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Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: WN (2011-2019)

Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: WN (2011-2019)

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Reminder: you must enroll and select Southwest as your airline BEFORE making a reimbursable purchase.
Some have suggested the need to wait several hours or even a day before making the purchase, but there are also several DPs that worked without waiting that long.

(BTW, you will often hear people refer to Southwest as WN. WN is the IATA code for Southwest Airlines. SW is the IATA code for Air Namibia.)

Caution: As of late July 2019, reports are that direct gift card purchases are no longer being reimbursed.
To purchase click here: https://www.southwest.com/gift-card/create-card.html Caution: Do NOT login to your Southwest Rapid Rewards account when making the purchase.

What does appear to work is buying flight tickets less than $100, OR using gift cards to get the charged amount down to less than $100.

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Old Feb 16, 13, 10:16 pm
  #136  
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
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Originally Posted by mrnik2007 View Post
I just got my card. Any suggestions on how to get SW gift card reimbursement? Where do I go to make the purchase?

Thank you in advance for your help.
Just go to southwest.com and click the link at the top of the homepage to buy a gift card. Another data point, purchased a $75 gc on the 11th and got reimbursed today.
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Old Feb 21, 13, 9:22 pm
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Purchased $75 GC on Feb 17, got reimbursed Feb 21
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Old Mar 2, 13, 1:39 pm
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just purchased 1 $100, hopefully it'll go though, if it does i'll do another hundred, my last ones were 2/18/2012 and 2/15/2013.

Went to the site to reselect it and it says i was already selected ?! even tho i know that wasnt right

oh well we'll see
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Old Mar 2, 13, 6:50 pm
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Purchased on 2/24, the second day after enrolling. No credit yet.
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Old Mar 20, 13, 2:53 pm
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Location: PHX, SAN
Programs: WN CP, SPG Gold, National Exec
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Originally Posted by I can see for miles View Post
A gift certificate data point: Bought a $200 SWest gift certificate in December, and I didn't automatically receive the incidental benefits credit. I called after four weeks, explained that my incidental benefits credit hadn't posted, and the CSR processed it so that it posted. She was friendly did ask what my wife (it's her card) charged; I told a white lie, that I didn't know but thought it was for change and baggage fees.

In January I Bought four $50 SW gift certificates on my Platinum and four $50 SW GCs on my wife's Platinum. Full credits for both posted automatically in a few days.
Same thing happened to a friend of mine, but when he called in they denied the credit because it showed "gift cards" on the statement. He purchased the GCs from southwest.com

How do the charges appear on everyone's statement?
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Old Mar 30, 13, 4:59 pm
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Originally Posted by no0neelse View Post
Same thing happened to a friend of mine, but when he called in they denied the credit because it showed "gift cards" on the statement. He purchased the GCs from southwest.com

How do the charges appear on everyone's statement?
Just tried to place an order for a $45 gift card, and this is what it looks like in my pending charges:

Saturday, March 30
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES 45 dollars and.00 Cents

Doing Business As SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Merchant Address ATTN SUPVR CR CD BILLINGS, MAIL STA 6AR/PO BOX 36611, DALLAS, TX 75235 UNITED STATES
Category Travel - Airline
Sometimes businesses like hotels and gas stations place a temporary charge on your Card, so please check the charge amount after the transaction posts.

EDIT: Here's what it looks like after posting -

Select to close the transaction details Saturday, March 30
SW AIR DALLAS TX 45 dollars and.00 Cents
Doing Business As SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Merchant Address PO BOX 36611, DALLAS, TX 75235 UNITED STATES
Additional Information 7900089181 (214) 792 - 4223
reference number XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Category Travel - Airline
From To Carrier Class
N/A N/A YY
N/A YY
N/A YY
N/A YY
TICKET NUMBER XXXXXXXXXXXXX
DATE OF DEPARTURE
PASSENGER NAME
DOCUMENT TYPE SPD/AIR FREIGHT
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (MASTE

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Old Mar 31, 13, 1:33 pm
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Success! Full $200 credit for gift cards ($150+$50)

The details, as they appear online at AmEx (I've bolded the key info.). All of this happened automatically. I ordered the gift cards at southwest.com. There was about a week between when I selected SW as the airline for the $200 credits and when I bought the cards.


Transaction Date: 03/30/2013 Sat
Transaction Description: AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement
Amount $: -150.00
Doing Business As: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Merchant Address: PO BOX 36611 DALLAS TX 75235 UNITED STATES
Reference Number: [redacted]
Category: Travel – Airline

Transaction Date: 03/30/2013 Sat
Transaction Description: AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement
Amount $: -50.00
Doing Business As: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Merchant Address: PO BOX 36611 DALLAS TX 75235 UNITED STATES
Reference Number: [redacted]
Category: Travel – Airline

Transaction Date: 03/26/2013 Tue
Transaction Description: SW AIR DALLAS TX
7900088849 (214) 792 - 4223
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (MASTE
From: To : Carrier : Class :
N/A
N/A YY
N/A YY
N/A YY
N/A YY
Ticket Number : [redacted] Date of Departure :
Passenger Name :
Document Type : SPD/AIR FREIGHT
Amount $: 50.00
Doing Business As: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Merchant Address: PO BOX 36611 DALLAS TX 75235 UNITED STATES
Reference Number: [redacted]
Category: Travel – Airline

Transaction Date: 03/26/2013 Tue
Transaction Description: SW AIR DALLAS TX
7900088849 (214) 792 - 4223
SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (MASTE
From: To : Carrier : Class :
N/A
N/A YY
N/A YY
N/A YY
N/A YY
Ticket Number : [redacted] Date of Departure :
Passenger Name :
Document Type : SPD/AIR FREIGHT
Amount $: 150.00
Doing Business As: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Merchant Address: PO BOX 36611 DALLAS TX 75235 UNITED STATES
Reference Number: [redacted]
Category: Travel - Airline
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Old Apr 3, 13, 8:14 pm
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Bought 2 Giftcards on SWA, reimbursed automatically, no issues.

# 1: Purchased $50 GC on 3/23 - Amex Reimbursement on 3/26
# 2: Purchased $150 GC on 3/30 - Amex Reimbursement on 4/02
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Old Apr 4, 13, 5:17 pm
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$200 airline fee reimbursement reports: WN/FL only

45 dollar gift card posted March 30th and was credited April 2nd.
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Old Apr 5, 13, 2:54 pm
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Just had an odd, yet positive reimbursement outcome.

Bought a $200 GC and immediately used that + Platinum card to buy a SW ticket for $233.90. GC purchase posted as "Document Type : SPD/AIR FREIGHT" followed by a $33.90 charge for the rest of the ticket that was "Document Type : PASSENGER TICKET"

A few days later, the reimbursements posted: $33.90 reimbursement and a $166.10 reimbursement.

So they actually credited me for something that was clearly marked as a ticket purchase, and applied the rest of the credit to the GC purchase.
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Old Apr 23, 13, 6:31 pm
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$40 "jump to front of A" reimbursable?

Early this year, Southwest began offering a $40 option to "jump to the front of A" about 45 minutes before departure. (Well, near the front, anyway.) Does anyone know whether this $40 fee is reimbursable with the $200 Platinum fee reimbursement? Normally, the $40 might not be a good value, but it's kind of hard to rack up $200 in Southwest fees each year, so it might be worth it if it can be reimbursed. Could provide a shot at an exit aisle..
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Old Apr 24, 13, 4:06 pm
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Originally Posted by scott1212 View Post
Early this year, Southwest began offering a $40 option to "jump to the front of A" about 45 minutes before departure. (Well, near the front, anyway.) Does anyone know whether this $40 fee is reimbursable with the $200 Platinum fee reimbursement? Normally, the $40 might not be a good value, but it's kind of hard to rack up $200 in Southwest fees each year, so it might be worth it if it can be reimbursed. Could provide a shot at an exit aisle..
I haven't seen anyone try this yet, the $40 buy-up is a relatively new process with WN. You could be the first to try it

I personally find that the increased EBCI fee has only made it easier to deplete this credit. Figure I'll get as many EBCIs as I can and cash the rest out via GC if necessary at year's end.
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Old May 4, 13, 10:24 pm
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Originally Posted by mtftw View Post
I haven't seen anyone try this yet, the $40 buy-up is a relatively new process with WN. You could be the first to try it

I personally find that the increased EBCI fee has only made it easier to deplete this credit. Figure I'll get as many EBCIs as I can and cash the rest out via GC if necessary at year's end.
So, I tried it -- spending the $40 to jump from middle of B (which was with Early Bird -- first time I received B with that!) to A7. That scored me an emergency exit row seat (aka, "Southwest First Class"), which was nice on an East Coast to Las Vegas flight. A couple days later, AmEx automatically credited back the $40 to my account. So, it looks like the $40 fee is credited back. That makes the credit much more valuable to me, as the $40 fee will in most cases get you some extra leg room on Southwest.
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Old May 6, 13, 12:59 pm
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Data point:

Charged (2) $100 WN gift cards 5.1.13. It registered as just (1) $200 transaction on the statement.

Document type showed as "SPD/AIR FREIGHT"; Category was "Travel - Airline"; it also had a ticket number associated with it.

AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement for $200 on 5.4.13, again shown as "Travel - Airline."
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Old May 14, 13, 10:20 pm
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Another data point, bought a $50 SW gift certificate on 5/6 and was credited on 5/9. I then bought a $150 SW GC on 5/10 and was credited on 5/13
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