Chase Improves Rental Car Insurance with Fewer Exclusions

Many travel rewards credit cards offer insurance for rental cars and more, but the policies are full of exclusions and exceptions that can leave you unsure about what’s covered. Today, TPG Contributor Richard Kerr examines one such exclusion that appears to be changing for the better. Reader Cheryl wrote in to the TPG team with a bit…

Should I Buy Trip Insurance from My Airline During Checkout?

TPG reader Cathy tweeted me to ask: @thepointsguy– “Is it ever worth purchasing the trip insurance that airlines offer during checkout when buying a flight?” Trip insurance is a tricky subject. I think the main thing to know is the distinction between Trip Protection—which is usually what’s offered when you check out while purchasing a flight…

Six Top Credit Cards For International Travel

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here: Ink Plus International travel often involves extra planning to make sure your trip goes smoothly. TPG Contributor Eric Rosen recently wrote about how to prepare for international travel, and among his considerations was the importance of bringing the right credit card. There are some obvious factors to consider, like…

How to Prepare for International Travel: Tips. Tricks & More

TPG Special Contributor Eric Rosen spends about six months of the year on the road, much of that traveling abroad for weeks at a time. Over the years, he has come up with a handy checklist that makes traveling international easier and more efficient. Here are his tips. When it comes to travel, heading abroad…

FAA Suspends US Flights to Tel Aviv – Options for Travelers

After a combat missile launched from Gaza landed approximately one mile from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) early Tuesday, the FAA grounded all U.S. flights to Tel Aviv for 24 hours (through 12:15 pm Wednesday EDT), by which time they will further advise. In the meantime, the European Air Safety Agency has issued a strong recommendation that European…

New Aircare Program for the Traveling Gambler

Air travel is full of pitfalls like missed connections, flight delays, lost baggage, and cancellations (this past winter actually saw the worst cancellation record in U.S. aviation history), and while travel insurance and airline policies, government regulations, and credit cards offer compensation for some of them, a fleet of loopholes could leave you stranded on the proverbial tarmac….

Lost Luggage Credit Card Protection and The Lack of Coverage When Using Frequent Flyer Miles

There are many things that can go wrong on a trip – especially one that spans numerous countries and involves trains, planes, automobiles and even Icelandic horses. By far the most common travel trauma however, is lost luggage. With more fees and better tracking technology (and less people checking bags), it mystifies me that airlines…

Does Your Credit Card Give You Adequate Travel Insurance Coverage?

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. The travel insurance study that I recently commissioned Princeton Survey Research Associates International to conduct has got me thinking about trip coverage a lot lately – especially as I have some exciting international adventures such as a…

Independent Travel Insurance vs. Airline Or Cruise Carriers, When Is It Best To Buy More?

As I discovered from the results of the travel insurance study conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International that I posted last week, there is a lot of confusion among travelers about whether it is worth it to pay  for extra coverage on top of  whatever you are already paying for your trip, and what exactly it…