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Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: AA only

Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: AA only

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Caution: in early February 2019 American Airlines changed the coding of payment card transactions. Gift Card purchases are now explicitly identified, and no longer reimbursed by American Express.


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. Use this link to purchase: http://www.aa.com/i18n/productsGifts/giftCard.jsp

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 [email protected]. 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.



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Old Feb 13, 19, 10:18 am
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Originally Posted by chrisfwm View Post
Try this and see if it works

1. Find flight ticket, let's say it costs A.
2. Buy gift card worth B, ensure A-B is around 100 or less (amex reimbursement mechanism seems to be number based)
3. Apply the gift card, put the remainder balance on amex and it will then be credited for the amount of A-B.
why would this work. It will show like a regular ticket purchase with a $100 discount (assuming a $100 gift card).
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Old Feb 13, 19, 10:24 am
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why would this work. It will show like a regular ticket purchase with a $100 discount (assuming a $100 gift card).
Delta $50 GCs trigger the discount; larger denominations do not. That's why he's asking
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Old Feb 13, 19, 10:36 am
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Originally Posted by beachfan View Post

why would this work.
It will result in a small American Airlines transaction that the system may reimburse automatically without checking the transaction type. This works for Alaska Airlines and there are some reports where it worked on Delta.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 10:44 am
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This would be a bummer. AMEX allows cards from other countries to be directly reimbursed from airline tickets.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 10:51 am
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Originally Posted by beachfan View Post


why would this work. It will show like a regular ticket purchase with a $100 discount (assuming a $100 gift card).
No, it doesn't. On Delta, it shows as an "additional collection" (not as a ticket) and can/does get reimbursed for small denominations. I've had success with under $200 and no success with a much larger amount when applying gift cards to a ticket purchase.

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Old Feb 13, 19, 10:59 am
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Originally Posted by Diplomatico View Post
No, it doesn't. It shows as an "additional collection" (not as a ticket) and can/does get reimbursed for small denominations. I've had success with under $200 and no success with a much larger amount when applying gift cards to a ticket purchase.
Used GCs to pay $250 and used Platinum to pay $117.52, posted as two separate transactions of $58.76 coded as Airline Ticket (showing itinerary). This looks more like luck than anything else.

Purchased 2 x $100 GCs and 1 $50 GCs on 1/31 (jackpot), not reimbursed yet. Purchase on Platinum on 2/4.

Edit: for got to include dates.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 11:01 am
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Originally Posted by Javier1704 View Post
Used GCs to pay $250 and used Platinum to pay $117.52, posted as two separate transactions of $58.76 coded as Airline Ticket (showing itinerary). This looks more like luck than anything else.
Mine was a Delta ticket purchase - should have specified that in my post. (Yes, I know it's the AA thread.)

Edited my original post to clarify the airline in question.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 11:27 am
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Originally Posted by mjgoldstein9 View Post
.... AMEX allows cards from other countries to be directly reimbursed from airline tickets.
Benefit terms vary by market because competitive circumstances are different. How is this relevant to American Express USA which has always explicitly excluded tickets and gift cards from reimbursement?
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Old Feb 13, 19, 2:36 pm
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Doctor of Credit has a report that AA gift cards no longer code as miscellaneous taxes, but say gift certificate on the receipt now. So AA g.c. may be kaput for the Amex reimbursement.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 2:38 pm
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Originally Posted by eajusa View Post
Doctor of Credit has a report that AA gift cards no longer code as miscellaneous taxes, but say gift certificate on the receipt now. So AA g.c. may be kaput for the Amex reimbursement.
Saw that and I am glad I wasted no time first week n January, grabbing GC from all three cards.
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Old Feb 13, 19, 3:03 pm
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Saw that and I am glad I wasted no time first week n January, grabbing GC from all three cards.
Same here, sitting on $2000 AA GC
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Old Feb 13, 19, 3:04 pm
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Originally Posted by eajusa View Post
Doctor of Credit has a report that AA gift cards no longer code as miscellaneous taxes, but say gift certificate on the receipt now. So AA g.c. may be kaput for the Amex reimbursement.
Possibly, but as mia mentioned, we need to see if smaller GC amounts get coded differently. Maybe someone here can do a test with $75 or even $40.
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Originally Posted by dhuey View Post
Possibly, but as mia mentioned, we need to see if smaller GC amounts get coded differently. Maybe someone here can do a test with $75 or even $40.
You, of course, can be the data point that you seek. Any particular reason the "someone" can't be you?

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$50 and $100 are coded as gift certificate
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Old Feb 13, 19, 4:10 pm
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Doctor of Credit has a report that AA gift cards no longer code as miscellaneous taxes, but say gift certificate on the receipt now. So AA g.c. may be kaput for the Amex reimbursement.
Except that as mia posted upthread, this already happened once before (in 2016), and eventually went back to posting normally (though that time it took months if I understand correctly). So it's not clear yet if this was intended to be a permanent change this time or not, and we may not know for quite a while perhaps.
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