The Sweet Credit-Card Perk You Have But Don’t Know About

The Sweet Credit-Card Perk You Have But Don’t Know About

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By Beth Braverman

You know that your credit card offers rewards like cash back and airplane miles, but many cards also offer automatic travel insurance, which could prove valuable on your next trip. 

Nearly 90 percent of reward credit cards offer accident insurance while you’re on vacation and 63 percent cover luggage if you use you card to pay for the trip, according to a new report by CardHub. On nearly a quarter of cards that offer travel accident insurance, coverage is more than $300,000. 

Almost three-quarters of cards that cover luggage will pay you for lost bags, while nearly half cover delayed luggage. 

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The report found that the Chase Sapphire Preferred Rewards Card offered the best travel insurance, followed by Discover It, Wells Fargo Propel 365 and Citi Prestige. 

Coverage amounts vary and restrictions apply, so check in with your issuer to get the details of what your card offers. 

Travel insurance isn’t the only time credit cards come in handy for travel. Some cards also offer roadside assistance. If your car breaks down, runs out of gas, or you lock your keys inside most credit cards will send roadside assistance to help you out. 

That perk, while convenient, isn’t free. The issuers usually charge you a discounted rate for the service and bill it directly to your credit card. Discover, for example, charges $70 per incidence but covers 24-hour towing, assistance and locksmith services.

Chart of the Day: Long Way to Go on Coronavirus Testing

Healthcare workers with ChristianaCare test people with symptoms of the coronavirus in a drive-thru in the parking lot of Chase
Jennifer Corbett
By The Fiscal Times Staff

The White House on Friday unveiled plans for a new effort to ramp up testing for Covid-19, which experts say is an essential part of limiting the spread of the virus. This chart from Vox gives a sense of just how far the U.S. has to go to catch up to other countries that are dealing with the pandemic, including South Korea, the leading virus screener with 3,692 tests per million people. The U.S., by comparison, has done about 23 tests per million people as of March 12.

After Spending $2 Billion, Air Force Bails Out on Planned Upgrades of B-2 Bombers

The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber flies over the Missouri Sky after taking off from the Whiteman Air For..
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By The Fiscal Times Staff

The Air Force has scrapped a planned upgrade of its B-2 stealth bomber fleet — even after spending $2 billion on the effort — because defense contractor Northrup Grumman didn’t have the necessary software expertise to complete the project on time and on budget, Bloomberg’s Anthony Capaccio reports, citing the Pentagon’s chief weapons buyer.

Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, told reporters that the nearly $2 billion that had already been spent on the program wasn’t wasted because “we are still going to get upgraded electronic displays.”

Big Hurdle for Sanders’ Plan to Cancel Student Debt

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By The Fiscal Times Staff

Bernie Sanders wants to eliminate $1.6 trillion in student debt, to be paid for by a tax on financial transactions, but doing so won’t be easy, says Josh Mitchell of The Wall Street Journal.  

The main problem for Sanders is that most Americans don’t support the plan, with 57% of respondents in a poll last fall saying they oppose the idea of canceling all student debt. And the politics are particularly thorny for Sanders as he prepares for a likely general election run, Mitchell says: “Among the strongest opponents are groups Democrats hope to peel away from President Trump: Rust Belt voters, independents, whites, men and voters in rural areas.”

Number of the Day: $7 Million

NY mayor cites climate stance in endorsing Obama
By The Fiscal Times Staff

That’s how much Michael Bloomberg is spending per day in his pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination, according to new monthly filings with the Federal Election Commission. “In January alone, Bloomberg dropped more than $220 million on his free-spending presidential campaign,” The Hill says. “That breaks down to about $7.1 million a day, $300,000 an hour or $5,000 per minute.”