For those of you that have (or are considering) an American Express Platinum card, the $200 annual airline fee reimbursement does work for purchasing $30 500-mile upgrade certificates on aa.com. 7 upgrade “stickers” is $210, so with the $200 discount you’re getting 3,500 miles of upgrades for $10.
I’ve set American Airlines as my airline of choice for the program, and I purchased the upgrades one at a time as keeping the charges under $100 seems to have the fastest reimbursement; under $50 is even “safer” in my experience. Within 48 hours I had 6 $30 credits and 1 $20 credit for the full total of $200.
As an AAdvantage Executive Platinum I get a free drink and snack in coach, so I don’t have onboard sundry charges to look for reimbursement for so using the entire $200 amount for upgrades made sense as I use them to upgrade my wife when she’s traveling as my companion (which still requires the use of 500-mile stickers for her).
So, if you have the Amex Platinum, have American Airlines as your choice but don’t know what to do with the reimbursement program, buy upgrades!