Happy New Year to all the folks! It is a start of new year which means if you have credit cards which gives airline incidental credit on calendar year are available again to take advantage of. American Express Issued credit cards such as American Express Gold Card which provide incidental credits reset based on calendar year and are available for New Year from 01/01/2019. Also specifically for American Express, you do need to select the preferred airline and you get incidental reimbursement for only that airline.
Also not all credit card's give credit based on calendar year. Also some of the airline e-gift cards or award ticket taxes and fees might trigger the incidental credit. So do check this flyertalk thread for latest data points if you are looking to purchase gift cards. Below are the credit cards which provides airline incidental credit based on calendar year (Do note the list might not be complete).
There are other cards such as Chase Sapphire Reserve, U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve, Citi Prestige which provides credit for any charge made directly with airlines and other travel categories as defined by their terms and are per "card membership year". Since these are not limited to incidentals you can use them for airfare as well as incidentals.
So, get going and redeem these incidental credits before your annual fees come due.
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