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TPG reader Mike will be traveling with his dog over the holidays and wants to avoid the in-cabin pet fee:

“I’m flying from LaGuardia to Dallas/Fort-Worth on American Airlines for Christmas with my dog, Edie, and she’s going to be in the cabin. Do elite members get the pet fee waived? I’m Gold on American so I thought it might be a tiered benefit if it exists. Also, will the Platinum Card from American Express airline rebate cover the fee? The fee is $125 each way.”

 Mike wants to know, since he is an elite member with American, if that $125 fee each way for having an in-cabin pet will be waived, and unfortunately it will not. I have paid that fee numerous times and I am an Executive Platinum member and they sure didn’t waive it for me!

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I have had to pay the fee for Miles many times when he flies.

However, as he mentioned, if you do have the Platinum Card from American Express then you can select American Airlines as your rebate partner and receive up to $200 a year in statement credits when incidental fees, such as checked bags and in-flight refreshments, are charged by the airline that you enrolled. That pet fee should then get rebated, but just make sure that you select AA beforehand. If you are paying out of pocket, I recommend paying for that fee with your Premier Rewards Gold, so you get 3x points per $1 as this does show up as an airfare charge.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred also gets you 2.14x points per $1 on every dollar spent on airfare, so if you are going to get hit by this fee, you might as well try and maximize your points earning, and if you do have to spend anything then you should maximize that purchase. The card earns 2 points per $1 spent on travel, including airfare – and that actually ends up being 2.14 points per dollar once you factor in the 7% annual points dividend.

Another option it the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard because if you use it to pay for incidental airline fees – such as the pet charge – then you can redeem your miles for those fees once they hit your statement at a rate of 1 cent per miles and remember, you get a 10% miles refund on travel redemptions with the card.

So safe travels with your dog and I hope that helped!

For more details on traveling with a pet, check out experiences with Miles:

Using Miles To Fly With Miles My First Time Flying With A Dog On American Airlines In Business Class

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Named Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, July 2016
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
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Regular APR
16.49% - 23.49% Variable
Annual Fee
Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
Top 10 Things I’ve Learned So Far About Flying With A Dog Learning To Travel With A Pet
The Platinum Card® from American Express

While this premium card has one of the highest annual fees on the market, it has several valuable perks that could make it worthwhile, depending on your travel patterns. These include a $200 annual airline rebate, lounge access, free Hilton Gold status and free Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn 40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • 5X points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 a year for baggage fees and more at one airline. Terms Apply.
  • As a Platinum Card Member, you can enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations worldwide. Terms Apply.
  • Enroll to enjoy the benefits of complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status with your Platinum Card.®
  • No interest charges because you pay your balance in full each month.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.
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Regular APR
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Annual Fee
$450
Balance Transfer Fee
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Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit
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