Posted by William Charles on March 14, 2018
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Published on March 14th, 2018 | by William Charles

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What Does & Doesn’t Trigger The PenFed Pathfinder Rewards American Express $100 Airline Credit?

PenFed recently released the PenFed Pathfinder Rewards American Express credit card. One of the benefits of the card is that it has no annual fee and also comes with an annual $100 airline fee credit (this is based on a calendar year). This makes it worth holding long term. The credit applies to the following U.S headquartered airlines:

  • American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Allegiant Air, and Virgin America

They give the following examples of what does count:

  •  baggage fees, flight-change fees, in-flight food and beverage purchases, airport lounge day-passes, pet-kennel fee, and phone reservation fees.

The give the following examples of what does not count:

  • Airline tickets, upgrades, mileage points purchases, mileage points transfer fees, gift cards, duty free purchases, and award tickets

That being said it’s always nice to have hard datapoints on what has/hasn’t worked. Especially for those wanting to try something that shouldn’t be officially covered. We will add these below, please share your own datapoints to make this resource more useful.

Purchases That Triggered The Credit

  • Alaska:
    • Flight: 1 ($24.82)
  • American Airlines:
    • Award taxes: 1, 2,
    • Gift cards: 1 ($50), 2 ($100), 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
    • Ticket: 1 ($21), 2 ($64.81), 3,
  • Delta:
    • Giftcard: 1 ($50), 2 ($50 * 2), 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
    • Seat assignment: 1,
  • Hawaiian:
    • Checked bags: 1 ($30),
    • Flights: 1 ($73.99)
  • Frontier:
    • Ticket: 1 ($79)
  •  Southwest:
    • Early bird: 1
    • Giftcard: 1, 2, 3,
  • United:
    • Award taxes: 1
    • Change fees: 1,
    • Lounge pass: 1
    • MPX: 1, 2, 3 ($100), 4, 5 ($100), 6 ($100), 7 ($100), 8 ($100), 9 ($100), 10 ($100), 11 ($100), 12 ($100), 13 ($100), 14 ($100), 15 ($25), 16 ($100), 17 ($100), 18 ($100), 19, 20, 21 (didn’t work) 22, 23, 24, 25,

Purchases That Didn’t Trigger The Credit

  • Alaska Airlines:
    • Giftcard: 1 ($50)
  • American Airlines:
    • Gift cards: 1 ($100)
  • Delta:
    • Gift card: 1 ($50), 2 ($50)
  • Frontier:
    • Flight: 1,
  • Southwest:
    • WiFi: 1,

Our Verdict

Given that American Airlines gift cards of $50 worked, but $100 didn’t I suspect they are actually just crediting anything under a certain threshold ($50 or so). We obviously need more datapoints to see if that’s the case.



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Any idea when the United gift registry will start working again. It’s not working for more than a year. What possibly can they doing to a gift registry for one year.

Incompetent assholes.

Paul
Paul

Has anybody tried inflight WiFi?
Curious if any would be covered. If so that would be a big plus for me.

Alex
Alex

I pre-purchased wifi via the Delta website, and it did not get credited. Statement says “HTTP://WWW.GOGOAIR.C 877-350-0038 IL” so that may be why.

Caveat- I did not separately sign up for any benefits, which the FNBO Travelite card required you to do to access this, not sure if that matters. FWIW, I did not see any instruction that I needed to do so.

Darv
Darv

You do not need to enroll. I called the PenFed Amex concierge and they said no need to enroll that travel credits are automatic.

Swiggy
Swiggy

Booked an Alaska Air flight using mostly gift card credit, and remaining $25 or so on PenFed Amex. Was reimbursed by PenFed for the $25 charged to the card.

corridor
corridor

I am still waiting on my lounge passes that I bought on 1/26. The amount was over $100. When I called, they told me to wait till the next statement. I am going to try calling again tomorrow. My next statement comes on the 24th of March.

Roel
Roel

How long did the credit take to post?

Alex
Alex

MPX worked for me also. 3/11/18

J
J

Mpx worked for me 4/14/18 $100 credit.

True Boo
True Boo

Does this also work for the FNBO TravelElite ?

P L E A S E M A R I A!!
P L E A S E M A R I A!!

Doing an mpx transaction will report back

TG
TG

Counter DP: Did an MPX transaction. Still no credit after 6 weeks.

Chucks
Chucks

Is this inconsistent with Amex’s airline fee crediting for the Platinum or PRG?

Arthur Kosakowski
Arthur Kosakowski

I used the $100 global entry credit this card also offers. After 6 weeks, I still haven’t gotten the credit for it.

L
L

I would call, I got mine credited 2 days after my transaction posted.

Tony
Tony

I got mine credited 5 weeks after transaction posted.

Gigi
Gigi

Airbag for spirit didn’t trigger.

Nick
Nick

$50 Delta Giftcard on Delta.com did not count.

Andres
Andres

it worked for me.

Seric
Seric

Delta $50 GC did not credit for me.

wilks
wilks

Hey Seric,

How did you purchase the gift cards? Was it via a Desktop?

Adam
Adam

Edited. Read the post wrong

James
James

Seems like there are a few DPs of $50 AA GCs not getting credited?

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