Here is a rundown of airlines and gift cards:
|US Airways CRJ-200 at ABQ|
You can buy a gift card online or at Walgreens. Any amount will let you ticket by phone without a fee.
|United Airlines CRJ-200 at ABQ|
Now that Continental runs United, the free phone reservation trick is gone. Gift certificates can be purchased for use at United.com. Don’t bother.
American Airlines can process gift cards on their website, so they don’t waive the phone reservation fee.
|Southwest Airlines Taking Off at ABQ|
Delta gift certificates expire in 1 year and can only be used at a ticketing office outside the US.
Alaska Airlines gift certificates are only valid on their website.