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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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Old Dec 11, 19, 10:56 am   -   Wikipost
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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.

Always read the last few pages to get up-to-date DPs.





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Old Jan 10, 19, 6:11 pm
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Both my $200 Plat and $250 Aspire credit were reimbursed today, purchased eGC from link in the wiki.
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Old Jan 10, 19, 11:05 pm
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Amex Aspire
$250 GC purchased 01/05/2019
credited 01/09/2019

Amex Platinum
$200 GC purchased 01/05/2019
credited 01/09/2019
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Old Jan 11, 19, 6:14 am
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Purchased $200 WN GC 1/6 (Biz Plat)
Reimbursement posted 1/10
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Old Jan 11, 19, 8:58 am
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Amex Hilton Aspire:

Jan 10 Credit AMEX AIRLINE FEE REIMBURSEMENT -$250.00

Jan 7 SOUTHWEST AIRLINES DALLAS TX $250.00
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Old Jan 11, 19, 10:20 am
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1/1: Purchased $200 SW GC on Amex Plat
1/5: $200 credit
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Old Jan 11, 19, 11:32 am
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1/7: Purchased $200 SW GC on Amex Plat
1/11: $200 credit
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Old Jan 11, 19, 1:19 pm
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Anyone have any ideas as to why I haven't received my credit yet? AMEX Business Plat

Designated airline on 12/31, bought $200 GC SW on 12/31 around 10:30 p.m. CST.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 2:03 pm
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1/7: Purchased $200 SW GC on Personal centurion, wife Plat, Business Plat $250 SW GC on Aspire
1/10: All 4 purchases were credited.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 4:25 pm
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American Express Business Platinum $200 airline credit issue

Hi,
I don't know if anyone has had this issue with the Amex Business Platinum. I got the card a few months ago and did not know about the e-gift cards. My cousin told me about it on 12/31 so I went ahead and did two separate transactions for $100 each after I selected the airline (I chose Southwest). I did this all within 1 hour of the new year. Today is now 1/11 and I still have not received the airline credit. Most people seemed to have received the credit within days (including my cousin who told me about this). Has anyone on here received the credit weeks after they did their purchase? Or am I one of the few exceptions that the gift cards trick did not work for?
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Old Jan 11, 19, 4:35 pm
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award ticket taxes, for ~$100 on intl-to-US segments, continue to be reimbursed.
statement credit > gift balance.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 4:37 pm
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Originally Posted by JTFramboise View Post
Hi,
I don't know if anyone has had this issue with the Amex Business Platinum. I got the card a few months ago and did not know about the e-gift cards. My cousin told me about it on 12/31 so I went ahead and did two separate transactions for $100 each after I selected the airline (I chose Southwest). I did this all within 1 hour of the new year. Today is now 1/11 and I still have not received the airline credit. Most people seemed to have received the credit within days (including my cousin who told me about this). Has anyone on here received the credit weeks after they did their purchase? Or am I one of the few exceptions that the gift cards trick did not work for?
Mine normally post within 3 days. A couple potential issues though. 1 - I know at least for Delta (my choice) they recommend 4 $50 e certs. 2 - If you selected southwest and immediately after purchased the e certs there may be a delay from Amex & you won't get the credit.
3- If you selected your airline on the 31st & your charge was delayed (meaning it didn't show up for Amex until the 1st) you potentially lost your $200 credit for 2018. You'd need to reelect your airline for 2019. I'm not an expert on this though, I just followed exactly what the forums told me & it worked both times.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 5:59 pm
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Originally Posted by incursion View Post
Anyone have any ideas as to why I haven't received my credit yet? AMEX Business Plat

Designated airline on 12/31, bought $200 GC SW on 12/31 around 10:30 p.m. CST.
How soon after designating the airline did you buy the GC? Had you already received the email from Amex confirming your airline designation? That's when it's considered safe (by some) to proceed with the GC purchase.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 6:08 pm
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Originally Posted by incursion View Post
....Designated airline on 12/31, bought $200 GC SW on 12/31 around 10:30 p.m. CST.
Originally Posted by JTFramboise View Post
.....on 12/31 so I went ahead and did two separate transactions for $100 each after I selected the airline (I chose Southwest). I did this all within 1 hour of the new year....
Most likely, both of you made the purchase too soon after choosing Southwest as your preferred airline. However, it's also possible that there was a technical problem identifying eligible transactions made that night. In that case the transactions could be picked up later this month.
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Old Jan 12, 19, 10:39 am
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Originally Posted by incaroads View Post
How soon after designating the airline did you buy the GC? Had you already received the email from Amex confirming your airline designation? That's when it's considered safe (by some) to proceed with the GC purchase.
Pretty soon (about 8 minutes apart for the emails), but I did receive the email first.

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Old Jan 12, 19, 11:35 pm
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Data point: I purchased a $200 Southwest e-gift card using my AMEX business platinum card on 1/9 and received the $200 airline fee reimbursement on 1/11.
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