American Express recently stopped counting airline gift card purchases towards airline incidental credit reimbursements.
As a reminder, the airline credits are intended to be used for incidental fees such as checked bags and in-flight refreshments, and not gift cards.
Since the gift cards stopped coding, there have been scattered data points of select non-gift card transactions triggering the airline incidental fee reimbursement.
Some of the data points below are of legitimate airline incidentals like seat upgrades, pet fees, and early check-in fees. If you believe that your purchase should be considered an incidental and it’s not reimbursed by your statement close, contact American Express and let them know.
Disclaimer: Data points do not mean that the method is guaranteed to work. Methods are subject to change at any time. Use at your own risk.
One-way low cost fares under $100 can qualify. Data point 1
See a roundup of fees being reimbursed here: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/31268064-post1930.html
Low fares under $100: Data point 1
Early bird check-in fees: Data point 1
Award ticket fees: Data point 1
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