A Guide to the American Express Platinum credit card $200 Airline Fee Credit

Posted on September 2, 2015 by in American Express Membership Rewards

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What’s the American Express Platinum $200 Airline Fee Credit?

The American Express Platinum credit card has the excellent benefit of a $200 airline fee reimbursement that you can use every calendar year, January 1st through December 31st. You can receive statement credits of up to $200 per calendar year toward incidental air travel fees if you own a Platinum or Centurion card – a unique benefit that is a major reason why the Platinum card is especially worth its hefty $450 annual fee. Find out more about these cards here.

We reminded you in January of this year to reselect your airline, as you can change your preference every year.

How do I get the American Express Platinum $200 Airline Fee Credit?

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If you’re new to this process, you can select your airline here by logging in to your American Express Card account. Amex states that you can choose one of these qualifying airlines:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways

We haven’t heard before now that you can be reimbursed for Frontier or Spirit, but an Amex rep on Twitter recently stated that this is the current list.

You must charge the incidental air travel fees to your eligible card for the benefit to apply. The Terms and Conditions of the $200 reimbursement benefit clearly state that gift cards are not included as qualifying incidental air travel fees, but, depending on the selected airline and a little luck, in the past many cardmembers have been successful.

There have been reports on FlyerTalk of reimbursements of gift card purchases of $100 or less with American Airlines and Southwest, for Delta eGift certificates in denominations under $50, as well as United Airlines gift registry contributions (but not gift card purchases). Some also report purchasing an Alaska Airlines gift certificate and receiving the credit almost immediately. FlyerTalkers have also tried to buy gift cards from JetBlue, but seemingly without much success.

However, Doctor of Credit recently announced that gift card purchases made as recently as August 20th, 2015, are now not being reimbursed. Reimbursement for gift cards was never an official card benefit, more a loophole that was often, but not always, successful, so we shouldn’t be too surprised if this is now the case.

Fees that can be reimbursed include:

  • Checked baggage fees
  • Overweight baggage fees
  • Flight change fees
  • Phone reservation fees
  • Seat assignment fees
  • In-flight refreshments or amenities, such as food, drinks, pillows and headphones
  • In-flight entertainment fees (not including wireless internet)
  • Airport lounge access or annual membership
  • Pet travel fees
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Every year, once a year in January, if you wish to change the airline you already selected, you can do so here.

What else do I need to know about the American Express Platinum $200 Airline Fee Credit?

If you do not change your airline selection, the current airline will remain selected.

Fees not charged by your airline of choice (e.g. wireless internet and fees incurred with airline alliance partners) do not qualify for statement credits and incidental air travel fees charged prior to the selection of a qualifying airline are not eligible for statement credits.

Airline tickets, upgrades, mileage points purchases, mileage points transfer fees, gift cards, duty-free purchases and award tickets are not classed as incidental fees.

Find out more about these cards here.

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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]

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