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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 Jan 11, 17, 9:58 am
  #856  
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Spokane Valley, Wa
Posts: 17
Purchased $100GC on January 8th
Posted on January 8th
Reimbursed on January 10th

Like a glove!
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Old Jan 11, 17, 1:06 pm
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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Berkeley, CA USA
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Posts: 47,858
Jan 8 - six $100 Southwest gift cards on two personal Plats and one business Plat
Jan 10 - six $100 credits
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Old Jan 11, 17, 8:06 pm
  #858  
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 7
PRG
Jan 8 - $100 GC purchased and posted
Jan 10 - $100 Reimbursement
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Old Jan 11, 17, 10:18 pm
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Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: SFO
Programs: Hyatt: Diamond, HHonors: Diamond, SPG: Gold
Posts: 193
PRG, 2x Plat (me + wife)

Jan 5 - switched all 3 cards from UA to WN
Jan 5 - 20 - 30 min later, purchase 5 $100 GC across all 3 cards
Jan 11 - still no credits
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Old Jan 11, 17, 10:44 pm
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Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 399
AMEX personal platinum

Bought $100 GC on 1/3/17, reimbursed 1/5/17
Bought $100 GC on 1/5/17, reimbursed 1/8/17
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Old Jan 12, 17, 8:38 am
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Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 119
PRG
Purchased $100 GC on 1/9/17
Posted on 1/10/17
Credited 1/11/17
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Old Jan 12, 17, 11:03 am
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Join Date: May 2013
Location: SFO/SJC
Posts: 42
Purchased 3 $100 GC's (2x Plat, 1x PRG) on 1/3, reimbursed on 1/6
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Old Jan 12, 17, 11:32 am
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Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 464
$200 GC purchased posted on 01/09
$200 Fee credit applied 01/12 but dated 01/11

I normally buy $100 GC but SW.com limits you to max of 3 or 4 forms of payment so I thought I would push my luck w/ a 200 one this time to make it easier to redeem in the future.
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Old Jan 12, 17, 2:08 pm
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Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 15
report my experience again.

1/2 change airline from UA to SW
1/2 Then 10 min later, buy $20 eGift card
1/4 post ---> wait till 1/7 or 8 still NO Credit (till today 1/12 still NO)

Don't know if amount too small or place order too fast (10 min after changing airline)

try $50 again
1/7 $50 eGC
1/9 Post
1/11 $50 shown up credit

but 1st $20 still NO credit

---> my experience , I think DON'T place order too fast same day or right after changing airline. I doubt their system need some times to update ur info~

I will do NEW order and report later again~

thanks
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Old Jan 12, 17, 2:20 pm
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Originally Posted by aopluu View Post
report my experience again.

1/2 change airline from UA to SW
1/2 Then 10 min later, buy $20 eGift card
1/4 post ---> wait till 1/7 or 8 still NO Credit (till today 1/12 still NO)

Don't know if amount too small or place order too fast (10 min after changing airline)

try $50 again
1/7 $50 eGC
1/9 Post
1/11 $50 shown up credit

but 1st $20 still NO credit

---> my experience , I think DON'T place order too fast same day or right after changing airline. I doubt their system need some times to update ur info~

I will do NEW order and report later again~

thanks
I would wait at least 1 business day after changing/adding my airline choice.
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Old Jan 12, 17, 3:43 pm
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Join Date: May 2016
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Originally Posted by SquarePeg View Post
I would wait at least 1 business day after changing/adding my airline choice.
I've had no issues with purchasing right after changing the airline. It might take a few extra days but per the terms it may take up to 2-4 weeks. That is the official time frame even though it usually takes a few days. If nothing after that then contact amex
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Old Jan 12, 17, 5:28 pm
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Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 93
When I changed my airline from UA to SW, I went to the benefit page to make sure it shows SW before I start buying EGC.


Originally Posted by aopluu View Post
report my experience again.

1/2 change airline from UA to SW
1/2 Then 10 min later, buy $20 eGift card
1/4 post ---> wait till 1/7 or 8 still NO Credit (till today 1/12 still NO)

Don't know if amount too small or place order too fast (10 min after changing airline)

try $50 again
1/7 $50 eGC
1/9 Post
1/11 $50 shown up credit

but 1st $20 still NO credit

---> my experience , I think DON'T place order too fast same day or right after changing airline. I doubt their system need some times to update ur info~

I will do NEW order and report later again~

thanks
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Old Jan 12, 17, 5:58 pm
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Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 10
Originally Posted by MisterSelfish View Post
PRG, 2x Plat (me + wife)

Jan 5 - switched all 3 cards from UA to WN
Jan 5 - 20 - 30 min later, purchase 5 $100 GC across all 3 cards
Jan 11 - still no credits
I had a similar situation to yours although I was not as brazen. My first 100 did not go through. All of my subsequent attempts have worked. 75 and 75 dollar amounts so far. My first 100 has still not posted and probably never will. I changed to WN just like you and bought like 10 minutes later initially. Waited a few days until I tried the second and third purchases which worked just fine.
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Old Jan 13, 17, 8:20 am
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Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 6
Amex Personal Plat.

Purchased $200 GC on 1/9.
Posted 1/10.

Reimbursed 1/12. ^^
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Old Jan 13, 17, 10:42 am
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Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: JFK
Programs: AA Platinum
Posts: 325
2x$100 WN eGC posted 1/6. Reimbursements posted 1/7.

Southwest still hasn't delivered the gift card codes to my email yet, though...
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