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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 Oct 16, 19, 9:08 am
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$107

10/12 Booked
10/14 Posted
10/16 Reimbursed
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Old Oct 16, 19, 9:27 am
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Originally Posted by gmt4 View Post
Charge has to post to Amex first. Cancel the ticket within 24 and it will never post to Amex. Once posted you could cancel the WN ticket and get WN credit. You can't cancel and get cash back either way if thats what you're after.
There are scattered quiet datapoints suggesting the above works for those who have selected B6 as their airline.

I think those who are doing that are way more at risk of potential future clawbacks if there are ever eyeballs on the transaction history by RAT

The credit is easy enough to use otherwise

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Old Oct 16, 19, 2:37 pm
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For those a little more experienced, what happens when booking an "Anytime" or "Business Select" fare using a combination of CC + SW GC, then canceling?

Are both payments forms refunded as usual, or does the travel bank come into question?
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Old Oct 16, 19, 3:32 pm
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Originally Posted by akr1970akr View Post
There are scattered quiet datapoints suggesting the above works for those who have selected B6 as their airline.

I think those who are doing that are way more at risk of future clawbacks if there are ever eyeballs on the transaction history by RAT

The credit is easy enough to use otherwise
Are there any DPs showing RAT clawbacks involving airline reimbursement? If so, Iíve not seen those.
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Old Oct 16, 19, 5:46 pm
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Can someone tell me why I can't be logged into Southwest rewards when purchasing? What about claiming the Southwest points months later, since you can claim up to a year later?

Also, reimbursed $95 on 10/10 ($165 total, rest paid with giftcard)
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Old Oct 16, 19, 8:25 pm
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Originally Posted by 610163 View Post
Can someone tell me why I can't be logged into Southwest rewards when purchasing?....
This advice applies when purchasing a giftcard. It has NOTHING to do with American Express or reimbursements, but rather with a flaw in Southwest's website which sometimes causes a giftcard purchase to fail if logged in.
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Old Oct 17, 19, 1:19 pm
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Glad I found this post. Made an account to post my purchase. Hope this data helps. Thank you everyone!

Platinum
10/13 - Select Southwest as Airline on Amex.
10/14 - Purchase 2 tickets at $88.98 each (2 separate transactions)
10/16 - Both transactions posted.
10/17 - Meter moved from $200 to $22.04.
10/18 - Reimbursement posted.

Last edited by esjc; Oct 18, 19 at 11:02 am Reason: Update
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Old Oct 18, 19, 7:41 pm
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Business platinum

changed SW a couple weeks ago
10/14purchased 3 separate $72 tickets
10/16 posted (backdated 10/15)
10/18 (today) credit meter still shows full $200

am I screwed? Lol

will post back if any changes
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Old Oct 18, 19, 9:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Ramscct5 View Post
Business platinum

changed SW a couple weeks ago
10/14purchased 3 separate $72 tickets
10/16 posted (backdated 10/15)
10/18 (today) credit meter still shows full $200

am I screwed? Lol

will post back if any changes
Sometimes it takes a few days after posting for meter to move. Although, Iím not as familiar with DPs on purchasing 3 tickets. Give it a few more days though .
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Old Oct 19, 19, 4:30 am
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Originally Posted by soldja View Post
Sometimes it takes a few days after posting for meter to move. Although, Iím not as familiar with DPs on purchasing 3 tickets. Give it a few more days though .
You were right, credit meter finally went down
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Old Oct 20, 19, 10:13 am
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Schwab Platinum

11/16 - Selected Southwest for credit
11/16 - Purchased 2 separate tickets at $58.59 each
11/18 - Charge posted
11/19 - Meter moved
11/20 - Reimbursement posted

Now, time to do the same for the Biz Platinum.
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Old Oct 22, 19, 1:24 pm
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Reimbursed for two tickets ($98 and $93) earlier this month a couple days after transaction. Statement just posted and got 5x MR deposited into acc (personal plat). Is this normal or will they eventually take it back.

sorry if question has been asked before, I tried looking for answers but couldnít find.
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Old Oct 22, 19, 2:13 pm
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Originally Posted by liuiam13 View Post
Reimbursed for two tickets ($98 and $93) earlier this month a couple days after transaction. Statement just posted and got 5x MR deposited into acc (personal plat). Is this normal or will they eventually take it back.

sorry if question has been asked before, I tried looking for answers but couldnít find.
You will earn points on those purchases despite being reimbursed.
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Old Oct 23, 19, 11:26 am
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Does using a travel voucher + Amex CC work to get auto-reimbursement?

Or must a gc be used?
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Old Oct 23, 19, 9:14 pm
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hope they donít claw it back

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