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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 Jul 8, 19, 8:04 am
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Join Date: Jun 2019
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Another partial payment DP (Amex Gold):
7/1 Delta GC purchased ($50)
7/3 Delta GC purchase posted
7/5 Delta airfare purchased ($168.60 plus $50 GC)
7/7 Delta airfare purchase posted (document type: additional collection)
7/7 Counter decreased from $100 to $0
7/9 $100 credit posted in one transaction
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Old Jul 8, 19, 8:37 am
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Originally Posted by caesarsalad View Post
Another partial payment DP (Amex Gold):
7/1 Delta GC purchased ($50)
7/3 Delta GC purchase posted
7/5 Delta airfare purchased ($168.60 plus $50 GC)
7/7 Delta airfare purchase posted (document type: additional collection)
7/7 Counter decreased from $100 to $0
7/9 $100 credit posted in one transaction
strange that DL's fare purch >$100 got reimbursed but not with WN's...
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Old Jul 8, 19, 8:55 am
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Originally Posted by danhouston View Post
strange that DL's fare purch >$100 got reimbursed but not with WN's...
The transaction amount is one variable. The way the airline codes the transaction is another.
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Old Jul 8, 19, 4:12 pm
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6/23 Delta GC purchased ($50)
6/23 Delta GC purchased ($50)
7/8 No credit received
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Old Jul 9, 19, 6:49 am
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I bought a DL $50 gift card on 7/1/19, did not get reimbursed. I have to admit I was a little behind on my reading of this forum. I was pretty surprised to find that the benefit had ended. But, after reading farther, I used the partial pay method, I booked a $469 flight, payed $400 with DL gift cards and used my Amex Gold card for the balance. I was reimbursed the $69 in two days. So maybe there is hope for tbis program, but using it fully can become pretty convoluted.
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Old Jul 9, 19, 6:52 am
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Based on thebat’s comment, Do I understand that startingnow Delta GIft cards of. ANY amount are not eligible?
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Old Jul 9, 19, 12:50 pm
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Originally Posted by thebat View Post
I bought a DL $50 gift card on 7/1/19, did not get reimbursed. I have to admit I was a little behind on my reading of this forum. I was pretty surprised to find that the benefit had ended. But, after reading farther, I used the partial pay method, I booked a $469 flight, payed $400 with DL gift cards and used my Amex Gold card for the balance. I was reimbursed the $69 in two days. So maybe there is hope for tbis program, but using it fully can become pretty convoluted.
Gift cards were never a benefit...it was a loophole found - they may have closed that loop hole
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Old Jul 9, 19, 1:20 pm
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Physical GC?

Anyone tried purchasing physical GC post-6/22? They've worked before- see posts around March 12, 2019.
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Old Jul 9, 19, 2:18 pm
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As more and more of these so-called loopholes get closed, it becomes harder to justify this airline credit - especially for those of us who already have elite status or benefits, fly first regularly, etc.
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Old Jul 9, 19, 5:16 pm
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Originally Posted by cfabar1 View Post
Based on thebats comment, Do I understand that startingnow Delta GIft cards of. ANY amount are not eligible?
Yes, that seems to be the case.
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Old Jul 10, 19, 2:29 am
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Bought 4 Delta Giftcards worth $50 each. Separate purchases. Amex Plat.

7/6 bought 4x $50 GC
7/7 only one $50 Amex credit posted

nothing after that
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Old Jul 10, 19, 9:37 am
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Airline Fee credit for "premium beverage" in Delta Sky Club?

Since it seems like the Amex Gold/Platinum airline incidentals credit being is no longer being triggered by a Delta gift card purchase, I am trying to think of ways to use our Amex Gold Card credit for an upcoming trip.

My wife are flying KLM business class from MSP, so we will get access to the Delta lounge on our way out of town. Will the purchase of a "premium beverage" in the Delta Sky Club trigger the credit? I have seen some conflicting reports on this from some searching online.

I can't think of another way to use the credit before the year is up, since we aren't planning on flying on Delta this calendar year. And buying a fun glass of champagne or Johnnie Walker blue label to celebrate our big trip is certainly better than losing the credit.
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Old Jul 10, 19, 1:34 pm
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Originally Posted by red5jm View Post
Since it seems like the Amex Gold/Platinum airline incidentals credit being is no longer being triggered by a Delta gift card purchase, I am trying to think of ways to use our Amex Gold Card credit for an upcoming trip.

My wife are flying KLM business class from MSP, so we will get access to the Delta lounge on our way out of town. Will the purchase of a "premium beverage" in the Delta Sky Club trigger the credit? I have seen some conflicting reports on this from some searching online.

I can't think of another way to use the credit before the year is up, since we aren't planning on flying on Delta this calendar year. And buying a fun glass of champagne or Johnnie Walker blue label to celebrate our big trip is certainly better than losing the credit.
At least for the JFK Skyclub, it codes as Delta Sky Club and food/beverage and doesn't trigger the credit since it's not Delta or airline charge

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Old Jul 10, 19, 2:01 pm
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What a disaster. I know some years I spend my credit organically (lounge guest fees, in flight drinks, seat upgrades), but other years, I just cash them out on gift cards to use in the future.

From the sound of it, if you pay with a giftcard and then your Platinum card, that triggers the credit? I suppose I can just buy a gift card, apply it to a future flight, and try to trigger the credit then.
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Old Jul 10, 19, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by uppereastsider View Post
At least for the JFK Skyclub, it codes as Delta Sky Club and food/beverage and doesn't trigger the credit since it's not Delta or airline charge

a call to Amex would get that credited. Airline clubs are within the T&C so it should be easy enough to get those purchases credited manually.
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