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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 19, 20, 11:37 am
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Join Date: Nov 2019
Location: DCA
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DP: attempting today with an itinerary for my Platinum. Will report back to see if it is successful. If so, will be doing the same on my Gold.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 12:09 pm
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Originally Posted by moops380 View Post
Worked for me 2x in the past week. United is very lenient on pet things these days...
DP 1X past two weeks.

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Old Jan 19, 20, 1:34 pm
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Join Date: Nov 2019
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Apologies if this should be in the United MileagePlus forum instead, but has anyone else had issues with the web interface for adding a pet itinerary? I had to call into the United customer service line and do it via my confirmation number.
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Old Jan 19, 20, 11:13 pm
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Originally Posted by MDBechara View Post
Apologies if this should be in the United MileagePlus forum instead, but has anyone else had issues with the web interface for adding a pet itinerary? I had to call into the United customer service line and do it via my confirmation number.
Yes. I couldn’t do it on the website a year or 2 ago due to having selected an exit row seat; the website did not give the reason, just wouldn’t do it. Called, phone rep told me the reason, changed my seat and booked the pet fee. It may be that pets are not allowed for other seats (? bulkhead) and the number of pets per flight and per cabin (First, Economy) is limited. Perhaps the website simply will not allow a pet fee to be booked when such a seat has previously been selected or cabin pets maxed out, without giving the reason. More recently, after selecting non-exit row and non-bulkhead seats, I’ve not had any problems booking pet fee on-line.

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Old Jan 20, 20, 9:06 pm
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Join Date: Jun 2013
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I am flying on my mother's buddy pass since she works for the airlines.

I am thinking of buying the 1st class ticket option which costs around $60 more. Normal ticket is around $72.

Do you think this will be reimbursed?? Should I buy the $72 ticket first, and then upgrade?

Thanks for the advice!
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Old Jan 21, 20, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by moops380 View Post
Worked for me 2x in the past week. United is very lenient on pet things these days...
Just so that i understand, does the pet fee refund post back to AmEx eventually or does it get refunded to the card on which you purchased the ticket ?
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Old Jan 21, 20, 7:49 pm
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Join Date: Jun 2012
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Award taxes of 2x $20.80 posted 1/2, no reimbursement
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Old Jan 22, 20, 9:18 am
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Pleasantly surprised that a $36.91 balance left over after paying for part of a flight with leftover Travelbank (RIP) money was reimbursed.

1/16 - Purchased a $183.40 ticket through United using $146.49 in Travelbank money and $36.91 balance charged to Amex Plat
1/17 - $36.91 transaction posted to Amex Plat
1/19 - Received $36.91 credit reimbursement
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Old Jan 22, 20, 9:22 am
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Originally Posted by bearchemist View Post
Booked an international award ticket and used Amex personal Plat to pay the $34 ticketing fee/tax. Charge posted as "United Airlines Houston TX" and was reimbursed(!) 3 days afterward. Did not expect this at all, so a pleasant surprise in January.
Purchased two reward flights on my Amerx Plat. UNITED AIRLINES HOUSTON TX posted on Jan 16. So far no reimbursement.
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Old Jan 22, 20, 10:35 pm
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Join Date: Jan 2020
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Originally Posted by kwontas View Post
Purchased 4 UA lounge passes on 12/31 on AMEX Platinum and a UA Economy + subscription for spouse + one additional passenger with the Hilton AMEX. Both reimbursed fully for 2019 on Jan 3. Still see the full 2020 amount for both cards.

This year, I am going to try to purchase the Economy Plus subscription for one person only and apply one AMEX reimbursement, wait, then modify the subscription by adding the extra person and paying with the other AMEX reimbursement card and see if this works. We always get the subscriber plus one so I have nothing to lose.

Did you find out if this was true yet?
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Old Jan 23, 20, 6:45 am
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Join Date: Nov 2019
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Update:

Pet fee charge posted 1/19.

Credits posted 1/22.
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Old Jan 23, 20, 2:15 pm
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Originally Posted by MDBechara View Post
Update:

Pet fee charge posted 1/19.

Credits posted 1/22.
Did you cancel the ticket after you added the pet fee ?
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Old Jan 23, 20, 3:53 pm
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Originally Posted by arshi007 View Post
Did you cancel the ticket after you added the pet fee ?
Yup. Currently waiting on refund, will post reply with results. Repeated same steps with my Gold as well, but need to wait for that to post.
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Old Jan 23, 20, 6:56 pm
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Originally Posted by MDBechara View Post
Update:

Pet fee charge posted 1/19.

Credits posted 1/22.
Did you buy fully refundable ticket ? is that the economy (flexible) fare for US domestic flights ?
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Old Jan 23, 20, 7:25 pm
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Originally Posted by arshi007 View Post
Just so that i understand, does the pet fee refund post back to AmEx eventually or does it get refunded to the card on which you purchased the ticket ?
Originally Posted by arshi007 View Post
Did you cancel the ticket after you added the pet fee ?
I’ve only done UA pet fee for reservations which I plan to fly (vice cancelling). My UA profile has several credit cards, I use one (UA Explorer, Sapphire) to pay for the ticket and after ticketing use another (AmEx Plat, AmEx Hilton Aspire) for 2 pet fees ($125 each direction). Airline fee credits usually post 2-3 days after the pet fees post. Sometime thereafter I cancel the pet fee which gets credited back to the card used to pay for the pet fee. AmEx has never clawed back the airline fee credit (although I would not be surprised if they did).

Your profile arshi007 states “UA Platinum”. Presumably you fly a bit on UA, if you’re going to do the pet fee thing, you should do it for a reservation you intend to fly. If you like exit row seats, be aware that once refunded by UA the pet fee may remain on your reservation in some fashion thus precluding you from choosing exit row seats on-line. For that reason, I usually ask for exit row seats during the same conversation in which I cancel the pet fee, UA phone reps have been happy to assist.
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