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 17, 17, 3:49 pm
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Mine just took one business day after the charge posted to be credited back.
Right, which has me scratching my head...
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Old Jan 20, 17, 6:49 pm
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Registry setup & purchased 1/17th
$200 posted to account 1/19th (dated 1/17th)
$200 credit posted 1/20th
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Old Jan 21, 17, 2:01 pm
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Has anyone gotten reimbursed for upgrading their seat from E+ to FC? There seemed to be some indication in the previous thread that seat upgrades were no longer credited. It also had posts saying that award accelerator charges were also no longer rimbursed. If so, I guess I'll have to go with the GR.

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Old Jan 23, 17, 1:36 am
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Originally Posted by eajusa View Post
Has anyone gotten reimbursed for upgrading their seat from E+ to FC? There seemed to be some indication in the previous thread that seat upgrades were no longer credited. It also had posts saying that award accelerator charges were also no longer rimbursed. If so, I guess I'll have to go with the GR.
I was reimbursed for a seat upgrade on Dec.26, 2016.
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Old Jan 23, 17, 2:07 pm
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I was reimbursed for a seat upgrade on Dec.26, 2016.
Thank you! I will put mine through and add the data point should I also be reimbursed.
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Old Jan 23, 17, 4:13 pm
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Registry setup & purchased 1/15th
$200 posted to account 1/17h (dated 1/15th)
$200 credit posted 1/18th (dated 1/17th)
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Old Jan 26, 17, 10:58 am
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Looked at my AMEX statement and the $ 200.00 UA charge is flagged as "REGGIO CALABRIA".
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Old Jan 27, 17, 11:27 am
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Anyone recently used it to upgrade Econ to Econ+ seat? Wiki said there are "reports" of it. Wondering if I bank the $$ into registry, or upgrade via my cc directly for the seat bump.
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Old Jan 27, 17, 3:00 pm
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From the WIKI: "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"

FWIW funds were available in less than 24 hours for me. I set up registry around 2:00pm ET yesterday and funds were available at 5:00am this morning.
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Old Jan 28, 17, 11:33 am
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It's been 5 business days since i gifted myself $200 with my amex plat and still no reimbursement showing up. Should I be concerned? My amex plat benefits page still shows that I haven't used any of my $200.
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Old Jan 28, 17, 12:05 pm
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Originally Posted by eajusa View Post
Thank you! I will put mine through and add the data point should I also be reimbursed.

Thanks in advance for your data point. I'm looking at a 20k Miles + $500 upgrade from Econ to Polaris and I'd rather burn up Amex credits instead of Ritz since the latter ones I can use for award fee copays later this year.
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Old Jan 28, 17, 4:48 pm
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Registry setup two years ago.
$200 posted on 1/24
$200 credit 1/25
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Old Jan 29, 17, 7:34 pm
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probably a dumb question, but does anyone know if AE will post the $200 credit is the charge was for more than $200?
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Old Jan 29, 17, 9:04 pm
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Another TravelBank data point here. I set up my TravelBank earlier this evening.

1/29 funded $200 with Amex Platinum Business card
1/29 funded $200 with Amex Platinum card (family member's card)

1/31 reimbursed $200 on Amex Platinum Business
1/31 reimbursed $200 on Amex Platinum

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Old Jan 31, 17, 5:44 pm
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Single Charge $100 on PRG
Single Charge $200 on Platinum

Posted 1/29
Reimbursed fully 1/30
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