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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

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

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.

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.

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Old Sep 3, 17, 1:27 pm
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: SFO
Programs: AA Plt, Amex Plat, Starwood Gold
Posts: 31
8/31 -- bought two $50 and one $100 gift cards
9/1 -- charges posted to statement
9/2 -- amex fee reimbursement posted to statement
9/3 -- cards became usable on AA

Kind of ridiculous it takes 72 hours for the gift cards to process on the AA side...
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Old Sep 10, 17, 3:22 pm
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Can AA GCs be used to pay taxes on an award booking? Disregard - found answer (no)
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Old Sep 12, 17, 6:45 pm
Join Date: May 2000
Location: HH Diamond, Marriott Gold, Hyatt Platinum, PC Plat
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Reimbursed for the $75 close in award booking fee but had to call in and said it was a reservation fee.
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Old Sep 14, 17, 11:55 pm
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: YVR/BLI
Programs: SPG Gold, Marriott Gold
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Sept 11 Purchased 2 $100 gift cards (2 different transactions)
Sept 13 Posted to card.
Sept 14 Fee reimbursement

Sept 14 Gift Cards Available Online
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Old Sep 16, 17, 3:31 pm
Join Date: Apr 2017
Programs: American Airlines, Delta SkyMiles, Southwest Rapid Rewards, HiltonHonors, SPG, Marriott Rewards
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DP for Amex PRG:

9/13 Selected AA as my airline
9/13 Purchased $100 AA gift card (about 5 minutes after choosing airline)
9/15 $100 reimbursement posts to amex card
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Old Sep 19, 17, 10:38 am
Join Date: Apr 2017
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Sept 16: Purchased $70 AA gift card
Sept 18: Transaction posted to card
Sept 19: Got reimbursed

Just wanted to note a counterpoint DP from past experience. Two months ago, I selected AA as my airline, and then immediately purchased two $100 AA gift cards. Neither was reimbursed. Moral of the story is to wait a little while after selecting your airline so that the system can process it. If you purchase immediately after, you may not get the reimbursement.
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Old Sep 20, 17, 3:30 pm
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Purchased 2, $75, and 1, $50 AA Gift Card. All 3 were credited within 48 hours of transactions being posted.
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Old Sep 20, 17, 9:01 pm
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DP for PRG, purchased 2x $50 AA e-gift cards on 9/13. No reimbursement yet.
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Old Sep 21, 17, 5:50 pm
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: LA
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Bought 2 AA eGCs 48 hours after selecting it as my airline for 100 each and got the credit about 2 days after charges posted. sold on card cash for about 82%
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Old Sep 23, 17, 11:20 am
Join Date: Nov 2012
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If my Plat AF hits in March '18, is that when my new $200 travel credit will reset or will it be January 1st?
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Old Sep 23, 17, 2:34 pm
Join Date: Mar 2012
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Programs: AA ExP, Marriott Plat, National EAEE, Hilton Diamond, SPG Plat, US CP (RIP)
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Originally Posted by mrstraveler View Post
If my Plat AF hits in March '18, is that when my new $200 travel credit will reset or will it be January 1st?
Travel credits all reset January 1st
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Old Sep 23, 17, 4:38 pm
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Bought a $100 eGC yesterday (9/22), charge pending on my account says “AMERICAN AIRLINES-CCS” and is located in Tulsa, OK. Category: Travel-Arline. Any word on if this has been reimbursed for anyone? Usually seeing American Airlines Misc charges coming out of Dallas.

edit: PRG, Selected AA 2 months ago

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Old Sep 23, 17, 6:25 pm
Join Date: Sep 2016
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New AMEX Platinum

9/10 set AA as default airline
9/15 bought 2 $100 gc
9/17 reimbursement

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Old Sep 26, 17, 10:23 pm
Join Date: Nov 2013
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Originally Posted by Robt760 View Post
I see many successful gift card situations posted here, not sure every person needs to post, but...
Any successful transactions for the following lately ?

A. Charges for better seating, MCE, PE, etc.
Originally Posted by hilton-gold View Post
For me, A, C, and D, definitely yes and automatic.
Hilton-gold, when you were reimbursed for MCE seats, did you select them when purchasing the ticket? Or did you go back into your reservation after ticketing to add them?
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Old Sep 27, 17, 9:53 pm
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Originally Posted by Gig103 View Post
Hilton-gold, when you were reimbursed for MCE seats, did you select them when purchasing the ticket? Or did you go back into your reservation after ticketing to add them?
After ticketing - like weeks later. It was a separate charge and email receipt, but refunded just the same and on time.
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