Posted by Chuck on January 3, 2020
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Published on January 3rd, 2020 | by Chuck

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It’s A New Year For Credit Card Travel Credits – Complete List

The new year has begun, and that means taking advantage of the annual travel credits on various credit cards. Most importantly, remember that gift card purchases no longer trigger Amex airline incidental credits. You might want to change your airline to one which you find yourself getting fees on (e.g. a low-cost carrier who charges for a lot fo things).

There are many annual card benefits which go based on the card anniversary year; below is a list of those that go based on the calendar year (or December statement closing). I’ve extracted this list from our Year-End Checklist which we posted at the end of 2019.

  • Citi Prestige comes with $250 travel credit.
  • Bank of America Premium Rewards comes with $100 airline incidental credit. Last I know, AA gc still works.
  • Chase Ritz-Carlton card come with $300 airline incidental charges.
  • Chase Sapphire Reserve comes with a $300 travel credit; those who got the card before May 21, 2017 are grandfathered into the old system where the travel credit renewal goes with the calendar year.

 

  • Amex Platinum personal and business cards come with a $200 airline incidental credit.
  • Amex Gold personal comes with $100 airline incidental credit.
  • Amex Hilton Aspire comes with $250 airline incidental credit.
  • Amex Green personal card comes with an annual $100 CLEAR credit and annual $100 LoungeBuddy credit.

 

Likewise, there are a bunch of other things which have renewed now as well:



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Dan
Dan

What are people spending their $200 Amex Plat credit on now that we can’t buy AA GCs?

Alex
Alex

I fly Spirit Airlines and use it to pay for bags and Big Front Seat. Ends up being a nicer experience than flying AA anyway. Obviously depends a lot on where you fly from though. Would also be good for paying for bags on a United Basic Economy Fare or on Frontier or Allegiant.

Nick
Nick

Except that you have to choose 1 and only 1 usage up front. No paying for bags on both Spirit and United:(

My choice: close the Amex card and use my $200 as I wish:)

Kal
Kal

CNB Crystal is $350 instead of $250

ben
ben

Anyone have updated methods to utilize the Airline credit for Amex Plat for AA? Will paying for rest of airfare via Amex Plat card trigger the credit if its partially paid with GC?

Miles
Miles

Not with AA, no.

dafoe
dafoe

I saw on Flyer Talk there was a way with Northwest Airlines to trigger it but you will need to Google

Brian
Brian

Northwest Airlines???

Jack
Jack

And a time machine

Ed
Ed

Do you mean Southwest? The method I’ve just tried is to purchase with AMEX Plat two (2) sub $100 (eg $95) flights that you find and then cancel them a bit later and keep track of the confirmation numbers. You will have 1 year to use that credit with Southwest but it purportedly triggers the credit (if you chose Southwest as your designated airline.) I’m waiting on my credit but it has only been a few days over the weekend.

Martha Burke
Martha Burke

I just purchased a SW ticket using my points with a $82 fee. The $82 fee was reimbursed as Amex Airline Fee Reimbursement. I will cancel the ticket later and get my points refunded. Unfortunately I did not realize that the fee will be credited back as a travel voucher Instead of to my form of payment. If you plan on canceling your ticket you will need to book an Anytime fare not a Wanna Get Away to get the fee refunded back to Your credit card instead of as a travel voucher good for one year from booking.

Rox
Rox

If you purchased with points, you should have the option to select refund to the credit card for the fee. That is how it has been for domestic travel.

Ed
Ed

FYI, the travel credits posted as expected. Note that I’m on Charles Schwab Personal Plat but I would assume regular Plat would be the same.

Rex
Rex

NVM

Naota
Naota

What airlines still work for GCs with Amex Plat and Amex Gold?

Charlie
Charlie

None.

Naota
Naota

I really would love to get the Amex plat again but only being able to use the airline credit on incidentals is really a deal breaker for me. What a shame…

DM
DM

The biggest issue is having to designate one airline. If it could be used across all airlines then I think most people would manage to use it all or at least most. If not then you’re realistically not the cards targeted demographic. But of course by forcing you to designate one airline Amex saves/makes money through breakage.

farsighted99
farsighted99

I’m seriously considering cancelling our Plat card and the Amex Gold Rewards because of this change. It’s just not worth the money they want. The other benefits just aren’t worth the expense. Amex is nuts to do this. The travel credit was the main reason I got these cards. And will downgrade my Hilton Aspire.

Porcupine
Porcupine

Does anyone know if the FBNO Travelite credit is still triggered by SouthWest GC purchase?

Skippy
Skippy

Worked for me last year. Haven’t tried this year yet. I hope so. 🙂

Porcupine
Porcupine

Me as well, but I did it before the whole AMEX ordeal with them no longer working. Not sure if the two are related. I have no use for the gift card other than holding onto them until perhaps one day a need arises.

Pj
Pj

I’m switching my platinum airline credit to AA and paying to keep my status for another year… I’ll report results in a few days

Ben L.
Ben L.

$100 Delta GC triggered the Expedia credit for me

Lillian Martin
Lillian Martin

What do you mean? A booking on Expedia?

Andrew D
Andrew D

Ben L. is referencing the Citi Expedia card.

Ben L.
Ben L.

Yes, that’s what I meant. Thank you for clarifying.

Sparky
Sparky

$100 walmart gift card via MPX for penfed worked for me a few months ago.

diggs
diggs

*DELETE* (wrong thread)

Max
Max

Bank of America Premium Rewards: I bought $100 AA GC on 1/3/20, and the credit posted today (1/16)

Michael Hollis
Michael Hollis

This was almost the same as my experience

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