Happy Memorial Day from our family to yours. While we are enjoying the day off, we also want to thank all of those who have served or are serving our country. Below is my Grandpa who was an instructor on aircraft such as the B-25 in the Air Corps from 1940 – 1945.
Today I want to offer a reminder to those who are serving our country (or their spouses at home who manage their points collecting) that they can request to have their credit card annual fees waived for active duty military members. This isn’t one of the things the banks have to do under the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act, but it is something that a few go above and beyond to offer. One of my good friends, Katy, who helps out with this site has an active duty military husband. She has been successful in getting American Express to waive annual fees on their Amex cards such as the benefits rich American Express Platinum card that normally runs $450 per year. You can start this request by calling the number on the back of your Amex card(s).
American Express is not alone in waiving annual fees for active duty military members, but they do seem to have a pretty consistent and simple process. I have also heard success stories with Chase (via The Military Flyer), Barclays, and some other banks, though the success rates seem to be highest with Amex.
You can read more about the process of getting the fee waivers from American Express via fellow BoardingArea blogger The Military Flyer. Thanks again to all who serve, and I hope you are able to keep a little money in your pockets (and points in your accounts!) via this process.