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One of the many benefits that come with the Platinum Card from American Express and the Business Platinum Card from American Express is a statement credit for airline fees charged to the cards and, once a year, cardholders get to choose which airline they wish to nominate as the airline whose fees they’d like to see rebated. Now is that time of year.
The both the Platinum Card ($550/year) and Business Platinum Card ($595/year) come with hefty annual fees so it’s especially important for holders of these cards to make sure they’re maximizing all the benefits these cards offer.
One benefit that offers an obvious effective partial rebate of the annual fee is the $200/year airline fee credit benefit but this isn’t a straightforward benefit to use.
Platinum Card Airline Fee Credit – What You Need To Know
Only select domestic airlines are eligible for the Platinum Card airline fee credit:
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- JetBlue Airways
- Southwest Airlines
- Spirit Airlines
- United Airlines
Platinum cardholders can only nominate one airline per year as the airline whose fees they’d like to see rebated (up to $200/year). Once an airline choice has been made (in January of every year) the choice is set for the rest of the year and cannot be changed.
The airline fee credit does not cover airfare. Examples of airline charges that, officially, will trigger the fee credit include:
- Baggage fees
- Seat selection fees
- Change fees
- Pet fees
- In-flight purchases of drinks, food, and amenities
- In-flight entertainment fees (excluding wifi)
- Airline lounge day passes and annual memberships
Officially, the following charges will not be rebated:
- Upgrade fees
- Gift card purchases
- Award fees
- Mileage purchases
- Mileage transfer fees
I’ve used the word ‘officially’ in two instances (above) because, as with a lot of things in life, there will be exceptions to the rules (e.g. some gift card purchases will still trigger the credit and some upgrade fees have been known to trigger the credit)…but you shouldn’t bank on this happening.
Making Your Airline Selection
If you are a new Amex Platinum or Amex Business Platinum cardholder and haven’t yet chosen an airline whose fees you’d like to have rebated (up to $200/year) you can make your choice at any time (although the sooner you make your choice the sooner you can start to claw back some of the annual fee).
The easiest way to make your airline selection is to head over to https://global.americanexpress.com/card-benefits/enroll/airline-fee-credit/platinum, log in to the American Express account linked to your Platinum Card and/or Business Platinum Card and make your selection on the page that opens up.
If (for some reason) the link above won’t resolve, you can access your airline fee credit benefit by following these simple steps:
- Log in to your American Express online account
- Click on “benefits” from the top menu bar
- Scroll down the benefits page until you see the airline fee credit appear. In my case this is what that looks like (I currently have American Airlines selected as my airline of choice):
If you have a particular domestic airline with which you fly a lot then that may be the obvious airline for you to choose but don’t forget that if you have elite status with that airline there’s a good chance that a lot of the ancillary fees it charges may be complimentary as part of your benefits package – you may be better off selecting a secondary airline with whom you don’t have elite status and where any fees you have to pay won’t be waived.
The month of January is your one chance in the year to revise your previous year’s choice of airline for the purposes of the Amex Platinum/Amex Business Platinum airline fee credit so make sure you make the most of it.
Have a think about which airlines you’re likely to fly this year, which airline is likely to charge you fees that you have no way of avoiding and which airline is likely to give you the most opportunities to earn the full $200 fee credit…and then make your selection online before the end of January.
Which airline are you choosing to nominate for your Amex Platinum/Amex Platinum Business airline fee credit and why?