New Year Means Airline Fee Credits!
Just a reminder to apply for Airline Fee Credits for the following cards:
- American Express Premier Rewards Gold ($100 per calendar year)
- American Express Platinum Personal ($200 per calendar year)
- American Express Platinum Business ($200 per calendar year)
- Citi Prestige ($250 per calendar year / any airline purchase)
American Express Gold / Platinum Reimbursement
One of the few drawbacks of the Amex Platinum card is the $450 annual fee that is charged up front. The best ways to offset the high annual fee is the $200 annual Amex Platinum reimbursement for airline incidentals. This is for fees like bags, lounge access, etc., not an actual paid flight. The reimbursement works the same on the Amex Premier Rewards Gold card, but it’s only $100.
Although the reimbursement for airline incidentals is not supposed to cover airline gift card purchases, it actually does. Let me show you how!
Before you decide which airline gift card to purchase, you have to select which airline to receive reimbursement from in your Amex settings. The airline selection can’t be changed for the remainder of the year, so choose wisely. You will have to do this for both cards depending on which one you have. I suggest United per Step #2.
I recommend downloading the United MileagePlusX app on your phone. Then use your the Platinum card to buy a $200 Amazon gift card ($100 for Premier Rewards Gold) from the app and get reimbursed! The gift card will code as a purchase from United. To me, the Amazon gift card is as good as cash, since I shop at Amazon almost weekly. Don’t forget that the $200 reimbursement ($100 for PRG) is a calendar year perk so you can get it now before 2015 is up and again in early 2016. So that’s $400 or $200 back right away! This helps offset almost the whole $450 annual fee (or no annual fee for PRG)!
The reimbursement will automatically appear on your statement within 1-2 weeks. Just make sure you selected United (per Step #1) before your purchase!
Thrifty Tip #2: The $200 reimbursement is a calendar year perk so you can get it in 2016, and in January 2017. If you net out the $400 in reimbursements with the $450 annual fee the Amex platinum card only ends up costing $50 for the first year!
If you aren’t a big Amazon shopper you can also purchase gift cards from Delta, which also qualify for reimbursement. There are quite a few purchases that qualify for the reimbursement. Check out the Flyertalk forum links below.
I recommend reading the following FlyerTalk threads for more info:
My favorite things about the Amex Platinum Card: (Click here for review)
- 40k Membership Rewards points after $3,000 spend in 3 months
- $450 Annual fee upfront (Earn $400 back in Airline Fee Credits)
- No foreign transactions fees
- $200 annual reimbursement for flight incidentals (Huge value)
- Automatic SPG Gold status (I love SPG!)
- Automatic Hilton Gold status
- Free Boingo Wi-Fi access
- FREE Global Entry or TSA Pre-check ($100 credit)
- Access to over 800 Airport Lounges with Priority Pass (Including Delta)
- Points are transferrable 1:1 to many airlines including Delta
- Apply here now!