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Chase recently sent updated benefits guides for its Visa Signature cards, including the popular Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.
The cards offer an Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver that provides reimbursement for damage due to collision or theft up to the actual cash value of most rental vehicles, as long as all terms and conditions are met.
Previously, these terms explicitly excluded covering rentals made in Ireland, Israel, or Jamaica.
However, as of November 1st the new benefits guides indicated coverage is valid in “most foreign countries.” We were curious whether that meant the restriction on rentals in Ireland, Israel, and Jamaica was really gone.
It is. We called Chase benefit services and confirmed with multiple reps that rentals in Ireland, Israel, and Jamaica are eligible for the coverage as long as it is not prohibited by local law or the individual car rental provider.
This is great news, as before many people had to resort to finding special versions of credit cards like some World MasterCards to be eligible for coverage in those countries.
However it’s not 100% simple.
Make sure you check with your car rental agency ahead of time to see what proof of coverage you will need. With Hertz in Israel for example, they require you have a printed letter of coverage from your credit card company stating the coverage is valid. And remember if you accept any form of collision coverage from the rental car company itself your Chase coverage will not be valid.
This benefit also applies to most Chase Visa Signature based cards like the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card and the Ink Plus® Business Card.
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