Airline fee $200/$100 reimbursement reports: AA only

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Reminder: you must enroll and select AA as your airline BEFORE making a reimbursable purchase. Click HERE to enroll.

Purchase cards HERE
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The American Express terms and conditions explicitly exclude gift cards from the $200 fee reimbursement benefit:
Airline tickets, upgrades, mileage points purchases, mileage points transfer fees, gift cards, duty free purchases, and award tickets are not deemed to be incidental fees.
However, there are numerous reports of successful reimbursements of gift card purchases of $100 face value or less. There are numerous reports of unsuccessful reimbursements of gift cards purchases of more than $100.


Please wait a few days (up to 14) after purchase to post in this thread if you have not received reimbursement. Remember, you are purchasing a cash equivalent!

To review AA reimbursement reports from 2011-2014, click HERE.

NOTE: Online gift cards are sent immediately but are subject to a 72-hour hold before they can be used.

American Airlines Gift Cards are easy to redeem on AA.com. If you received a plastic gift card and you're ready to redeem your gift card, be sure to gently scratch off the grey film covering the four-digit PIN # on the back of the card. If you received a virtual card you may retrieve your Card # and PIN # by clicking on the link sent to you via email.

On the payment screen, enter both the Card # and PIN # exactly as they appear on the back of the gift card. You may use up to eight gift cards at one time. If the total price of the ticket exceeds the value of your gift card(s), you may use a credit card for any remaining balance.

The gift cards can only be used to purchase tickets, nothing else.

Terms:
Gift cards are redeemable toward the initial electronic ticket purchase of air travel wholly on flights operated by American Airlines and American Eagle® carriers for itineraries sold and originating in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. AA Gift Cards are also available for payment of air travel on any oneworld® partner codeshare flights designated in flight listings as AA*, which includes US Airways operated flights. For a complete list of American Airlines codeshare partners as well as other codeshare information, visit www.aa.com/codeshare. They cannot be used for payment of air travel on any other airline. Flights sold or originating outside the U.S., Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands or operated by other carriers are not eligible.

Gift cards are redeemable online at www.aa.com or by calling American Airlines Reservations. Gift cards cannot be redeemed at airport ticket counters or travel agents. Transactions through American Airlines Reservations are subject to an additional charge which must be paid separately by credit, debit or charge card.

Up to eight Gift Cards may be redeemed in a single transaction or purchase.

If the ticket price is greater than the value of the Gift Card(s), the difference may be paid only with a credit, debit or charge card with a billing address in the U.S., Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands. If the ticket price is less than the value of the Gift Card(s), the unused portion will remain on the gift card until it is decreased to zero, at which time the Gift Card will be deactivated.

Gift cards are redeemable toward the purchase of the base air fare and directly associated taxes, fees and charges that are collected as part of the fare calculation. Gift cards may not be used for products and/or services that are sold separately, such as upgrades; Admirals Club membership enrollments or One-Day Passes; baggage fees; pet fees; unaccompanied minor fees; oxygen fees; Preferred Seats charges; ticketing fees for transactions processed through American Airlines Reservations; taxes, fees or charges payable in connection with AAdvantage® award travel; American Airlines Vacations℠ or non-flight products and/or services sold by American Airlines.

Gift cards will not be accepted if the card number is invalid, has not been activated, or cannot be found within the American Airlines system.

General
Neither American Airlines nor US Airways Gift Cards have an expiration date nor lose their value over time.

Lost, stolen or damaged Gift Cards will not be replaced.

Customers may contact American Airlines for questions or help with their AA Gift Cards at GiftCards@aa.com. Agents are also available by phone Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm (Central Time) at 800-677-9555. Customers may contact US Airways for questions or help with their US Gift Cards by calling 800-428-4322.

Gift Cards purchased from sources other than American Airlines and participating retailers may not be valid or may have less redeemable value than promised by an unauthorized seller. American Airlines is not responsible for honoring invalid gift cards or values.
American Airlines reserves the right to deactivate or reject any Gift Cards issued or procured, directly or indirectly, in connection with fraudulent actions, unless prohibited by law.

http://www.aa.com/i18n/productsGifts/giftCard.jsp

Regarding New Jersey Residents Current and Former:

AA's system will not sell gift cards to anyone with New Jersey info in their AMEX profile (and possibly AA profile). Your purchase will usually appear to go through, but when you try to activate the card a few days later it will be invalid.

You need to either choose another airline for this reimbursement, or cleanse your AMEX profile of NJ addresses and phone numbers, and possibly your AA profile as well.

See what is currently post 519 for first details of this.

Post 1126 proves to be current, regarding NJ residents. YMMV, until there are more DP's.

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Old Oct 26, 17, 2:19 pm
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Originally Posted by huge View Post
Mercedes Platinum

bought $75 + $75 + $50 GC posted to Amex 10/16 10/19 10/23
reimbursements posted 10/19 10/22 10/25

But only the two $75 charges have the "5x" icon next to them - I'm gonna call Amex and tell them exactly what they did wrong and that I WANT MY BONUS POINTS (no I'm not)
You may find that the 5X icon shows up in a day or two. I've noticed this with my PRG bonus categories - there are a few days' lag between when the charge posts and the bonus points icon appears.
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Old Nov 8, 17, 11:58 am
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$75 GC posted 11/1
reimbursed 11/3

$75 + $50 GC posted 11/3
NO reimbursement as of 11/8

EDIT: reimbursements came in 11/9, so 6 day turn around on those.

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Old Nov 8, 17, 3:32 pm
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I was just about to order the GC until I see your post. Pls do update reimbursement status.
Also I was trying to make airline selection in the past couple of days but always got error msg saying that their system is being maintained. I had to call in to make the selection. Hopefully the maintenance did not impact anything. Any DP of reimbursement after11/6 would help verify that.

Originally Posted by saaveraward View Post
$75 GC posted 11/1
reimbursed 11/3

$75 + $50 GC posted 11/3
NO reimbursement as of 11/8

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Old Nov 9, 17, 9:25 am
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Originally Posted by btayron View Post
I was just about to order the GC until I see your post. Pls do update reimbursement status.
Also I was trying to make airline selection in the past couple of days but always got error msg saying that their system is being maintained. I had to call in to make the selection. Hopefully the maintenance did not impact anything. Any DP of reimbursement after11/6 would help verify that.
Posted 11/9 so GTG!
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Old Nov 9, 17, 1:03 pm
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Originally Posted by saaveraward View Post
Posted 11/9 so GTG!
Great! Thanks! I'm ordering mine now!
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Old Nov 10, 17, 11:19 am
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It worked for me! Bought a $100 AA gift card w/my new prg card and was reimbursed 3 days later. thanks!
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Old Nov 12, 17, 11:31 am
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4 $50 AA Gift cards purchased/posted on 11/7/17

AA Tix purchased/posted at aa.com on 11/10/17

$200 Amex Airline Fee Reimbursement posted on 11/11/17

(PS. I live in NJ. The wiki/faq on p1 appears out of date.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 5:14 am
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1 x $100 AA gift card. Purchased 11/6; posted 11/8. As of 11/14, no refund.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 10:53 am
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1 x $75 AA gift card. Purchased / posted 11/10 - as of 11/14 no refund

updated: refunded on 11/15.

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Old Nov 14, 17, 11:20 am
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Originally Posted by stuartontour View Post
1 x $100 AA gift card. Purchased 11/6; posted 11/8. As of 11/14, no refund.
Correction. Refund posted on 11/14.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 7:28 pm
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I have $68 in credit left for the year. Does Amex cap at $200 exactly? I'm wondering if I can buy the $75 GC and ask them to either reimburse the full amount, or if they'll credit the $68 so I can fully utilize the credit.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 7:43 pm
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Originally Posted by ValueAdd82 View Post
I have $68 in credit left for the year. Does Amex cap at $200 exactly? I'm wondering if I can buy the $75 GC and ask them to either reimburse the full amount, or if they'll credit the $68 so I can fully utilize the credit.
If you buy a $75 gift card, AMEX will credit you for $68. You'll pay the remainder.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 8:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Diplomatico View Post
If you buy a $75 gift card, AMEX will credit you for $68. You'll pay the remainder.
Thanks! Better to do that than buying a $50 GC and leaving $18 on the table.
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Old Nov 14, 17, 9:56 pm
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Bought 2x $50 on 11/7, still no credit on PRG
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Old Nov 16, 17, 12:00 am
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Has anyone ever attempted to buy miles from AA to obtain the Amex credit? Like GCs, this technically violates the rules, but wonder if it would work. I’m just a few miles short for redeeming my AA miles for a CX first class award and so need to purchase miles to top up, and hoped my Amex $200 credit might offset the cost. Any experiences?
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