Happy New Year? Nah – Happy Airline Incidental Credit Day!


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Happy New Year? Nah – Happy Airline Incidental Credit Day!

A lot of people like to look at the first of the year as a fresh start or turning their story to a new page so to speak.  They like to think of it as a new beginning and a clean slate.  I don’t really care about any of that. I look at it as the day when I can rack up hundreds of dollars in airline incidentals again!

What’s The Rush?

Why do I worry about this on day one of the year though?  I do because I like to simplify things and get stuff checked off my list and move on.  No last minute worries wondering if I used my available credits or not.

There were many such posts in our Facebook Group over the last few days.  People frantic over whether the charge would post in time etc.  Why not take care of it right away and then not have to worry about it?  That is my motto at least.

As for the travel credits on cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, US Bank Altitude Reserve and Citi Prestige I don’t worry about those.  They are a true travel credit and have less restrictions and can be dwindled down naturally.

List of Cards

Here is a list of cards with airline incidental fees (if I missed any let me know and I will add them in):

Don’t forget about the newly minted Saks Fifth Avenue credit with the Amex Platinum card either.  Purchasing a $50 gift card in store triggered the credit for me in the past.


My suggestion to you is enjoy your New Year, watch some football, eat some pizza and get your airline incidental credits handled.  Nothing like taking care of things right away and not having to worry about them later on down the road.  Then you can book some travel with your newly minted gift cards or even sell them to offset the annual fee.

Anyone else think the same way as me?  Do you get them done in the first few days of the New Year?



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  1. Got $650 all to SW via my 4 cards today. Coupled with my Companion Pass, will easily pay for my fam of 4 trip in September to Florida once those flights are released. Wonderful day indeed!

  2. Used the Saks credit before 1st cup of coffee, and my SWA gift cards delivered to my inbox by 2nd cup. Now to use up Uber credits w/ Uber Eats today. In a rush because I’m dumping my MB Plat before it turns into a reg Plat.

  3. Reminder if you still have the MB platinum it will go away on 11 Jan so better act quick to use your $200 airline credits & $50 Saks

    • It will just be switched over to Platinum so I think everything will stay the same unless you cancel the card.

      • True if you dont have the vanillaa platinum they should just transfer no rush to use them. In my case I applied for the vanilla platinum in Nov knowing MB was going away (thanks to your blog). Since I applied I had double credits to use (Uber, Airlines, Saks). In my case if I dont use the MB credits before 11 Jan ill lose them with the card since already receive them on the Vanilla platinum.

  4. What posts as a travel credit for Southwest? I’ve tried purchasing SW giftcards but they never credited as travel.

    • As long as Southwest is selected as your airline of choice a gift card purchased from Southwest will work up to $250.

    • Happy New Year – that card comes with Travel Credits so I wouldn’t rush to use them like airline incidentals since they are so easy to use. No reason to buy gift cards with them.

  5. I am thinking about applying for Hilton Aspire CC. I know I can take the $250 Airline credit twice during my first calendar year. Does the same apply for the Aspire $250 Hilton hotel credit? Also, can I use the hotel credit at any Hilton, or is it only for “resorts”?

    • The $250 airline credit can be used twice on the first anniversary year, not calendar year. Meaning you can use it once per calender year but twice before you pay your first annual fee. If you get the card in March 2019 you can use credit from Mar-Dec 2019 & once between Jan-Mar 2020, which only matters if your planning to cancel the card prior to your annual fee as you will not get a 2nd credit between Apr-Dec 2020. For the $250 resort fee thats only once per anniversary year at Hilton Resorts. You can find all Hilton resorts at this link https://www3.hilton.com/en/resorts/index.html
      The cars also has an annual $100 property credit you can use for 2 night or more stays at Waldorf & Conrad.

  6. I purchased my $750 credits. I really hope Amex did not make changes again and I end up stuck with these GCs that I’m never going to use (I used miles for travel).

  7. Does anyone have any tricks to combine and/or use more Delta gift cards? I have a ton of $50 delta gift cards from AMEX travel credits. When booking delta travel the website only allow max of 3 gift cards per ticket. I would love to take 10 gift cards and merge them in to a single $500 cards.


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