Posted by William Charles on October 9, 2017
Credit Cards

Published on October 9th, 2017 | by William Charles

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Handy Roadside Assistance Cards For Premium Credit Cardholders

One benefit that a lot of premium credit cards now come with is roadside assistance. The problem is that when you actually need to use the benefits the last thing you want to be doing is searching for the relevant information to find out what is covered and what number is needed to call for assistance. Awhile ago icemule1 made some handy roadside assistance cards and shared them on reddit, I asked if we could repost them here (and sent a little gift as a way of saying thankyou) and they agreed.

If anybody has any ideas for things similar to this, please let us know in the comments. I’d love to put together more ‘at hand’ resources such as this.



52 Responses to Handy Roadside Assistance Cards For Premium Credit Cardholders

  1. Credit says:

    Doc amazon prime membership on Amex offers.

    Can’t believe you were not the first post it.

  2. Reg says:

    Will,

    I think a handy card would be good for the following benefits:

    1) Trip medical emergency (the last thing people are thinking about in a medical emergency is to look up terms in a benefits guide).

    2) Trip delay/cancellation (again, usually it’s a high stress situation and people aren’t thinking about card benefits)

    3) Rental car coverage (can be stressful, similar to roadside assistance situations)

    Less interest:

    4) purchase protection for stolen / damages property ( having new purchases stolen is stressful)

  3. Aditya Shrivastava says:

    Thanks! This is something that should come with credit cards but I guess the banks don’t want us to use the hotline too often 🙂

  4. YRK says:

    Whats better or cheaper : Uptpo 50$ limit or 10miles.
    Have just once used Amex PRG jump start service for my relative car. Thankfully were in my own apartment parking as truck took around 1hr to reach.

  5. Dan says:

    maybe do this for the insurance? Flight / travel / car rental insurance would be nice to have available I feel.

  6. Jab says:

    Also there is an option to consider roadside assistance via your car insurance. It costs 4-5 dollars per 6 month, but does not has $50 deductible nor 10 mile restriction.

    Geico TC for example.

    It covers problems not typically covered by car insurance such as:
    Lockout Services – GEICO pays up to $100 per lockout for the following situations:
    Lost Keys- GEICO pays to open car and provide one key (door and ignition if applicable).
    Key locked in vehicle – GEICO pays to unlock your vehicle.
    Towing – GEICO covers a tow to the nearest facility where the necessary repairs can be made.
    Jump Start – GEICO pays to jump start a dead battery.
    Mechanical Labor – GEICO covers up to one hour of labor at the place of breakdown such as fixing a flat tire.

  7. Superchurn says:

    This is damn useful! Thanks DoC!

  8. Jon S says:

    Do these some or all of these benefits work if you’re a passenger in someone else’s vehicle? I vaguely remember that benefit existing but don’t remember the context.

  9. Keith says:

    How about information about cards that offer price protection or extended warranty. I keep forgetting which cards offer what type of protection

  10. Kay says:

    Thanks Doc! This will be very useful for my husband cos we didnt renew our AAA this year.
    Thank you again! Great post.

  11. shay peleg says:

    Is the roadside assistance international?

  12. Joe says:

    Important to note (because I found out the hard way when something happened) roadside assistance does NOT cover motorcycles. So they will not tow if something happens, etc.

  13. DH7 says:

    i wonder if the towing stacks, i.e tow 10 miles on CSR, 10 on Platinum, 10 on PRG…

  14. yana says:

    doc is the best

  15. Pag says:

    Are these free or carry a charge if you use the service?

  16. Alex says:

    This is awesome, thank you very much for sharing! Super useful. I agree, it’s pretty stressful when your car breaks down, and I probably would’ve just call whoever instead of trying to figure out my credit card services info.

  17. CongestionCharge says:

    Does this apply to Authorized Users as well?

  18. John says:

    Doc, can you clarify which is free v/s paid since comments are conflicting

  19. konorth says:

    Reg has a great suggestion-

    ” I think a handy card would be good for the following benefits:

    1) Trip medical emergency (the last thing people are thinking about in a medical emergency is to look up terms in a benefits guide).

    2) Trip delay/cancellation (again, usually it’s a high stress situation and people aren’t thinking about card benefits)

    3) Rental car coverage (can be stressful, similar to roadside assistance situations) “

  20. Faisal says:

    Wow! This is great! How about cards that cover roadside assistance when renting a car?

  21. Greta says:

    For CSR, does anyone know whether the towing assistance up to $50 is one time per year? Or multiple times per year?

  22. e* says:

    I love this resource! I had this bookmarked on my phone as soon as he posted it on reddit, and it actually came in handy 3 times already!! Car battery died in a parking lot, pulled up this PDF on my phone, and called Prestige. The guy they sent was there in 5 min. So impressed! The other two times were for friends.

  23. Sue says:

    This is so awesome! Always good, useful stuff. Totally agree with the above suggestions about Trip Insurance/Cancellation/Delay, etc. I’m trying to collate one for myself with the partner benefits, like Citi Prestige car rental benefits are with National, Avis and Sixt. Don’t think it would all fit on a card though. 🙂

  24. italdesign says:

    Keep in mind, if you call the benefit center directly, it would be good to have your card # handy. I once called the Amex center without having the card on me, and it took 10-15 minutes for them to verify that I in fact have an eligible card, because the center doesn’t have access to your account. This could vary by bank, maybe some other centers can easily verify you, but it wasn’t the case with Amex Plat. With Prestige pretty sure I called the # on back of card and they were able to take care of it fairly quickly.

  25. Jack says:

    A post I and others may be interested in:
    Cards to use overseas for those that spend large amounts of time and don’t just need bonuses in the travel category- a list of cards with no FTF that offer bonus categories for grocery, gas etc.

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