Amex Platinum and PRG Airline Fee Reimbursements. What still works?

Update (12/8/17): We have published a new resource page with the latest information about what still works. See that page for the latest information about what still works to trigger your automatic airline fee reimbursements.


US Credit Card Guide recently reported from an Amex source that Amex has a new “Rewards Abuse Team” that is cracking down on some tricks people have used to get airline fee reimbursements and to meet minimum spend requirements.  For the former, they reportedly said that the MileagePlus X App would no longer work for earning airline fee reimbursements, but airline gift cards would continue to work.  Due to the shifting sands here, I decided that it would make sense for me to keep track of what works and what doesn’t here on this blog.

American Express Platinum cards offer up to $200 per year in airline fee reimbursements.  These reimbursements can go a long way towards easing the sting of the $550 annual fee charged by personal Amex Platinum and $450 annual fee charged by Business Platinum cards.  Similarly, the Amex Premier Rewards Gold card offers up to $100 per year in airline fee reimbursements to help offset that card’s $195 annual fee.

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Amex airline fee credits are offered by calendar year.  For example, Platinum cardholders can get up to $200 in fee credits for charges made up until December of this year, and $200 more for charges made next calendar year.  But, time is ticking away for those who haven’t yet earned their credits.  As long as there are easy ways to get those credits, it’s like throwing away money to not grab them.

Step 1 is to make sure that you’ve selected a preferred airline, here: americanexpress.com/airlinechoice.  You can change this selection once per year in January (if you don’t change it, your previous selection remains in place).

Step 2 is to make qualifying purchases with your airline of choice in order to get reimbursed.  If you don’t have travel to pay for, then you might as well at least buy gift card credit, right?

What purchases count… officially?

American Express’ terms for the Airline Fee Credit state the following rules:

  • Incidental air travel fees must be separate charges from airline ticket charges.
    [In other words, if an otherwise qualifying fee is bundled with airfare, it won’t be reimbursed]
  • Fees not charged by the Card Member’s airline of choice (e.g. wireless internet and fees incurred with airline alliance partners) do not qualify for statement credits.
    [For example, If you picked American Airlines as your airline of choice and you buy something on board a flight marketed by AA, but flown by British Airways, it won’t be reimbursed]
  • Incidental air travel fees charged prior to selection of a qualifying airline are not eligible for statement credits.
    [You must pick your preferred airline before making reimbursable purchases]
  • Airline tickets, upgrades, mileage points purchases, mileage points transfer fees, gift cards, duty free purchases, and award tickets are not deemed to be incidental fees.
    [Is anything left?]

Interestingly, as shown above, the terms explicitly state a number of things that do not count, but they’re silent on what does count.

What purchases count… unofficially?

In general, almost any charge other than an airline ticket made by your chosen airline will count in practice. This sometimes includes purchases that the Amex terms say won’t work: both gift card purchases and award ticket fees are often known to work.

In some cases, though, there seem to be maximum dollar limits.  For example, a while ago I tested many different scenarios of charging Delta award ticket fees to my Platinum card.  I found that I was reimbursed for all Delta award booking fees except for one that was slightly over $250.  A $200.90 fee worked, but a $258 fee did not.

Similarly, there appear to be limits to the size of gift cards purchased from airlines in order to get the credit.  Here is a breakdown of the major US airlines and what works and what doesn’t…

Alaska Airlines

The following purchases are known to trigger fee reimbursements:

American Airlines

The following purchases are known to trigger fee reimbursements:

Delta

The following purchases are known to trigger fee reimbursements:

Frontier

Hawaiian

The following purchases are known to trigger fee reimbursements:

Southwest

The following purchases are known to trigger fee reimbursements:

Spirit

United

The following purchases are known to trigger fee reimbursements:

With United, the following options NO LONGER WORK:

Reader Input

I’d like to fill out this page with more info.  If you have experience earning credits on purchases not listed above, or if you have experience not getting credit, please comment below.  I’m especially interested in airlines not yet listed above, such as Alaska and Southwest, but data about all airlines is welcome.

If you’re reporting a negative finding, please wait at least two weeks after purchase before declaring that the purchase didn’t work.  Also, of course, make sure 1) that you pre-selected that airline with Amex; and 2) that you haven’t already used up all of your reimbursement credits for the year.

If you report gift card purchases please let us know if they were physical gift cards or e-gift cards.

Thanks in advance!

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harv
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I got in on the Thanksgiving 100k point personal Platinum card. I chose Delta and then bought a physical $95 gift card. It was NOT reimbursed. I then bought a $50 physical gift card and it was reimbursed. Three additional separate physical $50 gift cards were reimbursed. Thus, don’t go higher than $50 for Delta gift cards.

Rob
Guest

I also got the card with this bonus last month. Will buying airline gift cards cause the dreaded “clawback”?? I’d like to use the credit for this year but I don’t want to lose the bonus.

Andyandy (The Points Ninja)
Guest

Ditto. Business Plat, reimbursed at $50 on physical cards.

Mark
Guest

A year ago, southwest 2 x 100 gift cards triggered it. Is there some place that has reported that this won’t work now?

bc
Guest

It worked fine for me in late October of this year.

Rich T
Guest

$100 0nline gift cards x 2 worked for me in October 2016 for Southwest on 2 Amex Platinums

david
Guest

Great post! One of my favorite airlines to choose is Spirit, since a larger portion of their costs are fees. This year I bought a cheap fare and bags on my Barclays Arrivals card then separately put the Big Front Seat upgrade on my PRG. And brought the card inflight to buy overpriced snacks for free

Nico
Guest

Following with Mark’s logic here, I bought a single $200 Southwest GC last year and it worked. I actually have some of these credits to use this year and have SW as my airline. Your article reminded me to buy my GCs — is there any evidence that SW GCs stopped working?

Btw, thanks for the mention of tickets under $100. I had no idea that could trigger it.

Nico
Guest

Just saw your responses above. I’ll try a $200 GC for science.

Tom
Guest

I bought 2x$100 Southwest GC on 12/10 and it worked. Would like to get $200 Southwest GC next year. Was your GC physical or eGift?

Nico
Guest

I bought an eGC on 12/16 for $200 and got the $200 fee reimbursement 2 days later. It still works.

Jeff
Guest

I bought 3x $50 Delta egift cards last week in one $150 transaction on delta.com using my Amex Plat. Each egift card posted as a separate $50 transaction and the credit for each was applied the next day.

Dan
Guest

Alaska datapoint: $100 e gift cards reimbursed for both Pltinum and PRG last month.

Waqas
Guest

If you want exchange $100 alaska with southwest. Ping me.

CVG Traveler
Guest

During the last week of 2016, I selected Alaska as my airline on my PRG and then bought a $100 Alaska e-gift card from https://www.alaskaair.com/certificates/ssl/GiftCertificateStart.aspx. The charge posted as “ALASKA AIR GIFT CERT – SEATTLE, WA” and the airline credit was not triggered. 🙁

Andy
Guest

Last year, I flew Hawaiian to Sydney in December and back to NYC in January. I used the 2015 reimbursement for extra legroom seats for my wife and me on the first leg and the 2016 reimbursement on the return leg. Each were paid with one $250 or so transaction and both worked.

Hilary
Guest

[For example, If you picked American Airlines as your airline of choice and you buy something on board a flight marketed by AA, but flown by British Airways, it won’t be reimbursed]
This totally confuses me….Let’s say I use BA Avios points to book an domestic US flight flown by AA – and I want to pay for my baggage fees – which airline should I choose – BA or AA?

TLC
Guest

$100 SW gift card x 2 bought from SW web site worked 12/2016 For Amex Plt

Greg in DC
Guest

United Club pass (via the app) for $59 was reimbursed this week.

Sue
Guest

Does anybody know if JetBlue gift cards work?

Dee
Guest

As you would expect… Southwest taxes/fees for award flights (including higher taxes to Mexico) + $15 Early Bird Check-in worked.

We have a family of 8 flying to Mexico for Christmas. Prices dropped twice (including the tax portion of the fare) since we first booked our Southwest flights. Southwest refunded miles, plus some taxes and fees (though not all). The tax/fee refund didn’t claw back the original reimbursement from Amex. The updated cheaper tax got reimbursed by Amex, too.

Andre
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Carl
Guest

Well, I was using the MPX the last two years and this one. Now to figure out my new angle. I sure liked that one though! At least it is not quite time to re-selet airline for the year!

JT
Guest

The Amex RAT team, which reads your blog every day, thanks you for making our jobs easier. Please keep posting these details so we can apply our efforts quickly and efficiently.

– Amex RAT member JT

Cat&Mouse
Guest

Amex RAT member JT

Why doesn’t AMEX just stop this “cat & mouse” game regarding airline credits? Chase Sapphire Reserve card has $300 travel credit that you can use on ALL airlines, hotels, trains, rental car without any of these stupid restrictions AMEX imposes. If AMEX did THAT then your job would be REALLY easy and your customers would be a lot happier!

Care to comment?

John
Guest

United: gift registry contribution of $25 was not reimbursed, neither was a $99 upgrade fee. However $59 United Club passes and $125 pet fee were reimbursed.

Jan W
Guest

Did you buy the pass in airport? Since I have $100 left after my MPX deals, I was thinking I’d do two passes rather than lose the money. Wonder if it would work? I assume they would be good for a year if flying United?

John
Guest

No I bought them on the United App. They’re digital and I believe you can hold onto them for a year or so and redeem them whenever you want. If you have some credit to use before the end of the calendar year this is a good idea.

Shelly
Guest

Hawaiian Airline gift cards slightly over $50 worked for me.

Nick
Guest

What do you mean by slightly over 50$

Susan
Guest

$100 Alaska gift cards worked for me on the amex plat.

JustSaying
Guest

2 Alaska $100 gift certificates ordered separate but back to back on 1 Nov. Reimbursement 4 Nov.
Global entry 11Nov. Reimbursement 14 Nov. All on Business Platinum card.

Coltstberlin
Guest

United MPX:
I can confirm United MileagePlus X App purchase reimbursements seem to be dead.
Worked once in November, doesn’t look like it’s working in December.
Purchased $50 Amazon gift card via MPX using Amex Platinum on 11/21, reimbursed on 11/23.
Purchased another $50 gift card on 11/25, not reimbursed and more than 2 weeks now.
Purchased another $100 gift card on 12/3, also not reimbursed.
Not a tragedy since I’ll use the gift cards and got a few miles for doing so, but looks like I’ll be trying the gift registry method.

Isaac
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Beth
Guest

Southwest:
$50 gift cards
$15 Early Bird fees
$78 Airfare

Nate
Guest

I bought $100 Amazon gift cards through the mileage X app and initially didn’t get the credit after chatting online with a representative they said I should contact them after 14 days and they issued the credit manually

Carl
Guest

Please post the dates you bought the GCs through MPX.

Nate
Guest

I bought 11/15/16 $100 amazon gc through the app and on 12/7 I got reimbursed

anthonyjh21
Guest

12/7: Bought two (separate) $100 SW GC.
12/9: $100 credits posted

Brian Hancey
Guest

Bought 4x $50 Delta e-gift cards on 12/13/16 and credited $50 x4 the next day.

Suzy
Guest

Just purchased 2 $50 Delta e-gift cards on PRG and the pending charge shows $100, not 2 charges for $50 each. Wonder if the final charge will show $50 x 2

Ben
Guest

Did the final charge show $50 x 2? I just got the same thing when buying three. Showed up as pending for $150.

Matt
Guest

Same here. How did it turn out for you?

Adam Zook
Guest

I was reimbursed bag fees totaling $90 in a single transaction with Frontier on 12/11/16

Hunter
Guest

How long does it take for the reimbursement to appear on your statement?

Waqas
Guest

I purchased SW $100 via sw.com on 12/12 (is posted on 12/14) using Amx Pr Gold card. Waiting for reibursement.

Waqas
Guest

I checked in morning 12/15. $100 fee reimbursed against SW $100.

Waqas
Guest

I noticed my Dec statement is already closed on 12/08. Is this credit going to be considered against calendar year 2016 or 2017 ??

James
Guest

Last week I bought two separate $100 SW e-gift cards and both were reimbursed

Kevin
Guest

I purchased 4 x $50.00 e-gift cards from Delta with my Platinum card and received my credit immediately. However, there is one point I have never seen mentioned. I am enrolled in the Amex Travel Delay Insurance Program, which automatically charges $9.95 each time I purchased airline tickets. I was charged this $9.95 fee for each of my 4 gift cards, basically cutting $40 off of my reimbursement. After several rather lengthy conversations with Amex customer support, I have been unable to get these charges reversed.

kim
Guest

with a closing date of 12/9/16 – I am being charged the $450 annual membership fee Payment due 1-3-17. Can I close the account on 1/3/2017 but still charge the $200 per year in airline fee reimbursements on 1/1/2017 and get reimbursed and then close the account two days later?

Pam
Guest

Bag fees on AA are reimbursed on both Amex and Citi Prestige. I’ve been using my credit every year for four years this way (I pay huge baggage fees for my business).

MT
Guest

“Step 1 is to make sure that you’ve selected a preferred airline, here: americanexpress.com/airlinechoice. You can change this selection once per year in January (if you don’t change it, your previous selection remains in place)”

So If I apply now and select Southwest as destinated airline (in order to get the gift card online), I can change to United in January. Is that correct? Thanks

Jan W
Guest

Data Point: Purchased $52 through Gift Registry (United) on 12/19 and received $52 credit 12/21.

Maximus
Guest

I just applied for the Platinum Business card and the PRG Card, and was approved for both!

If I make the purchases in 2016 (Let’s say December 29th or 30th) and they don’t get reimbursed until January 1st or 2nd, does that count towards the 2017 or 2016 credit?

Kind regards,

Miles Hustler
Guest

Goes by the transaction date so if you get it done this Dec, should count toward 2016. Good luck!

Chuck
Guest

Contributed $200 to United gift registry ( 5 x $40) on 12/22 and reimbursed on 12/24.

John
Guest

Bought an $85 SW on December 28th and credited on the 30th. The rest yet to be bought/posted yet. Doing today, maybe in two purchases.

Maximus
Guest

I bought two SW $100 E-Gift Cards (separately) on December 28th and have not been credited yet. I noticed that most people who posted data points on SW E-Gift Cards were credited within 2 days.

I noticed that on my statement they show up as:

Flight Details
Ticket Number: (I removed the number)
Document Type: SPD/AIR FREIGHT

Have you all have similar experiences? Is there a reason to be concerned or should I wait it out longer?

Kind regards,

Maximus
Guest

12/31– reimbursed for both SW $100 E-Gift Cards

Happy New Year!!

Deb
Guest

I was reimbursed for baggage fees for Spirit in August.

Linh D Ngo
Guest

can you specify how you paid for the baggage fees? ‘cuz Spirit gives you 3 options, at time of booking, at check-in (online or at counter -same price) and at gate.
TIA

benjinito
Guest

Amex PRG:
12/28 Purchased AA e gift card $100
12/30 Reimbursed

Nick
Guest

Tried to purchase 2x 100$ gift cards via United Mileage Plus app mid Dec ’16…didn’t get reimbursed…

Matt
Guest

Bought 1x $100 Southwest eGC on 1/1/17. As of today, no reimbursement. I switched my preferred airline to SW on 1/1 before purchasing the eGC.

benjinito
Guest

One more DP, same Amex PRG, this time for 2017 credit. Bought an AA e gift card:

JAN6
AA MISC SALE/ TAX/ FEE/EX BAG 4510742 – DALLAS, TX
$100.00

JAN8
AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement
-$100.00

JustSaying
Guest

Alaska Virtual gift card Jan 8
Deposit to wallet Jan 9
AMEX reimbursement Jan 10

Susan
Guest

$50 AS GC worked Jan 2017

Kevin
Guest

I was just reimbursed for two $50 Delta e-gift cards. Shows as one $100 charge initially, then two $50 charges once it posts to the account.

Katie
Guest

Purchased a $100 Southwest Airlines gift card on 1/13/17. Reimbursed on 1/17/17.

Adam Zook
Guest

01/201017 – United – $75 change fee for same day flight change worked for me through the United app upon check-in.

Nick Reyes
Editor

Thanks! Updated post.

Infrequent flyer
Guest

Charged 4 x $50 Delta EGift Cards on 1/24/17; AMEX Platinum reimbursed all 4 on 1/25/17.

Matt K.
Guest

I used amex plat on a revenue flight of where I still had $245 left after gcs. Used amex checkout and was surprised to get full $200 credit. Much better than buying 3x$50 e gcs and needing to wait 72 hours (did this in Dec and that worked too). This way ended up using those 3x$50s and the $200 for a $395 flight.

Matt K.
Guest

Sorry, forgot to mention this was Delta.

lvcian
Guest

Charged 2 x $100 AA EGift Cards on 1/22/17; AMEX Platinum reimbursed 2 x $100 on 1/24/17.

prison mike
Guest

Bought a single $200 AA e-gift card a couple days ago and it counted towards my reimbursement.

Nick Reyes
Editor

Thanks! Updated post.

Gary Wyatt
Guest

I wish I had found this post a few days ago. Last year a $200 Amazon gift card purchase though United Mileage X app worked for reimbursement. This year it was not!

Dan
Guest

Hey, I just experienced the same thing. I ended up just paying for the amazon purchases.

I did initiate a chat through the Amex website and asked to change the preferred airline and was able to do so with no push back. I stated that I forgot to change my preferred airline in January and that it defaulted back to United. I just stated that I don’t forsee using United this year, and was able to make the switch to a different airline.

Fred
Guest

I just did the gift registry on Feb 8th, did 2 $50 charges, Amex reimbursed me on Feb 10th

Anon E Mouse
Guest

Two $100 Alaska e-gift cards reimbursed within two days with AMEX Business Platinum Card. Note that I had to wait 24 hours after purchasing to use the e-gift cards.

FEB 11
AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement -$100.00
FEB 11
AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement -$100.00
FEB 9
ALASKA AIR GIFT CERTSEATTLE WA $100.00
FEB 9
ALASKA AIR GIFT CERTSEATTLE WA $100.00

Brandon
Guest

I used my $100 Travel Credit for my AMEX PRG, however I’ve been contemplating upgrading to the Platinum for a while now. If I upgrade now, would I get an additional $200 travel credit, or would the $100 I used for the PRG count against the credit for the Platinum and hence only have $100 remaining? Thanks!

Nick Reyes
Editor

Sorry for not responding sooner. I don’t know for sure. I would assume that you get the full $200 travel credit for the Platinum card as you are changing to a different product and as such should enjoy that product’s specific benefits regardless of your previous product’s benefits, but I don’t know for sure.

Judson
Guest

One more DP, Amex Gold Reward, American Airlines $100 GC reimbursement success

FEB 26
AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement
-$100.00

FEB 24
AMERICAN AIRLINES 45800-433-7300 TX
$100.00

Nick Reyes
Editor

For clarity, were these physical or e-Gift cards?

trackback

[…] passes (à la carte access) to certain airport lounges with the Amex Premier Rewards Gold card and get reimbursed via the annual $100 airline fee […]

Sean
Guest

Purchased Alaska Airline gift certificate on March 2 and 5 for $100 separately, received the reimbursement for both on March 4 and 7.

Nick Reyes
Editor

For the database, were these e-gift cards or physical?

Darlene
Guest

I purchased e-gift cards for Alaska Air on both the PRG card and the Platinum card in denominations of $100 and $50 and all were reimbursed within 2 days. I did this in January and February.

Dason T Ku
Guest

I have use my Amex to pay for AA fivestar Service for two , total charge $325 , got reimburse $200 without any issue .

Gwen
Guest

I used the United gift registry on 3/19 and gave myself a $100 gift on my Amex PRG and I got the full reimbursement 3/21.

Nick Reyes
Editor

Thanks, everyone. All reports have been added to the post.

John
Guest

Amex Gold Premier Rewards card. Purchased $100 digital gift card from American Airlines, successfully credited.

Transaction posted 3/31/2017, credit posted 4/02/2017

Derek
Guest

$200 southwest e-gift card purchased with Amex Biz Platinum on 4/2, credit posted on 4/4.

STACEY LEHRER
Guest

I purchased a 50 dollar American gift card three days ago and have not yet been reimbursed…any ideas thanks

Nick Reyes
Editor

If you purchased it 3 days ago, I’m guessing the charge posted to your account yesterday, right? Reimbursement is usually 2 days after it posts. I’d expect you to see the reimbursement tomorrow. If you haven’t seen it by Monday, let me know.

Julio Garcia Adame
Guest

I purchased my $50 gift card on April 22nd 2017and still haven’t received anything… maybe they’ve caught on to people doing this…

Pam
Guest

$50 card on which airline and with which credit card?

Julio
Guest

It was a $50 Southwest Gift Card on my Platinum Amex and yes I have my airline selected as Southwest. I see a lot of ppl being reimbursed for $100 & $200 cards within 2-4 days but my $50 wasn’t? I’m kinda of sceptical to spend another $100 just to try and find out if it’s actually true?…

Nick Reyes
Editor

Hi Julio — this is odd. Did you ever receive the reimbursement?

Julio
Guest

NOPE so dont do $50 Gift cards they won’t get reinbursehed!

Raymond
Guest

Hi Stacey, did you get reimbursed ? Thanks !

FinancePatriot
Guest

This is a very useful post. I just applied and got approved for the Platinum business card TODAY. I am incredibly excited about the 50% points reimbursement, that’s a large benefit. It also will, apparently, work for Southwest. However, for Southwest you need to call to get this benefit, which is fine.

Shall we decide to go to Mexico as a family, this will come in handy.

ana
Guest

Purchased a $50 Delta e-gift card on 04/01/2017. No reimbursement yet as of 15 days after purchase. Perhaps will not be any.

ana
Guest

Never mind, I forgot to change the airline prior to this transaction. My bad.

Elliot Weinstock
Guest

I purchased a $100 Amazon gift card through the United mileage portal on April 2nd, was not reimbursed,called and was told I would not be reimbursed for a gift card. I was reimbursed for same last October and November, even when I had to call.

Julio
Guest

Yes sadly this loophole has been closed 🙁 I used to do this all the time and had over $400 in Amazon credit but as of 2017 I can say indefinitely that this NO LONGER WORKS so with this being gone and United beating ppl up I changed airlines…

Nick Reyes
Editor

Sorry to hear this. We’ve had the MileagePlus X app in our list of things that no longer work since a reader confirmed this in December (and multiple reports from other sources confirmed that change as well). It’s in red under “United” in the post above. Unfortunately, a lot of methods for United have dried up.

Matt
Guest

$199 gift card purchased online via Southwest. 05/07/17

$199 AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement posted. 05/09/17

Nick Reyes
Editor

I know you said “purchased online” — but just to confirm, this was an eGift card, right?

ar
Guest

anyone have a DP with Sun Country airline gift cards?

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[…] For an up to date list of what works and what doesn’t, please see: Amex Platinum and PRG Airline Fee Reimbursements. What still works? […]

KKM19
Guest

$100 American Airlines Virtual Gift Card purchased on 09 June 2017.
$100 AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement posted on 11 June 2017.

Matt G
Guest

Bought 3 X $50 eGift cards for Delta. Showed pending for $150 for a few days then showed up as 3 X $50 charges, reimbursed within a couple days.

Raymond
Guest

Purchased two x $100 AA e gift cards in June, and got reimbursed fully after 3-4 days. Can somebody tell me their experience on City National Bank Crystal $250 airline fee experience ? thanks !

Jay
Guest

Anyone had this experience – a partial reimbursement?

21 Jun
AMEX AIRLINE FEE REIMBURSEMENT
-$40.04
18 Jun
SW AIR DALLAS TX
$100.00

Rock
Guest

Thanks for heads up on this!
-Selected Southwest as airline for credit
-a minute later I charged a $100 SW email gc on southwest.com
-charge took three days to fully post (when posted it seemed to indicate that it was actual airline travel and that it had an associated ticket number…maybe AMEX just doesn’t care?)
-took credit another day to post
🙂

Tom
Guest

Does anyone have recent updates on what works for reimbursement for Alaska Airlines? A month ago I purchased 4 x $50 eGift cards and the purchase lumped together as one charge and I was not reimbursed. I am wondering if I purchase $50 Alaskan egift cards separately if this will work or perhaps if it will be better to purchase gift cards through Alaskan at the airport. Thanks!

LeoM
Guest

Sub

Mxmiles
Guest

Alaska airlines datapoint
September 27-oct5th 2017
Bought 2 alaska E-giftcards for $50 each seperate transactions posted seperate but it says alaska giftcard on amex statement it has been over 5 days and it is NOT reimburst.
2days after the giftcards i charged a partial amount of a airline flight that amounted to 72$ and 5$ fee associated with that in a single transaction they posted seperate and 3rs business day after that posted the 72$ and 5$ fee WAS REIMBURST.

I know i will use 50$ aprox on Baggage fee coming up but i am not sure what to use the other 80$ reimainding on alaska airlines since i choose that this year.

AilaG
Guest

Just purchased 4 Delta $50 e-Giftcards on 10/10. The transactions posted on 10/11 and still no reimbursement on 10/13. FIngers crossed that it’s just taking longer than expected.

AilaG
Guest

***update*** delta reimbursement came through on 10/14 :-).

Alessa
Guest

I purchased $25 x 2 alaska GC and $50 x 1 on aug 6 using my PRG card but have not been reimbursed for this. Is anyone still able to get reimbursement for GC in Alaska air?

Nick Reyes
Editor

I successfully purchased an Alaska eGC earlier this year ($50). Tried a $150 and it didn’t work. Checking back in with others who have reported issues. Did you ever receive the credit?

Pam
Guest

I purchased $50 Alaska gift card on 10/28 and have not been reimbursed by 11/2.

Nick Reyes
Editor

Hi Pam — did the credit never post? (I know they usually post quickly, but I’ve noticed a couple of Amex credits that posted much more slowly than usual lately — one of my Amex Offers recently took 9 days to post), so I wanted to check back with you as it had only been 4 days between your purchase date and your report date. Thanks for any update!

Pam
Guest

I have been reimbursed though for two Delta $50 gift certificates. It seems as it works with Delta, not Alaska.

Michael Bodaken
Guest

Believe United gift registry is being taken down

KP
Guest

Alaska Gift Certificate did not work for me (Nov 2017)

Nick Reyes
Editor

Hi KP — just checking back in – Did the credit never post? (I know they usually post quickly, but I’ve noticed a couple of Amex credits that posted much more slowly than usual lately, so I wanted to check back with you).

Jonathan
Guest

Platinum card – purchased a single $200 southwest gc, and received credit (Nov 2017)

Jonathan
Guest

e-gift card that is.

Samantha
Guest

Purchased a single southwest $200 e-gift card 11/30/17. Credit posted today 12/4/17.

Nick Reyes
Editor

Update: We published a new resource page on 12/8/17 with the latest information about what still works. See that page for further future updates:

https://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/amex-airline-fee-reimbursements-still-works/

AmexFeeCreditProgramSucksExceptItsKewlCuzCalendarYearSoGetItTwice
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AmexFeeCreditProgramSucksExceptItsKewlCuzCalendarYearSoGetItTwice

UNITED is ridiculous.

I picked United because of needing to pick my 50% points back airline and they had by far the best $ deal for the multiple tickets I needed ….

I foolishly assumed SOMETHING easy would be available but there simply ISN’T

The gift registry is kaput. I am thinking to buy 4 day passes… but that’s not worth the $ to me….

Any ideas?

I don’t want to beg Amex to switch airlines because I fear I will lost the points rebate for tickets I bought.

Definitely will change in January.