Your complete guide to travel protections on American Express cards
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Numerous American Express cards offer travel protections that can take the headache out of your vacations. However, the coverage you get (and the limits of said coverage) differ by card. Rather than trying to remember all of this on your own, we will guide you through the travel protections offered by American Express cards.
This guide provides a comprehensive, detailed look at the variety of travel protections offered across the American Express card portfolio. Each section outlines a type of coverage and the cards offering this coverage. We also include coverage limits as well as any additional caveats to keep in mind.
Here's what you need to know about American Express travel insurance coverage.
Trip delay insurance
Trip delay insurance covers you when you encounter travel delays. This could be a delayed flight for mechanical issues, or it could be an unexpected overnight due to a weather-related cancellation. Other reasons are covered, but individual policies vary in what they do and don't cover. If the reason for your delay is not specifically mentioned in your policy, assume that it's not covered.
With trip delay protection, there are two different "levels" of coverage, depending on the card you carry.
Level 1: Higher-end cards
Some of American Express' top products offer trip delay reimbursement of up to $500 per covered trip that is delayed for more than six hours, capped at two claims per eligible card per 12 consecutive months.*
This protection becomes effective when you purchase a ticket using any of the following cards:
- The Centurion® Card from American Express.**
- The Business Centurion® Card from American Express.**
- The Platinum Card® from American Express .
- The Platinum Card® from American Express for Ameriprise Financial.**
- The Platinum Card® from American Express for Schwab.**
- The Platinum Card® from American Express for Goldman Sachs.**
- The Platinum Card® from American Express for Morgan Stanley.**
- The Business Platinum Card® from American Express .
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card .
- Delta SkyMiles® Reserve Business American Express Card .
- Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card .
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card .
- The American Express Corporate Platinum Card®.**
**The information for these cards has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Level 2: Mid-tier cards
Other American Express cards offer trip delay reimbursement of up to $300 per covered trip that is delayed for more than 12 hours, capped at two claims per 12 consecutive months.*
Here are the cards that include this protection when you use them to purchase your tickets:
- American Express® Gold Card .
- American Express® Green Card.
- American Express® Business Gold Card .
- Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card .
- Delta SkyMiles® Platinum Business American Express Card .
- Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express .
*Eligibility and benefit level varies by card. Terms, conditions and limitations apply. Visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for details. Policies are underwritten by New Hampshire Insurance Company, an AIG Company.
Trip cancellation and interruption insurance
This type of coverage is for situations in which your trip is canceled or interrupted (meaning you started the trip but must end it to return home), and as a result, you're forced to forfeit prepaid, nonrefundable reservations. Again, be sure that your specific reason is mentioned in your policy for it to be covered.*
All Amex cards with this benefit provide the same level of protection. If your trip is canceled or interrupted for a covered reason, you can receive a maximum of $10,000 per covered trip and a maximum of $20,000 per eligible card in a 12-month period.
Here are the cards that include this protection when you use them to purchase travel:
- Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card .**
- The Corporate Platinum Card® from American Express.**
- The Corporate Centurion® Card from American Express.**
Global Assist Hotline
Eligible cardholders can rely on the Global Assist Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for medical, legal, financial or other select emergency services coordination and assistance while traveling more than 100 miles from home.*
Note that the Global Assist Hotline coordinates services but is not the service provider. Any third-party service costs may be your responsibility.
Here are the cards that include this protection when you use them to pay for your tickets:
- American Express® Cash Rebate Credit Card.**
- Blue for Business® Credit Card.**
- Blue Cash® from American Express.**
- Blue Sky from American Express®.**
- Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express .
- Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express .
- Business Green Rewards Card from American Express .**
- Clear from American Express®.**
- Delta SkyMiles® Blue American Express Card .
- Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card .
- Delta SkyMiles® Gold Business American Express Card .
- Hilton Honors American Express Card .
- Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card .
- The Hilton Honors American Express Business Card .
- Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card.**
- Marriott Bonvoy Bevy™ American Express® Card .
- Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card .
- The Plum Card® from American Express .
- The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express .
- The American Express Blue Business Cash™ Card .
- Amazon Business Card.**
- Amazon Business Prime Card.**
- Lowe's Business Rewards Card.**
- American Express® Corporate Gold Card.**
- Corporate Green Credit Card.**
- American Express Cash Magnet® Card .**
- The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from Amerian Express.**
- The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express.**
- Blue from American Express®.**
- SimplyCash® Plus Business Credit Card.**
- SimplyCash® Business Card.**
- American Express® Platinum Credit Card.**
- American Express® Credit Card.**
- One from American Express®.**
- Zync from American Express®.**
- Schwab Investor Card® from American Express.**
- Morgan Stanley Credit Card from American Express.**
- Platinum Optima® Card.**
- Optima® Card.**
- Bluebird® American Express® Reloadable Prepaid Card.**
- Serve® American Express® Reloadable Prepaid Card.**
- The Corporate Platinum® Card from American Express.**
- American Express® Corporate Green Card.**
- Business Extra℠ Corporate Card.**
- American Express® Corporate Accenture Gold.**
- American Express® Corporate Meeting Card.**
- American Express® Corporate Defined Expense Program Card.**
- American Express® Corporate Purchasing Card.**
- Morgan Stanley Blue Cash Preferred® American Express Card.**
*Eligibility and benefit level varies by card. Terms, conditions and limitations apply. Visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for details. Cardmembers are responsible for the costs charged by third-party service providers.
Premium Global Assist Hotline
Similar to the benefit above, eligible cardholders for certain premium Amex cards can rely on the Global Assist Hotline 24/7 for medical, legal, financial or other select emergency services coordination and assistance services while traveling more than 100 miles from home. With the Premium benefit, emergency medical transportation assistance and related services may be provided at no cost.*
If approved and coordinated by the Premium Global Assist Hotline, emergency medical transportation assistance may be provided at no cost to you. Otherwise, third-party service costs may be your responsibility.
- The Platinum Card® from American Express for Morgan Stanley**
*Eligibility and benefit level varies by card. Terms, conditions and limitations apply. Visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for details. If approved and coordinated by Premium Global Assist Hotline, emergency medical transportation assistance may be provided at no cost. In any other circumstance, cardmembers are responsible for the costs charged by third-party service providers.
Baggage insurance plan
Baggage insurance applies to covered persons for eligible lost, damaged or stolen baggage during travel on a common carrier vehicle (such as a plane, train, ship or bus) when the entire fare for a ticket on the trip (one way or round trip) is charged to an eligible card.
With this coverage, there are two different "levels" of coverage, depending on the card you carry.
Some of American Express' top products offer baggage insurance coverage of up to $2,000 for checked baggage and up to a combined maximum of $3,000 for checked and carry-on baggage. This coverage is in excess of coverage provided by the common carrier. Coverage is subject to a $3,000 aggregate limit per covered trip.*
For New York state residents, there is a $2,000 per bag/per suitcase limit for each covered person, with a maximum of $10,000 aggregate for all covered persons per covered trip.*
Other American Express cards offer baggage insurance coverage of up to $1,250 for carry-on baggage and up to $500 for checked baggage. This coverage is in excess of coverage provided by the common carrier.*
For New York state residents, there is a maximum of $10,000 aggregate for all covered persons per covered trip.*
- American Express® Gold Card for Ameriprise Financial.**
- American Express® Corporate Accenture Gold Card.**
- American Express® Executive Business Card.**
*Eligibility and benefit level varies by card. Terms, conditions and limitations apply. Visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for details. Policies are underwritten by AMEX Assurance Company.
Car rental loss and damage insurance
Car rental loss and damage insurance applies to the theft of or damage to most rental vehicles when you use an eligible card to reserve and pay for the entire eligible vehicle rental and decline the collision damage waiver or similar option offered by the rental car company. Note that this product provides secondary coverage and does not include liability coverage. Not all vehicle types or rentals are covered, and geographic restrictions apply.
Some of American Express' top products offer car rental loss and damage insurance of up to $75,000 for theft of or damage to eligible rental vehicles.*
Here are the cards that include this protection when you use them to pay for eligible rentals:
- Centurion® Card from American Express.**
- Business Centurion® Card from American Express.**
Other American Express cards offer car rental loss and damage insurance of up to $50,000 for theft of or damage to eligible rental vehicles.*
- Amex EveryDay® Credit Card.**
- Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card.**
- SimplyCash® Plus Business Card.**
- American Express® Business Purchase Account.**
*Eligibility and benefit level varies by card. Not all vehicle types or rentals are covered, and geographic restrictions apply. Terms, conditions and limitations apply. Visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for details. Policies are underwritten by AMEX Assurance Company. Coverage is offered through American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
Understanding what benefits your card has to protect you when things go wrong during a trip can help reduce headaches. To that end, American Express provides multiple travel protections across many of its card products. Coverage limits within the same benefit can vary by which card you have, so consult your card's detailed benefits at americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for full details.
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Why Purchase Travel Insurance
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We frequently discuss the travel insurance coverages that are offered complimentary on most credit cards . We do so because these benefits, especially the long list of travel insurance coverages on premium cards, can save you money, offer peace of mind during your travels, and provide help if something goes wrong.
These complimentary coverages are useful and can offer more than adequate coverage for most trips. However, if you’re investing in an expensive trip or 1 that involves multiple travel providers, purchasing a comprehensive travel insurance policy is a prudent move. You’d also want a travel insurance policy if your trip has a complicated itinerary or if you’re anxious about the possibility of having to cancel any portion of the journey.
Additionally, it’s imperative that if you’re worried about having medical coverage while traveling, you’d want to purchase a travel insurance policy that provides medical coverage.
Fortunately, travel insurance is widely available, reasonably affordable, and simple to secure. There are several reputable travel insurance companies , highly-rated by financial rating organizations such as AM Best , that offer nearly endless options from which to choose.
American Express Travel Insurance , underwritten by AMEX Assurance Company, is one of those highly-respected, highly-rated, established companies offering comprehensive travel insurance solutions.
Join us while we check out the types of policies the company offers, any limitations of which to be aware, and additional options for protecting your next trip appropriately.
Travel insurance can help you avoid losing the investment you made when booking your trip, reimburse you for covered expenses should your trip be disrupted due to a covered event, or pay for emergency medical services.
Policies are designed to cover disruption due to the reasons listed in the policy you purchased. These reasons consist of events that are unforeseen and unexpected.
Here are a few situations where travel insurance could cover your loss:
- You or a covered family member become ill and you must cancel your trip. Trip insurance can cover prepaid non-reimbursable expenses.
- You are injured in an accident during your trip and need to be evacuated to a hospital by air ambulance.
- You become ill during your trip and must return home versus continuing on your journey.
- Your flight is delayed or canceled and you must stay at a hotel and incur expenses for lodging and incidentals.
Whether you should purchase travel insurance or not is a personal decision. If losing your trip investment or having to pay for extra expenses if the trip is disrupted makes you uncomfortable or would present a financial burden, then you should purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy.
If worrying about having to cancel your trip or having it disrupted during your journey is an issue, purchasing a travel insurance policy will definitely deliver some peace of mind, both prior to and during your trip.
For more tips on buying travel insurance in general, you’ll find valuable information in our guide to buying the best travel insurance .
Bottom Line: The longer, more expensive, and more complicated your trip, the greater the need for a comprehensive travel insurance policy.
When you purchase travel insurance and your trip is canceled, you expect to have coverage. However, not all cancellations are covered — only those specifically listed in your policy.
Once COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, it became a known event and therefore is not covered on travel insurance policies. While it’s reasonable to want to cancel your trip due to fear of COVID-19, canceling a trip due to the fear of any illness is not a covered reason on any travel insurance policy.
There is also no coverage for canceling a trip due to a U.S. State Department announcement warning of COVID-19 in a particular area.
In order to have coverage for voluntary trip cancellations, you would need to purchase “Cancel for Any Reason Insurance” (CFAR) . CFAR is not a stand-alone insurance policy — it is an add-on coverage you select when you purchase a travel insurance policy or coverage you may be able to add to a travel insurance policy after purchase, within an initially specified timeframe.
CFAR insurance is expensive, does not cover the entire cost of your trip, and not all companies sell the coverage, including American Express Travel Insurance.
Additionally, there is a small window of time when you are able to purchase the coverage, including during your initial purchase or up to 10 to 21 days after the purchase, depending on the company.
While American Express Travel Insurance does not cover trip cancellation due to fear of contracting COVID-19, there may be coverage in certain circumstances. For example, if you become sick with the virus and have to cancel your trip as a result, you may have coverage under trip cancellation insurance.
Additionally, if you become ill with the virus during your travels, you may have coverage under Travel Medical Protection. Terms and conditions apply.
Bottom Line: Travel insurance does not cover canceled trips due to fear of getting COVID-19 or a government declaration that a specific destination is unsafe. Cancel for Any Reason Insurance must be purchased to cover these voluntary cancellations.
American Express Travel Insurance Options
American Express offers you 2 options when it comes to purchasing travel insurance. You can select a package policy that includes several types of coverages in 1 plan or you can build your own travel insurance plan and select just the coverages that are important to you.
Coverage is worldwide except for where it would violate U.S. trade or economic sanctions. All permanent U.S. residents are eligible to purchase travel insurance with American Express.
American Express Travel Insurance offers 4 levels of travel insurance package policy plans — a Basic Plan, Silver Plan, Gold Plan, and Platinum Plan. Each has its own levels of coverage and associated premium cost.
Let’s take a look at the package policy offerings and pricing. We chose a week-long trip for a 40-year old that cost $3,000. Prices ranged from $59 to $208 to cover the entire trip.
With package policies, you can expect to find the following coverages. The limits of coverage differ based on the policy plan you select.
- Trip Cancellation/Interruption — Receive reimbursement for prepaid non-refundable expenses due to cancellation for covered reasons and additional costs if your trip is disrupted, also for covered reasons.
- Global Medical Protection — Receive worldwide emergency medical and dental coverage for the first 60 days of your trip and access to emergency evacuation/repatriation services.
- Travel Accident Protection — Receive coverage for accidental death/dismemberment from the time you leave on your trip until the time you arrive home.
- Global Baggage Protection — Coverage varies from $250 to $2,500 for lost luggage depending on the level selected. Baggage delay coverage starts from 3- to over 24-hour delays, depending on the policy plan selected.
- Global Trip Delay — Receive up to $300 per day, $1,000 per trip, depending on the level of coverage selected. Coverage is valid for delayed/canceled flights or involuntary-denied boarding.
- 24-Hour Travel Assistance — Have global access to planning and emergency assistance before and during your trip.
Bottom Line: American Express Travel Insurance offers 4 different levels of package policies, each comprising a collection of coverages most travelers look for. The plan you select and the level of coverage limits chosen determine the amount of the premium cost.
If some of the coverages in the package plan are not important to you, you can select only the coverage(s) you want and pay accordingly. Perhaps, for example, you have a need for just medical coverage while traveling abroad. You have the option to select just that coverage.
This example shows the levels of coverage available and the associated premium costs. The Gold Plan selected offers up to $100,000 in emergency medical, up to $750 in emergency dental, and up to $100,000 in emergency evacuation/repatriation. The price of this plan would be $32 for the entire trip.
Bottom Line: Having the option to select only the coverages you want allows you to save money by not paying for coverages you don’t need. This is a key benefit of purchasing travel insurance through American Express Travel Insurance. Few travel insurance companies offer the option to purchase stand-alone travel medical coverage.
Additional Information — American Express Travel Insurance
Like most travel insurance companies, American Express Travel Insurance prices its products within age brackets. The price for coverage is the same for everyone in that specific age bracket.
Based on dozens of quotes obtained, pricing brackets were determined to be as follows:
- Age 17 to 40
- Age 41 to 65
- Age 66 to 70
- Age 70 to 80
- Age 81 or over
Knowing this upfront can help you determine if you’re at the beginning of the highest price bracket or the end. For example, if you are 40 years old, you’re going to pay less than a 41-year-old in the next pricing bracket but the same as a 17-year-old.
If you’re a senior and want to learn more about purchasing travel insurance in your 60s, 70s, and beyond , the tips in our article will help guide you in the right direction.
Bottom Line: Knowing a travel insurance company’s age pricing brackets can help you determine which company offers you the best value for your money.
Here is some information you should know about cancellations and changes to an American Express Travel Insurance policy.
- You can change or modify your policy prior to your trip.
- You can request a full refund within 14 days after receiving your policy documents. Some restrictions vary by state.
- If you have purchased American Express Travel Insurance and your trip was canceled due to COVID-19, you may qualify for a policy refund . Contact AMEX Assurance Company for details at [email protected]. Terms apply.
- Once your trip is completed, you cannot request a refund.
Hot Tip: Due to the overall decrease in travel, many travel insurance companies now allow you to cancel your travel insurance and receive a full refund or extend your policy without extra charges.
How Does American Express Travel Insurance Compare
When comparing other package policies to American Express Travel Insurance, the company’s premiums came up higher overall for this specific trip and traveler (1-week trip, 40-year-old, total value $3,000).
The first policy above with Assistance USA for $77, for example, has coverages similar to the Silver Amex plan which has a premium of $133. The coverage on the $102 Assistance USA plan above compares more with the Amex Gold plan at $157.
Prices will vary considerably based on the types of coverages selected, age, and limits of each coverage. We used policy comparison websites and found similar but not identical policies. With so many different coverage options, it’s difficult to compare apples to apples.
This is a very limited comparison — your results will be different based on your specific details. The most important factors to consider are that you’re purchasing from a highly-rated company, the coverages are a match for your needs, and the premium is one with which you’re comfortable paying.
The travel insurance coverages that comes complimentary on your credit card can serve to provide coverage for some trips. For example, if you book a domestic round-trip flight, a hotel, and a rental car, you may have sufficient coverages on your credit card to cover that trip.
Credit card travel insurance coverage, however, is not a replacement for a comprehensive travel insurance policy , for these reasons:
- Most credit card travel insurance coverage is secondary and in excess of other coverage you might have. You’ll normally be working with 2 (or more) entities to get your claim resolved.
- Credit card travel insurance is administered by a third party, not by the issuing financial institution, thus making the claims process potentially redundant and complicated.
- You generally won’t find medical coverage on a credit card. The Platinum Card ® from American Express and the Chase Sapphire Reserve ® offer emergency medical evacuation and there is a small medical benefit on the Chase Sapphire Reserve card.
- Coverage limits are set on credit card travel insurance. Travel insurance policies can offer higher limit options.
- Credit card travel insurances have requirements such as purchasing the trip with the associated credit card.
- Additional coverages can be added to travel insurance policies such as CFAR insurance, a preexisting conditions waiver, and other benefits not available with credit cards.
Bottom Line: While the travel insurance coverages that come with credit cards may be sufficient to cover a simple trip where there is no large investment at stake, these coverages are by no means a replacement for a comprehensive travel insurance policy.
The Value of Travel Insurance Comparison Sites
Because travel insurance is widely available and quite competitive, you may find drastic differences in the price you’ll pay between companies and policy offerings. Selecting a company is not difficult as there are dozens of reputable, highly financially-rated, established companies, but comparing policies is essential for getting the best value for your money.
One way to easily compare pricing and coverages is to utilize a travel insurance comparison site to narrow down the appropriate options for your situation.
Here are some of the most popular, easy-to-use comparison sites that only feature highly financially-rated travel insurance companies.
- Coverage is available instantly
- The comparison tool is easy to use
- The company has a “best price guarantee”
- Calls are handled by licensed agents
- The website contains educational information for understanding travel insurance coverages and policies
- Features nearly 2 dozen companies
- Compare 90 different policies from over 20 different companies
- Customer service receives high accolades
- Over 86,000 reviews
Bottom Line: Utilizing a travel insurance comparison website can help you quickly narrow your choices to policies that fit your needs and your budget.
There is no doubt that American Express is a financially-stable, established, and well-respected travel insurance company.
One of the company’s strengths is that it offers the consumer the ability to purchase needed coverages separately , such as medical insurance for an international trip. The premiums for such coverage are also very competitively priced. This could be a huge plus if you are not interested in duplicating credit card travel insurance coverages or in having just secondary or excess coverage.
One downside, especially in today’s environment, is that American Express Travel Insurance does not sell CFAR insurance. If this is important to you, you should attempt to find the coverage elsewhere by using comparison sites.
Another downside that may or may not be important is that American Express Travel Insurance does not sell annual or multi-trip policies. You must purchase a new policy for each individual trip.
Also, like several other travel insurance companies, high-risk adventurous activities may not be covered with American Express Travel Insurance. You might look to a company specializing in insuring these activities such as World Nomads .
If you want to make sure you’re purchasing from an established company and have specific coverages you’re more interested in than others, American Express Travel Insurance is a solid decision . For package travel insurance policies, you might be able to realize modest savings by shopping around, but you won’t go wrong with the company selection of choosing American Express Travel Insurance.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is american express travel insurance worth it.
Yes, overall. American Express Travel Insurance is backed by AMEX Assurance Company which is highly-rated, established, and reputable.
The company offers competitive travel insurance package policies but also allows the traveler to build their own policies with only the coverages they deem necessary. This option can save the traveler money.
If you’re looking for medical coverage for an international trip, for example, purchasing with an established company at a reasonable price makes American Express Travel Insurance a worthy choice.
Do I have to have an American Express credit card to purchase American Express travel insurance?
No, you do not need to be an American Express cardholder to purchase a travel insurance policy from American Express Travel Insurance.
Does travel insurance cover COVID-19?
Travel insurance does not cover canceling your trip due to fear of getting sick. It also does not cover canceling your trip due to a government shutdown due to COVID-19, or a surge in cases in a particular area.
You may have coverage if you become ill due to COVID-19 and need to cancel your trip, depending on the terms of your policy.
You may also have coverage if you become ill due to COVID-19 during your travels.
Is credit card travel insurance any good?
The travel insurance coverages that come with your credit card can be sufficient to cover simple trips. If you’re booking a trip that has a complicated itinerary, involves several travel providers, or is more than a week in length, you might consider a comprehensive travel insurance policy.
In addition, if your trip is an expensive one, even if it’s simple and short, it would be prudent to cover your investment with a travel insurance policy.
Finally, credit cards do not come with medical insurance coverage. If you need this coverage while traveling, you’ll want to purchase a separate policy.
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October 30, 2022
Does AMEX offer an Annual Travel Insurance Policy? If so, where might I find the details and how to price it? We would be anticipating 2-4 international trips per year starting in 2023.
Hi William. I was unable to find an annual travel insurance policy option for U.S. citizens offered by American Express. However, if you utilize the links for the travel insurance comparison sites, you’ll find several options for annual plans offered by highly-rated companies. I have purchased annual plans via Allianz and Travel Guard.
James K Borowske
March 08, 2023
I have an AMEX Platinum card. I have a trip to S. Africa in October with a total cost of $30,000.00. I need health insurance since I am on Medicare for this trip. Since AMEX only covers up to $10,000.00 with no medical insurance and is a secondary can I buy a $20,000.00 policy that includes medical, trip cancelation, delays, etc.? I’m assuming this should be a primary policy and if I go over the $20,000.00 limit the AMEX Platinum card would cover the rest. Is this an accurate assumption? Thank you for your help. I am confused as to how to make sure the total trip is covered at the most economical cost.
Hi James. As you mentioned, there is no medical insurance that comes with the Amex Platinum card. If you were to purchase a travel insurance policy for trip cancelation, trip interruption, trip delay, etc., then yes, the card would be secondary up to the limits of coverage stated in the Guide to Benefits. However, just to be clear, if you purchased a medical travel insurance policy for $20,000 and went over that, there is no card coverage. I would utilize the travel insurance comparison sites mentioned in the article to find the best policy for the coverages and pricing you’re comfortable with.
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What should you do after you after getting the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card ? Start spending (smartly).
The welcome offer for this is worth pursuing to maximize your cardholder benefits: Earn 40,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months. Terms Apply.
» Learn More: 5 things to do after getting the Gold Delta AmEx
Additional card perks
20% off in-flight purchases.
Use your Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card on certain inflight purchases and qualify for a 20% credit on your AmEx statement after the transaction posts to your account. Terms apply. Typical eligible items include food, beverage and audio headsets; Wi-Fi access is not included.
'Pay With Miles' benefit
Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card holders have the benefit of purchasing Delta flights with their Delta miles. Terms apply. This is different from redeeming miles for an award ticket in that you don’t have to worry about award availability or mileage costs — you’ll simply reduce the cash price of your ticket by about $50 for every 5,000 miles.
This means that your welcome offer is worth $650 in Delta flights. As an added bonus, your Delta miles don’t expire and there are no blackout dates when using them this way. And the portion you pay in cash will still earn Delta miles.
» Learn more: Demystifying Delta’s ‘Pay With Miles’ vs. ‘Miles + Cash’
When booking award travel with Delta, cardholders get 15% off the number of points required to book the award fare. Terms apply.
$100 flight credit eligibility
If the purchases on your Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card total $10,000 or more in a calendar year, you'll receive a $100 Delta credit that can be used toward a Delta flight purchase. Terms apply.
Depending on your creditworthiness, cardholders can create up to 10 active payment plans (for a fee) on qualifying purchases of $100 or more. Terms apply. While you will get dinged with a fixed monthly finance charge, this optional benefit can make affording all of your travel whims more of a possibility. Terms apply.
How to earn points on the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card
Maximize your points earnings by using your Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card to earn 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery in the U.S. and at U.S. supermarkets, and on Delta purchases.
All other eligible purchases will earn you 1 Delta mile per dollar spent. Terms apply.
NerdWallet values Delta miles at 1.2 cents each.
The bottom line
Even if you only plan to fly with Delta twice annually, the perks of the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card can easily outweigh the cost. Frequent travelers can take advantage of the free checked bags. You’ll also acquire Delta miles more quickly, which you can cash out by purchasing Delta flights, as well as gift cards, merchandise, cruises, car rentals and hotel rooms (although typically for a lower return per mile).
How to maximize your rewards
You want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2023 , including those best for:
Flexibility, point transfers and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card
Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Bonus travel rewards and high-end perks: Chase Sapphire Reserve®
Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express
Business travelers: Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
Planning a trip? Check out these articles for more inspiration and advice: Find the best airline credit card for you 7 reasons to get the Gold Delta AmEx Earn more points and miles with these 6 strategies
on Chase's website
1x-5x Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
60,000 Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
on Capital One's website
2x-5x Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase, every day. Earn 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of trip options.
75,000 Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel.
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