Airline fee $200/$100 reimbursement reports: UA only

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As of December 2016 American Express no longer reimburses MPX transactions.

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.

As of October 26, 2017 - the United gift registry is not working due to United performing system maintenance. There is no ETA on when this will be resolved if at all

United Airlines no longer sells gift certificates or gift cards.

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 2, 17, 4:51 pm
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Airline fee $200/$100 reimbursement reports: UA only

Regarding Registry, once I put funds into the registry, is there anyway to cash them out? (ie. buy GCs)? Is there any known method to get a reimbursement for the $200 credit? I utilized the Amazon GC trick via MPX last year, but looking for some other method for this years credit.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 9:21 pm
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How to get $200 credit

Just realized after purchasing Amazon Gift cards thru MPX that this is not allowed anymore.

What's an option where I can get the $200 credit for 2017. I need to do this soon as my AF is approaching.

Does United airline allow gift cards? Any other options.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 9:24 pm
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Originally Posted by monu58 View Post
Just realized after purchasing Amazon Gift cards thru MPX that this is not allowed anymore.

What's an option where I can get the $200 credit for 2017. I need to do this soon as my AF is approaching.

Does United airline allow gift cards? Any other options.
Have a look at the wiki post at the top of this thread.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 9:28 pm
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Have a look at the wiki post at the top of this thread.
Lol...
Thanks, completely missed that
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Old Jan 2, 17, 9:37 pm
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Do the funds in the Travelbank ever expire?
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Old Jan 2, 17, 9:39 pm
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Registries will expire after 5 years of inactivity. After that time, the remaining amount will be issued in the form of an electronic travel certificate. The travel certificate is valid for one year from the date when it is originally issued to the account owner.
Read more here:

https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/pro...tRegistry.aspx
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Old Jan 2, 17, 9:41 pm
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Thanks,

Damn they make you work to get the $100 credit!
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Old Jan 2, 17, 11:03 pm
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Have a look at the wiki post at the top of this thread.
Doesn't really say much about how to utilize the funds in the "TravelBank". Can they only be used towards an United flight? Any other way to "liquidate" get cash or close to cash equivalent for the funds in the TravelBank?
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Old Jan 2, 17, 11:21 pm
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Doesn't really say much about how to utilize the funds in the "TravelBank". Can they only be used towards an United flight? Any other way to "liquidate" get cash or close to cash equivalent for the funds in the TravelBank?
afaik no
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Old Jan 3, 17, 12:28 am
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Originally Posted by nathanmock View Post
Doesn't really say much about how to utilize the funds in the "TravelBank". Can they only be used towards an United flight? Any other way to "liquidate" get cash or close to cash equivalent for the funds in the TravelBank?
See this post:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/27681136-post1604.html

Looks like you (*) have to travel.

(*) or someone else
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Old Jan 3, 17, 9:01 am
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Should I put another $100 (PRG) on my gift registry now? Or wait to see if something better pops up (with United or on another airline) this year? The risk of course is that they could close the gift registry loophole like they did with MPX.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by wiivile View Post
Should I put another $100 (PRG) on my gift registry now? Or wait to see if something better pops up (with United or on another airline) this year? The risk of course is that they could close the gift registry loophole like they did with MPX.
Only you can answer that. I personally will have no problems using the gift registry credit on UA over the course of the next year. Not sure how something better could pop up.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 11:33 am
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Anyone having trouble attempting to search for name in the gift registry? My name will not pull up ... last name or first/last name "Your search found 0 results." (ps. I have an unusual last name) I've put money past 3 years, and my profile shows I have a registry built along with history of deposits. I've also sent myself a link via the announcement, but that link just goes back to the name search box. Lastly, gift registry is turned ON.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 11:37 am
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Anyone having trouble attempting to search for name in the gift registry? My name will not pull up ... last name or first/last name. (ps. I have an unusual last name) I've put money past 3 years, and my profile shows I have a registry built along with the history of money being deposited. I've also sent myself a link via the announcement, but that link just goes back to the name search box. Lastly, gift registry is turned ON.
I had the same exact problems yesterday (unusual name, existing registry, sent link that didn't work). But I just tried it again with the emailed link, and the search, and now (a day later) the search worked.
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Old Jan 3, 17, 12:36 pm
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How do you fund your gift registry?

When I log on at UA.com, my gift registry goal from last year is still there.

When I click on it, these are the only options:

Send Gift Registry Announcements
Send e-mails to family and friends to let them know about your gift registry.

View Sent Announcements
See a list of announcements sent and the responses received.

Make Flight Reservations with My TravelBank Funds
Begin the flight search process and then complete your purchase using the funds in your TravelBank.

Gift Registry Terms and Conditions
Read the complete rules of the united.com Gift Registry program.

Turn Gift Registry On/Off (Gift Registry Currently On)
Make your gift registry accessible or inaccessible to family and friends.


No way to fund the registry.
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