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I’m sure most of you don’t need a reminder to use the $200 airline credit that comes annually with your American Express Platinum card, but just in case life has gotten a little busy and you have not yet used yours for 2011 – now is the time! This airline credit is based on a calendar year, not a membership year, so be sure to use all $200 by December 31st. Remember that you have to use the credit on the airline that you designated for that year. You get a chance to change your airline selection for 2012 starting in January.
Official Reimbursable items:
According to Amex, reimbursable charges include: baggage fees, flight-change fees, in-flight food and beverage purchases, airport lounge day-passes, pet-kennel fees, and phone reservation fees.
Official Non-reimbursable items:
Incidental air travel fees must be separate charges from airline ticket charges. Fees not charged by the Card member’s airline of choice (e.g. wireless internet and fees incurred with airline alliance partners) do not qualify for statement credits. Upgrade charges are not deemed to be incidental fees. The airline must submit the incidental air travel fees under the appropriate merchant code, industry code, or required service or product identifier for the charge to be eligible.
How it really works:
Of course all of the officially reimbursable items work, but some items not on that list also seem to be “unofficially working”. I am not going to spell them all out (because I am loving the way it works myself), but I do highly recommend that you take a look at this thread for some ideas. I can personally vouch for some charges not on the official list that worked on my account. For the most part, it seems that the greatest success with getting reimbursement on some unofficial items is when you have smallish ($50 or less) charges, but some larger ones have gone through as well.
Whether you are making a charge using the official or unofficial list, make sure you use all of your credit in the next couple of weeks!
Also, if you don’t yet have an Amex Platinum, but are interested in getting one, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) – the best currently available sign-up deal that I know of is only available by referral. You can learn more about the sign-up bonus details here. I do get a 5,000 point bonus if you get approved using my referral. If you act quickly you can get the $200 credit this year, and have a fresh one to use for 2012 just a couple of weeks later!