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How your credit card company can help if traveling goes awry

David Brancaccio Nov 22, 2016
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Fine print often taketh away, but sometimes it giveth.

In a busy travel week like this, it’s possible your cards could help you out if you get into a bind.

Mark Orlowski, a travel aficionado and the founder of a nonprofit called the Sustainable Endowments Institute, joined us to share some of the “hidden” benefits or services that credit card companies can provide if travel goes wrong:

  • If your flight’s been delayed for a certain amount of hours, some cards will cover necessary expenses. For example, you could get reimbursed for the cost of an overnight hotel. 
  • Check to see if your credit card company offers lost baggage reimbursement.
  • Some will also reimburse you over delayed baggage. If you purchased merchandise to compensate for any late items, your credit card company could cover those expenses. 
  • Thought not all will, there are companies that will still provide benefits like these if you use a third-party booking site. 
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