Good afternoon everyone. As part of my March App-O-Rama, I was approved for the American Express Gold Card. A few weeks ago, I wrote How to Enroll in American Express Gold Card Benefits ($120 Dining Credit & $100 Airline Fee Credit). In that post, I showed how to enroll in the $100 airline fee credit benefit. The process was very easy. I selected Southwest Airlines as my airline of choice and purchased a $100 Southwest Airlines eGC to trigger the $100 airline fee credit. Unfortunately, my $100 purchase did not trigger the benefit.
After waiting more than a week, I decided to purchase a $50 Southwest Airlines eGC. A few days after that, I received a $50 statement credit titled “AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement.”
Here are the details of the $50 Southwest Airlines eGC (top) and the $50 AMEX Airline Fee Reimbursement (bottom). As far as I can tell, the $50 Southwest Airlines eGC and the $100 Southwest Airlines eGC purchases coded the same, so I am not sure why the $100 Southwest Airlines eGC did not trigger the benefit, maybe it was too large and outside the range that American Express looks at for reimbursement.
I went to the benefits section and saw that I was halfway done with the $100 airline fee credit.
I then repeated the process and bought another $50 Southwest Airlines eGC. Just like before, a few days later, I received another $50 statement credit.
One more quick check at the benefits tab showed that I maxed out the $100 airline fee credit for 2019. I will have another $100 airline fee credit again on January 1, 2020.
Do you have any other data points on what types of purchase will trigger the $100 airline fee credit? Please share them in the comments section. If you have any questions about the $100 airline fee credit on the American Express Gold Card, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!