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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.

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Gift cards are redeemable toward the initial electronic ticket purchase of air travel wholly on flights operated by American Airlines and American EagleŽ 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 oneworldŽ 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 AAdvantageŽ 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 1, 17, 8:34 pm   #1
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Airline fee $200/$100 reimbursement reports: AA only

Today is 1/1/2017..

I opened amex prg card in feb'16.... got $100 amazon card thru mileagex app in 2016..

now new calendar year started.. so can i get $100 more credit now??

shud i buy two $50 gift card from AA or what... plz help and suggest...
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Old Jan 2, 17, 12:04 am   #2
  
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Would like to know if any updates to reimbursing for award tickets redeposit/cancellation fee ($150)? The last post about it was back in April 2015... Should I buy the aa.com gift cards and pay for the redeposit/cancellation fee or use my Amex Plat to directly pay for it in order to get the reimbursement benefit for 2017? Thanks.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 6:57 am   #3
  
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Patiently waiting for the first successful report of a $100 AA GC purchase getting reimbursed in 2017 before I pull the trigger...
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Old Jan 2, 17, 6:58 am   #4
  
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Would like to know if any updates to reimbursing for award tickets redeposit/cancellation fee ($150)? The last post about it was back in April 2015... Should I buy the aa.com gift cards and pay for the redeposit/cancellation fee or use my Amex Plat to directly pay for it in order to get the reimbursement benefit for 2017? Thanks.
Gift cards can only be used for airfare, so I don't think buying one to use for the redeposit would work. Not sure if you could use the fee credit, but it is a fee and they're pretty liberal in its application.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 7:35 am   #5
  
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Would like to know if any updates to reimbursing for award tickets redeposit/cancellation fee ($150)? The last post about it was back in April 2015... Should I buy the aa.com gift cards and pay for the redeposit/cancellation fee or use my Amex Plat to directly pay for it in order to get the reimbursement benefit for 2017? Thanks.
i just canceled an award yesterday and used my Platinum card to pay for the $150 fee. I'll let you know if I get reimbursed.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 11:05 am   #6
  
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i just canceled an award yesterday and used my Platinum card to pay for the $150 fee. I'll let you know if I get reimbursed.
Thanks... an update on the reimbursement is deeply appreciated.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 11:10 am   #7
  
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$100 Purchases: need to be on different dates?

Any experiences with buying 2 $100 GCs in separate orders on the same day?
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Old Jan 2, 17, 11:56 am   #8
  
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Patiently waiting for the first successful report of a $100 AA GC purchase getting reimbursed in 2017 before I pull the trigger...
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Old Jan 2, 17, 12:11 pm   #9
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Any experiences with buying 2 $100 GCs in separate orders on the same day?
There are many, many reports in this thread of people doing what you describe and seeing the charges reimbursed.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 12:41 pm   #10
  
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Does this work for a Virtual Gift card?

Also can you use these to upgrade to F at check-in?

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Old Jan 2, 17, 7:07 pm   #11
  
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ordered $100... will see how it goes

I have Plat and PRG and pretty sure I'm closing the PRG after I milk it this year.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 8:03 am   #12
  
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so another DP - ordered 2 $100 gift cards, but messed up and did it on the same order which posted to amex as $200 AA MISC SALE. Realized my mistake, and placed another 2 orders for 100 each. The $100 orders got reimbursed , even though they were placed after the $200, so looks like another DP that over $100 will not be reimbursed.
Also - the order posted on dec 30, but the reimbursement happened on jan2, can somebody confirm that will come out of my 2016 credits even though i got credited in 2017?
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Old Jan 3, 17, 8:08 am   #13
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...can somebody confirm that will come out of my 2016 credits even though i got credited in 2017?
You can confirm this by checking your 2017 balance.

https://online.americanexpress.com/u...rted_index=0#/
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Old Jan 3, 17, 1:30 pm   #14
  
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I known $100 AA GC works, $200 doesn't work. How about $150?
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Old Jan 3, 17, 1:43 pm   #15
  
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Waited until the very last minute on AA. I purchased 2 - $100 e-giftcards from AA on a personal platinum at 9:45pm CST on Dec 31. It posted on Dec 31 and was reimbursed on January 2.

Don't wait until the last minute, I got lucky because AA was going to start site maintenance at 10:00pm on Dec 31, so if I would have waited longer it may not have processed.

Also I can confirm that I still have $200 in credit until Dec 2017. So I can do this again for 2017.
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