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 5, 18, 8:35 am
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
It may not make sense to choose your primary airline for this benefit.

This feature was added when American Express's contracts for access to CO and then AA lounges ended. The idea was that they would give us $200 toward the cost of an airline club membership, and they allowed it to also be used to reimburse nuisance fees for services (e.g. seat selection, checked bags) that used to be bundled into ticket prices, because most airlines don't operate clubs, not everyone uses them, etc.
I thought about changing m airline of choice as well for that very reason. My situation is very close to dkmatter. Based in Houston/plat with united/have the legacy united presidential card & sw companion pass. BUT, don't we also still have the extra points back with our airline of choice bonus to think about? I mostly fly United internationally and southwest domestically - that is the only part of changing my airline of choice that has me perplexed. So here I sit...still unsure how or what to do or when to do it!!
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Old Jan 5, 18, 9:42 am
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Originally Posted by cece4 View Post
I thought about changing m airline of choice as well for that very reason. My situation is very close to dkmatter. Based in Houston/plat with united/have the legacy united presidential card & sw companion pass. BUT, don't we also still have the extra points back with our airline of choice bonus to think about? I mostly fly United internationally and southwest domestically - that is the only part of changing my airline of choice that has me perplexed. So here I sit...still unsure how or what to do or when to do it!!
Only if you have the Business Platinum card, and I'm not sure they have to be the same airline (I don't have a Biz Plat), but I'd dig around in this thread to see if they have to be the same Pay-with-Points flights. Business Centurion 50% refund. Business Platinum 35% refund..

If that isn't a concern I'd change to SW, buy gift cards for them, and with your SW companion pass you'll presumably get even more value out of the GCs flying 2 for the price of 1.
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Old Jan 5, 18, 9:53 am
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Originally Posted by krazykanuck View Post
Only if you have the Business Platinum card, and I'm not sure they have to be the same airline (I don't have a Biz Plat), but I'd dig around in this thread to see if they have to be the same Pay-with-Points flights. Business Centurion 50% refund. Business Platinum 35% refund..

If that isn't a concern I'd change to SW, buy gift cards for them, and with your SW companion pass you'll presumably get even more value out of the GCs flying 2 for the price of 1.


Yes it is a Plat business card with the 35% point refund. Thats a pretty sizeable chunk of points (when used that way of course!).
I am thinking I will stay with United till we have all our flights settled for the year (and who knows maybe the gift bank will come back up in the interim and I can be done with this).
Then once I am pretty sure I will have no more united flights to book with Amex, I will change to SW and hopefully the gift card option is still there at that time.
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Old Jan 8, 18, 12:45 pm
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Damn, the gift registry has been offline for over 2 months?

What are the other options for Platinum Amex reimbursement on UA?
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Old Jan 8, 18, 3:22 pm
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Damn, the gift registry has been offline for over 2 months?

What are the other options for Platinum Amex reimbursement on UA?
The usual incidentals and UA Club day passes and/or membership fee. If you don't want/need any of those options, time to switch airlines.
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Old Jan 8, 18, 3:38 pm
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I dont' think I would ever fly another airline since I'm United 1k.
Since gift registry doesn't work and most of the fees are waived for 1k, do you think it's worth purchasing miles when there's a bonus?
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Old Jan 8, 18, 5:05 pm
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I dont' think I would ever fly another airline since I'm United 1k.
Since gift registry doesn't work and most of the fees are waived for 1k, do you think it's worth purchasing miles when there's a bonus?
Aren't buying miles processed through points.com? It wouldn't trigger reimbursement if that is the case.
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Old Jan 8, 18, 10:06 pm
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What if you purchased miles directly from UA? I just got an email about a 60% bonus today.
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Old Jan 9, 18, 5:45 am
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Many (not all) airlines outsource mileage purchasing, gifting, transferring functions to Points International (points.com). You need to know which merchant account is used to process the transaction. If it is the main United Airlines account (same as an airline ticket), American Express should see it as a fee. If is is other merchant account it won't be picked up by the automated system.
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Old Jan 9, 18, 11:25 am
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Hmm, I've bought mileage accelerator before and thought that was from UA.

Never bought miles from them though.
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Old Jan 10, 18, 5:32 am
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Hmm, I've bought mileage accelerator before and thought that was from UA.

Never bought miles from them though.
I think that might work but it only results in 8k miles. I think it would be better spent elsewhere.

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Old Jan 10, 18, 8:34 am
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I think that might work but it only results in 8k miles. I think it would be better spent elsewhere.
Yeah at 2.5-Cents per mile it's not great, but to use up a "free" credit why not, or in case you just need a few more miles for an award ticket.
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Old Jan 10, 18, 11:48 am
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Can someone please wake UA IT department up. UA is losing revenue by not activating the Gift Registry.
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Old Jan 10, 18, 2:31 pm
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Someone on another thread said that miles purchases would not trigger the statement credit from Amex.
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Old Jan 12, 18, 8:52 am
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Sucks that this doesn't work anymore. Hopefully it does come back in 2018 and amex still allows this reimbursement.
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