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It’s a new year and it is time to claim your 2017 airline fee credits with American Express Cards!

Each calendar year you can receive $100 or $200 in statement credits for airline incidental fees, such as checked bags, seat selection, in-flight wifi and refreshments, charged to eligible American Express cards:

  • $100 for the Gold Card® from American Express;
  • $200 for all versions of the Platinum Card® from American Express;
  • $200 for the Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN


The reimbursement is usually automatic, but you have to designate the airline of choice during the month of January. You can only change it once a year during this period.

[SEE: How to use your Amex Platinum $200 airline credit.]

One advice related to The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN. Choose your airline choice wisely so that you can take advantage of the card’s 50% point rebate benefit. For coach tickets, the rebate benefit only applies to the designated airline. I wrote previously about why I love the new 50% rebate benefit of this card. My husband and I both have this card, and I chose Delta while he chose Alaska as the designated airline. It should cover our needs for this year as we mainly fly with Delta and Alaska.

Since I basically have a credit card with all major domestic airlines, I don’t get charged on luggage fees. I rarely pay for seat selections either. So to claim the $200 fee credit, I normally buy electronic gift cards. But before I make the purchases, I usually check the Flyertalk forum for my airline to make sure that the credit still works on gift cards. You can check the forum for United Airlines here, American Airlines here, Delta Airlines here, Alaska Airlines here, Jetblue Airlines here, Southwest Airlines here, and Hawaiian Airlines here. Be sure to go straight to the LAST page for the most recent posts.

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