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 Jan 3, 17, 1:01 pm
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

No way to fund the registry.
Have you tried the steps in the wiki page?

Log into united.com
Set up a gift registry for yourself
Use the link in your gift registry web page to send an announcement to your email address. This 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.
Log out of united.com
Follow the Make Contribution in your gift registry email
Contribute using your Amex platinum card
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Old Jan 3, 17, 1:12 pm
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I created my registry over a year ago.

I sent an announcement and no emails so far.

I found the original registry announcement and I click Make Contribution and it goes to a page with buttons to Create Registry, Manage Registry and search by name.

Search by name doesn't find anything.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 1:19 pm
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post
I created my registry over a year ago.

I sent an announcement and no emails so far.

I found the original registry announcement and I click Make Contribution and it goes to a page with buttons to Create Registry, Manage Registry and search by name.

Search by name doesn't find anything.
This is the same issue I am experiencing, read a couple of posts above.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 1:20 pm
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Has anyone got the airline credit recently from buying gift cards in the Mileage Plus X app.?

People were buying Amex gift cards last year and they got the credit back. But lately people are saying it no longer works.

How about other kinds of gift cards, like they have gift cards for things like Starbucks, Panera Bread, etc.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 1:21 pm
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post
I created my registry over a year ago.

I sent an announcement and no emails so far.

I found the original registry announcement and I click Make Contribution and it goes to a page with buttons to Create Registry, Manage Registry and search by name.

Search by name doesn't find anything.
Yeah I've been having issues as well - United IT at its best no doubt - email link just reverts back to the main registry page as quoted above.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 1:23 pm
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They also seem to have some kind of gift certificates and even have a page where you enter the number to check the balance.

But I see no way to buy gift certificates.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 1:24 pm
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post
Has anyone got the airline credit recently from buying gift cards in the Mileage Plus X app.?
No. Scroll back and read forward.

Originally Posted by wco81 View Post
But I see no way to buy gift certificates.
Correct, these were replaced by the Registry.

We've decided to discontinue the United gift certificate program, so gift certificates are no longer available for purchase. You can redeem any existing gift certificates and check your balance on the Check Gift Certificate Balance page.

You can still help your family and friends get to where they want to go by purchasing gift miles. On the Buy Miles page, simply select “Give Miles” and log in to your MileagePlus account to get started.

We also invite you to check out united.com gift registry to see if your favorite traveler is registered to receive the gift of United flights.​​​
https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/pro...tificates.aspx
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Old Jan 3, 17, 1:44 pm
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The registry can be used to purchase tickets for any traveler, even if account holder isn't traveling, correct?
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Old Jan 3, 17, 6:47 pm
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After adding money, how do you redeem? I don't see any options on checkout for Gift Registry, but assuming since I just added $ it's b/c it's within 24 hours?

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Old Jan 3, 17, 9:13 pm
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Can registry be combined with another payment option? I assume one credit card is possible.

What about a credit with united. I have a cancelled ticket from last year that I must use up and i would like to merge it with this travel bank. (E.g. $300 from credit w united + $200 for a $500 flight)

Thanks

// edit the cancelled ticket credit I was told can be used for any route that's marketed by united. It need not be the original route or United metal.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 9:31 pm
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I purchased another $ 200.00 for the travel bank on Sunday. Posted today but no credit yet. I didn't make a new choice after Dec 31, I assume as long as I don't make a change they keep UA as my
preferred airline.Hope my assumption was correct.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 10:04 pm
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Originally Posted by slivrflyr View Post
Can registry be combined with another payment option? I assume one credit card is possible.
Yes, no problem. I often have a few bucks in my Travel Bank via the $5 credits from the United.com club for each ticket and apply them.

From the T&C at https://www.united.com/web/en-US/con...ravelbank.aspx

TravelBank cash cannot be used as a form of payment in combination with PayPal Credit, online check by TeleCheck®, Alipay, cash, gift certificates or United Airlines travel certificates.

Originally Posted by Soccerjoshj07 View Post
After adding money, how do you redeem? I don't see any options on checkout for Gift Registry, but assuming since I just added $ it's b/c it's within 24 hours?
When you book a flight, as part of the payment process shows you your available Travel Bank balance and you can apply it. I think it takes a day or so after purchase for new credit to become part of the available balance.

Originally Posted by Exleftseat View Post
I purchased another $ 200.00 for the travel bank on Sunday. Posted today but no credit yet. I didn't make a new choice after Dec 31, I assume as long as I don't make a change they keep UA as my
preferred airline.Hope my assumption was correct.
I operate under the same assumption because that's how it worked last year. Also gives me the option to switch to another airline if for some reason my gifts to myself don't result in credits.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 10:51 pm
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Datapoint: Personal plat, created registry and contributed $200 on 12/27, refund $200 posted on 12/28.

(I was going to do the same for my PRG $100, but forgot to do it before the end of the year, duh!)
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Old Jan 4, 17, 12:39 am
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Seems like Platinum credits very fast, but so far, two PRG cards doing it on the same day as two platinums haven't credited yet, but the Plats have...
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Old Jan 4, 17, 5:35 am
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Purchased United Gift Registry for Myself. Charge posted and credited in a few days. Still working for 2017. Thanks UA and AMEX..
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