Do Gift Cards Qualify for the AMEX Business Platinum $200 Annual Airline Credit?

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A great perk of The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN is the $200 in statement credits per calendar year for airline incidentals.

The annual Business Platinum airline credit works with purchases like luggage fees and lounge day passes.

I selected Southwest as my airline for the Business Platinum card.  But with Southwest, you get 2 free checked bags.  And there are no Southwest lounges.

So I wanted to see if purchasing Southwest gift cards would trigger the $200 airline credit.  And, it worked!

American Express Business Platinum Airline Credit

Purchasing Southwest Gift Cards With the AMEX Business Platinum Card Got Me the $200 Airline Credit

Here’s how I did it!

American Express Business Platinum Airline Credit

Link:   The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN 

I used my AMEX Business Platinum card to purchase Southwest gift cards to get the $200 statement credit.  I’ll use the gift cards to pay for flights in the future!

Keep in mind, this might not work with every airline.  So only do what you’re comfortable with.  Or do a test with a small amount before you spend $200.

Here’s how I purchased the Southwest gift cards.

Step 1.   Visit Southwest Gift Card Website

First, I navigated to the Southwest gift card website.  Click “Continue” in the bottom left corner to get started with your purchase.

American Express Business Platinum Airline Credit

Click Continue to Begin Your Southwest Gift Card Purchase

Step 2.   Enter Gift Card Details

Then, you can enter the details of your gift card purchase order.

You can select to have the gift card emailed or shipped.  Email is easiest and you won’t pay extra shipping fees.

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Enter Your Email Information to Get Your Southwest Gift Card

I purchased 2 separate $100 Southwest gift cards.  If you purchase one $200 gift card, it might not trigger the AMEX Business Platinum airline credit.

Step 3.   Wait for the AMEX Statement Credit

I received a credit on my AMEX statement 2 days after purchasing the $100 Southwest gift cards.

American Express Business Platinum Airline Credit

Credits Were Applied to My AMEX Statement 2 Days After Purchasing the Southwest Gift Cards

AMEX says qualifying airline incidental purchases will be reimbursed within 2 to 4 weeks.  But in my experience, it’s much faster!

Bottom Line

After you select an airline on the AMEX Business Platinum card, you can receive $200 in statement credits for airline incidental fees.   

I selected Southwest as my airline with the Business Platinum card.  Then, I purchased two $100 Southwest gift cards to get the $200 AMEX Business Platinum airline credit.  And the credit posted in 2 days!

Keep in mind, this might not work with every airline.

Did purchasing airline gift cards work to get you the Business Platinum airline credit?  I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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27 responses to “Do Gift Cards Qualify for the AMEX Business Platinum $200 Annual Airline Credit?

  1. I have the regular Amex Platinum (not business), and just recently, I purchased e-gift cards using the United MPX app. It worked before, it’s all over Reddit and FlyerTalk. But just recently, of course, it had to happen when I had $150 remaining. The credit has not appeared. The advise now is to choose ANOTHER airline. So I’m thinking Southwest too. Any other airlines that you suggest?

  2. Just used the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card to purchase a $100 Southwest gift card. $100 credit posted two days later. Thanks for the awesome tip. Great way to use the annual credit. Will try for another one in 2017 to cover the $195 annual fee.

  3. I was reimbursed for the full amount of a $200 Southwest gift card, although I bought it was a regular Platinum card. I’ve read a few reports on FT and Reddit that $200 Southwest gift cards still trigger the fee reimbursement.

  4. Just bought a $50.00 Delta E-Gift Card after selecting Delta as the airline on my wife’s new AMEX BUS PLAT and already have the Statement Credit for the same.

  5. @ Jason — The same thing happened to me with Amazon gift cards via the MPX app. Look into using the card to fill your United Travel bank, at the very least so you can use the remaining credit for 2016. I tried it with a test of $25 and it credited within 3 days. In 2017 I’ll probably change my airline to Southwest or another airline.

  6. I received credit for purchasing SW gift cards almost immediately with my platinum card. However you can’t use these gift cards to pay early bird fees. Does anyone know if you get reimbursed for early bird fees? If so, I may stick with SW for next year’s credit.

  7. So United, Southwest, and Delta airline gift cards still work?

  8. I had success with purchasing $50 American Airlines gift cards. I waited a week between purchases and all 4 transactions were credited.

  9. AmexMB Plat, worked for me. I purchased SWA $75 and $125.

  10. I purchased $50 American Airlines gift cards and was credited for them as soon as the charges switched from pending to posted. Not sure if it mattered, but I waited about a week between purchases.

  11. Anyone know if this would work with JetBlue?

  12. I received the credit for buying delta E. card, but the amex charged the insurance that I usually get charged with each flights, the question, should I call amex and ask for the insurance money back? esp. it ended being 4 insurance deals, one for each purchase of 50$ gift card, or just take it as loss not to alert to amex.
    should I cancel flight insurance in general?
    any tips.

  13. How is the business class travel experience on SWA?

  14. I did this with Alaska recently and it worked for 2x$100 gift cards

  15. For United and American A, don’t go over $100. Purchase two $100 GCs and that should work. I make a $200 GC in the past and no credit shown but did it again with two $100 GCs the next year and it worked…

  16. i have not been credited with the reimbursment yet (4 days since purchase, original purchase $95). On the amex website the egift card is showing as an airline ticket purchase? Below is the copied transaction detail on AMEX. Hopefully the credit goes through.

    Doing business as:
    View Details on Merchant Website

    Category: Travel – Airline
    Dispute/Inquire about this Charge

    Learn More Flight Details
    Passenger Name: PASSENGER/DELTA
    Ticket Number: 00605***** <— this is my gift cert number not ticket number
    Document Type: PASSENGER TICKET