Use $200 Airline Allowance on Amex Platinum Cards By December 31st

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There are tons of miles and points related deadlines as the end of the year quickly approaches, but one of those is spending your $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).  Don’t leave money on the table because you forgot about this valuable benefit that helps offset the high annual fees these cards carry.  If you haven’t already, you need to first select your airline of choice for the year (you can pick a new one in January for 2014).

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 on your usual airline, but not on your secondary airline.

Platinum $200 Fee Credit Mommy Points

Here is a 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 as what happens in reality isn’t always 100% what is written in print.

American Airlines
Alaska Airlines
US Airways

My husband bought two $100 United gift certificates earlier in the year using his Mercedes Benz Amex and they were actually reimbursed thanks to this $200 fee allowance.  Of course, your experience with that may vary, and based on the linked United thread above it sounds like that outcome is certainly not guaranteed.  However, that is an example of how this benefit can be surprisingly more valuable than you originally thought.  At the very least you can pick up some lounge day passes online to use or give away next year.  Just don’t let the credit go to waste unnecessarily.

What has your experience been with the $200 airline fee credit this year?  Do you still have money to spend before 2013 ends?


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  1. I used mine on a $200 egift card from American and then cashed it in on a ticket……..if they stop those credits in addition to no club access then I will exit their membership……..

  2. There was no way I was going to let that $200 credit expire, since they’re really just giving back my money. And my gift card purchase was also refunded. I had zero success with club lounge access and my Platinum year is up so won’t be renewing. Best part of the year was getting the 100,000 points.

  3. I tried buying 4 @ $50 Delta e-certificates earlier this year and I did not get the AMEX credit. I just tried again a few days ago for one $50 and did not get credit for that one either. Posted as “Travel-Airline” like the last batch. Looks like they got the best of me in 2013. My first flight in 2014 is booked in First so again no need to spend additional money. I think I will be a nice guy and buy the first few rows in coach snacks and beverages so I don’t see it wasted again in 2014.

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