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Citi To Remove Most Ancillary Card Benefits
Per Doctor of Credit, the following benefits are all going away as of September 22nd:
- Worldwide Car Rental Insurance
- Trip Cancellation & Interruption Protection
- Worldwide Travel Accident Insurance
- Trip Delay Protection
- Baggage Delay Protection
- Lost Baggage Protection
- Medical Evacuation
- Price Rewind
- 90 Day Return Protection
- Missed Event Ticket Protection
- Roadside Assistance Dispatch Service
- Travel & Emergency Assistance
What’s more, the Citi® Double Cash Card and Citi Dividend cards are ALSO losing Extended Warranty and Purchase Protection.
I’m a bit stunned that, even on the $495 annual fee Citi Prestige card, they are removing these benefits.
Chase vs. Citi
Last year I wrote a post pitting the Chase Sapphire Preferred against the Citi Premier for travel delay/interruption coverage. While the Chase Sapphire Preferred won, in my opinion, for certain nuances of the benefits, the Citi cards still would have come out on top for many people.
Now, it seems that the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve are the CLEAR choices for anyone that enjoys complimentary trip delay / trip interruption when traveling as well as car rental insurance.
Until now, I’d have still recommended that anyone with their own insurance put car rental insurance on their Chase Sapphire Preferred or Chase Sapphire Reserve because of the fact that Chase’s coverage on these two cards are primary while it is (until September 22nd now) secondary with Citi. But now it’s primary vs. no coverage at all!
If you currently rely on a Citi card for the above, it’s probably time to look into a Chase credit card. Remember that American Express cards do not, by default, offer trip delay insurance and, where they offer car rental coverage, that coverage is secondary to any insurance you have have yourself.
You can find credit cards that best match your spending habits and bonus categories at Your Best Credit Cards.
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