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Update: Don’t forget to use your 2019 credit before the end of the year!
Now is the best time to apply for one of these cards as you can get an airline fee credit for 2019, 2020, and 2021 before the 2nd annual fee is due! The limited time offer for The AMEX Business Platinum Card ends tonight at 9:59pm!
Originally posted on 7/23:
There are 4 AMEX cards that give a credit to use for incidental fees on the airline of your choice.
- The AMEX Business Platinum Card offers a $200 annual airline fee credit.
- The AMEX Platinum Card offers a $200 annual airline fee credit.
- The AMEX Gold Card offers a $100 annual airline fee credit.
- The AMEX Hilton Aspire Card offers a $250 annual airline fee credit.
- You can check to see if you’re targeted to earn 100,000 points for opening a new Platinum card via Cardmatch here by filling out the form and clicking on “Cardmatch special offers”.
You can use this link to check how much of your AMEX airline fee credit has been used. Just login and click on your eligible card.
You need to register with a specific airline before spending. After you register for an airline you can officially only change your airline in January. However I have had success changing the airline by chatting with AMEX online.
You can choose to register for the following airlines:
Note that if you have a Business Platinum card, the airline you choose will also be the airline that will give you 35% of your points back when redeeming for coach travel. You may want to hold off on spending the $200 until the end of the year if you want to be able to change the airline more easily during the year. You also get back 35% of your points on all airlines in business and first class redemptions without having to register for an airline.
Unfortunately gift cards no longer count for this credit.
But there are plenty of other ways to use your credit.
The screenshot below has some of the recent activity on my Platinum card.
Tickets under $99 have long been reported to get reimbursement, though those have always been YMMV (Your mileage may vary).
On July 1st I redeemed JetBlue points for a ticket from Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale for my brother’s son’s bris. I bought an extra legroom seat and put it on my Platinum card to be reimbursed as an airline fee.
The next day the price of the ticket went down. Officially JetBlue doesn’t allow for cancellations for tickets booked within 7 days of travel. The workaround for that is to buy your ticket via Priceline, which has no such restrictions, but that doesn’t help for award travel. However if your ticket price goes down within 5 days of booking, JetBlue will give you credit for the difference. They don’t have a way to give a credit for the points difference, so they just refunded the points and said to book it again.
In the meantime I got a reader tip that the airline fee credit was working for paid tickets that are only partially paid for on your credit card. In other words if you pay for part of a ticket via gift card or travel credit and part on your credit card, then the part of the ticket paid on your credit card will be considered an airline fee and get credited back.
I had a few dollars in my JetBlue TravelBank from a previous trip, so I used that and bought the ticket for $123.98 on my Platinum card. I also bought the extra legroom seat again.
I got credited back for both $41 extra legroom charges and for the ticket price with the remaining $118 in credit that I had left for the year, for a total of $200 in 2019 refunds.
Best of all the price dropped afterward again, so JetBlue credited that price drop to my TravelBank for future use!
Now, I expect that I’ll get charged back for the $41 extra legroom charge on my original ticket as JetBlue refunded that charge as well. But it’s great to know that partial payments on a ticket is another way to use the airline fee credit.
This is also working for other airlines as well, just use a gift card or travel credit along with your credit card for partial payment on a ticket to get an airline fee reimbursed!
Aside from partial payments for tickets and tickets under $99, these other charges also have been reported to count for airline fee credit:
- Award redeposit and change fees from airline of your choice.
- Baggage fees from airline of your choice.
- Flight change fees from airline of your choice.
- Food and drinks on the plane from airline of your choice.
- Food and drinks in a club from airline of your choice.
- Lounge access and club pass fees from airline of your choice.
- Phone reservation fees from airline of your choice.
- Pet fees.
- Seat selection fees and Economy Plus fees from airline of your choice.
- Standby fees from airline of your choice.
- AA 500 mile upgrades.
- Delta Skymiles Select.
- $9 Spirit Fare Club Membership.
- United Economy Plus upgrades and Economy Plus Subscriptions.
- United WiFi Subscription Purchases And Gifts.
- United WiFi on mainline planes.
- Buying extra miles or mileage multiplier offered with a ticket purchase online or at a kiosk.
What airline fees have you been credited for on your AMEX card?