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Amex airline fee credit benefit is getting harder and harder these days to go around it. The reimbursement fee credit is useful because by making a good use of it, it essentially offsets the high annual fee on the card. According to American Express, only incidental air travel fees such as baggage fees, inflight food and beverages to name a few that are considered qualified purchases. Any airline gift card or flight’s ticket purchases are not eligible purchases. It makes this benefit very restrictive to use for people that do not like to check bags or do not fly often to pay for those incidental air travel fees in a year with a specific airline.
Via FlyerTalk, there’s a workaround with Southwest Airlines to trigger the Amex airline fee credit. Below is the step-by-step guide to walk you through the process. It’s worth noting that this process is subject to change, but we’ll monitor FlyerTalk closely so that when this workaround no longer works, we can update this post accordingly.
Step-by-Step Amex Airline Fee Credit Workaround For Southwest Airlines
Step 1: Make sure to select Southwest Airlines as preferred airline first at www.americanexpress.com/airlinecreditchoice. You can change this selection once every year in January. If you do not change it, the previous preferred airline selection remains in place.
Here’s a timeline example:
- January 3 – Purchased Southwest ticket for $79.86.
- January 3 – Amex account shows Pending Southwest Airlines $79.86.
- January 3 – Purchase is successfully charged and posted as SOUTHWEST AIRLINES DALLAS TX.
- January 5 – Amex airline fee of $79.86 reimbursed.