AOPA member Gary Phillips holds a unique place among his fellow members. He received a rebate from his credit card company that included the 15-millionth dollar returned to members in the AOPA 5% FBO Rebate Program. Phillips, an aircraft owner, uses the card primarily for fuel and maintenance charges. He says he finds the online rebate claim process through MBNA's NetAccess Web site an easy way to submit charges for rebate.
AOPA members who carry the AOPA FBO Rebate credit card, issued by AOPA Member Products partner MBNA America Bank, N.A., receive 5-percent credit rebates on their first $5,000 of qualifying purchases from participating FBOs each year (up to $250 in rebates annually). That could be used for products or services ranging from charts and pilot supplies to fuel and aircraft maintenance. In addition, there's no limit to the savings at Sporty's Pilot Shop. They offer an instant 5-percent discount on almost all purchases paid for with the AOPA credit card.
The program is growing rapidly in popularity. It took nearly six years for the program to return $10 million in rebates to AOPA members, but only a year and a half to return the next $5 million.
January 31, 2005