Redeeming Transportation Vouchers on American Airlines

We went to Disney World for the first time with our boys about a year and a half ago.  They were 5 and 6 at the time.  It was a magical vacation.  I think it was the perfect age to take the kids.  They got so excited every time we saw one of the characters!  And they were old enough to ride most of the rides.  When we were heading home, we decided that we would go back in about 2 years.  We realized that when the kids were older, they probably wouldn’t remember much of the first trip.  But we thought if they were 7 and 8, they might remember some of it.  I was about 9 when we took our trip across the country and I remember a lot of the trip.  And my siblings that were a little younger than me also remembered some of it.  But my youngest siblings don’t remember much of it.

As some of you may recall, we got $2,000 in travel vouchers for being bumped from one of our flights on the way back from Wyoming.  Those vouchers were on American Airlines.  And as you’ve probably heard in the news, American Airlines may go into bankruptcy.  I’m sure that the vouchers would still be honored in bankruptcy, but I really didn’t want to take any chances.  So I asked my husband if he’d be up for going back to Disney and yay! he said yes.

Now for some tips if you’re ever redeeming travel vouchers on American.  You must redeem the vouchers either using their 800 number or going to a ticketing counter.  If you want to do the research yourself, you can search for tickets on-line and then put them on hold.  You would then call the 800 number and give them the record locator number.  And if the base price for the ticket(s) is less than the total value of the vouchers you are redeeming, you do not have to pay taxes.  I talked to 2 agents and neither of them knew that.  In fact, one of them told me that she tickets these all the time and you have to pay taxes.  I knew that I didn’t have to pay taxes.  I told her that I was on their web site page about Transportation Vouchers and it says they are tax exempt.  Only after I said that did she look into it.  She called their tariff desk and that’s when she found out that taxes did not apply.

Here is a great site about how to redeem vouchers on American Airlines.

Now…let the planning for the Disney vacation begin!  Anyone have any tips?

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