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One of the many valuable perks offered by Amex credit cards is the annual airline travel credit. A number of Amex cards come with this credit, including the American Express® Gold Card, the Platinum Card® from American Express, the Business Platinum® Card from American Express, the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card and both the personal and business versions of the Centurion card.
With the annual airline travel credits from Amex, you select an eligible airline and receive the specified amount of money in statement credits to cover fees such as checked bags, inflight purchases and change fees. Here’s what each of the cards mentioned above gets up to annually for airline travel credits:
- Amex Gold Card — $100
- Amex Platinum Card — $200
- Amex Business Platinum Card — $200
- Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card — $250
- Amex Centurion Cards — $200
The eligible airlines include Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Spirit, Southwest and United.
In order to take advantage of the statement credit, you must select the airline with which you want to spend it. If you already have an eligible Amex card and are looking to change the airline you want to use the statement credit with (you can change this once a year), you must do so by the end of the month — Jan. 31 — by logging in to your account and selecting the airline. If you don’t want to change your preferred airline, you don’t need to do anything — last year’s selection will carry over.
Unfortunately, these statement credits can’t be applied directly to airfare, however, they can save you on other incidentals, and with some airlines you can buy gift cards and trigger the statement credit, effectively allowing you to purchase airfare with one extra step involved. If you plan on changing your airline, don’t forget to do so by the end of the month.
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The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), up to a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
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