
Slide 55 of 77: You can use any amount of the credit and any unused portion will remain until its expiration date.
Slide 56 of 77: The discounted price will then show under "payment amount."
Slide 57 of 77: Once that's in, enter your credit card information (if there's a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.
Slide 58 of 77: Alaska Airlines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline's homepage.
Slide 59 of 77: Once a flight is selected, proceed normally through the booking process by entering passenger information, choosing any extras, and so on.
Slide 60 of 77: The "checkout: review and complete payment" page is where you'll enter the travel credit information.
Slide 61 of 77: Scroll down to "wallet and certificates" just above the credit card section. If you're logged in to Mileage Plan, the travel credit should appear until "wallet funds." If you're not logged in, you can check the "use certificates or gift cards (not deposited in a wallet account)" box.
Slide 62 of 77: You'll then be asked to enter the certificate code and pin, followed by a security verification check.
Slide 63 of 77: Once that's in, enter your credit card information (if there's a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.
Slide 64 of 77: Allegiant Air: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline's homepage.
Slide 65 of 77: Once a flight is selected, proceed normally through the booking process by entering passenger information, choosing any extras, and so on.
Slide 66 of 77: The "payment information" page is where you'll enter the travel credit information.
Slide 67 of 77: Scroll down to "do you have an Allegiant voucher or promo code" section, just under the travel insurance offer.
Slide 68 of 77: You'll then be asked to provide a voucher number from the canceled flight for which the credit was issued.
Slide 69 of 77: Once that's in, enter your credit card information (if there's a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.
Slide 70 of 77: Sun Country Airlines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline's homepage.
Slide 71 of 77: Once a flight is selected, proceed normally through the booking process by entering passenger information, choosing any extras, and so on.
Slide 72 of 77: The "review & pay" page is where you'll enter the travel credit information.
Slide 73 of 77: Scroll down to the "payment" section, and select "use a Sun Country flight credit or voucher."
Slide 74 of 77: You'll then be asked to provide the confirmation code and last name or a voucher number from the canceled flight for which the credit was issued.
Slide 75 of 77: Once that's in, enter your credit card information (if there's a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.
Slide 76 of 77: Hawaiian Airlines: The airline requires customers booking with a travel credit to call its reservations department at 1-800-367-5320 for US and Canada residents.
Slide 77 of 77: Flyers can also call the reservations department of any airline for assistance with booking using a credit.

How to use travel credits when booking a flight on all 11 major US airlines

If you voluntarily canceled a flight during the pandemic, chances are that you received a travel or flight credit and not a cash refund. 

Issuing a credit is the preferred method for airlines instead of cash refunds. It’s almost like an interest-free loan for airlines as it lets them keep the money paid for a flight without having to provide the service until a later date.

With the holiday season fast approaching, travelers are contemplating returning to the skies, and now is the perfect time to use up that credit before it expires.

Each airline is different in what they’ll allow the credit to be used for. Some airlines require that the same passengers use the credit while others are transferable. Credits may also be used to purchase extras like seat assignments or baggage allowance, depending on the airline. 

Prospective flyers seeking to use a credit should call their airline to confirm what it can be used for and if their credit can be used multiple times if the full amount won’t be used up in one trip. But once that’s all done and it’s time to book, the process is quite simple. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use travel credits when booking a flight on all 11 major US airlines. 

American Airlines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline’s homepage.

Then, select the flight you’d like to take.

Once you’re ready to book, move forward through the booking process as normal. Enter your passenger information, select your seats, and so on.

Once you arrive at the “review and pay” page, that’s when you can enter your travel credit information.

Scroll down to “how do you want to pay for your trip” and select “add flight credit.”

It will open this window and ask for your ticket number from the canceled flight for which you received a credit.

That can be found in the booking email.

Just scroll down to the payment information and the ticket number should be right there.

Once that’s in, enter your credit card information (if there’s a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.

Delta Air Lines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline’s homepage.

Then, select the flight you’d like to take.

Once you’re ready to book, move forward through the booking process as normal. Enter your passenger information, select your seats, and so on.

Once you arrive at the “review and pay” page, that’s when you can enter your travel credit.

Scroll down to “payment” and select “use eCredits” in the top right corner.

It will open this window and ask for up to three eCredit numbers from the canceled flight or flights for which you received a credit. Delta will have sent an email with the eCredit number.

Once that’s in, enter your credit card information (if there’s a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.

United Air Lines: If you have a future flight credit with United, you wouldn’t start the booking process as normal.

Instead, go to “my trips” on the homepage. It will ask for the confirmation number for the flights in which you canceled to receive the credit, and your last name.

The website will then show you how much credit you have to use and by when you need to rebook. When you’re ready to proceed, hit “book with credit.”

Then, search for a flight as normal.

Prices will then reflect the difference you’ll have to pay, not the actual cost of the flight.

Select the flight you wish to take.

Then, you can book as normal since the discount is already applied.

If United gave you an electronic travel credit, you’ll have to start over and search for the flight as if it was a new booking altogether.

Once you’ve selected your flight and have reached the payment page, scroll down to “payment information” and select “travel certificates.”

You can then enter the pin code and your last name to retrieve the credit. Once applied, you can book as normal.

Southwest Airlines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline’s homepage.

Then, select the flight you’d like to take.

Once you’re ready to book, move forward through the booking process as normal. Enter your passenger information, select your seats, and so on.

The “passenger & payment info” page is where you’ll enter the travel credit information.

Once you’ve entered in all the required passenger information, hit “continue to payment.”

Scroll down to and click “apply travel funds, LUV vouchers, and gift cards.” You’ll then enter in the confirmation number and passenger information from the canceled flight for which the credit was issued.

Once that’s in, enter your credit card information (if there’s a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.

Frontier Airlines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline’s homepage.

Once a flight is selected, proceed normally through the booking process by entering passenger information, choosing any extras, and so on.

The “payment” page is where you’ll enter the travel credit information.

Scroll down to “add additional payment” under the credit card section and select “Frontier voucher.”

It’ll then ask for the email address and confirmation number of the canceled flight for which the credit was issued.

You can use some of the credit or all of it. You should also check to see if any residual value will go back to the credit as some airlines choose to operate under a one-time use policy when it comes to travel credits.

The amount of the credit with then be taken off of the purchase price.

Once that’s in, enter your credit card information (if there’s a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.

Spirit Airlines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline’s homepage.

Once a flight is selected, proceed normally through the booking process by entering passenger information, choosing any extras, and so on.

The “payment” page is where you’ll enter the travel credit information.

Scroll down to “redeem a voucher or credit” just above the credit card section.

It’ll then ask for the voucher number – if you have a voucher – or the confirmation number of the canceled flight for which the credit was issued.

Once that’s in, enter your credit card information (if there’s a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.

JetBlue Airways: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline’s homepage.

Once a flight is selected, proceed normally through the booking process by entering passenger information, choosing any extras, and so on.

If you’re a TrueBlue member, you should sign in as it makes it easier to access the credit on the next page.

The “review trips” page is where you’ll enter the travel credit information.

Scroll down to “payment details” and find “apply JetBlue funds” just above the credit card section.

Click the box for “travel bank” and if you’re logged into TrueBlue, the credit amount should come up. If you’re not a TrueBlue member, a separate travel bank account with login information would’ve been emailed to you.

You can use any amount of the credit and any unused portion will remain until its expiration date.

The discounted price will then show under “payment amount.”

Once that’s in, enter your credit card information (if there’s a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.

Alaska Airlines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline’s homepage.

Once a flight is selected, proceed normally through the booking process by entering passenger information, choosing any extras, and so on.

The “checkout: review and complete payment” page is where you’ll enter the travel credit information.

Scroll down to “wallet and certificates” just above the credit card section. If you’re logged in to Mileage Plan, the travel credit should appear until “wallet funds.” If you’re not logged in, you can check the “use certificates or gift cards (not deposited in a wallet account)” box.

You’ll then be asked to enter the certificate code and pin, followed by a security verification check.

Once that’s in, enter your credit card information (if there’s a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.

Allegiant Air: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline’s homepage.

Once a flight is selected, proceed normally through the booking process by entering passenger information, choosing any extras, and so on.

The “payment information” page is where you’ll enter the travel credit information.

Scroll down to “do you have an Allegiant voucher or promo code” section, just under the travel insurance offer.

You’ll then be asked to provide a voucher number from the canceled flight for which the credit was issued.

Once that’s in, enter your credit card information (if there’s a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.

Sun Country Airlines: Start by searching for a flight as you normally would from the airline’s homepage.

Once a flight is selected, proceed normally through the booking process by entering passenger information, choosing any extras, and so on.

The “review & pay” page is where you’ll enter the travel credit information.

Scroll down to the “payment” section, and select “use a Sun Country flight credit or voucher.”

You’ll then be asked to provide the confirmation code and last name or a voucher number from the canceled flight for which the credit was issued.

Once that’s in, enter your credit card information (if there’s a difference between the credit amount and the fare) and pay as normal.

Hawaiian Airlines: The airline requires customers booking with a travel credit to call its reservations department at 1-800-367-5320 for US and Canada residents.

Flyers can also call the reservations department of any airline for assistance with booking using a credit.

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