Old Aug 25, 11, 1:48 pm
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escog
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Berkeley, California
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Originally Posted by EmoryFlyer View Post
After reading that Southwest gift cards would work, I designated Southwest as my airline choice for the benefit, waited 3 days, then bought a $100 e-gift card to test it out. I noticed the charge in my "pending charges" area and thought nothing of it. It remained in "pending" for about a week then just dropped off. When I review the other charges on my account, I don't see the southwest charge anywhere...neither the initial $100 charge, nor the $100 credit back. I repeated the same thing again more recently, bought another $100 e-gift card and experienced the same thing again (in "pending" for about a week, then it dropped off, actual charge nowhere to be seen).

I just made a dummy booking on southwest.com to make sure the e-gift card numbers that were sent my way were valid, and indeed, each one is loaded with $100 of value.

Has anyone experienced this? Seems very strange...
I'm experiencing something similar. I made a gift certificate purchase on 8/19 for $50, and it's been stuck in pending charges ever since. I've had other charges come and go through the pending status, so I don't know why it's stuck. I just used the $50 gift certificate to purchase a flight, so I know the purchase is good.

I've been waiting for the charge to clear pending state to see if it'll get reimbursed before I purchase more gift certificates.

How long before making your purchase did you designate Southwest as your airline? I designated Southwest on Sunday, 8/14 and then made my purchase on 8/19. I had assumed it was held up because they were processing my selection of airline and when the Southwest charge came in, the system got a bit confused. I dunno.
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