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Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: WN (Southwest) only (2020)

Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: WN (Southwest) only (2020)

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Reminder: you must enroll and select your airline BEFORE making a reimbursable purchase. http://www.americanexpress.com/airlinechoice -or- "Call the number on the back of your Card to select a qualifying airline."

Wait several hours or even a day before making the purchase, although several DPs show it works without waiting that long.

(Posters often refer to Southwest as WN which is its IATA code. The code SW is assigned to Air Namibia.)

As of late July 2019, direct gift card purchases are no longer reimbursed.
  • What does appear to work is buying flight tickets less than $100, OR using gift cards to get the charged amount down to less than $100.
  • Fees can be reimbursed for any traveler. The name doesn't matter as long as the charge is on your American Express or that of an authorized cardholder.
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Old Dec 31, 19, 11:08 pm
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Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: WN (Southwest) only (2020)

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Old Jan 1, 20, 9:15 am
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Originally Posted by ChrisZXWJ View Post
Hi All - just wanted to provide a quick data point.

12/27 - Applied for and received approval for AMEX Hilton Aspire and saved my instant card number.
12/27, 5 minutes after approval - Chatted with an AMEX rep to make Southwest my airline choice.
12/27, 15 minutes after chatting - Received e-mail confirming Southwest as my airline choice.
12/27, 15 minutes after receiving e-mail - Booked 3 separate one-way 'dummy' flights for $93.98 on Southwest's website, logged into my rapid rewards account.. I planned on waiting until after the 24 hour period to cancel the flights since we'll use Southwest credit sometime in 2020 anyway.
12/30 - AMEX credits post for $93.98, $93.98 and $62.04. No 'meter' movement prior to credits posting. Card is showing $31.94 balance.
Does everyone get an instant card number upon approval? I donít think I got one with mine and Iím sure my wife didnít get one either. However, she was approved the 29th and upon calling and explaining we wanted the card ASAP they rush delivered (UPS) the card and it got here the 31st. They said they couldnít give out any info about the card number and that it wasnít even in their system till the 30th even though I could see the last few numbers on the online account as she has more than one Amex card.

12/29: Southwest as airline.
12/31: Purchased 3 separate tickets ($99.88, $99.88, $58.88).
1/1: Meter shows 2020 data ($250 available). No reimbursements yet. Purchases still pending.
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Old Jan 1, 20, 9:40 am
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Originally Posted by dhuey View Post
For those with $200 in credit, there are mid-week one-ways from OAK to LAX going for $69 in late January. That's just about perfect ($69 x 3 = $207). I'm going to grab 9 of those tomorrow on our 3 Plat accounts.
A bit better option (saving dollars and pennies)... if available... LAX-SFO... flights in either Jan, Feb or Mar
($49 ◊ 3 and $54= $200.92)

This will be on my to do list for Jan. 2nd- not going to risk delays of maybe doing it today- the 1st- and waiting too late in the months for maybe this "reimbursement" being fixed in system later in 2020.

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Old Jan 1, 20, 9:52 am
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for a purch >$100, any DPs that it got a credit? sorry if i may miss any previous posts. Thx
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Old Jan 1, 20, 10:30 am
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Originally Posted by danhouston View Post
for a purch >$100, any DPs that it got a credit? sorry if i may miss any previous posts. Thx
Yes, a few. Mostly $102-103. Saw a couple slightly higher. As always, YMMV.
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Old Jan 1, 20, 11:11 am
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Originally Posted by Kenneth B. Trevias View Post
A bit better option (saving dollars and pennies)... if available... LAX-SFO... flights in either Jan, Feb or Mar
($49 ◊ 3 and $54= $200.92)

This will be on my to do list for Jan. 2nd- not going to risk delays of maybe doing it today- the 1st- and waiting too late in the months for maybe this "reimbursement" being fixed in system later in 2020.
Remember I think you can only use up to 2? vouchers when booking a flight. You can of course combine them by booking a final dummy flight
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Old Jan 1, 20, 11:12 am
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Originally Posted by Kenneth B. Trevias View Post
A bit better option (saving dollars and pennies)... if available... LAX-SFO... flights in either Jan, Feb or Mar
($49 ◊ 3 and $54= $200.92)

This will be on my to do list for Jan. 2nd- not going to risk delays of maybe doing it today- the 1st- and waiting too late in the months for maybe this "reimbursement" being fixed in system later in 2020.
why 2nd? Just for fun? I'm doing it today.
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Old Jan 1, 20, 1:24 pm
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Amex plat Card Approval: 12/25
Chose Airline 12/28:
Bought tickets like 20 minutes after on 12/28 - 93$ and 91$
Credit posted 12/28
Today 1/1, I still see no reimbursement and my meter still says I have $200 to spend, Anyone think I'll still get reimbursed?
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Old Jan 1, 20, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Soccerjoshj07 View Post
Remember I think you can only use up to 2? vouchers when booking a flight. You can of course combine them by booking a final dummy flight
I believe you can do 3 vouchers as long as the 3rd covers the remainder of the cost. You can't do 3 and then use a CC to cover the rest.
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Old Jan 1, 20, 4:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Tim Pham View Post
Amex plat Card Approval: 12/25
Chose Airline 12/28:
Bought tickets like 20 minutes after on 12/28 - 93$ and 91$
Credit posted 12/28
Today 1/1, I still see no reimbursement and my meter still says I have $200 to spend, Anyone think I'll still get reimbursed?
That's right...credit posted 12/28, so 2019 cr was given; for 2020, $200 is still available; reimbursement will likely come in next few days
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Old Jan 1, 20, 5:22 pm
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I've tried searching, but are there any DP's for whether you get to keep the credit if you request a refund?
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Old Jan 1, 20, 5:43 pm
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Originally Posted by sailorman2439 View Post
I've tried searching, but are there any DP's for whether you get to keep the credit if you request a refund?
don't risk a shutdown or clawback
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Old Jan 1, 20, 6:19 pm
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unless you have immediate need for WN TF and fly often, i dont understand the people rushing to buy <$100 fares in the new year. amex may close the loophole soon and thats a valid concern, but that also means your WN TF will expire at the end of 2020. and judging from all these last minute posters, there are plenty here who already have TF from only a few days/weeks ago which would also expire at the end of 2020. so now you have double the amount to spend with PAX restrictions. im gonna take my chances and wait. i hate expiring credits.

Originally Posted by sailorman2439 View Post
I've tried searching, but are there any DP's for whether you get to keep the credit if you request a refund?
what are you asking? book a flight then cancel within 24hrs to get the amex credit AND the refund back to the amex CC like a few prior DP were suggesting? the bottom line is that amex RAT dont play games. that should have been clear the past few months.

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Old Jan 1, 20, 6:24 pm
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Originally Posted by GundamWing01 View Post
unless you have immediate need for WN TF and fly often, i dont understand the people rushing to buy <$100 fares in the new year. amex may close the loophole soon and thats a valid concern, but that also means your WN TF will expire at the end of 2020. and judging from all these last minute posters, there are plenty here who already have TF from only a few days/weeks ago which would also expire at the end of 2020. so now you have double the amount to spend with PAX restrictions. im gonna take my chances and wait. i hate expiring credits.
AF refunds, people trying to double/triple dip. Need to get it done fairly soon.
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Old Jan 1, 20, 6:39 pm
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Originally Posted by GundamWing01 View Post
unless you have immediate need for WN TF and fly often, i dont understand the people rushing to buy <$100 fares in the new year. amex may close the loophole soon and thats a valid concern, but that also means your WN TF will expire at the end of 2020. and judging from all these last minute posters, there are plenty here who already have TF from only a few days/weeks ago which would also expire at the end of 2020. so now you have double the amount to spend with PAX restrictions. im gonna take my chances and wait. i hate expiring credits.



what are you asking? book a flight then cancel within 24hrs to get the amex credit AND the refund back to the amex CC like a few prior DP were suggesting? the bottom line is that amex RAT dont play games. that should have been clear the past few months.
Amex rat seems pretty calm compared to aa these days, that being said is it really worth getting shutdown/ blacklisted on behavior that borders on fraud? I am with you in taking the travel funds or early bird and appreciating the remaining loophole of travel funds.
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