Or, consider other cards for 50,000 or more miles or points that transfer into United miles with additional flexibility for your everyday spending.
$750 for air / hotel / car bookings. Or transfer points to United, Southwest, Hyatt, and more.
No annual fee.
A lot of people are stranded by the shutdown of airports as Hurricane Sandy hits the East Coast.
The dirty little secret of airline cancellations due to weather is they have no responsibility to put you up in a hotel room. So even though your next flight may not be for 2-3 days or more, you are SOL when it comes to getting a hotel for free. Best the airlines will do is give you a number to call for discounted hotel rates or in dire situations directions to a cot in the terminal.
But you might have an ‘out’ that you don’t know about…
If you purchased your plane ticket with one of these cards:
You have built in travel delay coverage. That reimburses you $300 ($150 per day up to 3 days for Escape by Discover) toward hotel, food, and other reasonable expenses in the event you are stranded for 12 hours or more due to a weather or other cancellation. Just make sure you get a statement from the airline saying you were delayed (you can do this after the fact) or print out a screen shot of the cancellation and your rebooked itinerary. You’ll also need receipts of the expenses you want reimbursed.
American Express doesn’t offer this on its premium cards…and it’s one quiet way Chase differentiates. Chase is also waiving all fees for credit card and banking products for customers in states affected by the storm through 10/31.
Good luck getting home.
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