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 Jan 6, 16, 10:09 am
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Originally Posted by soxfanndc View Post
just circling back to thank the members of this forum. If I'd relied SOLELY on Amex I would have been resigned to think that the credit was not usable towards a FC UG offer. Lo and behold, as reported here, it IS. So thankful for this forum.

So I charged $191 worth of UG offers on 12/28. The purchases posted on 12/29 and was reimbursed on 1/1. Confirmed w/ Amex that it counts towards '15 credit and yes it does.

THANKS AGAIN forum. VERY helpful!!!!
I've been using this benefit since its inception, in my experience AMEX's implementation has always been more generous than the written rules (not just with Delta), this is a good thing for cardholders.

You will get reimbursed for everything AMEX says you will. You may get reimbursed for things AMEX says you won't.
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Old Jan 6, 16, 10:40 am
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Originally Posted by Beckles View Post
You will get reimbursed for everything AMEX says you will. You may get reimbursed for things AMEX says you won't.
True, and it isn't as if AMEX has no awareness of the issue from forums like this. But loopholes do become an issue when the information about them becomes more widely available. For example, one of the Boarding Area forums today has the following headline: "$50 e-gift card sweet spot for AMEX Platinum card Delta 'Airline fee reimbursement' 2016 (personal and business)." Now the odds are greater the the loophole changes from being only a FT sub-forum topic to something AMEX may no longer ignore.
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Old Jan 6, 16, 4:01 pm
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Did $100 on PRG that posted on Jan 3 for delta - still awaiting credit. Did Platinum for southwest same day but posted on the 2nd and got credit on the 3rd.....weird that they would give one credit so quickly and not the other.
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Old Jan 6, 16, 5:26 pm
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Delta Gift Card Question

Has anyone had any success getting a credit for a 200 gift card purchase? Is there any point in chatting AMEX?
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Old Jan 8, 16, 8:01 am
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Anyone have a $100 delta gc get credited on their PRG yet this year? I had a $100 SW gc on my plat go through but the $100 delta on my PRG has not come through after 5 days...wondering if I should have done $50?
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Old Jan 8, 16, 8:08 am
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Originally Posted by Macosty View Post
Anyone have a $100 delta gc get credited on their PRG yet this year? I had a $100 SW gc on my plat go through but the $100 delta on my PRG has not come through after 5 days...wondering if I should have done $50?
Originally Posted by njmama View Post
Has anyone had any success getting a credit for a 200 gift card purchase? Is there any point in chatting AMEX?
Please see the Wiki for answers to all of these questions.
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Old Jan 8, 16, 11:32 am
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data point. bought $50 X 4 egift card on Jan 5th, posted on Jan 7th, reimbursement posted Jan 8th
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Old Jan 8, 16, 1:05 pm
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$50

Originally Posted by bizum View Post
In my case it looks like it was based on purchase date

dec 31 - purchased gift cert for AS
jan 1st - changed my airline selection to DL
jan 3rd - reimbursement posted


jan 5 - purchased $50 DL egift (statement date 6th)
jan 8 - reimbursement posted (statement date 7th)

strange thing is I also see a "AIRFLIGHT INSURANCE PREMIUM" $4.99 charge on 7th???
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Old Jan 8, 16, 3:48 pm
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Bought two $59 mileage boosters and one $15 priority boarding that posted on Jan.3 reimbursed Jan. 4.
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Old Jan 10, 16, 12:54 pm
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Originally Posted by eajusa View Post
Bought two $59 mileage boosters and one $15 priority boarding that posted on Jan.3 reimbursed Jan. 4.
Originally Posted by bizum View Post
jan 5 - purchased $50 DL egift (statement date 6th)
jan 8 - reimbursement posted (statement date 7th)?
Originally Posted by superpanjy View Post
data point. bought $50 X 4 egift card on Jan 5th, posted on Jan 7th, reimbursement posted Jan 8th
All within the normal parameters listed in the Wiki. For the benefit of those who look here for notable changes, information, or help with the process, probably best to report only outliers.
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Old Jan 10, 16, 1:30 pm
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Originally Posted by mooper View Post
All within the normal parameters listed in the Wiki. For the benefit of those who look here for notable changes, information, or help with the process, probably best to report only outliers.
None of what I reported is in the Wikki.
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Old Jan 10, 16, 7:20 pm
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I added priority boarding fees to the wiki.

Why are Global Entry fees listed? Those aren't paid to an airline. (They're reimbursed by the Platinum Card as a separate benefit entirely.)
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Old Jan 10, 16, 7:54 pm
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You're correct. The GE fee credit is a separate benefit in addition to the $200 Airline incidentals reimbursement. I have edited the Wikki to note this.
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Old Jan 11, 16, 7:43 am
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PGGM used for both Plat and PRG. charges posted 1/7, reimbursed 1/11.
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Old Jan 11, 16, 11:14 am
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I know Econ Comfort used to be reimbursed, has anything changed for Comfort + upgrade? Have a flight I want to upgrade and wonder if Amex will reimburse.
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