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

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

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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.

The United Gift Registry had been closed, but beginning SEP 2020, United brought back Gift Registry. Start from this link: https://www.united.com/offers/travelcash .Gift Registry purchases are described as Special Service Tickets.

United does not sell giftcards. As of December 2016 American Express no longer reimburses MPX transactions.

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." In February 2019, three separate FTer reported receiving varying amounts of reimbursement (dependent upon which card was used for the purchase) after purchasing an E+ annual subscription. The E+ subscriptions code as "preferred seat upgrade". 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 AcceleratorI 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."

Eligible incidental fees include:
  • Checked baggage fees (including overweight/oversize)
  • Itinerary change fees
  • Phone reservation fees
  • FareLock
  • Pet flight fees
  • Seat assignment fees (E+)
  • In-flight amenity fees (beverages, food, pillows/blankets, headphones)
  • In-flight entertainment fees (excluding wireless internet because it's not charged by the airline)
  • Airport lounge day passes & annual memberships
  • Onboard WIFI
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Old Jan 8, 20, 12:51 pm
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Booked united award flight with $16 in tax for 3 people. Charge posted 2 days and no credited.

I have to book another international award on united.com that has $320 in tax and fees. Looks like it won't be credited.


What a terrible thing this airline credit has become. zero ways to take advantage of this
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Old Jan 9, 20, 4:33 am
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Originally Posted by Sherab Sherab View Post
What a terrible thing this airline credit has become. zero ways to take advantage of this
Plenty of ways, it's just a matter of whether they align with your needs
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Old Jan 9, 20, 12:35 pm
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DP: Bought 4 Economy Plus seats on Tuesday through the "travel bundles" section, not the seat selector. Coded as "Packages" and indicator is showing that I will get reimbursed. Interestingly, buying through this section was about $5 cheaper per seat than selecting individually in the seat selector.
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Old Jan 9, 20, 1:06 pm
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Hi all,
apologies if this is a bit off topic but do wifi purchases charged to the Platinum earn 5x points or is that just 1x ?
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Old Jan 9, 20, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by moe8555 View Post
Plenty of ways, it's just a matter of whether they align with your needs
Like booking full cash fare paid in full regardless of the fare amount with the aspire?

bag fees/award change fees?

Wish it works on award taxes and fees.
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Old Jan 9, 20, 8:40 pm
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United Club annual pass

Has anyone had success with getting more than one day pass credited to the cost of an annual pass?
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Old Jan 9, 20, 9:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Sherab Sherab View Post
Like booking full cash fare paid in full regardless of the fare amount with the aspire?

bag fees/award change fees?

Wish it works on award taxes and fees.
If you read upthread, you'll find even better solutions to your problems. Woof!
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Old Jan 10, 20, 9:51 am
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DP for something I didn't see in the Wiki

Purchased FareLock on 1/6 and credit received on 1/9
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Old Jan 10, 20, 10:50 am
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Originally Posted by MBA_Bill View Post
DP

Purchased a $99 Economy+ seat on 1/6/2020. I will report back soon on what happens.
Reimbursed 1/9
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Old Jan 10, 20, 2:40 pm
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Thumbs up

Originally Posted by Grapenut View Post
DP for something I didn't see in the Wiki

Purchased FareLock on 1/6 and credit received on 1/9
Thanks for that DP, although this is not an expense that is suitable to cover the whole credit, its still useful to know as i do purchase farelock, especially for work travel every couple of times a year.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 2:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Sherab Sherab View Post
Like booking full cash fare paid in full regardless of the fare amount with the aspire?

bag fees/award change fees?

Wish it works on award taxes and fees.
Of those, bag fees only, I think. (But if someone happens always travel carry-on only, like I do, then those don't help either.)

But also paying for Economy+ extra legroom seats (obviously only available on coach bookings, whether paid or award).

And also lounge passes (if you don't get enough of them from a Chase United card).

So a variety of things can work, but each individual thing that can work isn't practical for certain people.
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Old Jan 11, 20, 7:43 pm
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Originally Posted by sdsearch View Post
Of those, bag fees only, I think. (But if someone happens always travel carry-on only, like I do, then those don't help either.)

But also paying for Economy+ extra legroom seats (obviously only available on coach bookings, whether paid or award).

And also lounge passes (if you don't get enough of them from a Chase United card).

So a variety of things can work, but each individual thing that can work isn't practical for certain people.
No credit if I book flight on United that is paid in full by Aspire?
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Old Jan 11, 20, 11:55 pm
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Originally Posted by red grenadine View Post
So it seems that going forward the easiest way to use this credit is the following:

1. Book a fully refundable round trip ticket months out in advance
2. Add an animal to the flights, triggering $125x2 in pet fees
3. Get $200 reimbursement
4. Cancel entire flight, getting back flight cost + $250 in pet fees in one lump sum

Is this correct?
Have you (or anyone else) successfully tried this yet and was able to keep the credit after the refund? Also to confirm.. should I be using my Amex to book the flight itself, or use a different card? (previous posts in 2019 indicated booking the flight itself with a non-amex card...)
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Old Jan 12, 20, 4:51 am
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Originally Posted by Sherab Sherab View Post
No credit if I book flight on United that is paid in full by Aspire?
Do you see any reports that lead you to believe that this would work? The rules exclude airfare from reimbursement. The only time airfare is reimbursed is if the American Express system mistakes a ticket purchase for a fee.
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Old Jan 12, 20, 7:04 am
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Originally Posted by ameskay View Post
Have you (or anyone else) successfully tried this yet and was able to keep the credit after the refund? Also to confirm.. should I be using my Amex to book the flight itself, or use a different card? (previous posts in 2019 indicated booking the flight itself with a non-amex card...)
I have been doing this but I think this is dead now.

I used to book the flight with my CSR, add a pet and pay with my Platinum. When cancelling, it used to say that the whole amount would be refunded to my CSR. My guess is that this issue confused the system so that the pet fee refund never posted to my Platinum allowing enough time for the Amex statement credit to post. When I did this yesterday it said X amount would go into my CSR and Y amount to my Platinum. I think the pet fee will never post.

Will update in a couple days.
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