4 Easy Steps to Select Your $200 AMEX Airline Credit

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If you have an AMEX Platinum Card of any kind, you’re eligible to receive a $200 airline incidental fee credit on an airline of your choice each calendar year.

That can help you save money on things like checked bags, day passes to airline lounges, in-flight food and drinks, and more!

But to take advantage, you have to select your airline!

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Head to a Lounge Before Your Flight and Let AMEX Cover You up to $200 per Year on Your Selected Airline!

I’ll show you how!

Select Your Qualifying Airline for an AMEX Statement Credit

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If you have an AMEX Platinum Card (including the regular, small business, or Mercedes-Benz versions), you’re eligible to receive a $200 statement credit each calendar year on an airline of your choice.  You can choose from:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest
  • Spirit
  • United Airlines
AMEX Platinum Airline Credit

Remember to Select an Airline Each Year! You Can Save up to $200 per Year on Things Like Checked Baggage, In-Flight Snacks, and More!

But to get the credit, you must select an airline!  And if you previously selected an airline, you have until the end of January each year to choose a new one.

You can use the credit for:

  • Checked baggage
  • In-flight food or beverages
  • Lounge day passes
  • Change or cancellation fees
  • Seat assignments
  • And many other additional airline fees!

Keep in mind, AMEX says:

Incidental air travel fees must be separate charges from airline ticket charges.  Fees not charged by the Card Members airline of choice (e.g. wireless internet and fees incurred with airline alliance partners) do not qualify for statement credits.

They also say:

This benefit doesn’t offer credit toward airline tickets, mileage points purchases or mileage points transfer fees, gift cards, upgrades, duty–free purchases, or award tickets.

Folks on FlyerTalk shared their experiences with many types of charges that were reimbursed (or not!).  In my experience, airline gift cards for $50 or less do get reimbursed, and I can use those gift cards for flights later on!

And because these credits apply each calendar year, you can earn $400 in credits ($200 per year x 2 years) in the first account year you have the card.  It’s a great way to off-set the annual fee!

Note:   You can also get a $100 annual airline fee credit with the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express.

How to Enroll and Pick Your Airline

You only get the $200 annual credit if you enroll your card and select an airline.  Here’s how.

Step 1.   Log-In to Your AMEX Account

To begin, log-in to your AMEX account and click on the card you want to access.  Select “Benefits.”

AMEX Platinum Airline Credit

Click “Benefits” and Then “Choice Required” Under “Airline Fee Credit”

Under the section titled “Airline Fee Credit,” click on the text that says “Choice Required.”

Step 2.   Pick Your Airline

Afterward, you’ll see a screen with a drop-down menu.  When you click “Select an Airline,” you’ll see all your options.

AMEX Platinum Airline Credit

Click “Select an Airline” and Choose the One You Want

Note:   After you set your airline, you can NOT change it until the following January!  So be totally certain you select the one you want most.

Step 3.   Confirm Your Selection

Once you’ve made your choice, click “Select Airline” twice.

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Click “Select Airline” and It’s Set!

After you click the first time, you’ll see the pop-up screen above.  And when you click the second time, you’re all set!

Step 4.   Remember Your Selection

Now you can start spending on your selected airline right away.

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You’ll See a Confirmation Screen at the End

Should you forget which airline you chose, you can always log-in to find out.

AMEX says qualifying fees will be reimbursed within 2 to 4 weeks.  But in my experience, it’s much faster – usually 2 to 5 business days.

If you made a qualifying charge and haven’t received a statement credit after a few weeks, call AMEX at the number on the back of your card to see if they’ll manually apply the credit for you.

Bottom Line

The $200 airline incidental fee credit is a terrific perk of the AMEX Platinum Card (including the regular, small business, or Mercedes-Benz versions).

You can get a statement credit for purchases like in-flight snacks, seat assignments, and checked baggage.  But to take part, you must select an airline.

This is an easy way to save some money on an airline you fly often!  Just keep in mind that once you make your choice, you’re locked-in until January of the following year.

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27 responses to “4 Easy Steps to Select Your $200 AMEX Airline Credit

  1. If I have used my PRG airline credit this year and then upgrade to Platinum,can I use my platinum credit in the same calendar year?

  2. I am thinking of applying for the AMEX platinum business card. I recently booked an American flight using AA awards and the airline they use is Qantas. The I paid $120 to Qantas for seat assignments. So would I pick American as my airline and get the credit for the seats I paid Qantas? And would I have to purchase gift cards through American to make up the difference or AMEX or either? Lastly it sounds like if I get the card now, I could use the $200 credit before December 31, 2016 and agin in 2017, correct? Thanks.

  3. even for delta skymiles? thanks

  4. Just checked on United – no longer issue gift cards. Am I looking in the wrong place. Please advise.

  5. can u still buy thru united amazon gift cards & get back the $200 airline credit last year I was able to pls advise

    • This worked for me in October 2016, but right now, I have some Dec 6th MileagePlus X Amazon.com gift card purchases that still have not been credited. I know it says allow up to 4 weeks for the credits, but being the end of the year, I am losing hope that they will roll in. Can anyone else comment on whether this method is working for them in the past month?

      • I just did some searching it it appears that this party is over for “MPX”. This is what I see on a popular forum topic covering this topic:
        “Caution: As of December 2016, it appears that American Express no longer reimburses MPX transactions.”
        As I read the latest posts I see that folks who had already set their AMEX Airline Choice to United this year have an option of using a United Gift Registry. The details are laid out in that forum topic:

        • Here are the instructions to do the registry:
          1) Log into united.com
          2) Set up a gift registry for yourself
          3) Use the link in your gift registry web page to send an announcement to your email address. This better, faster, and more reliable than searching for your gift registry, especially if you have a common name.
          4) Log out of united.com
          5) Follow the Make Contribution in your gift registry email. **However, the email link didn’t work for me, so I set up an unusual Event and Event Description on mine and found it easily with the first/last name lookup.
          6) Contribute using your Amex Platinum/Gold card

          I did the full $200 (Platinum card) and the pending charge shows up at “UNITED AIRLINES”. Many folks report that the full amount works. So what are you getting? As I understand it is “basicallly” a $200 amount balance to spend on United and United Express air travel. Not exactly what I wanted, but the best I can get right now.

  6. I have Southwest companion pass and we use it for about 12 to 14 trips per year. Can I purchase $50 Southwest gift cards from SW for the selected airline statement credit?Then the value of the credit would double to $400.
    Another question:can I use Amex membership points to purchase a Southwest ticket thru Amex Business Platinum Travel Center and get 50% of the point cost refunded?

  7. Thanks for tip on $100 on PRG. I didn’t realize about that benefit! I’ve used the benefit on my platinum business card, but never the gold personal.

  8. Do you have to pay for the entire flight on the same airline for which you request the statement credit? For example can I pay for a trip on Southwest with a Southwest credit card, but then request a statement credit from AMEX for dinner I had while on that flight, but which I paid by an AMEX card?

  9. Will the credit work if I buy the SW Gift cards at a third party such as my local Kroger or must I buy directly from SW on their website?

  10. I’m confused. I have Am Ex Platinum Business card. When I logon, click on benefits, and I don’t see an Airline Fee Credit option. Did I understand this post that this benefit should be on this card? Did I miss something? Thank you!

  11. It also works on taxes I paid for rapid rewards flights! I wish I knew that last year!

  12. Hey, can one use the $200 credit towards early bird check-in on SW? Thanks!

  13. if one were to get the card NOW, on January 24th, what’s the strategy for getting the incidental credit twice ($400)

    Clearly, calendar year 2017 is easy…but for 2018, is it a matter of getting those incidentals in from 1/1/18-1/23/18?


  14. Still confused, can I use the $200 to upgrade from economy to economy comfort on Delta? It sounds like seat upgrades are not covered, or is that different from seat assignment?