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 4, 17, 7:37 am
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Reimbursement reports from 2015 and 2016 have been archived HERE.

I have refreshed the Wikipost to reflect the UA no longer sells gift cards and that MPX transactions are no longer reimbursed. However, I am not a UA flyer and it would be best if someone who is familiar with the program would review and refine the Wiki. We are lacking information about legitimate fees are are/not reimbursed.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 8:45 am
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Amex Plat $200 and PRG $100 to Travelbank on 1/1 (each a single transaction)
Reimbursed this morning on 1/4

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Old Jan 4, 17, 8:59 am
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Single $200 contribution made through Gift Registry on 1/1.
$200 credit received with transaction date of 1/3 (not there when I looked last night but there when I looked this morning).
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Old Jan 4, 17, 9:09 am
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hmm, the loss of the MPX transfer is a bummer for sure.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 9:47 am
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just did 100 on prg. hopefully it posts and refunds i a few days so i can do it on the other cards as well
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Old Jan 4, 17, 12:56 pm
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Update : Reimbursement came through today. Great.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 3:39 pm
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Changed my airline to United 1/1/17 with Amex Platinum. Made (1) $200.00 charge to my gift registry on 1/1/17. Charge posted 1/1/17. Travel Credit ($200) from Amex posted 1/3/17.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 5:01 pm
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Originally Posted by frudd38 View Post
The registry can be used to purchase tickets for any traveler, even if account holder isn't traveling, correct?
Can anyone confirm this? TIA.

Edit: Nm, looks like you can, at least to got to checkout page.

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Old Jan 4, 17, 8:25 pm
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Finally got it to work.

The Make Contribution link, followed by searching for the recipient, would never work in Safari browser.

So I tried FireFox and it found the registry.

Then I entered my credit card and it churned forever before return a 400 error, bad gateway timeout.

But I see on my iPhone that UA charged $1 pre-auth and $100 the actual amount on my PRG Amex.

Then the email comes, showing I got a contribution.
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Old Jan 5, 17, 12:27 pm
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Gifted myself $200 on Jan 2 with Personal Platinum; AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement posted on Jan 4
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Old Jan 5, 17, 12:49 pm
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Deposited $200 into the United travel bank on Jan 2nd, posted Jan 4th, reimbursed on the 5th.
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Old Jan 5, 17, 1:47 pm
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My first test "gift" to myself from 1/2 was reimbursed today, too.
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Old Jan 5, 17, 3:27 pm
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Doing two $100 gifts into travel bank - thanks all for the data points. I'll post when my reimbursements clear.
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Old Jan 5, 17, 4:25 pm
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Doing two $100 gifts into travel bank - thanks all for the data points. I'll post when my reimbursements clear.
Any reason to do two $100 gifts instead of one $200 gift?
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Old Jan 5, 17, 4:41 pm
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So when I sent myself the email, this happens: "**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**"

I try to look up my name but it's not there. I've done this successfully in 2014 and 2015 so my account isn't new. Any suggestions?
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