How Do I Use the Amex Platinum Airline Credit?

Apr 26, 2015

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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. More and more TPG readers are becoming eligible for these bonuses, which is fantastic.

The Platinum Card from American Express 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!

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