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  • In the Amex Membership Rewards family, both the Consumer and Business versions of the Platinum and Centurion cards qualify for a $200 airline credit. The Premier Rewards Gold (PRG) card is eligible for a $100 airline credit.
  • You must click here to select Delta as your enrolled airline before you make a reimbursable purchase, else the benefit won't apply. The feature is activated immediately upon airline designation.
  • If you've selected DL in the past and don't wish to change airlines, there's no need to select again; current selection rolls into future years until modified.
  • Reported reimbursed incidental charges have included baggage and other service fees, award and change fees (incl standby, SDC), taxes, in-flight purchases (not WiFi), lounge access fees, EC upgrade (seat assignment) fees, priority boarding fees, Delta mileage booster fees, and DL eGift Cards/eCerts (see section below). Charges not posted by Delta (e.g., partners) are not eligible. Note that the Global Entry fee reimbursement is a separate benefit in addition to the $200 Delta incidentals reimbursement.The T&Cs state the eligible charges, but YMMV, so don't call and ask.
  • The credit is per account, not per card. If the main account has authorized users with additional cards, eligible charges may still be made on those cards, but they'll count jointly towards the same account limit.
  • Credits are capped per calendar year, meaning you could tap the full amount on Dec 31st and again on Jan 1st in the extreme. Transaction date, not posting date, determines the year.
  • You will get a partial credit to bring your total annual reimbursements to the limit exactly if a qualifying charge takes you past the limit.
  • Credit posting delays range from several business days (typical) to several weeks (seen in Oct 2015). The T&Cs state that it could take up to four weeks, so wait at least that long before worrying, and certainly don't contact Amex prematurely. After four weeks, if you've read this Wiki carefully and posted here seeking assistance but the credit still has not arrived, consider chatting with Amex online. Politely mention the "Delta extras" you thought would be reimbursed within four weeks and they'll handle it.

eGift Card (eCert) details

  • Delta eGift Cards (eCerts) qualify for reimbursement. The name on the eCerts doesn't matter and need not match your card, but you must purchase using an eligible Amex card and meet the other criteria detailed in this Wiki.
  • Denominations over $50 will not generate the credit. Multiple $50 eCerts will. The smallest denomination available is $50.
  • 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 (show pending) as ticket purchases before posting to (finalize on) your statement. Multiple-eCert orders may authorize the combined value as a single pending ticket purchase. Don't worry. They will later post as separate eCert charges in the qualifying amounts.
  • eCerts are generated instantly, but the codes are not valid for use until 72 hours after purchase, so don't order expecting to use them in a pinch.
  • A maximum of three eCerts may be redeemed per online transaction. Splitting a round-trip into two one-ways will allow you to use additional eCerts.


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Old Dec 24, 15, 4:48 pm   #1096
  
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Quick question - are reimbursements calculated by calendar year of when the charge occurred, or when the credit was issued? Say if I have an eligible transaction on the 26th, but the credit doesn't post until after January 1st, will it count for 2015 still or 2016? Thanks!
Same question. Does the purchase need to be before Dec 31st, or the credit?
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Old Dec 24, 15, 5:25 pm   #1097
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Same question. Does the purchase need to be before Dec 31st, or the credit?
Generally, the purchase date (or the date the purchase is reported to Amex) is what matters.

Consider what might happen if you selected a different airline for 2016.
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Old Dec 25, 15, 4:55 pm   #1098
  
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Has anyone been able to get a credit for award redeposit fee of $150?
I did get the credit for this back in January. About to purchase a $50 GC to complete the total credit.
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Old Dec 27, 15, 4:45 pm   #1099
  
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I have $11 left for 2015. Any ideas on what to use it for since gift card is $50 min??
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Old Dec 27, 15, 5:11 pm   #1100
  
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I have $11 left for 2015. Any ideas on what to use it for since gift card is $50 min??
Book an award ticket for next year. Fee will be refunded (at least partially).
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Old Dec 27, 15, 11:38 pm   #1101
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Book an award ticket for next year. Fee will be refunded (at least partially).
That qualifies? Isn't a ticket number sent with the credit card info?
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Old Dec 28, 15, 12:13 am   #1102
  
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That qualifies? Isn't a ticket number sent with the credit card info?
I could be mistaken, but I know I had dozens of award booking fees automatically refunded circa 2012-2013. Have used all $200 for eCerts since then, so haven't checked recently, but I presume it still works that way. Maybe someone can confirm/reject?
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Old Dec 28, 15, 12:30 am   #1103
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I have $11 left for 2015. Any ideas on what to use it for since gift card is $50 min??
So buy a gift card. You'll still get $11 back, and presumably the gift card has full value.
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Old Dec 29, 15, 8:00 am   #1104
  
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That qualifies? Isn't a ticket number sent with the credit card info?
Yes, award ticket taxes/fees are (IIRC) specifically eligible for the credit. I used my entire credit on award ticket fees in Q1 2015, and plan to again in early 2016.

Not using official terms, here, but the Amex coding goes off of the charge classification, not whether or not a 006 number is attached. Award fees come through for me as "Additional Collection" and not "Travel - Airline" which I believe is what makes the fee credit pick up.

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So buy a gift card. You'll still get $11 back, and presumably the gift card has full value.
+1
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Old Dec 29, 15, 1:44 pm   #1105
  
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Are you guys planning on canceling the card after getting the 2016 credit ?

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Old Dec 29, 15, 5:47 pm   #1106
  
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After you have purchased a Delta gift card, for whom can the value of the card be used?

Only for the recipient? Or for anyone the recipient would like to buy a ticket?

For example, if I bought a gift card for my wife, would she have to be the person traveling? Or could she use the value of the gift card to buy a ticket for our daughter?

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Old Dec 29, 15, 8:06 pm   #1107
  
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After you have purchased a Delta gift card, for whom can the value of the card be used?

Only for the recipient? Or for anyone the recipient would like to buy a ticket?

For example, if I bought a gift card for my wife, would she have to be the person traveling? Or could she use the value of the gift card to buy a ticket for our daughter?
Use for anyone.
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Old Dec 29, 15, 9:52 pm   #1108
  
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Just wanted to contribute...read these forums b4 getting Amex Business Platinum this month.. just bought (4) $50 eCerts on Dec 23rd, credit shows up Dec. 28th...Yeah.
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Old Dec 30, 15, 10:00 am   #1109
  
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across several cards/accounts on 12/23 purchased Dell $50 egift cards all were reimbursed 12/28!

I waited till the end in case I would need a dif airline.
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Old Dec 30, 15, 10:02 am   #1110
  
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Are you guys planning on canceling the card after getting the 2016 credit ?
I dunno. I apped with a Amex ED for place to park MR points. At the end of 360 days of use, I will see if it makes sense to upgrade ed to EDP and cancel PRG.

I use the prg heavily for restaurants and don't tend to do 30 swipes in a month so.... its a toss up. Really hate using amex serve to make a fake swipe or go out of my way for swipes.

Especially since amex has been so good to me with CLIs
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