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Some Gift Cards Not Triggering American Express Airline Fee Credit
American Express has several credit cards that offer airline fee credits such as the Platinum Card, Gold Card and Hilton Honors Aspire Card. While it’s easy to maximize these credits if you pay for checked bags, in-flight refreshments etc., most people try to get them without flying, by purchasing gift cards.
In the last week or so however, there’s been several data points showing some issues with this practice. Some gift card purchases, mainly in February, are not triggering the Amex credits. These thread at FlyerTalk and Reddit can provide more info. There’s still gift card purchases that are working fine, so this is not across the board. American Airlines gift cards are the ones that are having issues and they are now coding as “GIFT CERTIFICATE” instead of “MISC”.
It could be best to hold off purchasing any airline gift cards for now, especially American Airlines. Or at least read up more on data points and decide for yourself. This might be a temporary glitch or delay and hopefully nothing to worry about.
Let us know if you’ve made any purchases in the last few weeks and whether it triggered the Amex credit or not.
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