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 29, 16, 11:12 pm
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Originally Posted by Travelkiki View Post
Purchased 4 $50 e-gift cards on 1/23/16. No credits yet.
Please see Wiki. A delay of a week or more is quite normal. Best to post outlier events only.
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Old Jan 31, 16, 2:53 pm
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Originally Posted by miles_navigator View Post
If I purchase eGift Card (eCerts) using my AMEX card can I use that amount to pay for taxed on a DL award ticket. Taxes per person are in the $53 range. I am getting mixed views when reviewing other threads.
I tried to do this but it didn't work. No go online; no go by phone. You may be able to get the reimbursement as a credit for the taxes (though technically you're not supposed to). I'd go ahead and use the Amex for the taxes, see if you credit, and if you don't, then buy GCs.
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Old Jan 31, 16, 7:27 pm
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Originally Posted by KENNECTED View Post
Have you read the wiki and the collective information in this thread?

Where can i see the wiki? Link pls. Thanks
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Old Jan 31, 16, 7:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Noob.Flyer View Post
Where can i see the wiki? Link pls. Thanks
The Wiki is at the very top of this thread. You cannot see it if using Flyertalk's Mobile View, only visible in the Desktop View.
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Old Feb 1, 16, 6:18 pm
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
The Wiki is at the very top of this thread. You cannot see it if using Flyertalk's Mobile View, only visible in the Desktop View.
And if on mobile but you still want to see the Wiki, you can select the "view as desktop" option in your browser. Tougher to read that way, but accessible.
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Old Feb 2, 16, 9:44 pm
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What are the options with reselling delta electronic gift cards? If a person is only selling 2 or 3 just once is that a problem? I have seen them sell on eBay for $45 or so.

I know they don't expire so I'm not going to be bummed if it's not advised to do this.

I actually fly delta quite often and was thinking about buying 2 from someone I know.

I don't really see the problem since they are such small amounts? I do see them on gift card granny from time to time.
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Old Feb 3, 16, 8:25 pm
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Originally Posted by BillyBaloney View Post
Bought 2x$50 eCerts on 1/26/16. Will update when credits post!
  • Pending transaction was for $100
  • Posted as two, separate $50 charges like everybody said it would
  • Two, separate $50 Airline Fee reimbursements posted today Feb. 3rd

THANK YOU EVERYBODY!
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Old Feb 4, 16, 10:09 am
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Originally Posted by jfriend33 View Post
What are the options with reselling delta electronic gift cards? If a person is only selling 2 or 3 just once is that a problem? I have seen them sell on eBay for $45 or so.
eCerts diff from the credits that post to your account for IRROPS, etc. T&Cs linked in Wiki. I don't see anything prohibiting resale, transfers, etc. You won't get full value, but if you do it right you shouldn't lose more than 10% or so.
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Old Feb 5, 16, 10:32 am
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I've always used my credit to cover award fees, some in excess of $100 in the past. But I booked an award with ~$85 in taxes/fees last week, and have yet to see the reimbursement come through.

Maybe it's just delayed, but I've never had to wait more than 2-3 business days after posting to see the credit.

FWIW, I'm relatively sure the intent of the T&C language saying "award tickets" are ineligible is to exclude the coverage of the award taxes/fees, but in theory, my miles are buying the award "ticket" and the taxes/fees are therefore NOT excluded by that language.

To further confuse matters, last month I used an Amex companion cert and the $28.20 in taxes for the companion were reimbursed in 2 days.
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Old Feb 5, 16, 12:58 pm
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Question Upgrade to Comfort+/ Business

1. The app and DL website gives an option to upgrade an existing ticket to C+ or Business. Historically this would be reimbursed, but does anyone have recent experience? DL has been changing around how it handles these, and either now or in May will treat them as separate fare classes, so I'm not sure whether DL posts this is a re-fare or other charge.

2. I assume that if I choose to upgrade to C+ or Business/First at time of initial ticketing, I wouldn't get any reimbursement from AMEX. Is that correct?

Any advice on how to manage this would be appreciated.
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Old Feb 10, 16, 11:33 am
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I realize we are all talking about MR credit but I have a related question...

I also recently was approved for the Delta Gold CC from AMEX. This card comes with a $50 credit for Delta purchases, as long as the purchase is made within the first 3-months that one has the card. So....does anyone know if the $50 e-cert would kick in the $50 credit on the Delta Gold CC from AMEX? I'm thinking it might work the same way, but have no idea.
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Old Feb 10, 16, 2:42 pm
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purchased (4) $50 e-certs on 1/29, all (4) credits posted on 2/4. woot.
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Old Feb 13, 16, 3:29 pm
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Originally Posted by BillyBaloney View Post
I also recently was approved for the Delta Gold CC from AMEX. This card comes with a $50 credit for Delta purchases, as long as the purchase is made within the first 3-months that one has the card. So....does anyone know if the $50 e-cert would kick in the $50 credit on the Delta Gold CC from AMEX? I'm thinking it might work the same way, but have no idea.
The key is that the charge posts as being from Delta, and with eCerts, it does, so my guess is your idea will work just fine. Not much for you to lose by trying, as the eCert never expires so I'm sure you'll use it at some point.
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Old Feb 17, 16, 12:32 am
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Old Feb 17, 16, 7:40 am
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Originally Posted by mooper View Post
The key is that the charge posts as being from Delta, and with eCerts, it does, so my guess is your idea will work just fine. Not much for you to lose by trying, as the eCert never expires so I'm sure you'll use it at some point.
Got it on the Delta Gold card:

Transaction was on Feb 11th, for $50 for an e-cert
Posted as:


Doing business as:
DELTA AIR LINES DELTA.COM
ATLANTA AIRPORT
ATLANTA
GA
30344
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (THE)
Additional Information: 18002211212
DELTA AIR LINES
Reference: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Category: Travel - Airline


$50 Airline Fee reimbursement posted Feb. 16th:

APTK:0001: $50 Statement Credit for
DELTA AIR LINES DELTA.COM
ATLANTA AIRPORT
ATLANTA
GA
30344
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (THE)
Additional Information: 1st purchase at delta w/in
92 days of acquisition
Reference: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Category: Travel - Airline


THANKS!
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