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Discover announced that it will be doing away with five benefits that currently come with its cards. As of February 28, 2018, Discover will completely discontinue its Extended Product Warranty, Return Guarantee, Purchase Protection, Auto Rental Insurance and Flight Accident Insurance perks from all of its cards.
In a statement, Discover said that it’s discontinuing these benefits because they were seldom used. More specifically, the issuer told TPG:
“We regularly evaluate our cardmember benefits to ensure that we are meeting or exceeding our cardmembers’ current needs and expectations. We recently notified Discover cardmembers that due to prolonged low usage, effective February 28, 2018, we will discontinue Extended Product Warranty, Return Guarantee, Purchase Protection, Auto Rental Insurance and Flight Accident Insurance.”
Usually when we see changes from major issuers, it’s for individual products — not an issuer’s entire portfolio of cards. In addition, Discover isn’t doing away with just one benefit, but rather it’s slashing five. That being said, Discover will continue to offer several complimentary benefits on its cards, such as Price Protection.
As a reminder, you’ll be able to continue using the soon-to-be-axed benefits until February 28, 2018. As of that date, Discover cards such as the Discover it Card and the Discover it Miles Card, among others, will lose them completely.
Ultimately, it’s never good to see an issuer strip benefits away from all of its cards — or any of its cards for that matter. But if the benefits were underutilized by Discover cardholders, it makes sense on Discover’s end to drop them in favor of something that will be more beneficial to cardholders. At this point, there’s no indication what kind of benefits, if any, will replace those that are being discontinued.
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