Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: DL only

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This thread is a continuation of: Airline fee $200/$100 reimbursement reports: DL only [2011 - 2015]
  • Caution: effective from 22 June 2019, gift card purchases from Delta do not get reimbursed.

Read this primer first
  • In the Amex Membership Rewards family, both the Consumer and Business versions of the Platinum and Centurion cards qualify for a $200 airline credit. The Premier Rewards Gold (PRG) card is eligible for a $100 airline credit.
  • You must click here to select Delta as your enrolled airline before you make a reimbursable purchase, else the benefit won't apply. The feature is activated immediately upon airline designation.
  • If you've selected DL in the past and don't wish to change airlines, there's no need to select again; current selection rolls into future years until modified.
  • Reimbursed incidental charges have included baggage and other service fees, award and change fees (e.g., standby, SDC), taxes, in-flight purchases (not WiFi), lounge access fees, EC upgrade (seat assignment) fees, priority boarding fees, Delta mileage booster fees, and DL eGift Cards/eCerts (see section below). Charges not posted by Delta (e.g., partners) are not eligible. Note that the Global Entry fee reimbursement is a separate benefit in addition to the $200 Delta incidentals reimbursement.The T&Cs state the eligible charges, but YMMV, so don't call and ask.
  • The credit is per account, not per card. If the main account has authorized users with additional cards, eligible charges may still be made on those cards, but they'll count jointly towards the same account limit.
  • Credits are capped per calendar year, meaning you could tap the full amount on Dec 31st and again on Jan 1st in the extreme. Transaction date, not posting date, determines the year. Note: This is not my experience. I purchased Dec 31, 2016, posted Jan 1, 2017 and went against my 2017 credit. (TheMadBrewer)
  • You will get a partial credit to bring your total annual reimbursements to the limit exactly if a qualifying charge takes you past the limit.
  • Credit posting delays range from several business days (typical) to several weeks (seen in Oct 2015). The T&Cs state that it could take up to four weeks, so wait at least that long before worrying, and certainly don't contact Amex prematurely. After four weeks, if you've read this Wiki carefully and posted here seeking assistance but the credit still has not arrived, consider chatting with Amex online. Politely mention the "Delta extras" you thought would be reimbursed within four weeks and they'll handle it.

non Gift Card options
  • Recent data points indicate or confirm that any sort of add/collect, including difference in fare when changing flights, and accepting an FCM offer, also trigger the credit and will be reimbursed; this may (insufficient data) only happen if the additional amount collected is below ~$250 (regardless of card type, e.g. there have been reports of full $100 credit for Gold card on a/c over $100 and full $200 credit for Plat on a/c over $200 but less than $250)
  • Relevantly, split tender where you partially pay with a gift card, existing credit, VDB voucher etc. and partly charged to your card, are processed by DL as an add/collect and trigger the credit per above.
  • Thus if you anticipate actually buying, say, a $200 DL ticket, you could buy a single $50 gift card, then buy the ticket using $50 GC and $150 on your card (the $150 will be reimbursed)
  • The $59 for Delta Skymiles Select is reimbursed (posts 2180, 2182)
eGift Card (eCert) details
This Section is not applicable effective 2019/06/22!
  • Delta eGift Cards (eCerts) have been reimbursed in practice, even though technically they do not meet the criteria listed by Amex for reimbursement. The name on the eCerts doesn't matter and need not match your card, but you must purchase using an eligible Amex card and meet the other criteria detailed in this Wiki.
  • Denominations over $50 will not generate the credit. Multiple $50 eCerts will. The smallest denomination available is $50.
  • To order, use this direct link to the eGift cert order page, or navigate via Delta.com>Shop>eGift Certificate.
  • No need to place separate orders using multiple carts/checkouts. By adding multiple certs to one order (e.g., 4 x $50), even though they are in the same cart, the certs will post as separate transactions and still generate a credit for each.
  • eCert purchases may initially authorize (show pending) as ticket purchases before posting to (finalize on) your statement. Multiple-eCert orders may authorize the combined value as a single pending ticket purchase. Don't worry; they'll post later as separate eCert charges in the qualifying amounts.
  • eCerts are generated instantly, but the codes are not valid for use until 72 hours after purchase, so don't order expecting to use them in a pinch.
  • A maximum of three eCerts may be redeemed per online transaction. Splitting a round-trip into two one-ways will allow you to use additional eCerts, but in some cases two one-ways may cost more than a single roundtrip so compare carefully to decide whether using more than 3 certs on a single trip is worthwhile.
  • If purchasing a ticket for more than 1 person, splitting the purchase into a separate transaction for each person would also allow the use of more than 3 certs on a single trip at (usually) no additional cost. However this could have an adverse effect on ability to upgrade, upgrade priority, and other elite benefits, and on the likelihood of being reaccommodated on the same flight in the event of a flight cancellation.
  • There is one recent REPORT of a telephone agent allowing more than three eCerts to be used when purchasing one ticket.
  • eCerts do not expire. Their T&Cs are listed here.
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Old Nov 14, 19, 1:12 am
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Hi, I've read through the forum history and I wanted to clarify that I'm understanding the workaround properly as this is my first time utilizing the Aspire $250.

Purchased GC for $50
Purchased DL flight for $368 using $50 GC and Aspire (still have full credit for the year available)
Purchase is currently pending as Delta Air for $318... I'm hoping that $250 of that is reimbursed since it was a split tender transaction.

Is this correct? Or does my total cost after the GC need to be under the remaining credit amount, ie in this case, $250. Meaning the max amount I could spend on a flight only using the GC and Aspire credit would be $299.

TIA for your responses.
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Old Nov 14, 19, 1:30 am
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Originally Posted by lmnop89 View Post
Hi, I've read through the forum history and I wanted to clarify that I'm understanding the workaround properly as this is my first time utilizing the Aspire $250.

Purchased GC for $50
Purchased DL flight for $368 using $50 GC and Aspire (still have full credit for the year available)
Purchase is currently pending as Delta Air for $318... I'm hoping that $250 of that is reimbursed since it was a split tender transaction.

Is this correct? Or does my total cost after the GC need to be under the remaining credit amount, ie in this case, $250. Meaning the max amount I could spend on a flight only using the GC and Aspire credit would be $299.

TIA for your responses.
This probably won't work as the amount you put on your aspire needs to be smaller than 250
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Old Nov 14, 19, 1:36 am
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Originally Posted by ynsep View Post
This probably won't work as the amount you put on your aspire needs to be smaller than 250
Less than $200, IME.
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Old Nov 14, 19, 5:20 am
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Originally Posted by mehudson View Post
The $44 mileage booster worked for me, but I need to try the $56 booster. Thanks
$59 not 56. It will work as long as you still available travel credit.
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Old Nov 14, 19, 5:30 am
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Originally Posted by Rainyjason View Post
hi! Did you buy the mile booster via app/phone or computer? Thanks for your time!
Bought mile booster through computer but I really donít think it matter if you were to purchase through your mobile app. I just want to be safe LoL
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Old Nov 14, 19, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by rice4u View Post
Bought mile booster through computer but I really donít think it matter if you were to purchase through your mobile app. I just want to be safe LoL
Got it. Just bought a $59 mileage booster. Now I got a question for everyone! Can I buy multiple mileage boosters for my trip? Making 5 stops for my trip and I can do a mileage booster for EACH stop for $59. I have $200 for my AMEX Plat and $250 for my Hilton Aspire. Can I use both cards and use the mileage booster to get 15,000 miles for around $300 using my airline credit? Obviously both AMEX cards will have Delta as the selected airline. Also, any datapoint on upgrading seats from Main Cabin to Comfort one? Trying to spend all of my travel credit! thank you so much for your help everyone!
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Old Nov 14, 19, 10:25 am
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Searched and couldn't find any data points. Would a Sky Club membership trigger the $250 credit?
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Old Nov 14, 19, 10:31 am
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Originally Posted by AirD0c View Post
....Sky Club membership trigger the $250 credit?
Yes, airline lounge memberships/passes are part of the original intended use.
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Old Nov 14, 19, 10:35 am
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Quick DP
Hilton Aspire
$268.50 did not get credit
$208.30 did get credit
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Old Nov 14, 19, 10:46 am
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I just noticed on delta.dumb that you can buy a bundle consisting of priority boarding and a wifi pass (for a domestic DL flight). It's listed under the place where there's information about the mileage boost option to buy RDMs in association with a flight. This *might* be a way to buy wifi and use the DL AmEx credit. The priority boarding is probably the same zone as a nonelite with a DL AmEx card would get, probably called zone 1 but in reality it's about the third or fourth group to board.

If someone tries this, please report back.
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Old Nov 14, 19, 12:01 pm
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How many mileage boosters are offered per dollar spent? Any data point
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Old Nov 14, 19, 12:52 pm
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Originally Posted by ynsep View Post
This probably won't work as the amount you put on your aspire needs to be smaller than 250
Thanks. I was within the 24 hour cancellation period so I canceled and bought departure and return separately with two separate GC. Each ticket was $120 and $130 after the GC's, so hopefully, the credit is triggered. Still showing as a pending Delta Airlines purchase right now, but from what I read that seems to be normal.
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Old Nov 14, 19, 12:53 pm
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@ Diplomatico Thanks. I canceled and played it safe with $120 and $130 tickets. Fingers crossed.
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Old Nov 14, 19, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by lv.onlythebrave View Post
How many mileage boosters are offered per dollar spent? Any data point
DL currently is offering 3,000 additional RDMs for $59 (not sure whether tax is charged on this), or 1,000/2,000 for $29/$44 respectively. [Note the nonlinear prices, as expected.] You can add it to a ticket at purchase or anytime before flying, apparently by clicking a link in the PNR.

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Old Nov 14, 19, 3:00 pm
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Are airline credits being clawed back if you buy a refundable fare split with gc and later cancel the flight after credit posts?
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