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Amex’s purchase protection is one of its best card benefits. While lounge access or an annual airline credit might be a nice perk, purchase protection can be a huge benefit if things go awry. Beginning this Sunday, Amex is upping the Premier Rewards Gold card’s protection tenfold — increasing it from $1,000 to $10,000 per occurrence (warning: PDF link).
Although there are a few exceptions to the eligible claims, the program still covers many types of purchases. If you have an eligible item that has been damaged, lost or stolen, simply visit www.AmericanExpress.com/onlineclaim or call 1-800-297-8019 within 90 days of your original purchase to get the coverage process started. Note, however, that the new coverage will only apply to purchases made on or after November 15. Purchases made before Sunday will only be covered up to $1,000 per occurrence.
The Premier Rewards Gold card isn’t the only Amex card that offers this service — Amex Platinum and Delta Reserve already have the $10,000 coverage limit, while the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex has a $1,000 protection policy. Keep in mind that these limits are per occurrence, although the cards do have a maximum payout for each calendar year. If you’re planning to charge a large purchase to your Premier Rewards Gold card and your item is covered, it may make sense to wait until Sunday to complete the transaction.
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
|Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Balance Transfer Fee||Credit Rating|
|N/A||Introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year, then $195||See Terms||Excellent Credit|