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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 22, 19, 4:29 pm
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Any data points on AA 500-mile upgrade certificates coding? Either bought online or kiosk?
Likewise Kiosk "buy miles" when checking in?
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Old Feb 23, 19, 7:38 am
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
Airfare is not reimbursable. You may be able to make a small airfare transaction appear to be a reimbursable fee, but we have no reports specifically for AA.
Reimbursement for small airfare transaction posted yesterday. Ticket was purchased earlier this week.
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Old Feb 23, 19, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by tommy14 View Post
Reimbursement for small airfare transaction posted yesterday. Ticket was purchased earlier this week.
‘What was the amount?

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Old Feb 23, 19, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by tommy14 View Post
Reimbursement for small airfare transaction posted yesterday. Ticket was purchased earlier this week.
excellent! What is the approxi. amount?
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Old Feb 23, 19, 10:45 am
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Originally Posted by chrisfwm View Post
excellent! What is the approxi. amount?
$25
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Old Feb 23, 19, 12:43 pm
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Originally Posted by tommy14 View Post
$25
What was that, a flight LGA-EWR?
You are gonna be up for the "fewest miles earned on a flight" award, look into it, there may be more value in that...
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Old Feb 23, 19, 1:01 pm
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What was that, a flight LGA-EWR?
You are gonna be up for the "fewest miles earned on a flight" award, look into it, there may be more value in that...
Hahaha, this was remaining balance paid with AMEX after applying AA GCs to airfare purchase
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Old Feb 23, 19, 7:35 pm
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Originally Posted by tommy14 View Post
Hahaha, this was remaining balance paid with AMEX after applying AA GCs to airfare purchase
At least on delta, amount close to 100 seems to be credited in several DP. I was credited for close to 80 remaining balance after applying GC.

If 25 works, somebody should try 100, lol
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Old Feb 24, 19, 5:18 am
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Just checked my counter to see if it had moved since a recent purchase wasn’t re-imbursed as the counter often reflects first.

Surprised to see it asking me to select an airline! It said AA a few days ago. Made a purchase Feb 14th, have checked a few times since then due to activity on this thread. Showed AA up until this morning as my selection and AA has been my airline of choice for years.

Wondering if there is an IT glitch? Haven’t called yet nor re-selected AA as my airline of choice.

Heads up to those of you who who may have already decided you want to change your selected airline. Look and see if you have the same glitch.
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Old Feb 25, 19, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by chrisfwm View Post
At least on delta, amount close to 100 seems to be credited in several DP. I was credited for close to 80 remaining balance after applying GC.

If 25 works, somebody should try 100, lol
Interesting. Tried a $98 one but that didn't seem to work.

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Old Feb 25, 19, 9:23 am
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Can AA reward fees and reward cancellation fees be reimbursed by AMEX?
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Old Feb 25, 19, 11:21 am
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Originally Posted by fotoflyer88 View Post
Any data points on AA 500-mile upgrade certificates coding? Either bought online or kiosk?
Likewise Kiosk "buy miles" when checking in?
Purchased 500-mile upgrade certs in mid-Dec 2018 at the airport kiosk and got an AMEX credit a couple of days later. I didn't even expect it but I supposed this is another way to use it as it is indeed a fee. Of course I didn't clear the upgrade window (because does anyone ever nowadays?) but that's another story.
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Old Feb 25, 19, 12:22 pm
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Originally Posted by LuizMiranda View Post
Purchased 500-mile upgrade certs in mid-Dec 2018 at the airport kiosk and got an AMEX credit a couple of days later. I didn't even expect it but I supposed this is another way to use it as it is indeed a fee. Of course I didn't clear the upgrade window (because does anyone ever nowadays?) but that's another story.
thanks! Do you recall how many/amount of charge?
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Old Feb 25, 19, 12:53 pm
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The Aspire is going downhill fast, you can't get the hotel resort credit posted properly, airline gift cards don't work anymore, Diamond gets no respect or many benefits, lol, what a disaster...Another death by a thousand cuts....We are getting scammed by the banks, the airlines, and the bloggers...time to wake up...
The sky is falling!!!
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Old Feb 25, 19, 4:25 pm
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Just heard the news .. no more AA GC reimbursements??
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