Amex Travel Credit - covid implication

NoName

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Thanks. Sounds as it may no longer be possible to use the 2nd years travel credit and cancel before the annual fee is charged. I think I will just cancel and get on to the next churn.
 

Chicken

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Thanks. Sounds as it may no longer be possible to use the 2nd years travel credit and cancel before the annual fee is charged. I think I will just cancel and get on to the next churn.
The think is, my 'previous' travel credit was removed, and converted by AmEx into a $200 statement credit for Hardly Normal and AmEx travel (just like everyone else), so this could have 'broken' the normal cycle.
 

NoName

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Thanks. Sounds as it may no longer be possible to use the 2nd years travel credit and cancel before the annual fee is charged. I think I will just cancel and get on to the next churn.

Well 1 day later and the year 2 travel credit shows up. Thankfully I noticed before my planned cancellation call later this morning. Obviously I will use it and then cancel.
 

shamolly

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Got $400 travel credit with Amex Explorer that I need to use up.

On chat a few days ago I was told by Amex that if I book a flight for which the airline only allows refunds in the form of airline travel credit, then I could spend $400 using the Amex travel credit, cancel the flight, and then while I would have lost the $400 Amex credit I'd still have the $400 airline travel credit. It follows also that I should spend as much of the $400 as possible on the flight, since I'll forfeit anything I don't spend.

Does anyone else know whether this is correct, or have any experience with it? Though I saved the chat, I've had some issues with incorrect advice from Amex before.

This isn't a great outcome but would let me at least salvage something from the credit.
 
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get me outta here

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I would like to know the answer too. Also, if needing to be cancelled would it be converted to any sort of credit. Presumedly not, even if it was a refundable booking.

does anyone know if the qf ultimate credit can be used for a hotel booking? i remember reading something to that effect sometime ago.
 

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Got $400 travel credit with Amex Explorer that I need to use up.

On chat a few days ago I was told by Amex that if I book a flight for which the airline only allows refunds in the form of airline travel credit, then I could spend $400 using the Amex travel credit, cancel the flight, and then while I would have lost the $400 Amex credit I'd still have the $400 airline travel credit. It follows also that I should spend as much of the $400 as possible on the flight, since I'll forfeit anything I don't spend.

Does anyone else know whether this is correct, or have any experience with it? Though I saved the chat, I've had some issues with incorrect advice from Amex before.

This isn't a great outcome but would let me at least salvage something from the credit.
I booked a fully flexible fare to be safe and then cancelled it - got the refund in the form of a travel credit from Qantas until end of December 2023 so I'm OK with that
 

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FYI....I booked a fully refundable hotel late last year using an expiring $200 travel credit and a few extra dollars. I cancelled the booking by ringing Amex today and they told me I'll get the dollars back and the $200 travel credit valid for another 12 months :) ...and got an email confirning this as well :)
 
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