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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.

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





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Old Apr 11, 19, 5:35 am
  #1741  
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 6
Originally Posted by fullblown5 View Post
I haven't been reimbursed yet either, but don't panic. It's still coding as it was a week ago when I was reimbursed before. Sometimes the system just bogs up and it takes a few days longer than normal.
bar drained, crisis averted 😂
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Old Apr 11, 19, 2:49 pm
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Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 41
DP for Hilton Aspire:

4/4: Selected Southwest as Airline
4/5: 24 hours after selecting, purchased $250 eGC via the website
4/8: Charge posted to my account (though the date shows 4/5 even though it didn't show up until 4/8)
4/10: Meter went to $0
4/11: Charge Reimbursed (with the posting date showing 4/9 even though it didn't show up until 4/11)
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Old Apr 14, 19, 4:47 pm
  #1743  
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Programs: Chase, Hilton
Posts: 4
purchased 4/11, 250 as egc for aspire
4/12 posted
4/13 the credit on the benefits shows used no statement credit yet, but i expect it monday or tuesday.
4/15 reimbursement posted

Last edited by Agallion; Apr 15, 19 at 8:19 am Reason: Updated DP
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Old Apr 16, 19, 12:37 am
  #1744  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: MCI
Programs: AA, DL, WN, HHonors Diamond, IHG Platinum, Marriott, Hyatt
Posts: 230
AMEX Aspire data point:

4/10 selected Southwest as airline of choice via AMEX website
4/11 purchased $250 SW airlines gift card from SW website
4/13 benefits drained to $0
4/16 $250 "AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement" posted
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Old Apr 17, 19, 5:22 pm
  #1745  
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 13
DP
AMEX Biz Plat
4/11 - Changed Airline to SW
4/13 - Made $100 SW GC Purchase
4/16 - AMEX Airline Fee Credit
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Old Apr 18, 19, 6:44 pm
  #1746  
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 464
seems like GC purchases are working. What about ticket purchases? I need to buy tickets in the next day or so. Will be appx. $436 total.. any data points on the credit being applied to the fare?
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Old Apr 18, 19, 7:45 pm
  #1747  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Programs: CO, UA, AA, WN, DL Gold
Posts: 2,969
Originally Posted by dascc View Post
seems like GC purchases are working. What about ticket purchases? I need to buy tickets in the next day or so. Will be appx. $436 total.. any data points on the credit being applied to the fare?
Fare purchases are not credited. If they were, no one would bother with gift cards.
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Old Apr 20, 19, 9:30 am
  #1748  
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 1
Amex Plat
2 $100 Southwest GCs bought both back to back on 4/16
Charges posted 4/18
Benefit drained 4/19
Credits posted 4/20
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Old Apr 20, 19, 8:12 pm
  #1749  
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 209
4/16 - $250 GC x 2
4/18 - $250 x 2 Charges posted (with post date of 4/16)
4/19 - Airline credit bar went to "$0 remaining"
4/20 - $250 x 2 Airline credits posted (with 4/18 date shown).
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Old Apr 22, 19, 9:56 am
  #1750  
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 5
AMEX Gold:
4/17 - Selected Southwest as airline
4/18 - Purchased $100 eGC
4/20 - Charge posted (reading 4/18)
4/22 - $100 credit issued (reading 4/20)

Rock on.
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Old Apr 22, 19, 11:11 am
  #1751  
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: SNA
Programs: AA gold, DL Gold, HHonors Diamond, Hyatt Explorist, IHG Plat
Posts: 378
Another DP for Hilton Aspire:

4/13 - Upgraded no-fee Hilton Amex to Aspire
4/15 - Selected Southwest as designated airline
4/17 - Purchased $250 eGC
4/19 - $250 credit issued
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Old Apr 22, 19, 2:45 pm
  #1752  
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 6
Another DP for Hilton Aspire:

4/10ish - Requested switch from AA to SW as a courtesy after AA started having issues. Granted due to long relationship (1981) w/ Amex. (Showed up immediately as Southwest.)
4/15 - Purchased $250 eGC
4/15 - Went pending for quite some time and was never emailed (48+ hours -- instead of the "up to 12"). So contacted Southwest on Twitter who said can take 72 hours but "pushed it through."
4/18 - eGC arrived. purchase posted.
4/19 - $250 credit issued & counter set to $0 available.
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Old Apr 27, 19, 2:12 pm
  #1753  
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 464
Hilton Aspire

had selected AA earlier this year before I found out GCs were not longer working.

4/23 called Amex to update from AA to WN, not an issue because the fee credit hadn't been utilized.
4/24 purchased $250 GC from link in WIKI
4/26 purchase went from pending to posted (backdated to 4/24)
4/27 $250 fee credit hit account (backdated to 4/26)
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Old May 4, 19, 11:00 am
  #1754  
 
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 1
Booooo

4/25 - Selected Southwest as airline
4/25 - Purchased $200 eGC

As of 5/04, nothing. Benefits bar is still at $200 and no credit.

My turnaround time after selecting the airline was like 15 minutes. Probably too quick.
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Old May 4, 19, 1:27 pm
  #1755  
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 22
Data point for Aspire

4/28 - Selected Southwest as airline
4/29 - Bought $100 GC using link in wiki
4/31 - Purchase went pending to posted (backdated to 4/29)
5/3 - $100 fee credit hit account (backdated to 5/2)
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