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The best credit cards for extended warranties

Nov. 23, 2022
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When you make a purchase, it’s helpful to have the peace of mind of warranty protection from the manufacturer — especially if it’s an expensive item. But if your item breaks or is damaged after the warranty has ended, you may think you’re out of luck.

The good news is if you put your purchase on a credit card with extended warranty protection, you may still be able to receive reimbursement for repair or replacement costs or even have the original purchase cost reimbursed. That’s something to remember now, in particular, as we head into the holiday shopping season.

This guide describes how to utilize the extended warranty benefit offered by select credit cards as well as lists some of the best cards that offer extended warranty protection. Consider using one of them for your holiday purchases to ensure that the recipient is protected against the unexpected and can use the gift you give them well into the future.

The best extended warranty cards

The information for the Amex Green, U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve, and Hilton Aspire cards has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

What is a credit card extended warranty?

The extended warranty protection offered by select credit cards effectively extends the manufacturer’s warranty on eligible products purchased with the card. This protection mirrors the protection provided by the original manufacturer’s warranty, so damage that would have been covered by the original warranty will be covered by the extended warranty.

Credit card extended warranty coverage varies. Some match the original warranty up to a particular period of time. Others add a set amount of time to the end of the original warranty. However, there are usually exclusions and maximum coverage limits. Note that extended warranty protection covers a wide variety of items, whereas the cell phone protection offered by select credit cards only covers cellphones.

Related: Filing an extended warranty claim — a reader success story

Comparing the best credit cards for extended warranties

It’s important to note that only certain cards offered by these issuers or banks offer extended warranty protection.

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The following sections describe some of the best consumer cards from issuers that offer extended warranty protection.

Other cards not mentioned here also offer extended warranty protection, so don’t assume that a card doesn’t offer this benefit simply because it is not listed in this guide. Check your card’s guide to benefits for details.

Issuer, bank or networkExtension periodMaximum coverageMaximum length of initial warranty
Citi2 years.$10,000 per item.5 years.
American Express1 year.$10,000 per item, $50,000 per account per year.5 years.
Chase1 year.$10,000 per claim, $50,000 per account.3 years.
Visa SignatureMatch up to 1 year.$10,000 per claim, $50,000 per cardholder.3 years.
Visa Infinite1 year.$10,000 per claim, $50,000 per cardholder.3 years.
USAAMatch up to 1 year.$15,000 per claim, $50,000 per account.3 years.

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Comparing the best Citi credit cards for extended warranties

CardSign-up bonusEarning ratesAnnual fee
Citi Premier® Card80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.3 ThankYou points per dollar spent on air travel, hotels, gas stations, restaurants and supermarkets; 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.$95.
Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard50,000 miles after you spend $2,500 on purchases within three months of account opening.2 points per dollar spent on eligible American Airlines purchases, restaurants and gas stations; 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.$99 (waived for the first year).
American Airlines AAdvantage MileUp Card10,000 miles and a $50 statement credit after you spend $500 on purchases within three months of account opening.2 points per dollar spent on grocery stores and eligible American Airlines purchases; 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.None.

Back in 2019, Citi removed many benefits from its cards to the dismay of many. However, the Citi cards listed in the above table still offer an extended warranty benefit. This benefit extends the manufacturer’s warranty by two years, with total coverage not exceeding seven years from the purchase date.

Citi doesn’t have a minimum manufacturer’s warranty required for coverage, so a one-month manufacturer’s warranty would still be extended by two years on covered items. If you purchase an extended warranty, Citi’s coverage begins at the expiration of that warranty. To be eligible for coverage, you must have paid for either all or part of the item with your Citi card and/or ThankYou points.

Citi’s extended warranty coverage doesn’t apply to:

  • Boats, cars, aircraft or any other motorized land, air or water vehicles and their original equipment (tires aren’t covered, either).
  • Services, unless covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Used, antique or pre-owned items.
  • Items purchased for resale, professional or commercial use.
  • Land or buildings; housing properties.
  • Plants and live animals.
  • Items that don’t come with a manufacturer’s warranty.

Additionally, Citi’s extended warranty coverage doesn’t apply when:

  • You fail to care for or service the item appropriately as required by the manufacturer.
  • The item has a product defect, recall or experiences normal wear and tear where no failure has occurred.
  • The item is damaged because of an act of God, such as a flood, hurricane, lightning, wind or earthquake.

Related: The best Citi credit cards

Comparing the best American Express cards for extended warranties

CardWelcome bonusEarning ratesAnnual fee
American Express Green Card40,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in your first six months of card membership. Terms apply.3 points per dollar spent on travel, transit and restaurants; 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.$150 (see rates and fees).
The Platinum Card from American ExpressEarn 80,000 Membership Rewards Points after you spend $6,000 on purchases within the first six months of card membership.5 points per dollar spent on flights booked directly with airlines or through Amex Travel (on up to $500,000 per calendar year) and prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel. Earn 1 point per dollar spent on other purchases.$695 (see rates and fees).
American Express Gold Card60,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in your first six months. Terms apply.4 points per dollar spent at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year, then 1 point per dollar); 3 points per dollar spent on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com; 1 point per dollar spent on other purchases$250 (see rates and fees).
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card150,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in your first three months. Terms apply.14 points per dollar spent on eligible purchases at Hilton hotels and resorts; 7 points per dollar spent on U.S. restaurants, car rentals booked directly with select companies and flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com; 3 points per dollar spent on all other purchases.$450 (see rates and fees).
Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express CardEarn 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first three months of card membership.6 points per dollar spent at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program; 3 points per dollar spent on U.S. restaurants and flights booked directly with airlines; 2 points per dollar spent on other eligible purchases.$650 (see rates and fees).
Delta SkyMiles Platinum American Express CardEarn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first six months of account opening.3 miles per dollar spent on eligible Delta purchases and hotels booked directly; 2 miles per dollar spent at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets; 1 mile per dollar spent on all other eligible purchases.$250 (see rates and fees).
Blue Cash Preferred Card from American ExpressEarn a $250 statement credit after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card within the first six months.6% at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $6,000 per calendar year, then 1%) and select U.S. streaming subscriptions; 3% on transit and U.S. gas stations; 1% back on all other eligible. purchases $0 intro annual fee for first year, then $95  (see rates and fees).

The information for the Amex Green and Hilton Aspire Amex cards has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

The Amex benefit provides up to $10,000 per covered purchase and up to $50,000 in a calendar year per eligible card.* Currently, most Amex cards will match manufacturer’s warranties of one year or less and extend manufacturer’s warranties of two to five years by one year. However, select no-annual-fee cards no longer offer any extended warranty coverage. You can see the current guide to benefits for each American Express card that offers extended warranty protection on American Express’ website.

*Eligibility and benefit levels vary by card. Terms, conditions and limitations apply. Visit americanexpress.com/benefitsguide for details. Policies are underwritten by AMEX Assurance Company.

An item is eligible for coverage if it was paid for with an eligible card or purchased through the redemption of Membership Rewards points and/or Pay with Points.

The following items aren’t covered:

  • Items covered by an unconditional satisfaction guarantee.
  • Items damaged through alteration or modification of any kind.
  • Animals or living plants.
  • One-of-a-kind items including antiques, artwork and furs or previously owned and used items (except when refurbished by the original manufacturer).
  • Purchases that have a limited lifespan like food, perfume, light bulbs, batteries, etc.
  • Credit cards, securities, documents and tickets, traveler’s checks and other negotiable instruments including gift certificates, gift cards, gift checks, food stamps, cash or its equivalent, notes, accounts, bills, currency, deeds, evidence of debt or intangible property and rare stamps or coins.
  • Items that are rented, leased or borrowed.
  • Motorized devices or motorized device parts, except for motorized devices and motorized device parts that are permanent residential or business fixtures that can be removed without damaging the structure.
  • Permanent residential or business fixtures, additions or built-ins that can’t be removed without damaging the structure.
  • Land or buildings.
  • More than one article in a pair or set. Coverage will be limited to no more than the value of any particular part or parts, unless the articles are unusable individually and cannot be replaced individually, regardless of any special value they may have had as part of a set or collection.
  • Downloadable services, application programs, computer programs, operating software, firmware and other software of any kind.
  • Items voluntarily or involuntarily discarded.
  • Indirect or direct damages to any other item or property resulting from a covered event.
  • Items purchased for use as resale (i.e., goods purchased as inventory for sale).
  • Items purchased for professional or commercial use, including education, training or skills, or to be used in professional competition.

No coverage is provided for:

  • Charges for shipping, handling, installation, assembly, professional advice, maintenance or other service fees, warranties or memberships, including costs or fees in addition to the replacement cost.
  • Rebates, discounts or money from lowest-price programs.
  • Any legal defense costs or expenses.
  • Any request to return a covered purchase by a retailer, wholesaler or manufacturer, including product recall.
  • Additional service contract, extended warranty coverage or purchased service contract for a computer, computer component or part that is bought which already comes with an original manufacturer’s warranty and/or retailer’s warranty, unless such coverage is provided and administered by the original manufacturer.
  • Repairs not completed at an authorized repair facility or another repair facility acceptable under the original manufacturer’s warranty or using aftermarket parts not approved by the original manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Physical damage, including damage as a direct result of natural disaster or a power surge, except to the extent the original manufacturer’s warranty covers such physical damage.
  • Eligible beneficiary’s participation in a felony, riot, civil disturbance, protest or insurrection.
  • Items for which the combination of the original manufacturer’s warranty coverage and/or purchase service contract exceeds five years.

Related: Choosing the best American Express card for you

Comparing the best Chase credit cards for extended warranties

CardSign-up bonusEarning ratesAnnual fee
Chase Sapphire Preferred Card60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.5 points per dollar spent on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards, excluding hotel purchases that qualify for the $50 anniversary credit.

3 points per dollar spent on dining, including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out.

3 points per dollar spent on select streaming services.

3 points per dollar spent on online grocery purchases (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs).

2 points per dollar spent on all other travel.

1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.

$95.
Chase Sapphire Reserve80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.10 points per dollar spent on hotels and car rentals purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards (excluding the $300 annual travel credit).

5 pointer per dollar spent on flights purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards (excluding the $300 annual travel credit).

3 points per dollar spent on travel and dining.

10 points per dollar spent on Lyft rides through March 2025.

1 point per dollar spent on other purchases.

$550.
Chase Freedom UnlimitedEarn an additional 1.5% cash back on all purchases up to $20,000 spent in the first year – worth up to $300 cash back.5% on travel booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards (up to 6.5% for the first year).

3% on dining and drugstores (up to 4.5% for the first year).

1.5% on other purchases (up to 3% for the first year).

None.
Chase Freedom Flex$200 after you spend $500 on purchases in your first three months from account opening.5% on select categories that rotate quarterly (activation required) and travel booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards.

3% on dining and drugstores.

1% on other purchases.

None.
Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Credit CardEarn 75,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.2 points per dollar spent on Southwest purchases.

2 points per dollar spent on local transit and commuting (including ride-hailing services).

2 points per dollar spent on internet, cable, phone services and select streaming.

1 point per dollar spent on everything else.

$69.
United Explorer CardEarn 60,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.2 points per dollar spent on United purchases, restaurants and hotel accommodations booked directly with hotels.

1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.

$95, waived the first year.
British Airways Visa Signature CardEarn up to 100,000 Avios. Earn 75,000 Avios after you spend $5,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening and earn an additional 25,000 Avios after you spend $20,000 in the the first 12 months from account opening.3 points per dollar spent on purchases with British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Level.

2 points per dollar spent on hotel accommodations when purchased directly with the hotel.

1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.

$95.
World of Hyatt Credit CardUp to 60,000 points: 30,000 points after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first three months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 more points by earning 2 points per dollar spent on purchases that normally earn 1 point, on up to $15,000 in your first six months.4 points per dollar spent on Hyatt purchases.

2 points per dollar spent on local transit, commuting, dining, gym memberships and airline tickets purchased directly from airlines.

2 points per dollar spent on purchases that normally earn 1 point, on up to $15,000 in the first 6 months of account opening.

1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.

$95.

Most Chase cards, including but not limited to all of the cards listed above, will extend eligible U.S. manufacturers’ warranties of three years or less by one additional year. Purchases made using rewards points are also eligible for the extended warranty benefit. You’re covered up to $10,000 per claim and up to $50,000 per account.

Related: How I used Chase’s extended warranty benefit to get a new phone

The following items aren’t covered:

  • Boats, automobiles, aircraft and any other motorized vehicles and their motors, equipment or accessories, including trailers and other items that can be towed by or attached to any motorized vehicle.
  • Any costs other than those specifically covered under the terms of the original manufacturer-written U.S. repair warranty, as supplied by the original manufacturer, or other eligible warranty.
  • Items purchased for resale, professional or commercial use.
  • Rented or leased items.
  • Computer software.
  • Medical equipment.
  • Used or pre-owned items (refurbished items will be covered as long as they have a warranty and would not be considered used or pre-owned).

Related: The best Chase credit cards

Other cards with extended warranty benefits

Some other cards also offer extended warranty benefits. FILADENDRON/GETTY IMAGES

Visa Signature and Visa Infinite cards — such as the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card, the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card and the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite Card — offer extended warranty protection. Both card types will extend warranties of three years or less and will cover up to $10,000 per claim and up to $50,000 per cardholder.

Visa Signature cards will match warranties of less than one year and extend warranties of one to three years by one year, while Visa Infinite cards will extend warranties of up to three years by one year. Benefits are only available to accounts approved for a Visa Signature or Visa Infinite card. Terms apply.

Related: The best Visa credit cards

USAA credit cards also offer extended warranty protection that will match warranties of less than one year and extend warranties of one to three years by one additional year. You can be covered up to $15,000 per claim and up to $50,000 per account.

How to utilize credit card extended warranties

There are a few items you should save after buying something that has a manufacturer’s warranty if you’ve used a credit card that features an extended warranty benefit:

  • Original store receipt.
  • Credit card statement for the month showing the charge.
  • Manufacturer’s warranty booklet or document.

If something you own breaks and has a manufacturer’s warranty:

  1. Check the manufacturer’s warranty. If the item is still covered, begin a claim with the manufacturer.
  2. If it’s outside the manufacturer’s warranty, check the benefits guide for the credit card that you used to make the purchase.
  3. Call a benefits administrator if you need to file a claim or have questions regarding the claim process or eligibility. Call before getting the item repaired in case you are required to send it to a particular repair facility.
  4. Collect documentation — which may consist of a repair quote, photos of the damaged item, the original receipt and the credit card statement showing the charge — and submit the claim.

If approved, you’ll usually receive a check or statement credit reimbursing you for repair costs, replacement costs or the original purchase cost. In some cases, the benefits administrator may ask you to send back the item for inspection or repair.

What isn’t covered by credit card extended warranty protection

The extended warranty benefit offered by select credit cards doesn’t cover all purchases or all types of damage. Your purchase won’t be covered if an eligible manufacturer’s warranty didn’t originally cover it. Additionally, most extended warranty benefits have maximum coverage lengths and coverage limits per item, claim or account.

Antiques like this Wempe aviator watch from 1943 usually won’t be covered. LEON NEAL/GETTY IMAGES

Most extended warranty benefits have set exclusions. Some types of items are commonly excluded, like cars, boats, software, plants, animals, antiques and products normally hard-wired into a house. Likewise, some types of damage like power surges, accidental damage, catastrophes, wear and tear and riots are usually excluded. You can find all of the exclusions in your card’s guide to benefits.

Bottom line

Credit cards can offer you valuable protection if your item breaks or is damaged after the manufacturer's warranty has ended.

Be aware of which credit card offers the best extended warranty protection and what the limits are of the benefit.

Finally, if you do lodge a claim, ensure that you have all the required documentation ready to submit.

Related guides:

Additional reporting by Emily Thompson, Madison Blancaflor and Senitra Horbrook.

For rates and fees of the Amex Green Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum Card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Amex Gold Card click here.
For rates and fees of the Hilton Aspire, click here.
For rates and fees of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card, click here.
For rates and fees of the Delta SkyMiles Platinum Amex, click here.
For rates and fees of the Blue Cash Preferred, click here.

Featured image by CHAD MADDEN/UNSPLASH
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Rewards

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2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

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75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

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Recommended Credit

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Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
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  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
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  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
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  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
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