Individuals eligible for USAA membership include active, retired, and honorably separated employees of the U.S. military; cadets and midshipmen at U.S. service academies; and their eligible family members. Spouses, widows/widowers, and former spouses who have not remarried are all considered eligible. Children also qualify for membership, but eligibility does not extend to siblings or parents.
Once someone becomes a USAA member, eligibility then extends to their family members (even if those family members aren’t in the military). For instance, if the child of someone who was a USAA member also joins USAA, that person’s spouse and kids are then eligible for membership as well. It can continue passing down that way.
There is no USAA credit card foreign transaction fee. In the past, some USAA credit cards charged a 1% foreign transaction fee on some of its cards, but USAA made all of its cards no foreign fee in 2016. That means you’ll never pay extra for purchases processed by a foreign-based merchant.… read full answer
USAA credit cards are designed for U.S. military personnel and their spouses and adult children. The decision to discontinue foreign transaction fees was made to reduce the costs for servicemembers making purchases abroad.
Here is some additional information on USAA credit card foreign transaction fees:
No USAA credit cards have foreign transaction fees.
Some USAA credit cards used to charge a 1% foreign fee. It was removed from USAA Visa card offers first, then Mastercard and Amex offers.
A foreign transaction fee is a surcharge credit card companies add to purchases processed outside of the United States. You don’t have to be in another country to be charged the fee. It also applies to online purchases processed through an international merchant.
USAA, as a credit card issuer, has discretion over foreign transaction fees. Credit card networks (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express) do not. They negotiate where in the world their cards will be accepted and handle currency conversion.
Military servicemembers and their families stationed abroad are the biggest beneficiaries of no foreign transaction fees on USAA credit cards. Even at the previous 1% rate, all those additional fees tacked on to everyday purchases begin to add up over time.But USAA isn’t the only credit card company to not charge foreign transaction fees on any cards – they’re joined by Discover and Capital One.
Two good USAA credit cards for international travel are the Rewards American Express and the Cashback Rewards Plus American Express. With the Rewards American Express, earn 2,500 points after your first purchase. You’ll also get 3 points per $1 on dining and 2 per $1 on gas and groceries. Along with a $150 bonus for spending $500 in the first 90 days, the Cashback Rewards Plus gives you 5% cash back on your first $3,000 in gas and military base purchases per year and 2% back up to $3,000 at supermarkets each year.
USAA credit card rental car insurance covers physical damage and theft up to $50,000 per claim. You’re only covered if you file your claim within 60 days of the incident. But here are instances, like driving non-general passenger vehicles, that are not covered. And certain conditions, such as reckless driving, would void your coverage.… read full answer
Basically, there are plenty of things you should know about your coverage before you sign a rental agreement.
Here’s how USAA credit card rental car insurance works:
You are covered when you rent a vehicle in your own name for up to 31 consecutive days using a USAA credit card. You must pay for the full rental with your card, USAA reward points or a combination of the two. Split payments with a non-USAA credit card are not accepted. Also, you must decline any similar coverage offered by the rental company.
USAA will pay for any physical damage, vandalism or theft. It will also pay for loss of use charges from the car rental company for the period of time the vehicle is out of service, along with towing costs.
Coverage amounts are limited to repair costs, the vehicle’s market value, the rental company’s purchase price or $50,000, whichever is less. Loss of use charges are limited to $500 per incident.
Only general passenger vehicles are covered. Vehicles not covered include trucks, SUVs, vans, pickups, motorcycles, recreational and off-road vehicles and luxury vehicles. To view the complete list, refer to your credit card’s Guide to Benefits.
You are not covered for personal injury or damage to personal property, damages to other vehicles, property or injury to another person. Nor are you covered for losses related to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, racing or reckless driving, or any damage of an intentional or non-accidental nature
To file a claim, call 1 (866) 200-9866 to request a claim form. You must report the claim within 60 days of the loss. Any claim-related documentation, like police reports or damage estimates, must be submitted within 180 days of the incident or the claim will not be honored. A list of required documents can be found in your credit card’s Guide to Benefits.
Review your credit card’s insurance policy and familiarize yourself with what is and isn’t covered before you rent a vehicle. Contact your card’s customer service department to clarify anything not clear to you in the Guide to Benefits. Don’t assume you’re covered for every mishap when you pay for a car rental with a credit card that offers rental car insurance, as many exceptions and exclusions may apply.
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