If you have an Platinum Amex (including the Platinum Mercedes Benz version) then remember to use your 2012 $200 airline fee credit in the next few weeks as it is based on a calendar year. I know last year I read some unhappy comments and emails as folks realized they missed out on $200 for the previous year, so don’t let that be you. You do have to first select your airline of choice for the year (you can pick a new one in January for 2013). Remember the best choice isn’t necessarily the airline that you fly the most. The best choice may be less obvious. For example, you may already have free bags on your usual airline, but not on your secondary airline.
Here is the official list of what is and is not reimbursable via a statement credit:
- checked baggage fees
- overweight / oversize baggage fees
- change fees
- phone reservation fees
- pet flight fees
- airport lounge day passes & annual memberships
- seat assignment fees
- in-flight amenity fees (beverages, food, pillows/blankets, etc)
- in-flight entertainment fees (excluding wireless internet)
Ineligible Charges include:
- airline tickets
- charges processed by merchants other than the airline you are enrolled in (for example, inflight Internet services providers such as GoGo)
- charges made by airline partners (for example, you purchase tickets on enrolled airline Delta, but purchases food on an Air France flight)
- trip insurance / baggage insurance
- ticket upgrades (Including American Airlines Upgrade Stickers)
- travel agent fees
- point transfer fees
- duty free purchase
- award ticket fees
- gift cards issued by Airlines
If you are unsure about which airline to choose, or what to buy that will be reimbursed, I think you best information will come from the Flyertalk threads linked below. You can see specific purchases and outcomes on these threads. You may be surprised at some of the things that have been reimbursed with some airlines.
I no longer have my Amex Platinum card (but hope to get one again at some point), but before I cancelled, I used my $200 credit early in 2012 on United/Continental gift certificates and same day change fees. It is a great card perk that is worth $400 in the first 12 months of card membership (assuming your first year doesn’t go January 1 – December 31), and really helps to offset the $450 annual fee (slightly higher for Mercedes Benz version).
What has your experience been with the $200 airline fee credit this year? Do you still have money to spend, or are you done for 2012?
Disclosure: I do receive a commission if you are approved for a card using one of my affiliate links. Some of the links in this post are my links, and some aren’t. All are do the best publicly available offers I am aware of.