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American Express offers Airline Fee credits on several of their cards. Personally, I hold 3 of them ( Amex Platinum, Amex Business Platinum, and Amex Gold) that total a whopping $500 in annual credits I’m entitled to receive. These credits are based on the calendar year and they just refreshed for 2019.
The tricky thing regarding Amex Airline Fee credits is determining what counts and what doesn’t. This varies from airline to airline, is dictated by Amex, and I wrote an entire post that details the various airlines and how Amex interprets the charges. I’d recommend reading that if your airline isn’t Alaska.
Good news for those of us who have selected Alaska as our airline of choice…
Small tickets are still being credit back by American Express.
This is great news especially if you have Gold/75k status with Alaska and can cancel those flights and deposit them into your Alaska account to collectively use towards a more expensive flight in the next 12 months.
Keep in mind – if you book a “Saver” ticket you won’t be allowed to deposit into your wallet. You want to focus on “Main.”
Other items that the airline fee credit typically includes across most airlines:
- Bag fees
- Change Fees
- Taxes and fees on award tickets
- Cancellation fees
- Upgrade fees