Discover card travel insurance is no longer available. Discover used to offer $500,000 in travel accident insurance and $25,000 in coverage for rental car collision or theft. But they discontinued those benefits for all Discover cards in February 2018. They also discontinued purchase protection, return protection and extended warranties. So overall, there are not too many perks for using a Discover card for travel. But every Discover card does have a $0 foreign transaction fee.
If you’re traveling, it’s more convenient to use a Visa or Mastercard. All Visa and Mastercard credit cards offer at least rental car insurance. Many also offer other types. Travel accident insurance reimburses you for death or serious injury caused by a travel provider. Trip cancellation and interruption insurance helps you get money back after your trip is stopped by factors out of your control. Baggage insurance can protect your valuables.
Some of the best Mastercard/Visa cards that have travel insurance include Chase Sapphire Preferred, Citi Premier, Chase Freedom Unlimited and the Wells Fargo Visa Signature card.
Discover card benefits include no annual fee and no foreign transaction fees on any card, along with security features such as SSN alerts and the ability to freeze your account on demand. Discover will also match all the rewards you earn in your first year. Plus, there’s a “Cash at Checkout” feature that allows cardholders to withdraw cash when making a purchase with a Discover card at specific retailers. Withdrawals are limited to $120 every 24 hours. They are charged at the card’s regular purchase APR, rather than the higher cash advance APR. All of these perks come standard on all Discover cards.… read full answer
It’s important to note that Discover discontinued several key benefits in 2018. Travel insurance and auto rental coverage are no longer available as of February 28, 2018. Purchase protection, extended warranties, and return guarantee protection were also dropped at that time. The price protection benefit was cut on October 31, 2018. Purchases and claims posted before the expiration dates still received coverage.
Discover will continue to provide free security benefits on all cards. They include 24/7 account monitoring, alerts that notify cardholders if their personal information has been compromised, and a “Freeze it” account feature. “Freeze it” allows cardholders to temporarily prevent any new purchases, cash advances or balance transfers if their card is lost or stolen.
Visa credit card travel insurance covers all Visa credit card users for damage or theft of rental cars. Some cards also provide coverage for accidents while traveling, trip cancellation and lost luggage. Plus, Visa credit card travel insurance never costs extra. You just have to pay for your travel with your Visa card to be eligible for any coverage it might have. But the exact amount of coverage you get, the claims procedures you have to follow, and other fine print depend on the bank or credit union that issues the card. It also makes a difference whether your card is a Visa Platinum, Visa Signature or Visa Infinite (least coverage to most coverage).… read full answer
Here are the types of Visa credit card travel insurance:
Trip accident: Should you or dependents you’re travelling with die or get seriously disfigured due to the fault of a travel provider, this policy will reimburse you or your family. The amount of money you can get varies, but it could be as much as $1 million with certain cards. But not all cards will have this benefit.
Trip cancellation/interruption/delay: If your trip has to be ended early or moved because of things out of your control (e.g. death, injury, severe weather, military orders and more), you can get compensated for the inconvenience. Coverage might be up to $10,000 per trip, but not every card will have it.
Lost luggage: It’s hard to enjoy yourself on a trip if you don’t have any of your belongings. If your luggage gets lost or stolen, Visa may pay you for its value. You could get up to $3,000 per person per trip, but whether you have coverage depends on the card.
Rental car: Every Visa card should have this, no matter who issues it. If you rent a car with your Visa card and that car gets damaged or stolen, you can be reimbursed. But certain types of cars aren’t eligible (like expensive cars, RVs, motorcycles, and more) and certain situations aren’t either (like drunk driving). You can receive up to the full value of the rental vehicle.
So again, the best course of action is to check your card’s terms to find out what kind of coverage it has. And if you’re in the market for a new card, WalletHub’s editors have prepared a report on the cards with the best travel insurance to help you out.
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