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TPG reader Donald emailed me to ask

“I just got the American Express Platinum card through CardMatch, but was wondering how to maximize the airline credit. Can I purchase tickets or use it for award taxes and fees?”

First off, congrats on getting your card through CardMatch. Hopefully you got an increased bonus offer like 60,000 or 100,000 points. More and more TPG readers are becoming eligible for these bonuses, which is fantastic.

The American Express Platinum Card benefits include a $200 annual airline reimbursement for qualifying airlines. Technically you can’t purchase tickets or use the credit for award taxes/fees; however, depending on how the airline codes your purchase, you may get reimbursed.

The list of eligible incidental fees for the airline credit includes:

  • Checked baggage fees (including overweight/oversize)
  • Itinerary change fees
  • Phone reservation fees
  • Pet flight fees
  • Seat assignment fees
  • In-flight amenity fees (beverages, food, pillows/blankets, headphones)
  • In-flight entertainment fees (excluding wireless internet, because it’s not charged by the airline)
  • Airport lounge day passes & annual memberships

As you can see, neither airline tickets nor award taxes/fees are listed. That said, I do know people who have gotten award ticket fees reimbursed, especially if they’re below the $200 threshold. I’ve actually been able to buy gift cards with the credit (which I later used for airline tickets), and I know other people who have as well. Sometimes Amex just sees a small amount charged to an airline and reimburses it without doing too much detective work.

Technically you can’t use the reimbursement for airline tickets or award fees, but it’s worth a try. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

However, the $250 airline credit offered by the Citi Prestige Card does reimburse you for airline tickets or award taxes and fees. So that’s an alternative if you’re looking for a solid airline credit/reimbursement.

If you’ve successfully used the Amex Platinum credit for award ticket fees or airline tickets, please share your experiences below!

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook, or send me an email at

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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  • 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.
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