Amex Platinum Airline Rebates For Delta eGift Certificates

May 10, 2013

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Last week, Delta launched a new line of eGift certificates that can be redeemed for Delta-operated or Delta codeshare flights that have a Delta flight number.

Delta's new eGift certificates might be reimbursed for Amex Platinum cardholders.
Delta’s new eGift certificates might be reimbursed for Amex Platinum cardholders.

They come in amounts from $50 to $1,000. The certificates are available in $5 increments, and can bought for either yourself or to give to others. Once you buy the certificate, Delta will email it to any designated recipient within 72 hours from when you purchase it, and they do not expire. Recipients can redeem the certificates through delta.com, reservations agents or at airport locations by including the redemption code and certificate number from the eGift Certificate when they place their reservation.

The big question with these – as with other airline vouchers in the past – was whether The Platinum® Card from American Express and The  Business Platinum Card® from American Express cardholders would be reimbursed for purchases of these as part of their annual $200 airline fee reimbursement.
Theoretically these shouldn’t count since “gift cards issued by airlines” and airline tickets are not eligible charges for reimbursement. However, TPG reader RB reported that he bought a $50 eGift certificate this week and his Platinum card statement showed a $50 credit for “Airline Fee Reimbursement,” so there’s a good chance that eGift certificates in small denominations will be reimbursed.
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence on Flyertalk that people have in fact been able to use their $200 reimbursement to purchase both cheap airline tickets (under $200) as well as airline vouchers, upgrades, and even elite status through a variety of methods that have to do with the amount a ticket or airline voucher costs in addition to the way it is coded on their credit card bill. As long as it doesn’t say “Travel – Airline” you seem to be set.

Has anyone else bought these yet? If so, what was the amount, how was it coded on your statement and was it reimbursed? Comment with your experiences below!

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