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Amex Platinum $200 credit can be used for annual lounge membership

by on Mon June 11, 2012 • 6 Comments

We recently got a leaflet in the mail from American Express encouraging us to take advantage of our Platinum Card $200 annual airline fee credit. For the first time it explicitly laid out exactly what kinds of airline charges are and aren’t allowed with the fee waiver.

Most are no surprises based on prior experiences, but one is: annual memberships to airport lounges are eligible to receive the credit. In the past Amex had been inconsistent about this — approving some and denying others.

One loop hole that at least formally is not allowed is the purchase of gift cards. Some people in the past have had luck purchasing gift certificates with the card and getting $200 worth reimbursed. Looks like that is not allowed now

Here is the complete list of ELIGIBLE expenses:

  • Checked baggage fees
  • Overweight / oversize luggage fees
  • Itinerary change fees
  • Phone reservation fees
  • Pet flight fees
  • Airport lounge day passes and annual memberships
  • Seat assignment fees
  • In-flight amenity fees (beverages, food, pillows/blankets, headphones)
  • In-flight entertainment fees (excluding wireless internet because it’s not charged directly by the airline)
  • Incidental fees not charged by the airline you’re enrolled in (like wireless internet charged by the service provider and fees incurred with airline alliance partners)
  • Airline tickets
  • Upgrades
  • Mileage points purchases
  • Mileage points transfer fees
  • Gift cards
  • Duty-free purchases
  • Award ticket fees

Read a full benefits guide to The Platinum Card® from American Express.

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6 thoughts on Amex Platinum $200 credit can be used for annual lounge membership

  1. Jim

    I understand that Platinum is losing some lounge privileges in 2014 (AA and US Air). Any info on what other privileges are being lost would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

    1. MileCards

      @Jim – That’s the only privilege being lost at this time. They are adding some ‘Centurion’ lounges – they are currently in Las Vegas and Dallas, and will open next year in San Francisco and New York – La Guardia.

      1. Jim


        Delta making changes to lounge access privileges for AMX Platinum; cardholder access only; no more guests unless you pay $29 for each.

        AMX Platinum seems to be losing it’s luster. Hope they can find ways to re-create card holder value.

  2. Andrew Wasiluk

    3 questions before applying:
    1. Is additional card (for my wife) free and does she have the same travel benefits (lounges etc)?
    2. We have Amex Rewards Plus Gold cards which we want to close. Can we transfer points to platinum?
    3. Are Priority pass select and Global Entry included in the $450 annual fee?

    1. MileCards

      @Andrew –

      1. It is $175 extra per year for the same level of benefits
      2. Yes, just wait to cancel those cards until after your Platinum Card is active. The points will remain in the same Membership Rewards account as the Platinum.
      3. Yes, both are included in the annual fee.


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