Question Of The Week: Can I Use A Gift Card To Pay Award Flight Taxes?
Our question of the week is a good one: can I use a gift card to pay award flight taxes? You know those mandatory taxes (and sometimes fees) that you have to pay when booking a flight with your points and miles? Well…can you pay that cash portion with an airline gift card or a voucher? Here’s a look.
Our question of the week comes from Jared in our Facebook group:
Hello everyone trying to see if there is a workaround. I want to book flight on AA using miles and pay the taxes with gc. Agent said you can’t, any way around that?
Can I Use A Gift Card Or Voucher To Pay Taxes?
Because taxes are government fees, you can’t use an airline gift card or an airline voucher to pay these. If you have something like a Visa gift card, which can be used to pay anything, then you could pay with that. However, since the voucher or the gift card belongs to the airline and is essentially their currency, you can’t pay government taxes with it.
A Personal Example
I ran into this same issue when I had a Delta credit earlier this year. They broke the wheel off of a suitcase when flying to Turkey back in December. This was part of our major 11-week trip.
When it was time to fly home from Ecuador at the end of the trip, we booked using Delta SkyMiles. Unfortunately, I couldn’t pay the taxes & fees using my $100 Delta voucher. I received error messages, saying paying the cash portion (only the taxes/fees) with a voucher during an award booking isn’t allowed.
You’ll have to pay with a card that’s not a voucher or airline gift card.
It sounds like a great idea. Literally nothing comes out of your pocket if you pay with a gift card or a voucher plus miles–a totally free flight! Unfortunately, it’s not possible.