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Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: DL only (2015-2019)

Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: DL only (2015-2019)

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This thread is a continuation of: Airline fee $200/$100 reimbursement reports: DL only [2011 - 2015]

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

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 <--(link dead) 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. Try logging in to your AMEX account and selecting the airline. This link may work
  • 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.
  • The T&Cs state the eligible charges, but YMMV, so don't call and ask especially about the fuzzier cases below because that will probably hasten closing of any loopholes.
  • 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.
  • 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.


additional collections/split tender

THIS IS A LOOPHOLE. BE DISCREET

Anything coded as an additional collection (aka add/collect or a/c), including difference in fare when changing flights, and accepting an FCM offer, also triggers 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)
  • Canceling a ticket within the 24-hour risk-free period generally results in funds being returned to where they came from (GC back to GC and CC back to CC). If you have no immediate travel plans but anticipate travel in the next year, consider buying a fully refundable ticket and then changing it later once you know your future travel dates. IF a lot of people suddenly start refunding tickets after getting the credit reimbursement this may hasten the demise of this particular loophole.
  • Caution when buying multiple tickets: for example if you buy two $125 tickets in one transaction (total $250) and use one $100 GC or even two $50 GCs, they will all be applied to the same ticket and you would see one additional collection for $25 on that ticket and a separate "normal" charge for $125 for the second ticket. In this scenario only $25 will be reimbursed (instead of the $150 you might be expecting)

other non Gift Card options
  • baggage and other service fees (same day change/standby, change fees, etc.)
  • taxes on award flights
  • in-flight purchases (EXCEPT wifi)
  • SkyClub access/guest fees (but NOT gift cards purchased at a SC, which are actually activated at a 3rd party web site)
  • mileage boosts (post 2499)
  • The $59 for Delta Skymiles Select is reimbursed (posts 2180, 2182)
  • seat assignment fees (may need to call in to have processed manually)

(DEAD) 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 Jun 26, 19, 9:19 am
  #1591  
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
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Originally Posted by EasternTraveler View Post
1 x $100 reimbursed.

Stop doing the 2x50 since 1x100 works now.
On what date did you purchase the $100 GC and how long did it take for the reimbursement to show?

What purchase type did the GC post as?
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Old Jun 26, 19, 10:49 am
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Join Date: May 2019
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Card: Amex platinum (Schwab co-brand)
Selected DL on 6/21
Posted 6/22
Purchased 1x $50 eGift using link in wiki
Posted as LAX-LAX flight
No reimbursement
Meter has not moved
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Old Jun 26, 19, 4:53 pm
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Originally Posted by jdwood421 View Post
A little concerned and trying to understand what (if anything) I did wrong:

Purchased 1 x $50 with my wife's AmEx Gold and everything worked like a charm. Credit registered 2 days after charge posted.

Then...I purchased 1 x $50 with my Aspire. The pending charge officially posted on June 21, but still showing with the "Passenger Ticket" label. I purchased on the desktop site and followed all guidelines. Still no credit as of June 25...third business day. Looks like all recent data points show credit posting 2 business days later. I'm concerned I did something wrong that caused it to actually POST as "Passenger Ticket", but no idea where I screwed up. Thoughts?
I am in the same boat. Purchased $50 on both Aspire & Business Plat and see both posted today as "Passenger Ticket". Will wait before attempting the next purchase.
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Old Jun 27, 19, 5:35 am
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Originally Posted by BringBackTWA View Post
On what date did you purchase the $100 GC and how long did it take for the reimbursement to show?

What purchase type did the GC post as?
Amex platinum, purchased 6/1, posted 6/12 1x $100 eGift
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Old Jun 27, 19, 12:00 pm
  #1595  
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
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Card: Personal Platinum
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Purchased 4 x $50 e-giftcards via desktop
Posted 6/22
Shows as passenger ticket
No reimbursement as of this time

P2's Gold airline credit worked like a charm last month. I've compared the two charges on each of our accounts and it looks like they coded identically so I'm still hopeful. I also haven't been credited for my Saks online purchase that posted on 6/24...maybe they will all just post at the same time..
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Old Jun 27, 19, 2:26 pm
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Originally Posted by jdwood421 View Post
A little concerned and trying to understand what (if anything) I did wrong:

Purchased 1 x $50 with my wife's AmEx Gold and everything worked like a charm. Credit registered 2 days after charge posted.

Then...I purchased 1 x $50 with my Aspire. The pending charge officially posted on June 21, but still showing with the "Passenger Ticket" label. I purchased on the desktop site and followed all guidelines. Still no credit as of June 25...third business day. Looks like all recent data points show credit posting 2 business days later. I'm concerned I did something wrong that caused it to actually POST as "Passenger Ticket", but no idea where I screwed up. Thoughts?
Originally Posted by bamin View Post
I am in the same boat. Purchased $50 on both Aspire & Business Plat and see both posted today as "Passenger Ticket". Will wait before attempting the next purchase.
Yeah....Still nothing for me. Worried something has changed.
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Old Jun 27, 19, 4:55 pm
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Bear in mind that June is the end of a fiscal quarter. American Express could be using the IT resources for other work, or even deferring some expenses into Q3.
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Old Jun 27, 19, 5:35 pm
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i'm on the same boat, 5x50 DL gc purchased on June 21 with Aspire card, no reimbursement yet, meter hasn't moved neither.
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Old Jun 28, 19, 6:16 am
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I bought $50 gc using amex platinum on 6/24, and still no post and meter hasn't moved. I did already get my Saks gc reimbursed however and purchased that gc on the same day
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Old Jun 28, 19, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by bradpitch92 View Post
I bought $50 gc using amex platinum on 6/24, and still no post and meter hasn't moved. I did already get my Saks gc reimbursed however and purchased that gc on the same day
Sometime today I plan on purchasing one (1) $100 egift card and see what happens. If I don't get reimbursed I plan to use it on an upcoming flight. Then I'll try the X$50. I'm hoping the $100 works as one poster reported so I can do another identical transaction after the first one is credited. Good luck to you and me
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Old Jun 28, 19, 1:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Global Adventurer View Post
Sometime today I plan on purchasing one (1) $100 egift card and see what happens. If I don't get reimbursed I plan to use it on an upcoming flight. Then I'll try the X$50. I'm hoping the $100 works as one poster reported so I can do another identical transaction after the first one is credited. Good luck to you and me
Edit above: I just placed two (2) $100 electronic gift card orders (two separate transactions) on Delta (non-mobile) site. I'm impatient, so I'll see if they both post for a credit. If not, I will use it soon for an upcoming trip and try again purchasing 4 x $50 e-gift cards with separate transactions. Just trying to see if the $100 e-gift card works like the other poster indicated several posts back.

I'll report back when or if I'm credited.
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Old Jun 28, 19, 2:38 pm
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May I suggest that folks post their completed data points. I don't see much value in creating separate posts promising a DP in the future, but nothing useful at the time of posting.
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Old Jun 28, 19, 3:18 pm
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Was trying to use up my $250 aspire credit.

Purchased 1x$50 on 6/17. Posted 6/19. Reimbursed on 6/21.
Purchased 2x$50 (separate transactions) on 6/18. Posted 6/20. Reimbursed on 6/22.
Purchased 2x$50 (separate transactions) on 6/22. Posted 6/23. No reimbursement to date. Meter hasn't moved.
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Old Jun 28, 19, 3:37 pm
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Originally Posted by MaxVO View Post
May I suggest that folks post their completed data points. I don't see much value in creating separate posts promising a DP in the future, but nothing useful at the time of posting.
You have a good point there. I'm very guilty of blabbing a little too much without a confirmed data point. Never fear, I'll be back to post my confirmation soon
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Old Jun 28, 19, 4:39 pm
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Originally Posted by EasternTraveler View Post
Amex platinum, purchased 6/1, posted 6/12 1x $100 eGift
Caveat emptor!

I had a 6/13 posted $100 eGift card that was credited successfully a day later. I thought the coast was clear and went ahead and ordered up three more $100 eCards across three different cards -- and none of them made the airlines incidentals credit cut.
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