Good morning everyone, I hope your week is going well. As part of My 5 New Year’s Travel Resolutions for 2020, I said that I would “Use American Express Airline Fee Credits (Without Buying Airline GCs / eGCs).” So far in 2020, I am following through on my resolution. Last month, I used my JetBlue True Blue Points to book flights for Laura and I to fly from SFO to BOS. It is a 5.5 hour red eye flight, so I looked at how much the Even More Space seats cost and found out the seats I wanted were $99 each. Instead of purchasing those seats with cash in 2019, I decided to use the $200 airline fee credit that comes with my American Express Business Platinum Charge Card to cover the charges. I selected JetBlue as my airline for 2020 and paid for the 2 seats with my AMEX Business Platinum. The pending charge looked like a single $198 JetBlue purchase…
…but ended up posting as 2 $99 JetBlue transactions. A few days later, I received the 2 $99 statement credits from American Express.
When I looked at my AMEX Business Platinum benefits, I see that I have only $2 left for my airline fee credit in 2020. I don’t think there is anything you can buy with JetBlue that costs $2. The one downside of picking JetBlue for my airline is that it also means I selected JetBlue as my airline for the 35% airline bonus. I only used that benefit once last year and wrote about My Disappointing Experience with AMEX Business Platinum 35% Membership Rewards Point Rebate. So it is not a huge loss for me, but it is something to consider next year.
As I mentioned in my 2020 resolutions post, I selected Alaska Airlines for the $250 airline fee credit on my American Express Hilton Aspire Card and I’m leaning toward selecting American Airlines for my $100 airline fee credit on my American Express Gold Card (which I plan on using to cover 3 $35 upgrades from basic economy to regular economy). If you have any questions about selecting your airline for the airline fee credit, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!