Can You Still Purchase American Airlines Gift Cards With a Bank of America Airline Fee Credit?

Feb 27, 2019

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Certain travel rewards credit cards offer annual airline incidental fee credits that cover charges such as bag fees, an onboard snack or seat assignment fees. The American Express-issued cards, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express, get most of the attention for this benefit but aren’t the only cards that offer such perks. Recently, there was a fair amount of justified disappointment in the miles and points community when American Airlines gift cards suddenly stopped triggering Amex airline fee credits .

While buying airline gift cards was an off-label use of the airline fee credit, it is one that will be sorely missed by some Amex card holders. (Some Delta and Southwest gift cards do still work with Amex cards.)

We wondered whether American Airlines gift cards had also stopped triggering the $100 annual airline statement credit on the Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card.

To find out, TPG purchased a $50 American Airlines e-gift card with a Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card on Feb 19. The charge took two days to post to the card as a processed transaction. The good news arrived a full week after the initial transaction, when a $50 travel credit was indeed triggered by the AA gift card purchase.

In the expanded transaction details, there is not the same “gift certificate” designation as American Express cardholders now see.

Bottom Line

While there’s still no good news to report on this front for holders of Amex-issued cards, we are happy to confirm the $100 Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card annual airline travel credit is still triggered with purchases of American Airlines gift cards.

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