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Jason Steele flies regularly, but hasn’t paid for a flight in more than five years thanks to his credit card rewards.
His Business Platinum® Card from American Express offers a 35% rebate on points redeemed for airfare, with an airline chosen by the card user. He chose Southwest.
Since Southwest Airlines isn’t accessible through the AmEx travel portal, he books his flights directly through Southwest using his AmEx Business Platinum, then calls AmEx at the end of the month to have his 35% points rebate credited to his account.
Because Southwest considers his tickets to be regular revenue fares purchased by a customer and not through a card issuer, he also earns Southwest Rapid Rewards points on his tickets.

I like to refer to people like myself as award travel enthusiasts. We’re the ones that attempt to earn as much free travel as possible using loyalty programs that offer points and miles. In fact, I haven’t paid for a plane ticket in over five years, despite averaging more …read more

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