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Credit Cards with Free Travel Insurance

Compare credit cards with complimentary insurance for domestic and overseas travel including your luggage and car rental.

0% p.a. on balances transferred for 22 months, with no balance transfer fee.
$129 p.a. annual fee which is refundable each year when you spend $6,000 on eligible purchases.*
Earn 2 pts per $1 spent on overseas purchases.
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HSBC Platinum Credit Card Balance Transfer Offer
Apply by 31 dec 19
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HSBC Platinum Credit Card Balance Transfer Offer
Apply by 31 dec 19
0% p.a. on balances transferred for 22 months, with no balance transfer fee.
$129 p.a. annual fee which is refundable each year when you spend $6,000 on eligible purchases.*
Earn 2 pts per $1 spent on overseas purchases.
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Qantas Premier Platinum Credit Card
Apply by 26 feb 20
Receive up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend at least $1,500 each month for the first 6 months.
Reduced annual fee of $199 p.a. in the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter).
0% p.a. for 18 months on balance transfers.
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St.George Vertigo Platinum Credit Card
Apply by 12 feb 20
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0% p.a. on purchases for up to 15 months from card approval.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter).
Low revert rate on Purchases of 12.99% p.a. (ongoing).
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Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Gold Credit Card
Apply by 29 feb 20
13 reviews
0% p.a. on purchases for 15 months (terms and conditions apply).
Enjoy $0 annual fee for the first year and for each subsequent year when you spend $10,000 or more in the previous year.
Overseas travel insurance to give you cover for up to 3 months travel.
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Receive 120,000 bonus Qantas points and $275 back with your new ANZ Rewards Black card (terms and conditions apply).
Earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible purchases up to $7,500 per statement period.
Get complimentary International Travel Insurance (eligibility criteria apply) provided by Allianz Insurance.
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Commonwealth Bank Low Rate Gold Credit Card
Apply by 29 feb 20
13 reviews
0% p.a. on purchases for 15 months (terms and conditions apply).
$89 p.a. annual fee.
Low ongoing purchase interest rate of 13.24% p.a.
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Citi Rewards Platinum Card Points Offer
Apply by 31 jan 20
Earn up to 120,000 bonus points. Get 80,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in the first 90 days from account approval date and an additional 40,000 bonus points on payment of second year annual fee.
Reduced annual fee of $49 p.a. in the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter).
Enjoy 0% p.a. for 15 months with 1% fee on balance transfers. Please note, no interest free days apply to retail purchases while you have a balance transfer.
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Qantas Premier Everyday Credit Card
Apply by 26 feb 20
Receive up to 25,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend at least $1,000 each month for the first 5 months.
Reduced annual fee of $29 p.a. in the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter).
0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers.
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American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card
Apply by 12 feb 20
8 reviews
Receive 100,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply by 12 February 2020, are approved and spend $3,000 within the first 3 months. This offer is available to new Card Members only.
Earn 1.25 Velocity Points per $1 spent, except government bodies where you will earn 0.5 Velocity Points per $1 spent.
A complimentary domestic return flight every year with travel insurance and entry into Virgin Australia Lounges.
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Get 50,000 Membership Rewards points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 in the first 3 months.
Receive a $400 Travel Credit each year towards any flights, hotels and car hire when you book online with this card.
T&Cs and eligibility criteria apply. Available to new card members only.
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Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer Credit Card
Apply by 24 feb 20
Earn up to 100,000 bonus Velocity Frequent Flyer Points. (Conditions Apply)
0% p.a. for 15 months on balance transfers.
Exclusive new $129 Virgin Australia Gift Voucher which cardholders get each year.
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Q&As about Travel Insurance Credit Cards from customers

Do all credit cards have complimentary travel insurance cover?

No. The higher your annual fee, the more likely it is that your card will have travel insurance. Rewards points and frequent flyer points cards also tend to have travel insurance since many of the points redemption options involve travel. But cards with a lower, or zero, annual fee may not have any travel insurance benefits.

What is covered by my credit card travel insurance policy?

You will need to read the details in the product information booklet (either a printed copy or a downloaded PDF file) to find out exactly what is covered, and what the payout limits and conditions are. Some of the items commonly covered are:

  • Emergency medical expenses while travelling overseas
  • Loss, theft and damage cover for luggage and other personal belongings
  • Compensation for unavoidable trip cancellation or missed connections
  • Compensation for delay, e.g. delayed flights
  • Car rental insurance excess waiver (mostly while overseas only, but some policies cover this in Australia as well)
  • Accidental death or permanent disability, loss of income
  • Personal liability while travelling

Who is covered by my credit card travel insurance policy?

Again, this varies from card to card. The primary cardholder is invariably covered if there is a travel insurance policy in place. The vast majority of policies (but not all of them) also cover the cardholder’s spouse and children when accompanying the cardholder, provided the policy activation conditions have been met for all persons travelling. Many cards also have cover for supplementary cardholders, which means that a spouse who is a supplementary cardholder is still covered, and children accompanying the spouse are still covered, when travelling without the primary cardholder. Accompanying extended family members, such as parents or siblings, would not be covered (unless they were a supplementary cardholder). Check the product disclosure statement to find out what your particular policy covers.

What is the maximum trip length allowed on my credit card travel insurance policy?

Although there is usually no limit on the number of trips covered in any year, there is a limit on each trip’s duration. For trips within Australia there is often a 14-day limit, and the trip must involve interstate air travel. Overseas trip cover generally allows for longer periods of cover, from 30 days to as long as six months. Once again, the insurance information booklet or product disclosure statement will have more information about this.

How do I activate my credit card travel insurance policy?

Most credit card travel insurance policies have some kind of activation condition, involving travel spending using the credit card. For domestic travel insurance (interstate flight inconvenience cover) you will usually have to pay the airfares in full for everyone needing to be covered. Overseas travel policy activation normally has either the same airfare payment condition, or a target amount (e.g. $500) to be spent using the card for the trip’s prepaid expenses (fares, accommodation, tour or activity costs, etc.) before departure. Rewards and frequent flyer points cards sometimes accept activation where the airfares were purchased with points.

Is the credit card issuer also the insurer behind the policy?

No. The card issuer will have made a master agreement with an insurance underwriter (e.g. ACE, Allianz, QBE) to provide cover for its cardholders.

How do I make a claim against my credit card travel insurance policy?

You will need to make a claim directly with the insurance underwriter, although your card issuer’s service centre will usually help you to get in touch with them if you don’t have the contact details with you while travelling. But it is a good idea to take the policy and insurer contact details with you (or have them available on your mobile device). The insurance underwriter’s product disclosure statement will often provide a list of emergency contact telephone numbers for popular overseas destinations. If you need to make a claim but do not need financial, legal or practical assistance through the policy while you are away, you can wait until you return home before you contact the insurer. Retain any paperwork that you will need to support your claim, and don’t wait too long: there will be a time limit after your return during which you must make your claim.

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