Posted by William Charles on December 7, 2016
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Published on December 7th, 2016 | by William Charles

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Haven’t Used Your American Express $200/$100 Travel Credit? Here’s What To Know

The American Express Platinum cards all offer a $200 credit for airline incidentals, in addition the Premier Rewards Gold card also offers a $100 credit for airline incidentals. These credits are supposed to apply to airline incidentals only (e.g baggage fees) but other things have worked in the past.

The other day we posted that United MPX purchases are no longer triggering these credits and unfortunately that hasn’t changed. At this stage it looks like this is intentional, as other purchases have been triggering these credits.

The American Express travel credits are based on a calendar year (unlike the Chase Sapphire Reserve, that is based on a calendar statement cycle year). So as long as your purchase posts before December 31st, 2016 it will count towards your 2016 limit. That being said, don’t leave things to the last minute and try to use your credit ASAP.

Flyertalk has dedicated threads detailing what people have been refunded for. Keep in mind you need to select one airline to receive the credits for:

If you’re purchasing gift cards and the like, remember that the fine print states these aren’t eligible for reimbursement but people do have success getting them reimbursed. It’s best to purchase lower value gift cards (e.g under $200) in my experience.

If people have any questions, please ask them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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WZB
WZB

I got refund, UA

WZB
WZB

3 days

sam
sam

Did you buy MPX GC for United? Or did you get united registry? Or just plain used for incidentals on united flight?

exoticfusion
exoticfusion

I plan on signing up for the business plat. I heard if you sign up around Dec 12-15ish you will b able to get the $200 3 times (2016,2017 & 2018) before paying the AF. Any truth to this or DP’s?

CtownBin
CtownBin

Yes, there is truth to it. It works, I’ve done it with the regular plat last year.

I would probably apply sometime over the next 5 days or so, to give you time to get the card and make the purchase for 2016. Since AMEX gives 30 days to cancel with no refund, that will still give you until about Jan. 12, 2018 to cancel, which is more than enough time to do the 2018 spend.

Credit
Credit

Very likely get black listed too. Amex is in no mood to play games anymore

Ken
Ken

Especially with their Platinum cards.

Sikachu
Sikachu

So, I applied for Plat using the leaked link. However, my application is still “in progress” as I asked them for a reconsideration. I guess if I get approved I won’t have a December statement and my first statement will be January?

CtownBin
CtownBin

That is true. But, with Amex, that doesn’t matter- you will still be able to get the 2016 credit as long as the purchase posts before December 31, which is plenty of time.

JC
JC

Any chance for one of these regarding the Ritz card?

VK
VK

Are we sure about this not being a calendar statement cycle year like CSR. Asking, based on my recent experience.
I got my SPG and personal Plat within 2 weeks of each other (the SPG first) in Nov. But the statement date of Plat is 12/08, while SPG which I got earlier is 12/15. I find this strange and barely made the WN gc purchase in time(thanks to the post, hope it works).

Is Amex doing the same to avoid folks doing the double dip.

gman
gman

I got the amex plat on the 100k leaked link. At this point im thinking it might make sense to cancel it. Reasons are:

1. I have the amex mercedes card, so that could prevent me from getting it after all the spen.

2. MPX no longer working and because i would need to purchase gift cards its more likely to cause amex to flag my account as problematic.

All those unknowns are making me think it makes more sense to skip this offer and focus on other cards.

Dan
Dan

Don’t be a chicken 🙂

gman
gman

Ha! Yes it does feel like i am letting amex win against the churners, damn it 🙂 Just not worth the headache, might as well use my spend for other ‘great’ causes …

Den
Den

gman, they can took 100k points back if you close the card early. Not sure how long to keep the card to make sure you can keep 100k points.

Raul
Raul

Y cancel? Y not just downgrade?

Den
Den

Yes, I cancelled and AmEx took 100k points away. They did it against their own rules, but it is hard to get points back. CFPB is basically useless here.

Aubrey
Aubrey

I used online chat to verify that I would get the 100k. Maybe if you get that in writing, even after you tell them you have Mercedes plat, it would help your case if they try to deny. I took a screen shot of the chat.
I’m going to make use of the $100 global entry credit, so I feel like even if I can’t use the $200 airline credit, 100k MR pts are work $350.

Nick
Nick

“At this stage it looks like this is intentional, has other purchases have been triggering these credits.”

This should probably be corrected to “AS other purchases have been triggering these credits”

Thanks another helpful article!

Cai
Cai

How do I know if I have used the credit?

Cai
Cai

Answer myself: check the statement. It seems Amex doesn’t have a dedicated place to check the progress…

Sikachu
Sikachu

They refreshed the Benefits tab and it’s much clearer now.

Square
Square

Very clear on the benefits tab online.

Cheryl
Cheryl

How about one more..for the Ritz card?

Gary
Gary

200$ United registry transaction done on Monday and credit posted today.

Aubrey
Aubrey

All 200 in one transaction?
Registry $$ can’t be used for taxes on award fares. Do you know if registry $$ can be used on bag fees/incidentals? Trying to decide if this is the route to go. Whenever I fly United, it’s an award flight. So I’m not sure if registry will do me any good.

Sikachu
Sikachu

Ticket only, can’t even use for award flight fee. See terms here: https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/products/travelproducts/Pages/CashGiftRegistry.aspx

Glenn
Glenn

Timely article of course. I’ve seen DP’s suggesting upgrades have worked to trigger the credit, for example upgrades to Economy Plus on United. Can you confirm?

Dean
Dean

Has anyone bought southwest gift card from gyft and get credit?

Adam
Adam

Add Frontier to the airlines list.

Victor
Victor

just one off topic question? Did anyone try to pay Plastiq using the platinum Amex card yet ? ( the one which was approved by the hidden link)

James
James

Yes, paid taxes via Plastiq and met min spend. I see the 100K points as pending.

Deborah
Deborah

I booked an Alaska flight to Kauai using Avios. Alaska agent told me that at the 24 hour in advance check in, sometimes an upgrade to first class is offered for $100. So I designated Alaska as my airline for the Amex travel credit, and sure enough, got the upgrade and it was reimbursed by Amex.

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