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 7, 17, 7:38 pm
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post
Funded $100 in my UA registry with PRG Amex on 1/4.

Got charges of $100 and $1 from UA.

$100 credit from Amex on 1/7.

The $1 charge from UA still pending.

Anyone else get the $1 charge pending?
I did it twice and the first time I had three one dollar charges. This time I had seven but they were all only pending and never got charged.
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Old Jan 8, 17, 1:21 am
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Late night 1/4 early am charge $200; 1/5 posted; 1/6 credited (didn't show until 1/7 am)
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Old Jan 8, 17, 9:57 am
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The $1 charge from UA still pending.
Many merchants do this to verify that a card is valid. Those charges never post. and we never saw them until it became fashionable to allow cardhoiders to see pending transactions.
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Old Jan 8, 17, 6:29 pm
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Shoot. Just saw this in the T&C after I made my $200 deposit:

The following terms and conditions apply to the purchase and usage of a united.com gift registry:

1. Valid for use on flights operated by United and United Express® only.
Anyone have luck with UA marketed codeshares?
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Old Jan 8, 17, 6:31 pm
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Do the Travel Bank funds appear when you finalize a ticket purchase on UA.com?

Is there an option to use those funds as well as a credit card to pay for the ticket?
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Old Jan 8, 17, 6:48 pm
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$200 for my UA Gift Registry posted Jan 5, Amex refund on Jan 7 on Plat.
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Old Jan 8, 17, 7:24 pm
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Do the Travel Bank funds appear when you finalize a ticket purchase on UA.com?

Is there an option to use those funds as well as a credit card to pay for the ticket?
You can apply travel bank funds to a ticket purchase and pay the remaining amount with credit card, yes.
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Old Jan 8, 17, 10:31 pm
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$200 for my UA Gift Registry posted Jan 5, Amex refund on Jan 7 on Plat.
Ditto for me.
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Old Jan 8, 17, 11:28 pm
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Originally Posted by whistler814 View Post
Shoot. Just saw this in the T&C after I made my $200 deposit:



Anyone have luck with UA marketed codeshares?
Nope, tried a few times but code-shares are excluded.
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Old Jan 8, 17, 11:33 pm
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post
Do the Travel Bank funds appear when you finalize a ticket purchase on UA.com?

Is there an option to use those funds as well as a credit card to pay for the ticket?
Yes travel bank funds do appear on the payment page and if you choose to use them then you can only use a credit card if the total value of the ticket is more than the money in travel bank. You will have to exhaust all your travel bank funds before you can use a credit card.
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Old Jan 8, 17, 11:35 pm
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Originally Posted by frudd38 View Post
Late night 1/4 early am charge $200; 1/5 posted; 1/6 credited (didn't show until 1/7 am)
Same timeline for me on all 5 amex cards between me and my spouse.
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Old Jan 9, 17, 2:49 am
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$200 contribution posted 1/5, refund on 1/6 (showed up on the 7th or 8th).
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Old Jan 9, 17, 7:15 am
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I tried to use my credit on a UA codeshare flight on Air Canada and it would not allow me to apply the balance.

Originally Posted by whistler814 View Post
Shoot. Just saw this in the T&C after I made my $200 deposit:



Anyone have luck with UA marketed codeshares?
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Old Jan 9, 17, 2:54 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.
Reimbursement cleared on the 9th. Thanks again for the help FT
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Old Jan 10, 17, 6:25 am
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could i use my $200 travel bank to book at United flight someone else?
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