2020 Airline Credit Strategy?

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Gift card purchases are no longer reimbursed for any airline. There are ways to use gift cards to create a transaction that may be reimbursed, but not all airlines sell gift cards.

Airline lounge memberships and passes are reimbursed, for the airlines which operate them: AS, AA, DL, UA.

Note that there is a separate discussion thread for each airline. Questions about what works, and how to structure the transactions, are almost certainly already answered:

Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
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Frontier Airlines
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JetBlue Airlines
Southwest Airlines
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Old Dec 5, 19, 9:26 am
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2020 Airline Credit Strategy?

It's that time of the year - so I'm bummed we can buy gift cards anymore but it seems that there's only two airlines where you can make your credit work for paying for airlines tickets:
Jet Blue - Using their Travel Bank
Delta - Using the gift card / pay the residual on AMEX trick

Do you think there's a better one? Any recommendations?

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Old Dec 5, 19, 9:31 am
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Originally Posted by Brian Chen View Post
It's that time of the year - so I'm bummed we can buy gift cards anymore but it seems that there's only two airlines where you can make your credit work for paying for airlines tickets:
Jet Blue - Using their Travel Bank
Delta - Using the gift card / pay the residual on AMEX trick


AmEX credit currently works on WN tickets under $109. And residual GC trick for more expensive fares.

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Old Dec 11, 19, 1:24 am
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I am still deciding and to me I want to make sure I have a legitimate use of the fee in case they keep closing workarounds. For DL, that means using the credit for my wife's entry to the Skyclub; for WN on EBCI fees. Between the two I decided to stay with DL for 2020.
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Old Dec 11, 19, 2:33 pm
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I have 20 days to utilize my airline fee credit on my gold card, what gives?

I still havenít a picked an airline yet and I need to make something happen in 20 days I usually fly
domestic delta or southwest, what are my options between these airliners to maximize this $100 credit....some say buy delta sky miles select, what works?
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Old Dec 11, 19, 8:01 pm
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Originally Posted by 1NYER View Post
I still havenít a picked an airline yet and I need to make something happen in 20 days I usually fly
domestic delta or southwest, what are my options between these airliners to maximize this $100 credit....some say buy delta sky miles select, what works?
Welcome to FT!

There are separate threads for experiences using the credits for each airline

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...west-only.html

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/amer...s-dl-only.html

I would read the wiki summary at the top of each thread, plus maybe the last few pages of each to get a feel for recent experiences, and try to figure out what will work best for your situation.
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Old Dec 16, 19, 1:46 pm
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2020 Airline Credit Strategy?

We all love American Express, but this year using airline fee credits became far more difficult.

Remember insurance company thinking: make it harder to make a claim reduces payouts. (e.g. to use my $200 credit for 1/2 of an AS lounge membership took two calls and counting.)

What strategies to people have for using their 2020 $200 credits?

Bonus points to help me: SFO-based AS MVP (will be 5k short, but hope to requalify next year), WN A-list and CP, UA Plat (will avoid going forward). I have LT AA, DL + UA lounge memberships.
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Old Dec 16, 19, 1:54 pm
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I have a few weeks to choose between these three options:

Option 1: Instead of paying $175 to add my wife as an AU, I can use the $200 when flying Delta to pay for guest access to the Skyclub.

Option 2: Change to Alaska [my choice of airline where I don't hold status], so that if they have a better route/price this coming year I would get preferred seats and/or checked bags reimbursed.

Option 3: Select Southwest, and and buy some < $100 tickets (as of today still reimbursed, subject to change just like GCs were). If your plans change at least you get future flight credit.
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Old Dec 16, 19, 11:16 pm
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What strategies to people have for using their 2020 $200 credits?
Not all credits are $200.

I have a flight on Alaska in coach in February. Currently there are 5 window seats in what Alaska calls Premium Class (which is simply extra legroom section of coach), and is asking for a bit over $100 to upgrade to one of those seats. I definitely want to do that seat upgrade for an almost 6 hour flight, so I'm monitoring it daily, and if looks like all of those window seats won't sell out before 1 January, on 1 January I'll change my Gold card ($100 credit) airline to Alaska and then buy that seat upgrade.

Then in June I have an even longer flight in coach in two directions on United. While I can theoretically get E+ extra legroom seats for free on United at T-24 checkin time, I don't trust that the best E+ seats for such a long flight will still be available then. United wants a bit over $125 in each direction to upgrade to one of those seats. So in early 2020, I'll change my HH Aspire card ($250 credit) airline to United and then buy those seat upgrades.

Now, I don't always have seats like this to upgrade "just waiting". So just because I have these two seats upgrades plannee for early 2020, I don't know yet what I'll be able to a year from then when I need to do credits again in 2021.
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Old Dec 16, 19, 11:27 pm
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Just going to use the DL trick with a refundable fare then cancel it after credit posts.
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Old Dec 17, 19, 12:47 am
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Totally bummed here....credit has basically become worthless. I may do Alaska and let wife use it to buy upgrades when available (that counts right ?)

Barring that, I guess its mileage multiplier
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Old Dec 17, 19, 12:15 pm
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I think the credit has become pretty useless. I always went the DL gift card route but even then for me redeeming and keeping track and actually using them became a chore. Maybe I'll use on AA for buying extra miles but since I don't really need small amounts of AA miles I'm not sure that's even worth it.
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Old Dec 17, 19, 5:06 pm
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It has me considering dropping my Platinum Card, although I doubt I will.
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Old Dec 18, 19, 6:05 am
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is alaska not working anymore? last year i was able to get reimbursed for flights under 100 bucks, which happens often enough for one ways on the west coast
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Old Dec 18, 19, 8:36 am
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I have created a Wikipost with links to the threads where individual airline reimbursements are discussed. If you are not sure what works, or how to structure a transaction to work, for a specific airline please review the corresponding thread.
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Old Dec 18, 19, 10:18 am
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Originally Posted by sdsearch View Post
Not all credits are $200.

I have a flight on Alaska in coach in February. Currently there are 5 window seats in what Alaska calls Premium Class (which is simply extra legroom section of coach), and is asking for a bit over $100 to upgrade to one of those seats. I definitely want to do that seat upgrade for an almost 6 hour flight, so I'm monitoring it daily, and if looks like all of those window seats won't sell out before 1 January, on 1 January I'll change my Gold card ($100 credit) airline to Alaska and then buy that seat upgrade.

Then in June I have an even longer flight in coach in two directions on United. While I can theoretically get E+ extra legroom seats for free on United at T-24 checkin time, I don't trust that the best E+ seats for such a long flight will still be available then. United wants a bit over $125 in each direction to upgrade to one of those seats. So in early 2020, I'll change my HH Aspire card ($250 credit) airline to United and then buy those seat upgrades.

Now, I don't always have seats like this to upgrade "just waiting". So just because I have these two seats upgrades plannee for early 2020, I don't know yet what I'll be able to a year from then when I need to do credits again in 2021.
Do they code as upgrades or seat selections with Alaska? My Delta seats coded as upgrades and did not count.
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