Last chance: How to make sure you’ve used your Amex airline-fee credit before the year ends

Dec 26, 2019

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American Express offers multiple premium travel rewards cards, some of which come with perks that will reset at the end of the year. You’re leaving money on the table if you don’t use these benefits before they reset.

Multiple American Express cards offer an airline-fee credit that resets at the end of each calendar year. As the end of the 2019 approaches, make sure you’ve completely used the airline-fee credit that’s offered by the following American Express cards:

Related: Choosing the best American Express credit card for you

In order to check your progress toward using this credit, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your American Express account
  2. Click the Benefits tab
  3. Either click the Travel tab or just scroll down on the main benefits page to find the airline-fee credit

You’ll see a progress bar that shows how much you have remaining of your credit.

This Amex Platinum still has $126 left of its $200 airline fee credit for 2019.

If you’ve used all of your credit, it will instead display:

This Amex Business Platinum doesn’t have any of its airline-fee credit remaining for 2019.

Technically, the airline-fee credit is meant to be used toward incidentals like checked baggage fees, seat assignment fees and airline lounge passes. However, depending on how airlines code certain purchases, you may also get reimbursement for other types of purchases with an airline. Check out the following articles for our advice on selecting an airline and our research on what types of airline purchases may be reimbursed:

If you have the Amex Platinum, there are two other benefits that will reset at the end of the year: your $35 December Uber credit and your July-through-December $50 Saks Fifth Avenue statement credit. Likewise, if you have the Amex Business Platinum, you’ll want to ensure you use your July-through-December up to $100 Dell statement credit. And, if you have the Amex Gold you’ll want to make sure to use your $10 December dining credit. Although these credits are smaller than the airline-fee credits on each card, they’re still worth taking advantage of before the end of the year to get maximum value from your card.

Related: 7 end-of-year points and miles mistakes to avoid

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