Premier Rewards Gold Card From American Express Airline Fee Credit

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Last week the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express got a refresh, whereby we saw some great new features, including:

  • The addition of a $100 airline fee credit
  • The addition of 2x Membership Rewards points per dollar spent at US restaurants (previously this wasn’t a category bonus on the card)
  • The elimination of foreign transaction fees
  • The intro annual fee increased by $20, from $175 to $195 (though there’s still an introductory first year annual fee of $0)


That first point is especially awesome. With American Express, airline fee credits are based on calendar years, while annual fees are based on card member years. For example, if you were to apply for the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express now, you wouldn’t pay your first annual fee until June 2016. However, you’d get a $100 airline fee credit now, and then another $100 airline fee credit in January 2016.

Anyway, this benefit is very similar to the one offered by The Platinum Card® from American Express, in the sense that you have to log-in to designate the airline you want for your $100 fee credit, and then you can make the purchase.


The terms and conditions state that airline fee credits exclude 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.

Anecdotally, however, in many cases it seems like gift card purchases can be reimbursed as well. To test this out on the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, I purchased two $50 gift cards from American on June 3:


On June 7 the gift cards were reimbursed:


So it does seem like in practice this credit works similar to the one on the Platinum Card, except it’s for $100 per year rather than $200.

The American Express forum on FlyerTalk has individual threads dedicated to reimbursement reports for each airline, including Alaska, American/US Airways, Delta, HawaiianJetBlueSouthwest, and United. As you can see, anecdotally these credits can be used for a wide variety of things, from lounge memberships, to cancellation fees, to status challenge fees, to (in many cases) gift cards.

Bottom line

I’m thrilled to see the refresh this card has undergone, as it’s once again quite competitive with the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card and Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card. While the annual fee is $100 higher than both of those cards, you do get a $100 airline fee credit, which sort of helps offset that. The fact that you get $200 in airline fee credits before you pay your first year’s annual fee is quite awesome as well.

Have you used your airline fee credit on the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express yet?

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  1. Does this mean if you already have the gold credit card, you can still get the $100 reimbursement? If so, do you have to designate the airline as the case with the Platinum card?

  2. Any idea if it’s possible to get the signup bonus again, if we had the PRG prior to the update?

  3. I purchased an AA gift card but did not select my airline as AA. If i set the airline now, can I still get the re-imbursement or no?

  4. @ AJ — Technically I believe not, but can’t hurt to try and see if it reimburses, since I’m not sure how their back end technology works.

  5. After selecting the airline of your choice, how long do you have to wait to start purchase a gift card online? Thx.

  6. So if “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” what is left that would be included if Amex decided to go by the book?

  7. So you choose one airline for this year- But then can you change your airline choice for the next years reimbursement?

  8. @AJ @Lucky There is no guarantee this will work, but it worked for me.
    I called Amex and told them I didn’t see the credit applied, they offered me to apply the credit or 5000 Membership Rewards. This was because I did the purchase in Dec and the REP told me that if she applies the credit it will count for this year and not last year (I applied for the card in nov) I told her to apply the credit and after a while bought again more gift cards and got again the “fees” reimbursed for this year.

  9. @Lucky,

    I recently redeemed my AAdvantage miles for my brother flying Etihad First Class Apartment on 6/3/15. The total fees and tax was $104.00. On my Amex statement it was printed “AA AIR TICKET SALE 4DALLAS TX”, and I got reimbursed on 6/7/15. So Apparently it works for award fees as well.


  10. If I already have the Amex premier rewards gold card from earlier in the year am I able to get the airline credit?

  11. Hi Ben

    Did you purchase the virtual or physical AA gift cards? the virtual option seems to be down.

  12. Hi, is this account based or card based? Have you had any experience or heard anyone has got this credit on additional cards of the same account?


  13. Thanks! I designated Southwest as my airline and later purchased a $100 e-gift card through Southwest’s website on 6/24/15. My credit was posted on 6/28/15. This is with the Premier Rewards Gold card.

  14. I had to cancel an American Airlines Award due to change in my schedule. They are asking 150 dollars to redeposit the miles. If I use my Amex Gold to pay this fee will this be considered an airline charge and be eligible for the credit

  15. Note this was with the AmEx Platinum but I believe the terms are the same. I purchased a $50 Southwest gift card on Aug 31 2015 and still not reimbursed 6 days later. I noticed on the charge that it assigned it a ticket number so maybe southwest doesn’t work anymore. I applied for global entry on the same day and that got refunded 2 days ago.

  16. Had similar recent experience with AmEx Platinum and Southwest. Purchased $50 virtual gift card on 8/29 and still no refund.

  17. Anybody have any luck with Southwest GC purchases lately? Bought 2 $100 GC last month through and never was reimbursed. Since I’ve already designated SW not even sure how I can use the benefit since they don’t charge many fees.

  18. Looks like Southwest isn’t working anymore, anyone have any luck with a gift card below $50? Or having a gift card sent through the mail instead of getting an e-giftcard?

  19. I didn’t receive my reimbursement for my checked bag fee even though I had designated United as my airline. I was going to wait 4 weeks (per their terms & conditions) to contact them about it but decided to chat with a rep who proceeded to give me the credit.

  20. I also tried a $50 southwest e-card and never was reimbursed. I also purchased another $50 card and paid $2.95 extra to have an actual card shipped to my home. It has been a month and neither one has be reimbursed.

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