How To Use Your Airline Incidental Credit & Why You Should Right Away
A lot of people like to look at the first of the year as a fresh start or turning their story to a new page so to speak. They like to think of it as a new beginning and a clean slate. I don’t really care about any of that. I look at it as the airline incidental credit day. The day where I can rack up hundreds of airline credits again!
What’s The Rush To Us Airline Incidental Credit(s)?
Why do I worry about this on day one of the year though? I do because I like to simplify things and get stuff checked off my list and move on. No last minute worries wondering if I used my available credits or not (cough cough Shawn!).
There were many such posts in our Facebook Group over the last few days. People frantic over whether the charge would post in time etc. Why not take care of it right away and then not have to worry about it? That is my motto at least.
As for the travel credits on cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, US Bank Altitude Reserve and Citi Prestige I don’t worry about those. They are a true travel credit and have less restrictions and can be dwindled down naturally.
List of Cards
Here is a list of cards with airline incidental fees (if I missed any let me know and I will add them in):
- American Express Platinum Card – $200
- American Express Business Platinum – $200
- Hilton Honors Aspire – $250
- American Express Gold Card – $100
- Bank of America Premium Rewards – $100
- Ritz Carlton – $300
- First Bank of Omaha Amex – $100
- Pen Fed Pathfinder – $100
- CNB Crystal Infinite – $350
- Expedia Rewards Voyager Card from Citi – $100
Don’t forget about the Saks Fifth Avenue credit with the Amex Platinum card either. Or the Dell credit with the American Express Business Platinum. Be careful with both of these though and do not purchase gift cards with them.
Where To Search For Data Points
Be careful using some of the remaining tricks though. We fear that they may be ripe for claw backs in 2021 because of the way Dell & Saks credits were treated in 2020 and 2019. But that is just a guess on our part.
My suggestion to you is enjoy your New Year, watch some football, eat some pizza and get your airline incidental credit(s) handled. Nothing like taking care of things right away and not having to worry about them later on down the road. Then you can book some travel with your newly minted gift cards or even sell them to offset the annual fee.
Anyone else think the same way as me? Do you get them done in the first few days of the New Year?