Last Chance to Get Your 2014 Credits With These Cards!

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Some credit cards offer a yearly bonus such as airline credit.  And while some folks may have already taken advantage of those benefits, some folks might not.  It’s okay, sometimes I forget too!

Last Chance To Get Your 2014 Credits With These Cards

Last Month to Get Your Yearly Airline Credit From Cards Like the American Express Platinum

But there’s not much time to left to get your 2014 credits.

Last Chance to Get Your 2014 Credits With These 9 Cards

If you haven’t used your yearly credits from certain cards, this month is your last chance for 2014.  These cards give you a credit each calendar year (ex. January 2014 through December 2014).  So you can get the credit each year.

Note:   Some cards give you benefits that are limited per “card year” or “rebate year.”  This means the 12 consecutive billing cycles starting from the anniversary of when you opened the card.

1.   American Express Mercedes-Benz Platinum

Each calendar year you can get a $200 yearly airline credit on certain airlines when you’ve selected an airline with your American Express Mercedes-Benz Platinum card.

You can use the credit for:

  • Checked bag fees
  • Overweight and oversize bag fees
  • Seat assignment fees
  • Change fees
  • Phone reservation fees
  • Pet flight fees
  • Airport lounge passes and memberships fees
  • In-flight purchases (such as food, drinks, entertainment (excluding internet)

Some folks, like The Points Guy, have been successful buying gift cards and getting their $200 airline credit!  So you could buy airline gift cards now to use later.

Last Chance To Get Your 2014 Credits With These Cards

Airline Gift Cards Are Considered an Airline Expense

2.   Platinum Card® from American Express

If you have the Platinum Card from American Express, you can get a $200 airline credit on certain airlines each calendar year.

Last Chance To Get Your 2014 Credits With These Cards

Get Reimbursed for Seat Assignment Fees With a Card That Reimburses Airline Fees

3.   The Enhanced Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN

Folks with the Business Platinum card can also get up to $200 credit for fees on qualifying airlines each calendar year.

Last Chance To Get Your 2014 Credits With These Cards

Your American Express Business Platinum Card Reimburses You (up to $200 a Year) for Airline Costs Such as Telephone Fees

4.   Blue Cash Everyday Card from American Express

Did you max out your 3% cash back at US supermarkets on up to $6,000 in purchases per year; then 1% with your Blue Cash Everyday card?  If not, check your supermarket’s gift card rack!

Note:   AMEX terms state:

An annual reward year is 12 billing periods in a row beginning with the one that includes January 1st; if your billing cycle changes, the length of your annual reward year will also change.

So while it’s NOT strictly a calendar year, it’s fairly close.  Thank you to Million Mile Secrets reader Curtis for pointing this out!

Last Chance To Get Your 2014 Credits With These Cards

Load Up With Cash Back at the Grocery Store

5.   Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express

Your Blue Cash Preferred card gets you 6% cash back at US supermarkets up to $6,000 per year; then 1%.  Stock up on groceries or gift cards before the end of the year for your full 6% cash back.

Just like with the Blue Cash Everyday Card, the “year” isn’t exactly January through December.  But it’s close because it’s 12 consecutive billing periods starting with the 1 that includes January 1st.

Last Chance To Get Your 2014 Credits With These Cards

Getting 6% Cash Back on up to $6,000 a Year in Purchases Rocks!

6.   AMEX EveryDay Credit Card from American Express

You can get 2X American Express Membership Rewards (up to $6,000 in purchases a calendar year) at US supermarkets with the AMEX EveryDay card.

And when you use your card 20 times in a billing period, you get 20% more American Express Membership Rewards points (less returns and credits).

So you’re earning 2.4X American Express Membership Rewards points per $1 at US supermarkets (up to $6,000 a year) and 1.2X American Express Membership Rewards points per $1 on all other purchases.

You can add to your American Express Membership Rewards points buying gift cards at the grocery store.

Last Chance To Get Your 2014 Credits With These Cards

Stock up on Gift Cards at Grocery Stores to Get American Express Membership Rewards Points

7.   AMEX EveryDay Preferred Credit Card from American Express

The AMEX EveryDay Preferred gets you 3X American Express Membership Rewards points at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 in yearly purchases.

You get a 50% bonus on American Express Membership Rewards points (less returns and credits) when you use your card 30 times in a billing period.

This means you’re earning 4.5X American Express Membership Rewards points per $1 at US supermarkets (up to $6,000 a year), 3X American Express Membership Rewards points at US gas stations, and 1.5X American Express Membership Rewards points on everything else.

These are among the best earnings for those categories!

Last Chance To Get Your 2014 Credits With These Cards

Whee! Buying Groceries Can Get You 3X American Express Membership Rewards Points

8.   LANPASS Visa Signature

Each calendar year, you get 3 LAN 1-way Upgrade Coupons with the LANPASS Visa Signature card.

Last Chance To Get Your 2014 Credits With These Cards

No Riding in the Back for You, Sit Up Here 3X a Year

9.   Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card

Each year with the Ritz-Carlton Rewards card you get a $300 travel credit each calendar year which can be used for things like:

  • Checked bag fees
  • Seat upgrades
  • Airport lounge passes and memberships fees
  • In-flight purchases (such as food, drinks, entertainment, but excluding internet)
Last Chance To Get Your 2014 Credits With These Cards

Emily and I Check a Lot of Bags, Good Thing We Get a $300 Yearly Credit From Ritz-Carlton

Thanks to Million Mile Secrets reader Ben, for pointing out that the airline credit on the Wells Fargo Propel card is a card year vs a calendar year. I’ve removed the card from this post.

Bottom Line

There’s a short time left to get the most from your 2014 yearly credit card bonuses.

You can get up to $200 in airline credits with certain airlines from the American Express Mercedes-Benz Platinum, Platinum, and Business Platinum cards.  Whereas the Ritz-Carlton card gives you up to $300 in credit.

The Blue Cash EveryDay card gets you 3% cash back at US supermarkets (up to $6,000) per calendar year; then 1%. And the Blue Cash Preferred gets you 6% cash back.

You can also get 2X American Express Membership Rewards points (up to $6,000 in purchases a calendar year) with your AMEX EveryDay card or 3X American Express Membership Rewards points with your AMEX EveryDay Preferred card.

And each year, the LANPASS Visa Signature card gets you 3 LAN 1-way upgrade coupons.

So if you haven’t already, get all your annual credits before the New Year!

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10 responses to “Last Chance to Get Your 2014 Credits With These Cards!

  1. The terms for wells fargo propel say you can one airline credit per anniversary year not calendar year. also I can confirm I got the credit of $100 by purchasing a Southwest gift card.

  2. Daraius,
    Do you know what Airlines ( American, Southwest, United) might work for buying gift cards to use the $300 travel credit for the R.C. card? Thank you for all you do.

  3. Same for Amex Blue Cash cards. Card anniversary NOT calendar year.

  4. @Ben — I have $60 left on the Propel for the airline incidental left… the annual fee comes up in a couple of months.

    What is the best way to go to about buying a Southwest gift card by using the credit? Just off their website?

    Thanks much man.

  5. Yes thats how I did it. I purchased an egift card directly from southwest’s website and received the credit the same day the charge posted to my credit card.

  6. Yes I would like to know about buying a SW gift card with the Propel card as well. I cannot buy one locally because SW doesn’t serve CVG. But if I can get it off their website….

    Otherwise I am just going to use it to upgrade to Economy Comfort on some DL flights in March. 🙂

  7. OK I will give it a shot. I am flying SW in the summer, so even if the credit doesn’t work, I’m not losing anything. (and then I’ll upgrade those DL flights 🙂 )

  8. What is the best airport lounge for membership to utilize the $300 credit on Ritz, otherwise will use it toward TSA or maybe enough for both.

    Thanks

  9. Just coming back to let you know I purchased a $100 SW gift card directly from their site on Dec 27. Today, Dec 30, I received an email from Wells Fargo telling me I received a $100 credit for “airline reimbursement”
    So…it does work and is a very easy way to take advantage of that card benefit.