Updated on September 20, 2017
How To Buy American Airline Gift Cards In New Jersey
UPDATE: 9/11/17, Almost 2 years later, I tried this again and the system allowed a purchase with a NJ address to go through. Is it working for you too?
Try buying an American Airline gift card with a billing address in NJ and you will get this lovely error message:
Based on recent Gift Card-related legislative action in the State of New Jersey that requires sellers of such products to report voluminous documentation with regard to our customers, we have regrettably elected to no longer sell or deliver Gift Cards to individuals in the State of New Jersey. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Your credit card has not been charged.
American Airlines has chosen to avoid all the extra paperwork of selling gift cards in NJ by simply not selling them to people in NJ.
Whether you just wanted to buy a gift card as a gift or to have it reimbursed by your American Express Platinum Card ($200 Airline fee credit) or Gold Premier Rewards Card ($100 Airline fee credit), there is a way to solve this frustrating problem. As someone suggested on Flyertalk, you could move… or just follow the easy steps below.
THE WORKAROUND: CHANGE YOUR BILLING ADDRESS
The workaround is changing your billing address temporarily with American Express. For example, if you work in NYC, you can use your New York City address. It's only temporary but make sure your bill is not being sent during this time. The shipping address will also be your temporary address but you will be buying a virtual gift card so nothing will be mailed to you. Here are two options:
- Call 800-492-8468 (Amex Platinum) and ask them to do a temporary billing address change. It can be for as little as 1 day and then it will revert back automatically.
- Change it yourself at www.americanexpress.com. Click ‘Account Profile' and edit your address. Put your order in and then change it back.
Option #3 (YMMV): The Amex rep said I could add the non-NJ address as an alternate shipping address and it should work. Maybe I didn't wait long enough but it didn't work for me until I changed the billing address.
And reimbursed a few days later…
ALTERNATIVE – DISCOUNTED GIFT CARDS
NOTE: This will not help you if you are trying to use the Amex $200 Airline Fee Credit!
Another option is to buy gift cards through a gift card marketplace like Raise.com (see my post here) or GiftCardGranny.com. However, I would only do this is the savings is significant. A small 5-7% savings on a $100 gift card where you might have problem would be a total waste of time. I'd rather see you spend that time earning or burning your miles and points!
- Flyertalk Forum: NJ resident trying to buy AA gift card
- TheRewardBoss: Amex Platinum $200 Gift Card Reimbursement STILL Alive (Even For Prior Purchases)