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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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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 Jan 3, 17, 1:46 pm
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Originally Posted by milaohu View Post
$200 doesn't work.
How do you know?

I don't know about $150. But even if I knew it had worked for me, I couldn't say that it would work for you. I know that $12x worked for me, just over a week ago, but that's no guarantee that it will work for anyone else.

I suspect that charges *sometimes* get flagged to be checked by a human before reimbursement is approved. I suspect that those humans are less likely to pull up all the details of a transaction if the card account is active. My gift card purchases were surrounded by other airline purchases, which I suspect gives me more leeway than people whose only transactions are those they want reimbursed, by reducing the likelihood of charges being flagged for inspection and reducing the extent of any checking that does occur. But I'm only speculating.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 1:49 pm
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Originally Posted by milaohu View Post
I known $100 AA GC works, $200 doesn't work. How about $150?
Originally Posted by IMH View Post
How do you know?
By reading reports like this one:

Originally Posted by dan88 View Post
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.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 2:02 pm
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
By reading reports like this one:
There are indeed many reports indicating that it's wise to keep purchases to $100 or below. But it would be wrong to conclude that there's a firm rule that "over $100 will not be reimbursed".
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Old Jan 3, 17, 2:19 pm
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Originally Posted by IMH View Post
...it would be wrong to conclude that there's a firm rule that "over $100 will not be reimbursed".
Agreed, although that's not what milaohu wrote.

I think we have sufficient data to "know" that $100 (or less) is reliably reimbursed, and that $200 is seldom reimbursed. We do not have many reports of intermediate amounts. Your report is appreciated.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 2:28 pm
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I'll be buying my 2017 AA gift cards soon and, as long as I have other airline purchases, will experiment.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 4:12 pm
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Originally Posted by IMH View Post
I'll be buying my 2017 AA gift cards soon and, as long as I have other airline purchases, will experiment.
I assume you will have use for the $150 even if it doesn't get reimbursed so thank you for experimenting and reporting back. It's what makes this site work.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 5:55 am
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2017 success

My $100 AA gift card that I purchased on Jan 1 was reimbursed this a.m. Going in for round two now
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Old Jan 4, 17, 6:20 am
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Purchased two gift cards on Jan 1st. One for $90 and the other for $60. Reimbursed on Jan 3rd.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 7:00 am
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Old Jan 4, 17, 8:00 am
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Got my credit

I bought 4x $50 gift cards on 1/1, and the credit was there this AM on 1/4.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 8:14 am
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Switched my airline from Delta to American on Jan 1st then purchased a $100 AA gift card. Transaction posed on Jan 2 and reimbursement on Jan 3.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 8:21 am
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Another report of success. 1x$100 on PRG, 1x$100 on Plat purchased 1/1, posted 1/3, travel credit posted today but dated 1/3.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 9:30 am
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Just purchased 2x100 on separate transactions. Will notify when posted.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 10:57 am
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Success with $100 on Platinum. Doing one more round as well as the PRG.
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Old Jan 5, 17, 1:28 pm
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Originally Posted by bgalakazam View Post
Success with $100 on Platinum. Doing one more round as well as the PRG.
Are you buying electronic cards or physical? Just wondering if there's a difference when it comes to the credit being applied.
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