My most recent credit card application was to get the Fidelity Rewards Visa card. This card earns 2% cash-back on all purchases. Issued by Elan Credit Services, some people complain about this card because of the somewhat difficult approval process and the wonky website interface.
Since I’ve been a longtime Fidelity customer, I figured it might be easy for me to get approved for the card. Once I submitted my application, I was immediately approved with a healthy credit line. It was a bit of a hassle to set up my online account but nothing easy is worth it.
When I received my welcome packet, I noticed that the Fidelity card was a Visa Signature card. This means that it comes with many of the same perks of premium travel cards even though this card carries no annual fee.
- Purchase Security – This provides 90 days of coverage for new purchases for up $500 of damages due to theft, damage due to fire, vandalism accidentally discarged water or weather conditions.
- Extended Warranty Service – Doubles the time period of the original manufacturers warranty up to one year for warranties of three years or less
- Auto Rental CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) – The card provides secondary rental car protections for rentals in the US if you have your own car insurance.
- Lost Luggage Reimbursement – Up to $3,000 of damages if your baggage is lost. This is different than delayed baggage (and if you want coverage for that you should use one of these cards.)
- Travel Accident Insurance – No one wants to think about this but if you should die or suffer catastophic damage while on a trip paid with the card, you’d be eligibile for a large settlement.
- Roadside Dispatch – For a set price you have access to a set price for towing, tire changing, jump starts, lockout service, fuel delivery or winching.
- Visa Signature Concierge – You get access to the Visa Signature Concierge and discounts from the Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection discounts.
Say what you will, but these are the same benefits you get with many other travel credit cards with $100+ annual fees that only earn 1 point per dollar on most purchases. Getting the same benefits for a card that earns 2% cash back with no-annual-fee makes you re-evaluate the value you’re getting from those cards.
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