My Amex Platinum card is coming up for renewal in a bit (I won’t be renewing), but I did want to take advantage of the $200 annual airline fee reimbursement before then. As I did last year, I chose United as my airline for reimbursement. Last year I purchased a $200 gift card (two, actually – one with my card, one with my wife’s), and they were reimbursed no problem.
I’ve been reading on Flyertalk, though, that people are not being reimbursed for $200 gift card purchases on United right now.
Here’s a way around that: create a United gift registry and contribute to it.
Go to United.com and under Products & Services in the top menu, choose Gift Registry. Then set up a gift registry for yourself (NOT the MileagePlus gift registry – do the United.com gift registry). Then you can contribute money to it. And if you use your Amex Platinum to contribute the $200, you’ll be reimbursed. I did that, then used my wife’s card to add to my registry (thanks, Susan!). The funds are stored in your United Travel Bank, which can be used toward United.com purchases.
This is actually even better than buying gift cards because you can use a partial amount of the total in your travel bank and use the rest later.
The funds expire after 2 years of inactivity in the account, but you can always just add $25 to the account at a later date to extend the time.