Airline fee $200/$100 reimbursement reports: UA only

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As of October 26, 2017 - the United gift registry is not accepting contributions due to system maintenance. The registry is expected to return in 2018.

Reminder: you must enroll and select UA as your airline BEFORE making a reimbursable purchase. Unless you check your bags or experience change fees, United has the fewest options for reimbursement because of the codes they use for transactions. By far, the most popular means is to contribute to your Gift Registry. Click HERE to enroll.

United does not sell giftcards. As of December 2016 American Express no longer reimburses MPX transactions.

TravelBank (Gift Registry) funds can only be used on United and United Express flights. Partner flights are not eligible. UA codes contributions
to a gift registry as a "special ticket." which Amex in turn reimburses.
  1. Log into united.com
  2. Set up a gift registry for yourself
  3. Use the link in your gift registry web page to send an announcement to your email address. This is better, faster, and more reliable than searching for your gift registry, especially if you have a common name. Even someone with an unusual surname like mre5765 has could not find his registry after creating it.
  4. Log out of united.com
  5. Follow the Make Contribution in your gift registry email
    (**You May Reach a Generic Screen and will need to look up your Name once again at this page. Please ensure accuracy if you have a Common Name**)
  6. Contribute using your Amex platinum card

There seems to be no downside to contributing in sub-200 dollar chunks since the gift registry creates a single pool of cash. However there are lots of reports of successful fee credits from a single $200 donation. Whether done as one $200 transaction or eight $25 transactions, the result is that one will have $200 in ones TravelBank.

PLEASE NOTE: When you establish a gift registry for the first time, it will take 24 hours before the funds in the registry are available to use toward payment of a flight.

There are reports that people are having trouble finding their own gift registries after creating one. All you have to do is log into your United account from the UA homepage. Next, click on My Account. There you will see Travel Bank in the second block of info on the left hand side. Directly underneath that is your Gift Registry where you'll find a link "Manage Gift Registry." Click on that and you will be able to do whatever you want from using the funds for a ticket to adding more money, etc.

Do I have to join the united.com Club ($25 annual fee) to use my TravelBank?
Apparently not.
Does spending TravelBank credit count towards PQD?
Yes-for revenue flights only
Airline Taxes on Award Tickets
Doesn't seem to work anymore; see post 179 http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/25297196-post179.html and #391
Economy Plus and First Class Upgrade Fees
As of December 2016 there were conflicting posts; one stating that an upgrade to E+ coded as an "upgrade fee" and was, therefore, not reimbursed. Others said they were reimbursed as it was coded as "preferred seat upgrade." Meanwhile, there are no recent reports of an Economy Plus annual subscription being reimbursed. Upgrading from E to FC will also not be reimbursed because it codes as a passenger ticket even when done after buying the original ticket. There seems to be a distinction between seat upgrades being reimbursed, while ticket upgrades are not.
Award Accelerator
I would not risk this. The last report of being reimbursed for Award Accelerator was for $68 on October 27, 2011. Every post about Award Accelerator since has reported "No reimbursement."
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Old Mar 25, 17, 3:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Madone59 View Post
Gift registry also. Purchase 3/12, reimburse 3/23
I'm new to the AMEX Platinum. How does the gift registry work - what can you purchase there, just United GC's? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the 50% back on the selected airline through AMEX? How are people using this?
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Old Mar 25, 17, 3:43 pm
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I'm new to the AMEX Platinum. How does the gift registry work - what can you purchase there, just United GC's? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the 50% back on the selected airline through AMEX? How are people using this?
Did you read the Wiki? It's like a gift card, but the difference is it goes directly into your MileagePlus account, so it's not easily transferable like buying a Delta/AA/etc gift card, and then you can use the Gift Registry (also called travel bank) funds towards future flights.

The 50% back is only on the Business Platinum card, so for people like me with the Personal Plat, it doesn't matter. Being Houston based, I have enough revenue United flights every year that I burn through the $200 easily.
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Old Mar 25, 17, 9:11 pm
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just deposited $200 more to my existing $100 travel bank balance, so I should have $300 total.

when i login, it says $100 available balance, $300 total balance.

it only lets me use $100 "available" balance at checkout...

anybody know what the deal is or how long it takes from total balance to become available balance? TIA
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Old Mar 25, 17, 9:49 pm
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anybody know what the deal is or how long it takes from total balance to become available balance? TIA
Check back tomorrow. IME gift registry funds are never immediately available, it takes an overnight cycle or two. BTW, this is in the wiki but the wiki only refers to "new gift registry" while I've found it holds true to existing ones.
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Old Mar 28, 17, 7:46 am
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Hmmm I was able to make the contribution without any problem. My issue is booking the ticket. If I click the link to manage my gift registry and then try to buy the ticket that way, I get an error. If I just go through a normal process on united.com, there isn't a clear way (that I can see) to actually specify to use gift registry funds. Help!
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Old Mar 28, 17, 10:52 am
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Originally Posted by krazykanuck View Post
Did you read the Wiki? It's like a gift card, but the difference is it goes directly into your MileagePlus account, so it's not easily transferable like buying a Delta/AA/etc gift card, and then you can use the Gift Registry (also called travel bank) funds towards future flights.
+1 Welcome to FT amelen make sure you give the Wiki a read- this use of the airline credit may not be what you are looking for......or it may be, just make sure you know what you are getting into.
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Old Apr 1, 17, 2:44 pm
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$200 registry (one shot) posted 3/29, credited 3/31.
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Old Apr 2, 17, 11:15 am
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Originally Posted by Madone59 View Post
Gift registry also. Purchase 3/12, reimburse 3/23
so just to clarify.. whatever i put into the gift registry i can use towards future tickets correct? also, what are the recommended increment amounts?
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Old Apr 2, 17, 11:26 am
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so just to clarify.. whatever i put into the gift registry i can use towards future tickets correct? also, what are the recommended increment amounts?
yes you can. Travel for anyone. You can do the $200 in 1 go.
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Old Apr 3, 17, 8:29 am
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99% sure, but just to check so I don't do something stupid.

Myself and my wife both have a plat. We can add all $400 to one registry (for ease of redemption) and it shouldn't be a problem, right?
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Old Apr 3, 17, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by shinypenny01 View Post
99% sure, but just to check so I don't do something stupid.

Myself and my wife both have a plat. We can add all $400 to one registry (for ease of redemption) and it shouldn't be a problem, right?
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Old Apr 7, 17, 12:11 am
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is it possible to use gift registry funds AND an e-cert on the same ticket?
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Old Apr 10, 17, 1:33 pm
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Datapoint: Purchased E+ for $204, 2 days later I was reimbursed for $100 (Amex Gold)
Posted as: PREFERRED SEAT UPGRADE
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Old Apr 12, 17, 12:46 am
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Do you think AMEX would entertain the idea of letting us make a one-time re-selection of the designated airline at this point in the year if that airline is United?
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Old Apr 12, 17, 3:38 am
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Do you think AMEX would entertain the idea of letting us make a one-time re-selection of the designated airline at this point in the year if that airline is United?
Why don't you call and ask? No matter what nobody on this forum can fix it for you..worst case they say no right?
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