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As I wrote about on Sunday, the fact that it’s a new calendar year means that many of us are eligible for a new set of airline fee credits. The following Amex cards offer airline fee credits every calendar year:
- The Platinum Card® from American Express — $200 annual airline fee credit
- The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN — $200 annual airline fee credit
- Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express — $100 annual airline fee credit
Technically this credit can only be used towards airline fees, which excludes the following:
Airline tickets, upgrades, mileage points purchases, mileage points transfer fees, gift cards, duty free purchases, and award tickets are not deemed to be incidental fees.
However, in practice many of us have been successfully reimbursed for purchases of airline gift cards. Before you even buy anything, be sure you designate a preferred airline at americanexpress.com/airlinechoice. If you’ve selected an airline last year and don’t want to change it, then the selection will carry over — you don’t have to do anything.
So on January 1 I bought American Airlines gift cards in $100 increments for five sets of Amex cards, including my Amex Premier Rewards Gold Card and Amex Platinum Card, Ford’s Amex Business Platinum Card, and both of my dad’s Amex Platinum Cards.
I checked the accounts today, and all five sets of airline fee credits have posted for 2017. Here’s the credit for the Premier Rewards Gold Card, since it’s a $100 credit:
Meanwhile here’s what the credit looks like for all the Platinum Cards, as it’s a $200 credit per card (though you’ll still want to buy gift cards in increments of $100 at most, since bigger purchases don’t seem to reimburse):
Again, there’s no guarantee that the purchase of airline gift cards will continue to be reimbursed, though it has worked up until now, including this year.
Has anyone else already maxed out their Amex airline fee credits for 2017?