WASHINGTON -- The terms and conditions for the Air Force's travel charge card are changing, but Airmen can hang on to their blue cards.
Beginning Aug. 7 and continuing through the end of September, the Air Force Banking Office will e-mail some 300,000 Airmen, informing them that their controlled spend account card will convert back to a government travel card, which will operate like a standard charge card.
Effective immediately, personal use of the CSA (Controlled Spend Account) is no longer authorized. This new policy applies to all military and non-bargaining civilians. All bargaining civilians still fall under previous policy.
Beginning Dec. 10 Government Travel Card holders will begin receiving a replacement Controlled Spend Account (CSA) card from Citibank.
The CSA cards are intended to replace the old Government Travel Card and will be issued to everyone in phases, with the first batches going to individuals with expiring Government Travel Cards. The new cards are blue and should not be thrown away once received in the mail.
No individual will be exempt from receiving the new CSA card as they do not require a credit check. CSA cards will also not affect credit score and history.