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Lots of things related to miles, points, and rewards credit cards reset on January 1st. One of the good things that resets is the $200 airline fee credit that comes with The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN cards (including the Platinum Mercedes Benz version of the card). Using the full $200 credit allowed per calendar year really helps offset a chunk of the annual fees on these cards.
You get the opportunity to change your airline of choice in January for the year, so don’t delay if you want to change your airline to a different one than you had in 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 checked bags and waived fees on your usual airline due to elite status or a co-branded credit card, but not on your secondary airline.
Here is a list of what is and is not reimbursable via a statement credit:
– 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 recent specific purchases and outcomes on these threads. You may be surprised at some of the things that have been reimbursed with some airlines as what happens in reality isn’t always 100% what is written in print.
My husband bought two $100 United gift certificates last year using his Mercedes Benz Amex and they were actually reimbursed thanks to this $200 fee allowance. However, it sounds like that is not happening as much in recent months with gift certificates on United. We have a couple of $100 United Gift Registry purchases to make today and I’ll let you know what happens with those purchases.
What do you plan to your $200 airline fee credit on this year? Which airline did you choose?
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