Do Not Rely on Free Travel Insurance Protection Offered by Credit Cards

Do Not Rely on Free Travel Insurance Protection Offered by Credit Cards

Most credit companies do offer you “Free travel insurance” or “ Flight insurance,” but have you ever wondered if they offer enough protection. Often most travelers don’t purchase international travel insurance, believing their credit card protects them from any losses during their travel overseas. However, it is often found that the so-called free travel insurance offered by credit cards don’t match up to the protection offered by a travel insurance company.

Credit cards advertise often that they offer travel insurance protection for:

  • Travel Delays
  • Trip Interruption
  • Trip Cancellation
  • Lost or Destroyed Baggage
  • Rental Cars
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Emergency assistance and concierge services
  • Flight accident insurance

However, not all credit cards offer all the aforementioned travel benefits. Some credit card travel insurance policies may not cover lost items, such as loss of wallet, passport, or luggage, and certain type of medical conditions.  However, those that claim to offer these benefits often charge a higher annual fee than what you would otherwise pay for a basic travel insurance plan. Besides, you must charge all your traveling expenses to the credit card to be eligible to derive those travel benefits, and your overseas trip should not be more than 30 days long. Your credit card insurance might not cover you for cheap holidays.

  • Beware, read the fine print and complete details of the credit card travel insurance coverage and look out for limitations and exclusions.
  • Notice if there is any such wording as “We will not pay for items left behind, forgotten, or misplaced.”
  • See whether there is any discrepancy between different parts of the same credit card insurance policy. There might be a generous claim limit in one part, with exclusions a few pages later.
  • Make sure your credit card travel insurance policy has the right coverage for the adventures you plan during your trip overseas.

Credit Card Travel Protection: Most Common Limitations

Gold credit card insurance is usually valid until three months and cannot be extended, unlike international health insurance policies. If you change your itinerary to extend the stay beyond a fixed period, your credit card travel insurance coverage would immediately cease.

  • Limited and low maximum coverage limit which is usually $10,000 or less
  • May only cover accidents and not sickness
  • May not cover emergency or medical evacuations
  • May not cover trip cancellation just for any reason, as only certain scenarios are covered, including accidental serious injury, natural disaster, airlines labor strike, travel provider goes on strike, sudden termination from job.

No credit card travel insurance will cover you if you tend to change your mind at the last minute and cancel your trip. If you still decide that credit card insurance is the best option for you, make sure you have read the fine print and are aware of the coverage and limitations to avoid being stranded in a foreign country!

To learn more tips about travel insurance that can help you buy the right insurance, visit our knowledge center or call us on 1-866-384-9104 to speak to an adviser who help you select the right plan that suits your needs.




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