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Using the Amex Premier Rewards Gold Airline Fee Credit for Gift Cards

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One of the more popular travel rewards cards is the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express. Earlier this month Amex made some changes to the card, improving its benefits and making it more attractive to consumers.

Among these changes is the implementation of a $100 yearly airline fee credit, which will likely be similar to that offered by the The Platinum Card from American Express. This can be used toward a variety of airline charges, such as checked bag fees and in-flight purchases; many reports indicate that airline gift cards are also eligible for reimbursement. You can register for a qualifying airline here.

Here’s the official list of what Amex will reimburse for:

Checked baggage fees
Overweight/oversize baggage fees
Change fees
Phone reservation fees
Pet flight fees
Airport lounge day passes and annual memberships
Seat assignment fees
In-flight amenity fees (beverages, food, pillows/blankets, etc)
In-flight entertainment fees (excluding wireless internet)

However, TPG wanted to test out his luck using the $100 airline fee credit to purchase two $50 American Airlines gift cards to see if he would be reimbursed for them, as he was in the past using his Amex Platinum card.

The purchases were made on June 1 and just four days later Amex reimbursed the cost of both gift cards, so it appears that even though airline gift cards aren’t technically allowed, you should be able to purchase these and get reimbursed without any issue. You can then use this credit toward your airfare — TPG chose to use his fee credit for American Airlines, but you can select a different carrier instead.

We’d love to hear about your experience with Amex’s $100 airline fee credit — please feel free to share your success in the comments below!

Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

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  • Receive 25,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply.
  • No matter where you're traveling, when you use your Premier Rewards Gold Card there are no foreign transaction fees from American Express.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit. Up to $100 a year in baggage fees and more at one airline.
  • There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195.
  • Terms and limitations apply. See Rates & Fees
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Balance Transfer Fee Credit Rating
N/A Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195 See Terms Excellent Credit