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Old Feb 4, 13, 9:02 am   #1
 
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$200 statement credit for Amex Platinum - No need to buy Airline GC's

This thread is for those who don't know about this method, you can get a statement credit for the Platinum airline fee posted and used towards your normal spending instead of having to acquire a GC for an airline... If used correctly, one can get a credit for $400 offsetting the majority of the $450 fee for the Platinum fee.

The way it works:

-register for DL

-buy a non-refundable (int'l) DL
ticket (even on another card) that has at least 3 segments or 3 passengers

-purchase 3X $79 in EC (divided in 3 transactions) on your plat card

-after 4 min to 24 hours, call Delta to cancel the ticket sbd ask for a refund. Make sure to mention EC refund. (you can do this online, but its sometime a PITA to have everything credited correctly)

-the ticket itself will remain a pending charge and will disappear in a few days

-the EC charge will post in a day or two, as will the EC refund 'from Delta'

-within 3 days (or 2-3 weeks) you'll see a reimbursement by Amex

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Old Feb 4, 13, 10:56 am   #2
 
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What is EC?
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Old Feb 4, 13, 11:02 am   #3
 
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Old Feb 4, 13, 11:27 am   #4
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Ok, what am I missing?
Where is the $400? I only see a way to $200.
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Old Feb 4, 13, 12:30 pm   #5
 
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Ok, what am I missing?
Where is the $400? I only see a way to $200.
You can redeem the $200 credit once per calendar year not membership year.
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Old Feb 4, 13, 2:17 pm   #6
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You can redeem the $200 credit once per calendar year not membership year.
I know that.
OP said $400, so trying to figure out what he is talking about.
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Old Feb 4, 13, 2:50 pm   #7
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I know that.
OP said $400, so trying to figure out what he is talking about.
If your membership renews in february 2013, you can use it once in the remainder of 2013 and another time in January 2014 before your renewal, therefore $400
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Old Feb 4, 13, 4:56 pm   #8
 
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If your membership renews in february 2013, you can use it once in the remainder of 2013 and another time in January 2014 before your renewal, therefore $400
Correct...
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Old Feb 5, 13, 7:56 pm   #9
 
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so the EC upgrade gets credited back to the CC you used for the int ticket purchase?
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Old Feb 6, 13, 2:25 am   #10
 
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Why make this so complicated...
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Old Feb 6, 13, 2:57 pm   #11
 
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Why make this so complicated...
Who is making this complicated?
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Old Feb 6, 13, 5:10 pm   #12
 
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Who is making this complicated?
OP. If you are PM or DM, you are not required to pay EC fee at all.

Buying gift card is way much easier.
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Old Feb 6, 13, 5:49 pm   #13
 
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OP. If you are PM or DM, you are not required to pay EC fee at all.

Buying gift card is way much easier.
Many Amex Plat card holders have no status with DL.
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Old Feb 6, 13, 7:20 pm   #14
 
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Many Amex Plat card holders have no status with DL.
So?
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Old Feb 7, 13, 7:03 am   #15
 
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So?
SO, they can use this trick!!! Duh!!

Nobody is forcing you to do this. This is for the others who appreciate the efforts of OP.
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