I guess I’m late to the party on this one.
Longtime Eye of the Flyer reader DLPTATL tipped me off to this information a couple of months ago:
Delta (gift cards) are really useful to use your ‘airline incidental’ annual credits, particularly with the AmEx Hilton Aspire $250 credit. If you pay a $500 ticket with a $250 GC and your Aspire you can tap the credit (Your mileage may vary).
For those unfamiliar, three premium American Express cards offer members a certain amount of statement credits to use with one airline they can select from a list provided by Amex:
- The Platinum Card® from American Express ($200 annual airline incidental credit)
- The Business Platinum Card® from American Express ($200 annual airline incidental credit)
- Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card ($250 annual airline incidental credit)
Manual enrollment/activation is required to take advantage of the benefit. Terms apply.
Cardholders may select one eligible airline each year. Eligible incidental purchases charged to their card (checked baggage fees, in-flight food and beverages, etc.) are credited back to the member’s account. (Terms apply.)
I purchased a $500 Delta gift card during a recent Fluz gift card party. (There’s another coming up soon — I’ll let you know!) A few weeks later, I booked a Delta trip that totaled $587.10.
What a perfect opportunity to test DLPTATL’s data point!
I my $500 Delta gift card (which cost me only $450) and paid the $87.10 balance with my Platinum Card® from American Express.
Sure enough, an $87.10 credit showed up on my account a few days later!
I texted René this information. He was basically like, duh! In fact, he mentioned it in that day’s Frequent Floater weekly recap. (Well, excuse me!)
Thanks for bringing this to my attention, DLPTATL!
Using my Platinum card to pay the cash balance on a reservation partially paid with a Delta gift card triggered the airline incidental credit.
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