Remember to Use Your $200 Platinum American Express Credit by 12/31!

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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 ( – 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!


  1. My Amex Plat is coming up for annual renewal next month. I don’t think I am going to pay another $450 again. Could I take advantage on Jan 1 of another $200 before I cancel? Giftcards maybe? Thanks

  2. Thanks for this posting. I forgot all about it. Off to see if I can get some gift cards or even some club day passes to use as stocking stuffers.

    @Maury One of the benefits is medical concierge. In the 20 years I’ve had a plat card, I’ve called them twice. I get a paramedic or physicians assistant (or international equivalent) on the phone who can help. One time I got a prescription that I had the hotel bell captain send someone out to retrieve (big tip) and another time (in Europe) they found a medical center where the staff spoke English and could see me promptly. (Needed a steroid shot for a tendonitis flare-up).

    I consider a portion of the fee a sort of medical insurance for travelers coverage.

  3. We fly Delta net week to London and I still have no idea how to spend my 200.00. I have read many pages of the flyertalk thread and still at a loss. Wish you could use it at the Sky Mall but you cant. Any ideas??

  4. We fly to London on Delta next week too! Used my credit on US Air for all my daughters checked baggage to and from college. Why she needs all those clothes I do not know. LOL

  5. @Deborah, I could not find anything online to spend on Delta, and have not had other Delta qualifying expenses this year. Delta is running a special to get 5 passes for $99, vice the normal $50/day single pass price. I ended up buying two sets of the passes at the club on my last trip of the year. You can only get them at the clubs, in person. The passes are individual cards that you could give to family and friends.

  6. @Chris – I wondered about that deal…was it reimbursed? I’ve heard people mention a $50 “cap”. Assume you processed 2 separate transactions of $99? Are they 12/12 expiration? Thanks.

  7. Wow, thanks Deborah, someone else had said that gift certificates DO work with Delta, so I’m glad I didn’t make the extra trip to the airport….

  8. I used the $200 credit for one CO gift certificate and Amex reimbursed that amount. FYI, I didn’t break the purchase into 4 X $50 because the T&C states that “only one Gift Certificate may be used per transaction for the purchase of airline tickets.”

  9. Thanks for helping each other out! One idea for those who are having trouble figuring out what to redeem for is consider choosing a different airline next year. For example, if you have elite status on Delta, there isn’t much left (outside of lounge passes) that you can easily get reimbursed, so maybe you will have better luck selecting AA or UA next go-round.

    For the Delta flyers, at the very least I recommend picking up some lounge passes. You can always give them to others if you can’t use them yourselves. Don’t let the $200 sit unused. 😉

  10. Okay, I used the credit to upgrade to Premium Economy for the 4 of us to London next week. It’ll cost me an additional 120.00 but well worth it. I’m happy.

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