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04:56:31 AM Thursday, October 16, 2008

Credit Card Payment That Covers Balance Insurance

Most of regular unsecured credit card offers for valuable customers carry in-built benefits which are free from additional charge. The benefits include $0 fraud liability, extended warranty protection, 24-hour roadside assistance, auto rental insurance, free online account access and management services and others. Their cost is already distributed among the annual fees, if any; interest rates and other charges specified in the fine print and you do not mark it out making credit card payments.

But on receiving a statement, you might be confused to spot there a charge you did not authorize in fact. The charge, labelled as payment protector premium, is designed to cover you in the event you cannot pay bills for some reason.

Promoted by well-trained telemarketers, the insurance is rashly bought, significantly increasing minimum credit card payments. You may not even realize you sign up for a paid service until the bill comes in. While the fee is rather small, only 89 cents per $100 of the average monthly balance, it may sum up into a great amount once you make a substantial balance.

As a rule, almost all Visa and MasterCard products offer this type of insurance and you can buy it cheap. But before you do, make certain that its backup is effective and you'll really need. Some simple calculations will guide you to the right decision.

Balance insurance payments are normally much higher than life or disability insurance premiums and often - quite needless. At first, credit card payment protection seems a real life-saver when you can't fulfill your monthly obligations because you're seriously ill or out of job currently.

The insurance will cover the minimum monthly payments which are only 3% of the balance. That could help you stay aswim for a while and not fall behind into a hole of thick card debt. But what if you already hold life insurance or disability policy? Their provisions help you make payments in case something affects your ability to do so. Then, you may have a security budget or income from investments to cover the minimum monthly payments for you. All this makes card payment insurance pointless and too expensive to have if you tend to carry a balance. A simple example: if you carry a monthly balance of $1,000, which is paid in full, you'll be charged $8.90 a month just to have the minimum payment coverage protection of $30. If you have outstanding balances, the premium payments may be as high as 99% of the balance. Isn't it too much?

A major number of cardholders, on spotting the catch and uselessness of the payment insurance choose to opt out but face the bank's denial. If you have similar situation, learn what you can do. Remember, you have 30 days to quit the card payment insurance program. By law the issuer is required to comply with the request. If the 30 day period is over and you want to quit, tell your bank you'll apply for a balance transfer or cancel the card completely. As the bank wants your business, they most likely will remove the insurance plan from the agreement.

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Sasha 06:02 AM, October 16, 2008

I told my company to cancel, otherwise I assured them I closed the account for good. The agreed, they benefit from my business. I did ir because my card has small limit and I rarely use it in fact. But those who rely on credit cards perhaps should thing of having the insurance.

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American Express Travel

American Express continues to please its loyal customers with exclusive card offers for frequent travel rewards. Its latest product, co-branded with Delta Airlines, comes with a catchy "Delta Reserve Credit Card" name and aims at wealthy and creditworthy customers looking for incomparable travel experience. It cannot be referred to as a cheapest deal among the rewards type, but the price for the outstanding benefits and additional programs is more than acceptable.

The $450 annual fee and a competitive APR on purchases and balance transfers are charged for the exclusive access to the 24-hour Concierge Service, SkyMiles account rewards program and extended credit line. If you think you can find something better online, take a minute to read further and ascertain that American Express has not been overtopped.


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Most people think if they've been pre approved, there will be no hassle going through the formality of the application process. Now they don't have to spend hours searching and comparing products online to find the only right variant. Hardly anyone knows how the bank chooses a potential customer and what eligibility requirements it will use to finally approve or reject your application.


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