You mustclick here to enroll and select DL as your airline before you make a reimbursable purchase, else the benefit won't apply. Wait a day after selection for good measure.
If you've selected DL once and don't wish to change airlines, no need to select again in future years.
Reported reimbursed incidental charges have included baggage and other service fees, award and change fees (incl standby, SDC), taxes, in-flight purchases (not WiFi), Global Entry fees, EC upgrade (seat assignment) fees, and DL eCerts (see below). The T&Cs state eligible charges but YMMV.
Credits capped at a sum of $200 per calendar year, meaning you could do $200 on Dec 31st and $200 on Jan 1st in the extreme.
You will get a partial credit to bring you up to the $200 if a qualifying charge takes you past the limit.
Some report the credit(s) taking up to 10 business days to post (3-5 is typical), so wait two weeks after purchasing before worrying, and per the T&Cs, at least four weeks before contacting Amex.
Delta eGift certificates (eCerts) qualify for reimbursement.
Denominations over $50 will not generate the credit. Multiple $50 certs will.
To order, use this direct link to the eGift cert order page, or navigate via Delta.com>Shop>eGift Certificate.
No need to place separate orders using multiple carts/checkouts. By adding multiple certs to one order (e.g., 4 x $50), even though they are in the same cart, the certs will post as separate transactions and still generate a credit for each.
eCert purchases may initially authorize as ticket purchases before posting to your statement. This is normal - don't worry.
A maximum of three payment methods at once may be used when buying tickets online, so a max of 2 eCerts + CC will be permitted per purchase exceeding $150. Splitting a domestic RT into two one-ways is sometimes an effective workaround for those wishing to use all four eCerts for one trip.
Can you use the $200 to buy miles? If so, then for $168 you would get 9K SkyMiles. (Have to buy in set increments so the next choice would be 12K miles for $224. This includes the current 50% bonus on buying miles.) Granted, this is not a screaming deal, but come the end of the year if you have credit to spend......
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Originally Posted by mia
At most airlines, miles purchases, gifts or transfers are billed by points.com, not by the carrier. The charge must be submitted by the airline to be considered.
DL's miles purchases are posted as DL, appearing like a ticket, not by a third party vendor. Not sure how AMEX's systems are set up in terms of detecting if the transaction is refundable. IIRC, the "ticket" type is in the miscellaneous category, similar to bag fees.
I can't wait till the 2015 Delta SkyMiles program takes effect, with a limit of 75k points that can be earned in one trip.
I am DL platinium. Booked couple of trips to Paris using DL points for my wife and I on tax card, tax comes in total $176. got credit back on the next statement. Wait for another month to cancel my trip to get the $176 back.
Which airlines besides AA have gift cards that would qualify for the reimbursement?
I haven't seen any successful besides Delta yet. There was the question around whether Delta gift cards worked, but I haven't seen a post to suggest either way. I wish Amex was more clear on what is reimbursable and what isn't. It feels more like a guessing game to take advantage of the benefit. I would say there seems to be a pattern of small purchases getting reimbursed (gift cards, cheap flights, etc.) So maybe Amex is clearing everything below a certain threshold. I wish I knew how their system was determining what gets credited and what doesn't. Frustrating....