Last week I wrote about some strategy around selecting your 2012 Amex Platinum Card airline for the $200 annual airline fee reimbursement. If you haven’t already, feel free to check out that post for the basics about how the fee reimbursement works. and some pointers for choosing the best airline to suit your travel needs and maximize the value of the benefit.
While it is outside the terms and conditions of the credit, there has been success in having airline gift cards refunded with some airlines. One of the airlines that this has been successful with in the past is my airline of choice, Continental. Truthfully, I end up using the majority of my $200 credit on actual airline incidentals like on-board snacks, drinks, change fees, etc… but I did an experiment to see if a $25 Continental gift certificate would be refunded in 2012.
I’m happy to report back that the experiment was a success and the credit was automatically refunded to my account within two days. Keep in mind that my success does not guarantee that other similar purchases will be refunded. If you do attempt this, I suggest keeping the purchases to $100 or less. Based on anecdotal reports, there seems to be a greater likelihood that the gift certificates will be automatically refunded if they are purchased in increments of $100 or less.
I have already put that Continental certificate to good use to knock $25 off the cost of my ticket to California/Disneyland! I am also now leaning toward keeping my Amex Platinum for one more year. It is up for renewal in the very near future, and I really do not want to pay the $450 annual fee, but I am about 80% convinced to keep it for one more year. I’ll talk more about the reasons why in the near future.
Have you made an airline gift certificate purchase in 2012? What were your results?
When I wrote this post last night my Amex account was letting me send out referrals for the Amex Platinum that award 50,000 Membership Reward points after you spend $3000 on the card within the first three months, but today that offer has stopped working again for me. I will keep trying for those who have already sent me emails, but as of right now it is not working. I do receive a 5,000 Membership Rewards bonus for that referral. If you need a lower spending requirement, there is an offer that only requires $1000 in minimum spending to get 25,000 Membership Reward points currently available here.