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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 Feb 4, 15, 12:10 am
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Join Date: Oct 2014
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Selected SW on 1/28, purchased two $100 GC on one transaction on 1/29, both reimbursed today 2/3!!
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Old Feb 6, 15, 12:50 am
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Purchased 2 $100 gift cards via southwest.com on 1/27, posted 1/28, reimbursed 1/31!
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Old Feb 7, 15, 8:01 pm
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This was my second time ordering one $200 e-gift card from Southwest on my AMEX Platinum. Worked perfectly last year and again this year.
Purchased 1/30
Reimbursed 2/2
I am really pleased with this card!
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Old Feb 7, 15, 10:33 pm
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Yup. $100 gc on 2/4, credit on 2/6.
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Old Mar 16, 15, 10:37 pm
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$200 cert in early March reimbursed 6 days later. Was getting a bit nervous but it went through fine!
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Old Mar 17, 15, 10:03 am
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So I purchased 1 SW gift card for $100, but forgot that I had yet to choose SW as my airline. I thenk enrolled in SW, then purchased the second SW gift card.

Both have now posted as "SW Air Dallas TX." Should I expect reimbursement for both, one, or none of these purchases? Both "posted" after I enrolled but I only purchased one after I enrolled.
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Old Mar 23, 15, 8:57 am
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Originally Posted by Adelphos View Post
So I purchased 1 SW gift card for $100, but forgot that I had yet to choose SW as my airline. I thenk enrolled in SW, then purchased the second SW gift card.

Both have now posted as "SW Air Dallas TX." Should I expect reimbursement for both, one, or none of these purchases? Both "posted" after I enrolled but I only purchased one after I enrolled.
Both $100 reimbursements hit today. Nice! Used the gift cards to purchase a one-way flight.
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Old Mar 26, 15, 7:02 pm
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Has anyone tried early bird check in?
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Old Mar 26, 15, 7:58 pm
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Originally Posted by xinfamousxi View Post
Has anyone tried early bird check in?
No, but I'll bet that would work. Still, if you know you're going to spend at least $200 on WN, then just get the gift cards. This routine has been working for years. If by chance it stops working, you're not out any money -- just use the gift cards toward a flight purchase.
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Old Apr 7, 15, 9:49 am
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$50 GC purchased 4/2, still no credit. Hoping easter slowed it down and it will show this week...
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Old Apr 10, 15, 1:12 pm
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Originally Posted by jsmithv View Post
$50 GC purchased 4/2, still no credit. Hoping easter slowed it down and it will show this week...
took a week, but just credited today. FYI.
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Old Apr 10, 15, 6:48 pm
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Originally Posted by dhuey View Post
No, but I'll bet that would work. Still, if you know you're going to spend at least $200 on WN, then just get the gift cards. This routine has been working for years. If by chance it stops working, you're not out any money -- just use the gift cards toward a flight purchase.
The gift cards can be used for award booking fees, which is nice, but it would be even better if they could be used for early bird as well.
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Old Apr 16, 15, 12:46 pm
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So if wife and I both have $200 credit we can buy $400 gift card for southwest and book a flight with gift cards correct?
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Old Apr 16, 15, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by xinfamousxi View Post
So if wife and I both have $200 credit we can buy $400 gift card for southwest and book a flight with gift cards correct?
that's correct. i did that very thing myself.
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Old Apr 17, 15, 12:35 pm
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Purchased $100 SW GC 4/9. Credit posted 4/16.
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