Amex adding valuable travel protections to certain cards

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There’s good news for anyone who holds an Amex card like The Platinum Card® from American Express or the Hilton Honors Aspire Card from American Express and has a trip cancelled, delayed or interrupted. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, Amex is adding protection for these travel setbacks to their premium cards, some of which are on our list of the best Amex cards.

This is a positive change for those of us (myself included) who like to earn valuable Amex Membership Rewards points on purchases and spend them on travel. However, Amex is also reducing the extended warranty and purchase protection benefits on their cards and outright removing travel accident insurance and the roadside assistance perk.

Here’s what you need to know.

Using the right card can lessen the pain of a delayed or cancelled flight.

Amex adds benefits to certain cards

As of Jan. 1, 2020, Amex will reimburse cardholders for trip cancellation and interruption for up to $10,000 in nonrefundable travel expenses per trip, up to $20,000 per year. They’ll also offer reimbursement for trip delays of 6+ hours for up to $500 per trip for necessary expenses like hotels and meals.

Coverage is valid for round-trip tickets paid for entirely with your eligible Amex card, including paying taxes on an award ticket with your eligible card or Amex Pay With points tickets.

These new benefits apply to the following cards:

Plus, they’re adding coverage for delays of 12+ hours to the following cards:

However, also on Jan. 1, 2020, Amex cards will no longer offer travel accident insurance and roadside assistance. And there will be significant changes to the purchase protections provided by their cards. On most cards, the extended warranty will be reduced from two years to one year. And some no-annual-fee Amex cards will lose extended warranty coverage altogether. Plus, the purchase protection period currently offered by many Amex cards will go from 120 days to 90 days.

Even with the reduction in some perks, the additional benefits help Amex cards better compete with premium cards from other banks, like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, that have offered excellent travel protections for a while now.

Featured photo by  David Prado Perucha/Shutterstock.

Meghan Hunter is a contributor to Million Mile Secrets, he covers topics on points and miles, credit cards, airlines, hotels, and general travel.

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