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 Mar 9, 18, 8:00 pm
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
Are your card transactions billed by Delta or by CashStar?
It says, Delta Airlines Atlanta. Will report back next week or will check it everyday. I see people saying theirs posted 2 days after. Mine posted on the 7th. We will see...
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Old Mar 10, 18, 9:52 am
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Originally Posted by gixxer32 View Post
It says, Delta Airlines Atlanta. Will report back next week or will check it everyday. I see people saying theirs posted 2 days after. Mine posted on the 7th. We will see...
The credit posted. Charge posted on Mar 7th. Got credited Mar 9th. Did 4x $50
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Old Mar 11, 18, 12:34 pm
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Data Point

06 March: Purchased 3x$50 Delta ECerts
07 March: Posted as 3 separate charges
10 March: Reimbursed
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Old Mar 15, 18, 8:12 am
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Originally Posted by ncsuactor84FT View Post
Yep! Sure enough they posted as three separate $50 charges and I got three credits the next day!
Also, an interesting data point on this... when my statement arrived i found I got 5X points for the $50 eCert charges. So as an added bonus 1000 MR points just for using my $200 credit!
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Old Mar 27, 18, 6:27 pm
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What's the latest data point on reimbursements for seat lurchases? I still have $200 available, F is available for $379 (intl config LAX to ATL). Since it's leobabpr my last time flying DL this year, I'll take transcon for $179.
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Old Mar 27, 18, 6:50 pm
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Originally Posted by herzmeh View Post
What's the latest data point on reimbursements for seat lurchases? I still have $200 available, F is available for $379 (intl config LAX to ATL). Since it's leobabpr my last time flying DL this year, I'll take transcon for $179.
This is very much YMMV. Most of the successful instances I've seen were when the customer used at least one gift card in the transaction and put the remainder on the card.

It seems to work mainly on small to medium dollar value amounts. I tried it as described with an $1100 ticket and was unsuccessful. Conversely, I tried it as described with a $329 ticket and was successful.
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Old Mar 28, 18, 12:09 pm
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3/23 purchased 2, $50 eGCs on desktop with AMEX Plat
3/26 reimbursed for both
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Old Apr 1, 18, 7:53 pm
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Reimbursed 5 x $50 on the Hilton Aspire for $250 total. Single purchase, posted as 5 transactions and credited the next day.
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Old Apr 13, 18, 9:18 am
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Bought 4x $50 DL gift certs on delta.com on April 10th. All posted as being from Delta and all were reimbursed on April 12th (appeared on April 13th).
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Old Apr 14, 18, 10:09 pm
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New one for me: Currently out of the country, so, logged into the DL India site, went to my profile, and purchased a $50 GC. Will report back on the experience! Fingers crossed!!

An update: The charge posted a few days later, and I received the credit today: a couple of days after the charge had posted!! I purchased 3x$50 eGCs today! Will report back when I receive the credit.

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Old Apr 19, 18, 10:04 am
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i cant find the answer even tho I should know this by now.. The max amount of gift cards you can use per transaction is 3x $50?
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Old Apr 19, 18, 10:31 am
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Correct, see the Wikipost at the top of the thread:

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.
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Old Apr 19, 18, 1:25 pm
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Worked just fine again this year. 4x50. Total time 3 or 4 days.
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Old Apr 20, 18, 5:04 am
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Will the GC work to cover the YQ Delta charges on flights starting from outside of the USA
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Old Apr 20, 18, 9:10 am
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Originally Posted by SPLP007 View Post
Will the GC work to cover the YQ Delta charges on flights starting from outside of the USA
There's a link to the Delta GC T&C's in the wiki at the top of the page. Probably find the answer there, huh? (I mean, I did.)
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