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Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: DL only (2020-21)

Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: DL only (2020-21)

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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."

Credit posting delays range from several business days (typical) to several weeks (seen in Oct 2015). The T&Cs state that it could take up to four weeks, so wait at least that long before worrying, and certainly don't contact Amex prematurely

Caution: effective from 22 June 2019, gift card purchases from Delta do not get reimbursed.

Read this primer first
  • In the Amex Membership Rewards family, both the Consumer and Business versions of the Platinum and Centurion cards qualify for a $200 airline credit. The Premier Rewards Gold (PRG) card is eligible for a $100 airline credit (the Gold credit is going away in 2022). Hilton Aspire AMEX is eligible for a $250 airline credit.
  • You must click here to select Delta as your enrolled airline before you make a reimbursable purchase, else the benefit won't apply. The feature is activated immediately upon airline designation.
  • If you've selected DL in the past and don't wish to change airlines, there's no need to select again; current selection rolls into future years until modified.
  • The T&Cs state the eligible charges, but YMMV, so don't call and ask especially about the fuzzier cases below because that will probably hasten closing of any loopholes.
  • The credit is per account, not per card. If the main account has authorized users with additional cards, eligible charges may still be made on those cards, but they'll count jointly towards the same account limit.
  • Credits are capped per calendar year, meaning you could tap the full amount on Dec 31st and again on Jan 1st in the extreme. Transaction date, not posting date, determines the year. Note: This is not my experience. I purchased Dec 31, 2016, posted Jan 1, 2017 and went against my 2017 credit. (TheMadBrewer)
  • You will get a partial credit to bring your total annual reimbursements to the limit exactly if a qualifying charge takes you past the limit.
  • After four weeks, if you've read this Wiki carefully and posted here seeking assistance but the credit still has not arrived, consider chatting with Amex online. Politely mention the "Delta extras" you thought would be reimbursed within four weeks and they'll handle it.

Additional Collections/Split Tender -- THIS IS A LOOPHOLE. BE DISCREET

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TL;DR: Anything coded as an additional collection (a.k.a. add/collect or a/c), including difference in fare when changing flights, and accepting an FCM offer, also triggers the credit and will be reimbursed, provided that the amount charged to your card is $250 or less (regardless of card type, e.g. there have been reports of full $100 credit for Gold card on a/c over $100 and full $200 credit for Plat on a/c over $200, but always $250 or less)
How to do it: With waived fee for cancellation/changes on non-refundable tickets (due to COVID-19) you get an eCredit when cancelling it, so you can:
  1. Buy a non-refundable ticket with any combination of gift card/eCredit plus your AMEX, again provided that the residual amount charged to your card is $250 or less
  2. After credit has posted, and at least 48 hours after buying it, cancel it (ensure there's no fee for cancelling it) so you get an updated eCredit for the full ticket amount.
    • alternatively, if you buy a ticket far enough in the future, there is no particular need to cancel the ticket, just change it once you have some new dates or itinerary in mind (you can change origin, destination or both)
    • however, note that the waiver of change fees on Basic Economy tickets is ending: https://www.delta.com/us/en/travel-p...sbeforeapril30
    • thus you should use main cabin tickets for this purpose (assuming DL does not extend the BE policy due to omicron etc.)
  3. You can even use the result of (2) as an eCredit to repeat step 1 with a different AMEX card if you have multiples. Note that in this context, changing an unflown future ticket is exactly equivalent to an eCredit in the amount of the ticket's value.
More details:
  • Relevantly, split tender where you partially pay with a gift card, existing credit, VDB voucher etc. and partly charged to your card, are processed by DL as an add/collect and trigger the credit per above.
  • Thus if you anticipate actually buying, say, a $200 DL ticket, you could buy a single $50 gift card, then buy the ticket using $50 GC and $150 on your card (the $150 will be reimbursed). This is just an example; as per the previous bullet there is no reason it needs to be specifically $50, or even a gift card. The "additional collection" is what leads to the credit, the reason why it is "additional" is unimportant.
    • In general, only additional collections less than ~$250 are automatically reimbursed. If you use a $50 gift card to buy a $500 ticket, a $450 additional collection will be generated but it will not be auto-reimbursed by Amex.
    • If you already have gift cards or ecredits in particular denominations that don't line up well with the price of the ticket you want to buy (additional collection will end up being too much to get auto-reimbursed or too little to efficiently use up the fee credit), consider whether you may be able to reach a better outcome by splitting up the purchase -- buying a round trip as two one ways or buying multiple passengers separately. But, note that buying 2 one-ways instead of a round trip can sometimes cost more, making it not worthwhile, and note the caveats about multiple passenger purchases below, as well as considering the risk that buying 2 passengers separately can have negative implications for Medallion upgrades (if applicable) as well as creating the risk that you are separated from your travel companions if there is a flight cancellation.
  • The "additional collection" transaction notation shows up after the transaction posts, on the website only (both desktop and mobile) if you click into a transaction to view the details (it does not appear in the app, or while the purchase is pending)
  • Note that special care is needed when booking tickets for 2 or more people in a single transaction.
    • When booking multiple people in a single transaction on Delta.com, each person's ticket charges to the credit card in a separate transaction, and gift cards are used starting with the first ticket until they are exhausted. So for example if you were booking 2x $210 tickets, for a total transaction of $420, if you used a $200 gift card the charges would post to Amex as a $10 additional collection on the first person and a $210 regular ticket charge for the second person, resulting in only a $10 reimbursement. For the same two tickets if you used a $220 gift card, the first person would be covered entirely by the gift card and the second person's ticket would charge as a $190 additional collection, resulting in a $190 reimbursement.
    • This would work differently if ecredits are used instead of gift cards since ecredits are not transferrable -- ecredits can only be applied to a ticket for a person whose name is on the ecredit; if other people are booked in the same transaction, any leftover ecredit balance will *not* be applied to those other people.
  • Canceling a ticket within the 24-hour[1] risk-free period generally results in funds being returned to where they came from (GC back to GC and CC back to CC) even if the ticket is non-refundable; also, Delta interprets the 24-hour risk free cancellation period generously -- you actually have until midnight of the day following the day of booking (in which time zone is oft-speculated but unclear). Thus, this can work out to nearly 48 hours if the timing is exactly right. Hence the suggestion above to cancel only after 48 hours, or avoid canceling altogether.
  • Caution when buying multiple tickets in a single transaction: for example if you buy two $125 tickets in one transaction (total $250) and use one $100 GC or even two $50 GCs, they will all be applied to the same ticket and you would see one additional collection for $25 on that ticket and a separate "normal" charge for $125 for the second ticket. In this scenario only $25 will be reimbursed (instead of the $150 you might be expecting). In this situation you would need to book the two tickets separately to get the credit on each one.
  • FCM offers may require accepting for the entire trip (vs just one segment) or calling in to up-fare the whole trip (please post data points either way)

Paying for a ticket partially with SkyMiles

NOTE that DL has two different programs for partially paying with SkyMiles, that seem superficially similar, but are quite different
  • Pay With Miles is a feature available to DL-branded AMEX cardholders that lets you pay for part of your ticket using SkyMiles in increments of 5,000 miles = $50. If you use PWM then the remaining amount charged to your card posts as additional collection and will qualify for the fee credit (multiple data points)
  • Miles + Cash is like buying an award ticket but using cash to substitute for some of the miles. As an example, you might be offered a ticket for 40,000 miles + $5.60, or 30,000 miles + $205.60 (these numbers are made up). If you choose the latter option what you are really doing is buying 10,000 miles for $200, then using those 10,000 miles plus 30,000 that you already had to buy the 40,000 ticket + $5.60 in taxes. This will post as two separate transactions, $200 for the miles purchase, and $5.60 for the taxes on the award ticket. The $5.60 will be reimbursed (just like any other award ticket). The $200 seems like it does not get automatically reimbursed, although it may post as "Frequent Flyer Fee/Purchase" in which case you have a pretty good case for getting it credited manually by contacting AMEX.
  • Note: Miles + Cash is usually a terrible value (even for SkyMiles)
  • See the list of FAQs at the bottom of the "Pay With Miles" page for more info (search in particular for "What is the difference between Pay with Miles and Miles + Cash?")


other non Gift Card options
  • baggage and other service fees (same day change/standby, change fees, etc.)
  • taxes on award flights (including the $5.60 September 11 security fee)
  • in-flight purchases (EXCEPT wifi) -- although currently nothing available due to COVID?
  • SkyClub access/guest fees (but NOT gift cards purchased at a SC, which are actually activated at a 3rd party web site)
  • mileage boosts (post 2499) trip extras have been discontinued
  • The $59 for Delta Skymiles Select is reimbursed (posts 2180, 2182) SkyMiles Select is no longer available for purchase

these may not credit automatically, but people have had success getting them processed manually after the fact
  • seat purchase fees (if you buy an upgrade and it does not credit automatically and you call in, do not call it an upgrade, call it a seat purchase/assignment fee)
  • premium beverages purchased in the Sky Club (post 462)

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Old Aug 7, 21, 3:52 pm
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Originally Posted by n923la View Post
I am trying to cancel my trip for ecredit but it forces me to submit a written refund request that will be reviewed by a Delta representative. Booked in main cabin.
Chat with an agent. I had to do the same thing. Don't know why though.
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Old Aug 8, 21, 8:51 pm
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Originally Posted by n923la View Post
I am trying to cancel my trip for ecredit but it forces me to submit a written refund request that will be reviewed by a Delta representative. Booked in main cabin.
I had the same issue. I made an online change to a less extensive itin, and then canceled that online. Got the e-credit immediately.
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Old Aug 9, 21, 7:42 am
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Originally Posted by n923la View Post
I am trying to cancel my trip for ecredit but it forces me to submit a written refund request that will be reviewed by a Delta representative. Booked in main cabin.
The online cancel "feature" is very buggy and doesn't work all that well, and it often defaults to this request of a refund which won't work on a nonrefundable ticket as long as it's at least 2 days since you booked and there haven't been any major schedule changes to your itinerary. But the safest/easiest course is to call or chat with Delta to cancel for an ecredit, which unfortunately will probably involve a long wait time these days (and if you chat, you'll have to be ready for a couple of "are you still there?" texts every few hours in the meantime that if you miss responding to within ~10 minutes, you'll be disconnected and lose your place in line).
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Old Aug 12, 21, 1:39 pm
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I brought a refundable main cabin ticket almost 48 hours ago. Can I call to receive my e credit or should I wait until tomorrow to do so ? I will be traveling with my spouse soon .
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Old Aug 12, 21, 1:51 pm
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Originally Posted by thatgrayboi View Post
I brought a refundable main cabin ticket almost 48 hours ago. Can I call to receive my e credit or should I wait until tomorrow to do so ? I will be traveling with my spouse soon .
Welcome to FT!

If you bought a truly refundable ticket, then you probably don't want to cancel outright, because that will result in the charge being refunded to your card (and then AMEX may or may not claw back the credit)

If you are traveling soon then you could just as well just modify the existing ticket into the flight(s) you actually want; the only downside here is that if you go this route you won't be able to add or remove passengers (you could book a separate ticket for your spouse, just that you wouldn't be on the same reservation)
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Old Aug 12, 21, 2:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Zorak View Post
Welcome to FT!

If you bought a truly refundable ticket, then you probably don't want to cancel outright, because that will result in the charge being refunded to your card (and then AMEX may or may not claw back the credit)

If you are traveling soon then you could just as well just modify the existing ticket into the flight(s) you actually want; the only downside here is that if you go this route you won't be able to add or remove passengers (you could book a separate ticket for your spouse, just that you wouldn't be on the same reservation)
I have a separate e credit for me , so I was trying to do the same for my wife. Couldn't I just call the rep and ask for e credit ? I don't see a way to do the e credit request , like how I did mines . Thanks for the warm welcome.
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Old Aug 12, 21, 2:29 pm
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Originally Posted by thatgrayboi View Post
Couldn't I just call the rep and ask for e credit ? I don't see a way to do the e credit request , like how I did mines .
That should work, if you don't mind the long hold times :-/
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Old Aug 13, 21, 2:15 pm
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Hilton Aspire DP:
5Aug: selected DL for Airline Fee Credit Benefit
8Aug: purchased round trip flights (Main Cabin) for two passengers for $681.18 using a combined $440 of eGCs and charged $241.18 to Hilton Aspire card
10Aug: purchase posted, $231.20 as Additional Collection, $4.99 as Misc Tax/Fee, $4.99 as Misc Tax/Fee
13Aug: $241.18 total amount credited ($231.20; $4.99; $4.99)
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Old Aug 16, 21, 10:26 am
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Companion Certificate

I was wondering if using a companion certificate will trigger the flight credit? Say the flight is $200 each ($400 total, if i use a companion certificate and pay $200) will it trigger the credit?

Thanks!
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Old Aug 16, 21, 10:53 am
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Originally Posted by derrickfung View Post
I was wondering if using a companion certificate will trigger the flight credit? Say the flight is $200 each ($400 total, if i use a companion certificate and pay $200) will it trigger the credit?

Thanks!
In this currently active thread, though others have asked the same question as you, no one has reported any recent-ish data points...

Originally Posted by Zorak View Post
There were reports in the previous version of this thread from 2016 and 2019 where (only the) taxes on the companion's ticket were reimbursed.
... so if you do end up charging this to your Plat/Gold/Aspire, please report back
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Old Aug 17, 21, 11:46 pm
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Does anyone know if I book 2 award tickets will the taxes get charged separately or together? Taxes altogether are $281.98 so too much to get reimbursement.
The reason I'd like to book the tickets together is because I am booking basic economy tickets and I feel I have a better chance at getting seated together when the they are under 1 PNR.

If the award taxes and fees get charged together then I'll just have to break it up.
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Old Aug 18, 21, 9:11 am
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Originally Posted by fr33b13 View Post
Does anyone know if I book 2 award tickets will the taxes get charged separately or together? Taxes altogether are $281.98 so too much to get reimbursement.
The reason I'd like to book the tickets together is because I am booking basic economy tickets and I feel I have a better chance at getting seated together when the they are under 1 PNR.

If the award taxes and fees get charged together then I'll just have to break it up.
Taxes will be charged in 2 separate transactions -- Delta always charges each person/ticket separately.

Award ticket taxes are not officially reimburseable under the credit, though people have had luck with them being reimbursed automatically anyway. But there's a chance they don't go through for you, especially with the amount of each transaction being relatively high at ~$140. But if you're going to buy the ticket anyway, it's worth a try.
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Old Aug 18, 21, 11:40 am
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Originally Posted by bgriff View Post
Taxes will be charged in 2 separate transactions -- Delta always charges each person/ticket separately.

Award ticket taxes are not officially reimburseable under the credit, though people have had luck with them being reimbursed automatically anyway. But there's a chance they don't go through for you, especially with the amount of each transaction being relatively high at ~$140. But if you're going to buy the ticket anyway, it's worth a try.
Thanks! The pending charge on my card is only 1 charge for taxes covering both people.
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Old Aug 19, 21, 10:17 am
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Hi: I am ready to jump into the loop : how do we do split transactions during delta chkout ? I have to use only Delta GC, correct ? then, it will know how much -needed- and ask for more ( then I punch in amex) ?

I only have the regular GC from Simon : using them to purchase eGiftcard also work, correct ?
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Old Aug 19, 21, 10:23 am
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Originally Posted by ccna101 View Post
Hi: I am ready to jump into the loop : how do we do split transactions during delta chkout ? I have to use only Delta GC, correct ? then, it will know how much -needed- and ask for more ( then I punch in amex) ?

I only have the regular GC from Simon .
It works the same as any other gift card purchase with a balance at any retailer, if you are buying something more expensive than the gift card value then it will drain the gift card and charge the remainder to the alternative payment method you provide.

In this case, since we are trying to target a transaction of $200-250 ($200 because I'm assuming you're trying to claim the $200 Amex Platinum fee credit; $250 because amounts above that don't tend to trigger the reimbursement from Amex automatically), you need to be buying a ticket that is priced at your gift card value + $200-250. If the ticket is priced less than that, you could still go ahead but you won't get your entire fee credit in this one transaction, but you will get part of it. If your ticket is priced more than that, you'd need to buy a bigger gift card and save this gift card for another time.
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