A friendly reminder to those of you who hold the The Platinum Card® from American Express. Earlier this year they rolled out a feature which gives you a $200 credit toward incidental fees on a single airline of your choice each calendar year.
The key here is each calendar year. So if you don’t use the credit by 12/31 you will lose it. The fee credit is pretty broad, so you don’t have to have a flight by the end of the year to take full advantage of it. One tactic is to buy online gift certificates from the airline of your choice, which you can use at a later date to buy tickets for your self or others.
Continental.com sells electronic gift certificates in many denominations. I had no problem buying one for $199 and getting it credited by American Express within a few days. The gift certificate has a 5 year+ lifespan so it will be easy to get full value, and it’s transferable to friends and family. It effectively reduces the annual fee on my Platinum Card to just $250 per year, a great deal for Delta, American, and US Airways lounge access.
Here are the terms and conditions from American Express — basically, if the charge is from the airline you choose, and doesn’t show up as a ticket it’s likely to qualify:
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