Use AMEX Platinum and Gold Airline Credit for Amazon Gift Card

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The AMEX Platinum and Gold personal credit credit cards currently give a $200 and $100 airline credit respectively.  The airline credit is to be used for seat upgrades, in-flight purchases, change fees, and a few other incidentals.  However, there is a way to use the AMEX Platinum and Gold airline credit for Amazon gift cards.

United currently has a phone app MileagePlusX, which helps you earn extra United miles by shopping through their Apple or Android phone app.  In a nutshell, it is like shopping through an online cashback portal, except on your phone.  On this app, you can buy Amazon gift cards and earn extra United miles by doing so.  It just happens that these purchases work for the annual AMEX Platinum and Gold airline credit.  Make sure you select United as your preferred airline before you start this process. So, I was able to purchase a $100 Amazon gift card through the app and was reimbursed the $100 2 business days later.

Free Amazon Credit with AMEX Platinum or AMEX PRG Card.

Free Amazon Credit with AMEX Platinum or AMEX PRG Card.


An Amazon gift card is almost as good as cash to me.  I used to buy airline gift cards and they would sit in my inbox for 2-3 years because I would barely ever buy revenue tickets for personal travel.  Now with Amazon, I can spend that in a month or so on everyday essentials or other things.

Since I applied for this card in June, I can get another $100 of Amazon credit next January.  I don’t have the AMEX Platinum right now, but it should work buying an Amazon gift card through MPX.  I’m not sure if $200 is safe, but doing $100 increments would definitely work.  I would say that this feature increased both the value of the AMEX Platinum and Gold credit cards.  A $100 airline gift card is not worth $100 to me, but a $100 Amazon gift card is worth about $95 to me because you can get 5X points on Amazon gift cards using your Chase Ink Plus credit card (the best credit card ever).

22 comments for “Use AMEX Platinum and Gold Airline Credit for Amazon Gift Card

  1. jay
    October 19, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Great find. Will use this today! Thank you!

  2. Jessica
    October 19, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Why does everything have to be plastered on blogs? Geez.. It’s seriously getting ridiculous. Everybody sees how quickly deals die once put on blogs.

    @Jay, trust me, he didn’t find this deal himself.

    • Jay
      October 19, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Jessica, where did you see this first? I had not noticed it yet in r/churning, boarding area, doc or flyertalk. I could have overlooked this, though.

  3. CX
    October 19, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Jessica, give him and everyone a break. deals come deals go. how long have you been in this hobby? lol. I am very glad that he shared that.

  4. Tom
    October 19, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Thanks, do we know if this would work for prestige credit also ?

    • Robert Hanson
      October 19, 2015 at 8:01 am

      I was wondering the same thing myself.

      • Captain Hooks
        October 19, 2015 at 11:28 am

        Why don’t one of you experiment with a small amount to see if it works.

    • October 19, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Not sure I heard no.

  5. October 19, 2015 at 8:31 am

    is the reimbursement automatic, or you have to call to get reimbursement (like with RitzCarlton)?

    • October 19, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      It’s automatic. Don’t call.

  6. Sheryl
    October 21, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Will this work for anything purchased using MileagePlusX other than Amazon GCs?

  7. lisa
    October 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    i know you said credit card but i just got the american express premier rewards gold CHARGE card. I get the 100 airline credit so can i use this card doing the united portal? thanks

  8. RT
    November 1, 2015 at 6:28 am

    I too am trying it with the premier gold card.It should work too but I will post back if not. Thanks for sharing!

    • britt
      November 5, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Hi, was wondering if it worked for the amex prg, I’m wanting to do this myself. Thanks

  9. mb
    December 2, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Can it be done on or only through their phone app?

  10. December 17, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    i was told that there is a way to get 150,000 points when signing up to amex platntuim or bussiness.
    1. how can i get 150,000 i understand it combined be replying or something like that
    2. is there any risks involved
    3. i do have several credit cards i am thinking to get the amex complete for 2 reasons, 1 the bonus points, 2, the value of its points, 3 the insurance benefits and all the rest included
    please advise
    leiby from
    4. i do printing in china, my clients pay me with credit card, chinese companies do not accept credit card, i would love to pay with a credit card to get the points and be secure is there anyway around this problem.

  11. Captian Hooks
    January 2, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Looks like they removed as an option on the app.

  12. Carrie
    May 11, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Hello, do you know if this is still an option in May, 2016? Will it work with any other airline or app? Thank you!

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