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 Jan 5, 17, 3:25 pm
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Data Point - AMEX PRG

JAN 4 AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement -$100.00
JAN 2 AA MISC SALE/ TAX/ FDALLAS TX $100.00
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Old Jan 6, 17, 2:28 am
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bought 4 x $100 (2 acct) on 1/2
credit posted 4 x $100 on 1/4
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Old Jan 6, 17, 7:47 am
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Purchased $100 on 1/3, reimbursed in full 1/5 (Amex PRG)
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Old Jan 6, 17, 9:58 am
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Originally Posted by General Klinger View Post
Are you buying electronic cards or physical? Just wondering if there's a difference when it comes to the credit being applied.
No idea if there's a difference, but everything I've purchased was virtual for simplicity's sake.
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Old Jan 6, 17, 10:19 am
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Originally Posted by milaohu View Post
I known $100 AA GC works, $200 doesn't work. How about $150?
$150 AA GC worked!
Jan5 AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement -$100
Jan3 AA MISC SALE/ TAX/ FEE/EX BAG 4510742 - DALLAS, TX $150
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Old Jan 6, 17, 11:34 am
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Originally Posted by mamak04 View Post
Thanks... an update on the reimbursement is deeply appreciated.
I am curiosly to know as well.

I have Amex PRG and I had to cancel my AA Award flight (Reinstate my mileage back) and the fee was for $150.

I hope my $100 airline credit will cover portion of that $150.

What are some success rate on calling CS if not automatically credited?

Thanks all
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Old Jan 6, 17, 3:40 pm
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So I got 2x $100 EGC for both myself and spouse on 1/4. No credit yet, but it's still early. But here's my problem. I really need to book a ticket today with these EGC. Any chance they will waive the 72 hour rule if I call in?

UPDATE. Well they won't or can't waive the rule. But she told me to put rez on hold and when my EGC are ready tomorrow, I can apply them to purchase. I had no idea one could hold an AA ticket. Glad I went ahead and did this bc now the ticket is showing up $50 more.

And still no AX credit. Hopefully will post tomorrow.

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Old Jan 6, 17, 4:58 pm
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Success DP

DEC28
AA MISC SALE/ TAX/ FEE/EX BAG 4510742 - DALLAS, TX
$100.00

DEC30
AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement
-$100.00

EDIT: Amex PRG

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Old Jan 7, 17, 11:04 am
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JAN 4 AA MISC SALE/ TAX/ FDALLAS TX $100.00

JAN 6 AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement -$100.00
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Old Jan 7, 17, 11:10 am
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Originally Posted by Stgermainparis View Post
So I got 2x $100 EGC for both myself and spouse on 1/4. No credit yet, but it's still early. But here's my problem. I really need to book a ticket today with these EGC. Any chance they will waive the 72 hour rule if I call in?

UPDATE. Well they won't or can't waive the rule. But she told me to put rez on hold and when my EGC are ready tomorrow, I can apply them to purchase. I had no idea one could hold an AA ticket. Glad I went ahead and did this bc now the ticket is showing up $50 more.

And still no AX credit. Hopefully will post tomorrow.

Not sure if you did this, but I just realized I did after spending 2x$100. I forgot to change my airline choice from United to American on Amex Website. So I just did that, one of my charges is still pending so I'm crossing my fingers that it counts towards the airline credit. If not I will just have $400 in credit instead of $200. Lesson learned!!
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Old Jan 7, 17, 12:12 pm
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Originally Posted by mjcohen82182 View Post
Not sure if you did this, but I just realized I did after spending 2x$100. I forgot to change my airline choice from United to American on Amex Website. So I just did that, one of my charges is still pending so I'm crossing my fingers that it counts towards the airline credit. If not I will just have $400 in credit instead of $200. Lesson learned!!
I actually logged out and logged back in after changing to AA on Amex airline choice page b/c I was so paranoid. And, in fact, my credits did post on 1/6 (but they only showed up online on 1/7...but dated 1/6). Good luck on yours working out!
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Old Jan 7, 17, 7:23 pm
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So AA gift cards are combinable, able to use online, and dont expire.

Curious how they compare vs United Travel Bank
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Old Jan 7, 17, 8:00 pm
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Originally Posted by dbeach247 View Post
So AA gift cards are combinable, able to use online, and dont expire.

Curious how they compare vs United Travel Bank
I believe you have to have activity in the registry within 24 months to maintain an active status.
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Old Jan 7, 17, 9:26 pm
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AmEx Platinum

Bought AA Gift Card 2x$100, 1/4/17
AmEx Fee Reimbursements 2x$100, posted 1/6/17
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Old Jan 8, 17, 8:36 am
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Jan 4 - purchased 3x$100 (Plat & PRG card) and got credit on Jan 7.
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