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Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: WN (Southwest) only

Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: WN (Southwest) only

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Reminder: you must enroll and select WN (Southwest) as your airline BEFORE making a reimbursable purchase. Click HERE to enroll and the wait several hours or even a day before making the purchase. (WN is the IATA code for Southwest Airlines. SW is the IATA code for Air Namibia. FL was the IATA code for AirTran Airways.) 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.

Caution: As of late July 2019, reports are that direct gift card purchases are no longer being reimbursed. 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.



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Old Jul 30, 19, 6:57 am
  #2086  
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 5
July 23 - Used Plat to pay for SW fees and taxes on a flight purchased by points
July 25 - Reimbursed $5.60

July 26 - Purchased SW flight on Plat from BWI to EWR
July 29 - Reimbursed $83.98

$110.42 Left on the meter.
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Old Jul 30, 19, 10:11 am
  #2087  
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: WAS
Programs: UA 1K, BA
Posts: 3
Gift card plus charge on card below $100 worked for me.

Jul 22 - bought a one-way $128.95 flight with a $30 gift card bought with some other card and charged the rest to the Platinum.
Jul 24 - meter went down
Jul 25 - airline fee reimbursement of $98.95.
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Old Jul 30, 19, 11:45 am
  #2088  
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 1
does buying gift cards trigger the travel credits?

does buying gift cards with Amex Gold trigger the travel credits now?
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Old Jul 30, 19, 11:57 am
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Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: TX, USA
Programs: Bonvoy Plat, Hilton Diamond, IHG Amb
Posts: 112
Originally Posted by Sam Ng View Post
does buying gift cards with Amex Gold trigger the travel credits now?
Not any more since last month
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Old Jul 30, 19, 2:31 pm
  #2090  
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 1
Amex Platinum

7/26 Selected SW as airline
7/27 Purchased two $79 tickets, two transactions
7/30 Meter went down to $42
Expecting get reimbursed in the next few days.
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Old Jul 31, 19, 9:41 am
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Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 37
Originally Posted by edkwan88 View Post
I don't think it is dependent on the card issuer, I think it's more how the airline does it. I usually purchase 2 tickets at a time and most of the time it posts as two separate transactions. However, this WN ticket showed it pending as only one charge. That's all I'm asking, is if SW will split out the charges into two transactions or leave it as one. I guess I'll find out in a couple days.
How did this turn out? Did the two tickets post separately? And, if so, was each one reimbursed separately (with an independent $100 cap)?

Any information would be greatly appreciated. And, from recent comments, it looks like there are other people who are also trying to figure out whether a multi-ticket purchase will be split up for purposes of the Amex credit.

I have a situation where it will be one adult and one child on the eventual use of this, so I don't think I can do two separate tickets - because you run into "child traveling alone" issues and fees when you try to separately book a child's ticket.
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Old Aug 2, 19, 12:27 am
  #2092  
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Programs: UA gold; WN A; PC plat; Marriott Gold
Posts: 387
Originally Posted by 40orFight View Post
I have a situation where it will be one adult and one child on the eventual use of this, so I don't think I can do two separate tickets - because you run into "child traveling alone" issues and fees when you try to separately book a child's ticket.
I would think in general adult+child on two separate reservation but on same flight situation would be allowed, e.g. one is a paid ticket and the other is an award ticket. you can try booking this as two separate paid reservations and see what happens when you are booking the child's reservation. worst case you can cancel within 24hours.
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Old Aug 2, 19, 6:02 am
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Join Date: Jul 2004
Programs: CO, UA, AA, WN, DL Gold
Posts: 2,908
Originally Posted by 40orFight View Post
How did this turn out? Did the two tickets post separately? And, if so, was each one reimbursed separately (with an independent $100 cap)?

Any information would be greatly appreciated. And, from recent comments, it looks like there are other people who are also trying to figure out whether a multi-ticket purchase will be split up for purposes of the Amex credit.

I have a situation where it will be one adult and one child on the eventual use of this, so I don't think I can do two separate tickets - because you run into "child traveling alone" issues and fees when you try to separately book a child's ticket.
If the child is not on the same reservation as you, you will probably have to check him/her in at he airport with an agent. This could be a huge PIA if the lines are long.
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Old Aug 2, 19, 9:12 am
  #2094  
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 5
Originally Posted by Banga_Saab View Post
July 23 - Used Plat to pay for SW fees and taxes on a flight purchased by points
July 25 - Reimbursed $5.60

July 26 - Purchased SW flight on Plat from BWI to EWR
July 29 - Reimbursed $83.98

$110.42 Left on the meter.

7/30 - Bought flight, BWI to BOS
8/1 - Reimbursed $102.98

$7.44 left on Meter.

Glad this worked, otherwise that $550 yearly card fee is just way too much to recoup.
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Old Aug 2, 19, 9:29 am
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Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: SAN
Posts: 35
Originally Posted by Banga_Saab View Post
7/30 - Bought flight, BWI to BOS
8/1 - Reimbursed $102.98

$7.44 left on Meter.

Glad this worked, otherwise that $550 yearly card fee is just way too much to recoup.
Nice! This is the first DP I've seen for purchase over $100.
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Old Aug 2, 19, 10:18 am
  #2096  
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 5
7/29 Purchased SW flight with Platinum, BWI-MSP $99.98 Passenger Ticket
8/1 Reimbursed $99.98
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Old Aug 2, 19, 10:50 am
  #2097  
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 37
Originally Posted by thebat View Post
If the child is not on the same reservation as you, you will probably have to check him/her in at he airport with an agent. This could be a huge PIA if the lines are long.
Agree - wouldn't want to do that. The idea here is to refund the fares to the future travel funds of the adult and the child, respectively - and then book them together on a reservation later using each person's accumulated travel funds. Since there is a limit (3) on the number of prior travel fund credits that can be applied for each person on a reservation, I was trying to find a way to get each person's credits from the prior cancelled fares up to $100 (rather than being stuck with only $50 each if the adult and child have to be booked together).

The preferred alternative is to be able to book them together and refund - if someone can confirm that Southwest splits the total fare (on a multi-person reservation) up by person for billing purposes (and Amex will credit up to $100 for each individual person/charge on the same reservation).
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Old Aug 2, 19, 10:54 am
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Join Date: Jul 2018
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Originally Posted by qisu View Post
I would think in general adult+child on two separate reservation but on same flight situation would be allowed, e.g. one is a paid ticket and the other is an award ticket. you can try booking this as two separate paid reservations and see what happens when you are booking the child's reservation. worst case you can cancel within 24hours.
Thanks, yes you may be right. Other airlines try to charge the "child traveling alone" fee at the start, but Southwest doesn't seem to (or maybe it does, just later in the process). I haven't actually gone fully through the process yet to buy a child's ticket alone. I'll give it a try if I need to - but before going down that path, I'd prefer to find out the answer to my original question as to whether Southwest splits the charge for a multi-person reservation (and whether Amex reimburses each person's charge on a combined reservation up to $100). That seems to be the simpler solution - if it works.
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Old Aug 2, 19, 10:58 am
  #2099  
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Carlsbad, CA
Programs: United Gold (Million Miler) Alaska MVP Gold
Posts: 146
7/30 purchased four separate one ways all less than $100. All reimbursed 8/2. Meter is now zero. Used Hilton Amex Aspire.

Purchased a $250 gift card in June and was not reimbursed so I guess I'll be flying Southwest more next year!
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Old Aug 2, 19, 1:19 pm
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Join Date: Nov 2018
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Originally Posted by fishfly View Post
Nice! This is the first DP I've seen for purchase over $100.
I had read somebody was reimbursed with a $104 ticket earlier in the thread...I was afraid to do it, but happy it worked.
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