American Express Business Platinum Airline Credit Used for 2 $99 JetBlue Seat Assignments

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!

7 thoughts on “American Express Business Platinum Airline Credit Used for 2 $99 JetBlue Seat Assignments

  1. Brutus

    I just had a similar purchase (4 Hawaii interisland flights on Southwest posted as two $98 tickets) reimbursed.

  2. Mike Saint

    That’s great Grant. I read about Southwest posting credits back as long as you buy flights less than the amount of the credit. Do you know for Alaska Airlines what the easiest thing is to get back the $100 fee (for Amex Gold) or $250 for Amex Hilton Aspire card?

    I mean are there any “hacks” to getting back the Alaska credit buying tickets under a certain dollar amount?

    Happy New Year

    1. Grant Post author

      I think paying fees for Alaska award tickets should work. I plan on upgrading from basic economy to regular economy on a few flights. I think if you use partial travel bank or Alaska GC that might work too.

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