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.
Edited to add: As of November 26, 2018, it's still not working, so don't expect a 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 Jun 27, 17, 9:29 pm
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Originally Posted by duhmel View Post
Is there a way to but a United gift card .
As explained in the Wikipost at the top of the thread, United Airlines no longer sells gift certificates or gift cards.
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Old Jun 29, 17, 8:49 am
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I have 3 tickets to buy; will the ticket cost reimbursed? Please advise.
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Old Jun 29, 17, 8:54 am
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Originally Posted by troyhouse View Post
....will the ticket cost reimbursed?
If the tickets are inexpensive, say less than ~$100 each, the system may mistake them for fees and reimburse, but the terms of the benefit have always excluded ticket purchases.
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Old Jun 29, 17, 9:15 am
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If the tickets are inexpensive, say less than ~$100 each, the system may mistake them for fees and reimburse, but the terms of the benefit have always excluded ticket purchases.
thanks for the quick reply. Tickets are 74 each and i will do it in 3 different transactions. Will have to try it out.

did anyone else try this and got reimbursed?
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Old Jun 29, 17, 9:25 am
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Originally Posted by troyhouse View Post
thanks for the quick reply. Tickets are 74 each and i will do it in 3 different transactions. Will have to try it out.

did anyone else try this and got reimbursed?
Why don't you setup a gift registry and fund it $200. Then when you buy your tickets you use the registry + credit card
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Old Jul 8, 17, 3:19 pm
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$200 to gift registry in one transaction on 7/5
Posted on 7/7
Reimbursed on 7/8
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Old Jul 9, 17, 3:50 pm
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Could I fund a UA gift registry for my wife? I don't normally fly UA. She is an authorized user and I'm the primary Amex Plat holder. I understand that the annual $200 credit is only available to the primary card holder. Thanks!
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Old Jul 9, 17, 4:53 pm
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Originally Posted by PTFlyer View Post
Could I fund a UA gift registry for my wife?...
Yes, the recipient of the gift can be anyone.

understand that the annual $200 credit is only available to the primary card holder.
Incorrect. The credit is capped at $200 per account, not per card, but the qualifying purchases can be made with either card.
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Old Jul 10, 17, 11:06 am
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Originally Posted by Orion_1 View Post
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 Jul 10, 17, 11:10 am
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Anybody have data point on United FareLock fees being reimbursable?
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Old Jul 15, 17, 1:15 pm
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Another POSITIVE data point for United E+ reimbursement.

I booked roundtrip E+ for my son (since 1st two were covered as a UA Gold) at the same time as my tickets through on 7/12 and today (7/15) I see it was reimbursed up to my remaining balance (~ $90) on my Premier Rewards Gold Card.

Until next year....
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Old Jul 19, 17, 6:28 pm
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I recently had success getting credited for the United gift registry. $100 Posted July 9th, Credited on the 11th. This was with my PRG.
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Old Jul 23, 17, 3:26 pm
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Amex plat $200 gift registry credit:
- 7/17: $200 gift registry purchase with Plat card (single purchase)
- 7/18: posted
- 7/19: reimbursed
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Old Jul 31, 17, 2:49 pm
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Does the United gift registry code as 5x for the Plat?
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Old Aug 5, 17, 4:22 pm
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Hi all, been searching through the forums...question:

1. If I purchase an Economy ticket, AND at the same time pay the fee for Economy Plus upgrade, will it be possible for me to get reimbursed from AmEx (I will charge it to Platinum, and I plan to designate UA as my preferred carrier for this year).

2. OR, should I purchase the Economy ticket first, and wait till sometime later to purchase the Economy Plus upgrade?

3. Forgive my ignorance, I'm trying to determine the distinction between "seat upgrade" vs. "ticket upgrade" which was described earlier as being important to using the $200 airline fee credit.
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