In this article, I’ll explore the credit cards that offer this coverage, dive into what the coverage means to you and how you can determine whether your phone is covered.
“Credit card companies are offering a variety of unusual benefits to stand out from one another, including protection for electronics like your cell phone, Clark says.“They want you to pay your cell phone bill with their card. And if you do so, the cell phone may be covered if you break it or it breaks on you.”
Credit Cards That Will Pay To Replace Your Cell PhoneIf you are paying your cell phone bill with one of the following credit cards, you may find that you have replacement coverage if your phone is stolen or damaged.
|Credit Card||Maximum Coverage Per Claim||Deductible||Coverage Information|
|Business Centurion® Card from American Express||$800||$50|
|Business Platinum Card® from American Express||$800||$50|
|Capital One Venture X Rewards||$800||$50|
|Centurion® Card from American Express||$800||$50|
|Chase Freedom FlexSM Mastercard||$800||$50|
|Chase Ink Business Preferred®||$800||$50|
|Corporate Platinum Card® from American Express||$800||$50|
|Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card||$800||$50|
|Delta SkyMiles® Reserve for Business Credit Card||$800||$50|
|Fifth Third Preferred Cash Back Card||$800||$50|
|Fifth Third TRIO® Credit Card||$800||$50|
|First Citizens Cash Rewards Credit Card||$500||$50|
|First Citizens Smart Option Visa Card||$500||$50|
|First Citizens Rewards Visa Card||$500||$50|
|First Citizens Secured Cash Back Credit Card||$500||$50|
|First Citizens Travel Rewards Credit Card||$500||$50|
|HSBC Elite Mastercard®||$600||$50|
|HSBC Premier Mastercard®||$600||$50|
|Navy Federal Visa cashRewards Card||$250 (Visa)||$50|
|Navy Federal GO REWARDS® Credit Card||$250 (Visa)|
|Navy Federal Platinum Card||$250 (Visa)|
|Navy Federal nRewards Secured Credit Card||$250 (Visa)|
|Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card||$800||$50|
|Platinum Delta SkyMiles® Business Credit Card||$800||$50|
|The American Express Platinum Card® for Schwab||$800||$50|
|The Corporate Centurion® Card from American Express||$800||$50|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||$800||$50|
|The Platinum Card® from|
American Express for Ameriprise Financial
|The Platinum Card® from|
American Express for Goldman Sachs
|The Platinum Card® from|
American Express for Morgan Stanley
|U.S. Bank Visa® Platinum Card||$600||$25|
|U.S. Bank Altitude® Connect Visa Signature® Card||$600||$25|
|Wells Fargo Active CashSM Card||$600||$25|
|Wells Fargo ReflectSM Card||$600||$25|
|Wells Fargo's Hotels.com Rewards Visa® Card||$600||$25|
How Does the Credit Card-Provided Cell Phone Coverage Work?In most cases, you’re going to need to use the credit card in question to pay for your cell phone bill each month to get the advertised protection. To avoid a lapse in this coverage, consider setting up an automatic payment schedule for your cell bill with the credit card offering the perk. That way you’ll know that the right card is paying for that bill each month.
Your Coverage Is Probably Supplemental InsuranceIn most cases, credit card cell phone protection is supplemental to other types of insurance, like home and automobile coverage, so read the fine print carefully to understand what is and what isn’t covered for your phone. This also means that, if you pay for cell phone insurance through your phone manufacturer or your wireless service provider, you may have to use that insurance first before you’re eligible for the credit card benefit. For example, here’s a look at how this process is explained for U.S. Bank’s credit card :
“This benefit is supplemental coverage, which means that it will reimburse you for theft of, damage to or involuntary and accidental parting of your cell phone not otherwise covered by another insurance policy (for example; cell phone insurance programs, or your homeowner’s, renter’s, automobile, or employer’s insurance policies).
“If you do have personal insurance that covers theft, damage or involuntary and accidental parting for your cell phone, this benefit reimburses you for the deductible portion of your cell phone insurance.
“If you do not have personal insurance, the benefit reimburses you for the covered theft, damage, or involuntary and accidental parting for your cell phone.”
You May Not Be Able To Make a Claim if You Lose Your PhoneThe verbiage on these cell phone protection plans typically specifies “stolen” or “damaged” cell phones as eligible for a claim. You’ll notice that leaves out one of the most common ways a cell phone could require replacement: simply losing the phone. For example, the for the Navy Federal Mastercard plan specifically excludes coverage for “Cellular Wireless Telephones that are lost or Mysteriously Disappear.” It also rules out several legitimate ways a phone could be stolen such as theft that takes place while “under the care and control of a common carrier, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Postal Service, airplanes, or delivery service.”
Your Accessories Probably Aren’t Covered, But Multiple Phones May BeDid you buy a high-end battery or the most expensive protective phone case on the market? You’re probably out of luck even if you have cell phone protection through your credit card. When you dig into the fine print, you’ll likely find that these items are explicitly excluded from any sort of coverage. Most plans are going to cover only the components you received in the box when you bought the phone. However, it’s not all bad news. Many of these protection plans will allow for more than one phone to be covered, provided that the cardholder is the primary payer for the wireless account.
This Won’t Impact Your Credit Score or Line of CreditFiling a claim on your stolen or damaged cell phone won’t have any impact on your credit score nor will it impact the existing credit line you have with the credit card issuer. Often, your card issuer doesn’t get involved in these claims at all. Many of them farm out the administrative duties for processing to Visa or Mastercard.
Is This an Alternative To Buying Cell Phone Insurance?Some cell phone providers or third-party businesses will sell you an insurance policy on your cell phone for an added monthly fee. Clark says not to buy it!
Instead of an add-on insurance policy, Clark believes this free supplemental coverage is an adequate way to try to recoup some of your losses should your cell phone meet its demise sooner than you anticipated.
“You should only buy insurance on what you can’t afford to replace,” Clark says. “That’s why you have it on a house, on a car or on your life. Those are things you can’t easily replace.“Don’t buy insurance on things. If you can’t afford to replace a television or a cell phone, then you likely can’t afford to buy it in the first place.”