Remember to Use your $200 Platinum Amex Credit by 12/31

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If you have an Platinum Amex (including the Platinum Mercedes Benz version) then remember to use your 2012 $200 airline fee credit in the next few weeks as it is based on a calendar year.  I know last year I read some unhappy comments and emails as folks realized they missed out on $200 for the previous year, so don’t let that be you.  You do have to first select your airline of choice for the year (you can pick a new one in January for 2013).  Remember the best choice isn’t necessarily the airline that you fly the most.  The best choice may be less obvious.  For example, you may already have free bags on your usual airline, but not on your secondary airline.

Here is the official list of what is and is not reimbursable via a statement credit:

Eligible Charges:

– checked baggage fees
– overweight / oversize baggage fees
– change fees
– phone reservation fees
– pet flight fees
– airport lounge day passes & annual memberships
– seat assignment fees
– in-flight amenity fees (beverages, food, pillows/blankets, etc)
– in-flight entertainment fees (excluding wireless internet)

Ineligible Charges include:

– airline tickets
– charges processed by merchants other than the airline you are enrolled in (for example, inflight Internet services providers such as GoGo)
– charges made by airline partners (for example, you purchase tickets on enrolled airline Delta, but purchases food on an Air France flight)
– trip insurance / baggage insurance
– ticket upgrades (Including American Airlines Upgrade Stickers)
– travel agent fees
– point transfer fees
– duty free purchase
– award ticket fees
– gift cards issued by Airlines

If you are unsure about which airline to choose, or what to buy that will be reimbursed, I think you best information will come from the Flyertalk threads linked below.  You can see specific purchases and outcomes on these threads.  You may be surprised at some of the things that have been reimbursed with some airlines.

American Airlines
Alaska Airlines
JetBlue
Delta
Frontier
United
US Airways
Southwest

I no longer have my Amex Platinum card (but hope to get one again at some point), but before I cancelled, I used my $200 credit early in 2012 on United/Continental gift certificates and same day change fees.  It is a great card perk that is worth $400 in the first 12 months of card membership (assuming your first year doesn’t go January 1 – December 31), and really helps to offset the $450 annual fee (slightly higher for Mercedes Benz version).

What has your experience been with the $200 airline fee credit this year?  Do you still have money to spend, or are you done for 2012?

 

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Comments

  1. I’ve got a flight today book through United but the flight I’d like to buy some drinks on is IAD -> CPH (on SAS), I have United selected as my airline, think I have any chance at getting reimbursed?

  2. My guess would be no chance-since SAS is going to show up on the bill. At this point, I think I would either just buy a 50.00 gift cert on UA and see if it gets reimbursed (look online) then if so, buy more. If not, just buy lounge passes if you are not already getting access from your status.

  3. Seems everything I believe to be reimbursable is not and AmEx puts up a fight everytime about a $30 charge. Not worth the trouble & not very happy with the benefit.

  4. I have the Corp. Platinum AxEx card and there is no $200 credit on that. I followed the link last year to select my airline, then entered in the card info and chose Delta but it didn’t work so I had to call in. I then spoke to an Agent it worked, so I then 4 lounge passes for $50 each, and never saw the credit. I called AmEx about it and they looked into it and called me back saying it didn’t apply for Corp cards so I argued back and said why did the 1st agent add it and they ended up giving me the credit, so this year I won’t be making that same mistake again.

  5. I surprisingly used mine on airline tickets this year. I booked a ticket to San Juan using my platinum when they were running the $50 statement credit promotion. A few weeks later, I received the $200 reimbursement on my statement. Still haven’t gotten the $50 promo bucks, but I think the promo period may just have ended. I’ll follow up soon I think.

  6. you should include a link in your posting that includes the link to these credit card applications. Oops, nevermind, I missed it. Thanks!

  7. I just signed up for AA as my airline of choice, bought 4 $50.00 gift cards the same day on the aa site, was reimbursed for them 3 days after purchase and bought an free flight home for daughter with the gift cards. Nice perk! In January, I will most likely switch it to Delta as we will be flying with them this summer.

  8. My wife and I have been reimbursed in the past couple weeks for two $75 and one $50 AA e-giftcards on each of our Platinum accounts. We plan to purchase the same denominations of e-giftcards in January and then cancel the Plat cards for prorated refunds of the annual fees.

  9. amex will always try to screw you out of it, that’s my experience over the years, and have now cancelled all business/personal platinum and gold cards.

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