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

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 the annual reimbursement limit for the card.
  • 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)
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 Dec 11, 17, 7:37 am
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Tried again, selecting Delta in advance this time.
Purchased four cards in one transaction, received 4x$50 credits three days later.
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Old Dec 12, 17, 10:25 am
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purchased 4x $50 in one order 12/9
Reimbursed 4x$50 12/11
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Old Dec 13, 17, 6:15 am
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Similar data points here ...
Purchased 4 X $50 in one order on 12/9
Posted on 12/11
Reimbursement on 12/13
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Old Dec 13, 17, 8:57 pm
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Upgrading to C+ or F

Reading through the thread, there seem to be conflicting reports on whether upgrades to F and/ or Comfort + from a coach fare are eligible for reimbursement. Any recent data points to confirm?
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Old Dec 13, 17, 10:11 pm
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Originally Posted by Auston View Post
Similar data points here ...
Purchased 4 X $50 in one order on 12/9
Posted on 12/11
Reimbursement on 12/13
Same timeline for me except reimbursed 12/12
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Old Dec 14, 17, 12:19 pm
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Amex Plat. here, just purchase a $50 ecert to see what happens, and was initially encouraged by the latest in this thread. Purchase posted on the 12th (so I realize this is premature) but wondering how the purchase was coded for everyone when you purchased? I read in another thread that someone's ecert was coded as a ticket and was not reimbursed. This appears to have happened to me, I am concerned about not getting reimbursed. Here's what I am seeing next to the transaction details:

Flight Details: Los Angeles Intern > Los Angeles Intern
Passenger Name: PASSENGER/DELTA
Ticket Number: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Document Type: PASSENGER TICKET

I have a short amount of time to purchase more ecerts, but am hesitant to do without knowing if they will post. If that fails, can I upgrade to delta comfort+ for a Jan 2 flight if I purchase upgrade before end of the month? I saw mileage boosters were also successful, is that still holding true? (sorry for the questions--newbie here, and hard to sort through everything).
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Old Dec 14, 17, 12:49 pm
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Originally Posted by BigAppleBuckeye View Post
Amex Plat. here, just purchase a $50 ecert to see what happens, and was initially encouraged by the latest in this thread. Purchase posted on the 12th (so I realize this is premature) but wondering how the purchase was coded for everyone when you purchased? I read in another thread that someone's ecert was coded as a ticket and was not reimbursed. This appears to have happened to me, I am concerned about not getting reimbursed. Here's what I am seeing next to the transaction details:

Flight Details: Los Angeles Intern > Los Angeles Intern
Passenger Name: PASSENGER/DELTA
Ticket Number: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Document Type: PASSENGER TICKET

I have a short amount of time to purchase more ecerts, but am hesitant to do without knowing if they will post. If that fails, can I upgrade to delta comfort+ for a Jan 2 flight if I purchase upgrade before end of the month? I saw mileage boosters were also successful, is that still holding true? (sorry for the questions--newbie here, and hard to sort through everything).
Mine posted exactly like yours did on AMEX and I was reimbursed.
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Old Dec 15, 17, 12:06 pm
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Originally Posted by BigAppleBuckeye View Post
If that fails, can I upgrade to delta comfort+ for a Jan 2 flight if I purchase upgrade before end of the month?
Maybe, maybe not; I wouldn't count on it.

I had an AU card pay for a C+ upgrade recently, and even though my ticket taxes from the same day's SkyMiles tickets have been reimbursed the C+ upgrade hasn't (it looks like DL coded it as "UPGRADE", which is excluded from the fee category in the T&Cs). This was under $50, so I thought it likely to pass but no such luck. (It hasn't been 4 weeks yet, but 4 weeks from the date runs into 2018 so if it hasn't credited in another few days I'll probably just get GCs or something.)
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Old Dec 15, 17, 3:20 pm
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Thanks, guys! The credit came through today. Just needed a little more patience.
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Old Dec 18, 17, 9:00 am
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Gift cards/ecerts

So on 14 Dec17I purchased 1 physical gift card and 1 Ecert both $50 each out of curiosity and my statement says Delta CSTAR GFTCD Am I out of luck for reimbursement, or is this normal? Thanks
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Old Dec 18, 17, 1:09 pm
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Purchased 1x50 on 12/16 and it looks like DL is now using a 3rd party vendor to process gift cards?

DELTA AIR LINES GC
25 PEARL STREET
PORTLAND
ME
04101
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (THE)
Additional Information: xxx GIFT CARDSGIFT CARDS
Reference: xxx
Category: Merchandise & Supplies - Internet Purchase
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Old Dec 18, 17, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by woodford02A View Post
Purchased 1x50 on 12/16 ...
Electronic?
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Old Dec 18, 17, 1:16 pm
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
Electronic?
Yes, electronic. Via this link (off DL.com >shop>gift cards) https://www.delta.com/egift/eGiftPur...D_eGift_Launch

EGIFT CARDS (LIMIT FIVE)
  • A gift card delivered electronically.
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Old Dec 18, 17, 1:20 pm
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Originally Posted by woodford02A View Post
Yes, electronic. ...]
Thanks, that removes the slight ambiguity from Pavalion's report. I does look as if Delta has outsourced this, and there's no reason to think it would be reimbursed.
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Old Dec 18, 17, 2:20 pm
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Gift card with airline fee from Amex

I still have $200 left on the airline fee credit with my chosen airline, Delta. However, as I was going to buy 4 $50 cards I decided to check first the terms and conditions on the Amex website. It says this "This benefit doesn't offer credit toward airline tickets, mileage points purchases or mileage points transfer fees, gift cards, upgrades, duty–free purchases, or award tickets." Has anyone done this lately and if yes, were you reimbursed?
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