Discover Cuts Back Credit Card Travel Benefits on August 1
Discover cardholders will have a little less to smile about on August 1st, when the credit card company discontinues some of its travel benefits. Specifically, Discover will no longer offer 24/7 travel assistance, emergency roadside assistance and baggage delay insurance. Other services being eliminated are MyConcierge, travel delay insurance and lost luggage insurance.
In an email sent to explain the changes, Discover told customers, “[We] periodically review the valuable benefits that are built into your Discover card. We have decided to retain some benefits–like purchase protection and price protection–and discontinue others.”
Some of these benefits came at a price. For instance, roadside assistance cost the cardholder a $69.95 fee, which, in some cases, may be more than what you would pay through your vehicle manufacturer or third-party provider.
Many cardholders may not even know they have these soon-to-be-discontinued benefits, but for frequent travelers, this may be a significant loss. There is no information at this time to indicate whether Discover will be canceling its flight accident assistance or auto rental insurance, the only two services left in its travel Member Benefits.
The changes will take effect on all Discover cards.