Posted by William Charles on December 20, 2017
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Published on December 20th, 2017 | by William Charles

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Buying Delta Giftcards? Make Sure You Buy The Right Ones To Trigger Airline Credits

Recently there has been quite a few data points suggesting that purchasing Delta gift cards is no longer working to trigger American Express airline incidental credits. Thankfully it seems like FT user lordvaderman has solved the issue. There are two sites you can purchase Delta gift cards from:

  • Desktop site: Gift cards are issued by Delta Gift Cards, Inc. This codes as ‘Delta Airlines’
  • Mobile site: Powered by CashStar. This codes as ‘Delta Airlines GC’

There are very recent data points of the site option trigger the reimbursement. So make sure you’re purchasing your cards through the desktop site to avoid any issues.

Also note that only gift cards $50 or less work to trigger the airline credit.



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Ken
Ken

Does a DL GC work to trigger the $50 DL Gold card reimbursement?

Jack
Jack

I would like to know the answer to this as well.

Howard
Howard

Yes.

JT
JT

All mobile sites should burn in the pit of hell where they belong. Nothing but problems and limited functionality.

Steve F
Steve F

I agree and would include their developers too!

LD
LD

I can confirm that this week I was credited for the purchase of four $50 gift cards bought online from my laptop.

Chim Richalds
Chim Richalds

Same, purchased 2 on the 17th, reimbursed today.

Edward
Edward

bought 2 $50 GCs from desktop website couples of days before, triggered the PRG $100 reimbursement 3 days later

TanT
TanT

It was lucky that I didn’t get lazy and bought the gift card through my phone. Thank you for the notice.

Ryan
Ryan

Does anyone know how these code on Chase? Specifically the Ritz Carlton card? I purchased a $50 egift card from the desktop site and it coded as Delta Air Gift Card so I was not able to get the credit when I requested through SM.

Dario
Dario

Interested in this as well.

G
G

Yeah I made a $150 purchase and a $75 purchase on delta.com desktop site, and it posted as Delta Gift Card and Ritz rep said that’s not reimbursable…

Lantean
Lantean

I bought $100 Delta gift card on the website and it posted as Delta Airlines charge.
But that was December 15 and still no credit.
🙁

Charlie
Charlie

You’re probably out of luck. $50 is the max denomination to trigger reimbursement.

Lantean
Lantean

ugh… I didn’t know.
I guess i’ll do it again… at least I can still use the $100 gift card.
thanks.

Charlie
Charlie

Note this is only for Delta. You’ll want to check flyertalk for recent data points on redemptions for other airlines in the future. Depending on what you use these for, Delta isn’t great since you can only redeem a max of 3 GC per transaction at $50 each, and I think only 2 if they don’t cover the entire cost and you need a CC for the remainder. American reimbursement works up to $100 denominations and allows up to 8 GC per transaction. Southwest reimbursement works up to $200 and up to 3 GC per purchase, only 2 if they don’t cover the entire cost.

Chuck

I’ll add a note about the $50 limit.

Nic
Nic

I bought a 50 and then 3 50 dollar DL e-gift certificates on my mac and they were all reimbursed a few days ago

Ryan
Ryan

I just got mine for my PRG credit a couple weeks ago. 2x$50 on the desktop site worked like a charm!

Borgdrone
Borgdrone

After i change my selection to delta. How much time do i need to give before i buy the gift cards to make sure that i get the credit. This is for amex business platinum.

rct12345
rct12345

As per recommendation on flyertalk, give it 24 hours to be safe.

P
P

My Amex Personal Platinum was same day as purchase and it worked but it took two days for the purchase to actually post and another two days for the credit to post. This was also when Alaska gift card was still working. I say give it a day after changing or selecting your airline.

Points Adventure

never had trouble with ~10 minutes after airline selection.

LD
LD

RE: Alaska Airlines

Bought 2 one way tickets for $93 and change on 2 different cards and they were each credited. For each ticket on separate cards I bought a $35 seat change on Virgin Airlines site for a bulk head seat. Neither of the 2 purchases triggered a credit on either card.

Ableyang
Ableyang

Is it the same case for BofA Premium?

Steven
Steven

No, so far the only gift card that has triggered BoA incidental is $50/$100 AA GC

Ableyang
Ableyang

Thank you Steven.

WR
WR

Those who like to value the $200 credit as a $200 reduction in the AF are looking pretty foolish now. United gift registry dead, Alaska gc dead, Delta looking to be dead soon. I wonder if this is the handy work of the RAT team. I will get my AA GCs on January 1st, as I’m sure by this time next year all the GC options will have dried up.

This just makes it that much harder for me to bite on a retention offer, and much more likely just to churn the different flavors for signup bonuses. If Amex wants me to pay a 2nd year AF, the first thing they need to do is get this airline credit in line with their competition. I’m tired of this stupid GC game.

Pat
Pat

Does this difference of Delta GC apply to the Travelite Amex CC issued by First National bank as well?

Hannah
Hannah

I just signed up for a gold delta skymiles business credit card
50 dollar statement after first purchase
Can I buy a 50 dollar delta gift card and get a statement credit?

Sam
Sam

Yes. It can be any purchase, not limited to delta

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