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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 1, 20, 9:09 am
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Airline fee $200/$100 reimbursement reports: UA only (2020)

Purchased a lounge pass via the app and priority boarding on 12/28. We received the credit back on 12/31.
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Old Jan 1, 20, 11:14 am
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Any recent data points on award redeposit fees being reimbursed (did a quick search but didn't see any)?

Would go for DL (since that's who I fly almost exclusively) but lots of hoops to make something work and I do have to cancel a UA award ticket (x2) so if those are getting reimbursed might as well switch my Plat credit to UA this year instead of DL
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Old Jan 1, 20, 12:03 pm
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Question is there credit reversal on reimbursed baggage fees ?

Hi, I tried to look for any DP for this but didn't see anything explicitly mentioned in the thread. So my question is, if I purchase a refundable ticket, pre-pay for baggage fees separately to get the credit, and then after a while cancel the ticket. Does AmEx reverse the credit (if it's after a couple of month) ?

Just wondering if that is still an option or a no-go.
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Old Jan 2, 20, 7:24 am
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Originally Posted by mia View Post
2019
Just to confirm the comment from Mia that the lounge pass that posted in 2019 did get credits and did not take $59 from available 2020 credits. Great!

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Old Jan 2, 20, 8:12 am
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I am also looking for a similar DP. Anyone can share a recent experience pls?

Edit: Award cancellation fee

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Old Jan 2, 20, 9:58 am
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Originally Posted by zmicer88 View Post
I am also looking for a similar DP. Anyone can share a recent experience pls?
What is DP?
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Old Jan 2, 20, 10:07 am
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Originally Posted by Flying Machine View Post
What is DP?
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Old Jan 2, 20, 11:08 pm
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Originally Posted by veryseablue View Post
Thanks. Any chance I will receive the $80 credit in a few days. It is too soon now?
any update on your credit posting ?
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Old Jan 3, 20, 1:35 pm
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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?
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Old Jan 3, 20, 2:38 pm
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This is so going to be RIP this year
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Old Jan 3, 20, 5:55 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?
yes
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Old Jan 3, 20, 9:17 pm
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Can E+ on international flight trigger Amex reimbursement?
I purchased it at 1/1, and I only see code on the Amex dashboard is preferred seat upgrade.
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Old Jan 4, 20, 2:07 am
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Originally Posted by CharlesC View Post
Can E+ on international flight trigger Amex reimbursement?
I purchased it at 1/1, and I only see code on the Amex dashboard is preferred seat upgrade.
You had me worried. So I checked my E+ purchases from April (NRT-HNL) and Amex has it listed as a preferred seat upgrade too - the section with your ticket number which you may not see until it posts - does list it as Economy Plus. It'll prob take a few days to post because of the New Year's holiday and weekend, otherwise you can call them to manually post the credit.

FYI: An actual upgrade in cabin shows up as Upgrade Charge with Premium Cabin in the extra data - this does not qualify for the credit.

But do let us know if it doesn't show up and/or Amex denies you.
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Old Jan 4, 20, 2:09 pm
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Award ticket fee's were working last year if I recall. I have one in since 1-Jan and waiting to see reimbursement.
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Old Jan 5, 20, 2:37 pm
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Are award cancellation fees ($50 for UA Plat members) currently being reimbursed for 2020? Thanks!
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