Getting Insurance with Credit Card (Part 2)

July 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Credit Card

Today, we’re going to continue our discussion from Part 1, about how to get insurance protection with our credit card.

Conditions of application
As mentioned previously, the guarantees offered by credit cards apply in general from the possession thereof but subject to certain conditions. There are two types of guarantees, assistance and insurance. The first applies when the purchase of credit card, in case of illness or injury, death, legal action abroad and help the onward journey. The second applies when you set your travel services and other purchases related to it with your credit card, incidents of travel (delay planes, trains, luggage) and accidents Travel (death, disability). This can vary from one card to another.

Amount of medical expenses paid

The ceilings offered by credit cards are insignificant compared to medical expenses that may be incurred in certain foreign countries like the USA, so it is strongly advised to take out additional insurance. Your medical expenses will be reimbursed up to a ceiling of 11,000 € for Visa and Mastercard in addition with a deductible of € 50 for one and € 75 for the other. Prime Visa has a higher ceiling (155,000 €) with a deductible of 50 €. The Amex has a maximum refund of € 9200. For example, with a deductible of 50 €, so consulting a doctor will cost 60 €, you will be reimbursed between 0 and 10 € with your credit card.

Welfare assistance

Generally, the guarantees offered by different credit cards cover virtually the same benefits:
• The management of travel expenses and hotel for a family member in case of hospitalization of the insured more than 10 days (Visa Premier “125 € / day for 10 days up to 375 € Over “Platinum MasterCard” 250 € / day for 10 days to 750 € above). NAMELY: with supplemental health insurance, there are no ceilings.
• Repatriation and assistance to their home or place of hospitalization of children under 15 years.
• The early return in case of hospitalization over 24 hours or death of a loved one (support for return ticket).
• The shipment of drugs.
• Repatriation of body in case of death during the stay.
• Legal assistance abroad.

Travel cancellation insurance

The cancellation of travel is generally not offered with the cards ‘standards’. Prime Visa offers this guarantee capped at € 5,000 with a rebate of € 200 per insured person if cancellation is made 30 days before departure. The cancellation fees are paid by the Amex Gold and Platinum in the amount of 4500 € to 10.000 € per insured per year. The “Platinum MasterCard” reimburse up to a ceiling of 10,000 €.

Warranty flight delay or baggage

Cards “standards” do not usually compensate for the costs of basic necessities when your plane or your luggage is delayed. The Prime Visa offers 250 € from 4 hours of delay per trip. The Amex compensate you 150 € ( “Personal Card”) and 800 € (Platinum) for baggage delay, and between 100 € and 200 € for late planes. Insurance for the delay Mastercards cover the cost of 250 € (Gold) and 500 € (Platinum).

Stolen or damaged baggage

The standard cards do not compensate. Prime Visa card covers you up to 800 € per bag with a deductible of 70 €. The map “Platinum” Amex guaranteed personal effects in case of theft, loss or damage up to € 2,000 per trip. For Card Platinum MasterCard, the limit is 3200 € per year.


You are not covered with standard cards. Visa Prime Platinum MasterCard and you cover up to 1.525.000 € per event for all damage and injury caused to third parties. The Amex Platinum card covers you up to € 2,000,000 for property damage and injuries caused to others while traveling.
Remember that if there is an accident, 1.5 million € in some countries like the United States depart quickly between medical expenses, legal fees etc ….

The death or disability

The application of this guarantee is generally subject to the use of your card to buy your ticket. The accident causing death or disability must have occurred during the trip to be a trip “guaranteed” by the insurer (check out the conditions applying to each card). It can be a journey by public transport or hire cars. MasterCard will pay up to € 95,000 (public transport) and 46,000 € (rental car). Visa Premier or Gold MasterCard pay for death or disability up to 310.000 € per family per event .. The Amex Gold Card and Platinum Mastercard cover respectively to 300.000 € and 620.000 € per family per occurrence.

Specific guarantees

To receive these benefits, you must agree in general with supplementary insurance.

Getting Insurance with Credit Card (Part 1)

July 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Credit Card, Insurances

Insurance with your credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) are more like contracts to help you attend to incidents, for a short time without providing health insurance coverage and very important in any case if you stay more than 3 consecutive months in the United States.

If you want to be well covered, we recommend you use them in conjunction with a specific insurance. Without going into too much detail, we will outline the services offered.

The main services via your credit card

Warning: This analysis is not exhaustive and has no legal value. Moreover, certain safeguards have been updated by the banking institutions but not yet integrated in our presentation. We recommend you always contact your bank for details of your cover.

Persons insured

It is usually the cardholder, spouse or partner, dependent children for tax under the age of 25 years and ascending and descending. A note on Visa cards that the spouse and dependent children are covered even if not accompanied by the cardholder. As for the MasterCard “standard” including the family of the owner must accompany order to receive the benefit.

Territorial Extent of coverage

For Visa “standards” and “first”, you will be covered worldwide, without excess mileage for your business or private stay in your country of residence (if you are a resident French: metropolitan France including Corsica, Monaco, Andorra, DOM TOM and COM) or outside your country of residence for the security assistance. Regarding the insurance guarantee, it applies to more than 100 km from home or place of work. For cards Mastercard and American Express, assistance does not require franchise mileage, except for the “Gold Amex with which you are covered until 50 Km to you for the assistance of your vehicle, the medical assistance and repatriation expenses, and 100 km from your home in the world to guarantee the rental vehicle.

Length of Coverage

Guarantees of credit card take effect on the date of purchase (under certain conditions) on these cards throughout the duration of them until termination or automatic renewal by the licensee in the country of residence. When traveling abroad, secured assistance apply the first 90 days of stay. This condition can vary from one card to another depending on the type of coverage (insurance or assistance) if the stay is to last longer for specific reasons (death, disability due to an accident during the stay) for the “Visa First, the insurance guarantees apply the first 180 days of stay. Caution: If your stay exceeds 3 months your credit card “standard” will not cover you.