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A few weeks ago, I shared my experience with the amazing limited time offer to receive 100,000 Membership Rewards points from an American Express Platinum credit card. My card arrived just a few days later and I began to sign up for the benefits.
One of the best benefits is the $200 statement credit. This knocks the annual fee from $450 to $250 in my opinion. Not to mention, there are ways to get two of these credits over the period of one annual fee. There is also the Global Entry credit of $100. For a card with a high annual fee of $450, I easily get $350 in value off the bat. Not to mention the airline lounge access to American Airlines, US Airways, Delta and through Priority Pass Select.
To receive the credit you first have to select an airline to enroll in the airline fee credit benefit. I selected American Airlines and then received the following message from American Express confirming my selection.
One widely reported way to receive the credit is to purchase $200 in American Airlines gift cards. I’ve never purchased airline gift cards for the $200 statement credit before, so I can only go by first hand reports that it works, even though the T&C states otherwise. But I decided to give it a try, the worst that could happen is I’d be stuck with a $200 American Airline gift card that I can give away here or use for personal travel. After my gift card order I received the following message from American Airlines confirming my order.
I’ll report back in 2-4 weeks to share if the $200 was credited back to the card or if we’ll run a giveaway here on the blog. It’ll be a win / win in either scenario. You’ll know that the method works or you’ll have a chance to win a $200 gift card for American Airlines.
If you got in the on 100,000 Membership Rewards offer for the Platinum American, what did you use your airline fee credit for?
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