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

Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: DL 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."


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.
  • 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

Anything coded as an additional collection (aka 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; based on available data this only seems to happen if the additional amount collected is below ~$250 (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 less than $250)
  • 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.
  • The "additional collection" transaction type shows up 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)
  • Canceling a ticket within the 24-hour risk-free period generally results in funds being returned to where they came from (GC back to GC and CC back to CC). If you have no immediate travel plans but anticipate travel in the next year, consider buying a fully refundable ticket and then changing it later once you know your future travel dates. If a lot of people suddenly start refunding tickets after getting the credit reimbursement this may hasten the demise of this particular loophole.
  • Caution when buying multiple tickets: 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)
  • 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)

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)
  • 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)
  • The $59 for Delta Skymiles Select is reimbursed (posts 2180, 2182)
  • seat assignment fees (may need to call in to have processed manually)

(DEAD) eGift Card (eCert) details
This section is not applicable effective 2019/06/22 and has been removed to save space. See the 2015-2019 version of this thread for historical details.
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Old Jan 1, 20, 4:49 am
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Airline fee $250/$200/$100 reimbursement reports: DL only (2020)

So I'm use to getting Delta gift cards in $50 increments with this benefit. So I'm looking at a $262 flight, if I book this flight online and use a $50 gift card I'll probably trigger the $200 credit as additional collection and pay $12?

Thanks for the advice
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Old Jan 1, 20, 7:17 am
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Originally Posted by lourod87 View Post
I just bought a $248 one way ticket after using a $50 gift card. I'm hoping it wipes the $250 Hilton Aspire credit. * FINGERS CROSSED *
It posted as additional collection.
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Old Jan 1, 20, 7:46 am
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I have read a lot of threads and am confused. Is AMEX PLAT allowing $200 purchase of DL gift cards in 2020 and then get credit back? Thanks
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Old Jan 1, 20, 7:48 am
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Delta award change fee?

Does the Amex reimbursement credit work for the $150 Delta mileage award change fee?
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Old Jan 1, 20, 7:56 am
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Originally Posted by klakhav View Post
I have read a lot of threads and am confused. Is AMEX PLAT allowing $200 purchase of DL gift cards in 2020 and then get credit back? Thanks
No. Read some more. You are at the right location.
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Old Jan 1, 20, 8:25 am
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Originally Posted by Pentech View Post
Does the Amex reimbursement credit work for the $150 Delta mileage award change fee?
Yes. Change fees are a legitimate/intended use of the credit. So even if it doesn't credit automatically, it's one Amex will happily resolve on the phone for you.
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Old Jan 1, 20, 8:30 am
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just to confirm what the date/time stamp triggered the airline credit, by posting date? The card charged on Jan 1, 202, 12:30am eastern time, but it showed Dec. 31, 2019 in their system. Thanks.
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Old Jan 1, 20, 9:57 am
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Just bought $224 after GC. Hope nothing changed.
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Old Jan 2, 20, 7:43 am
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Need to confirm whether credit is by Transaction/swipe date or Post date, AMEX CSR is saying post date, previous dp say otherwise. Will update.

Transaction date 12/31, post date 01/01. 2020 meter has not moved (which hopefully is good news)

Charges are for Seat Selection. Charges posted as Miscellaneous Fee(s) and Tax(s)

Last edited by DreamHigh; Jan 3, 20 at 8:02 am Reason: extra info
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Old Jan 2, 20, 8:54 am
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  1. 12/29 selected DL for Aspire, Plat, and Gold (all 100% unused credits for 2019)
  2. 12/29 purchased (unneeded) $339 refundable one-way domestic flight (LAX-SFO), with 2x$50 existing DL GCs, charged $239 to Aspire
  3. 12/29 changed to $448 refundable one-way domestic flight (LAX-PDX), charged $109 to Gold
  4. 12/29 changed to $640 refundable one-way domestic flight (LAX-DFW), charged $202 to Plat
  5. 12/30 all 3 transactions posted
  6. 12/31 $239 credit posted to Aspire, $100 credit posted to Gold, $200 credit posted to Plat
  7. I have a $640 refundable DL ticket I can change or cancel for ~1 year
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Old Jan 2, 20, 9:53 am
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Purchased 2 return tickets with AMEX Platinum

Dec 29 - Purchased the tickets with $50 GC + $101.60 each
Dec 30 - Transactions posted as 101.60 Additional Collection
Dec 31 - Credits posted 101.60 and 98.40 ($200)
Jan 1 - AMEX shows I have $200 Credit to use for 2020
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Old Jan 2, 20, 9:57 am
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Anyone try splitting the fare with an agent on the phone between two am ex cards that have this benefit and a delta gift card?

I have an expensive fare coming up and was thinking of putting $200 on my plat am ex and $250 on my aspire and the balance on a gift card.
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Old Jan 2, 20, 11:57 am
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Originally Posted by jamesteroh View Post
Anyone try splitting the fare with an agent on the phone between two am ex cards that have this benefit and a delta gift card?

I have an expensive fare coming up and was thinking of putting $200 on my plat am ex and $250 on my aspire and the balance on a gift card.
There are a couple of recent datapoints that seem to indicate no (only one card posts as additional collection).
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Old Jan 2, 20, 1:50 pm
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I guess the question now is what is the cheapest refundable ticket one can find?

NYC to DCA or BOS is about $450 approx.
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Old Jan 2, 20, 2:26 pm
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Are you eligible to cancel ticket and get refund with DL ?

Originally Posted by AnHeroicHippo View Post
  1. 12/29 selected DL for Aspire, Plat, and Gold (all 100% unused credits for 2019)
  2. 12/29 purchased (unneeded) $339 refundable one-way domestic flight (LAX-SFO), with 2x$50 existing DL GCs, charged $239 to Aspire
  3. 12/29 changed to $448 refundable one-way domestic flight (LAX-PDX), charged $109 to Gold
  4. 12/29 changed to $640 refundable one-way domestic flight (LAX-DFW), charged $202 to Plat
  5. 12/30 all 3 transactions posted
  6. 12/31 $239 credit posted to Aspire, $100 credit posted to Gold, $200 credit posted to Plat
  7. I have a $640 refundable DL ticket I can change or cancel for ~1 year
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