While mandatory travel insurance requirements are starting to be scaled back around the world, some countries still require it for foreigners.
|⚕️ ASEAN Countries & Travel Insurance|
|*Not stated as a requirement on IATA Timatic or SIA’s travel advisory page, but mentioned on Vietnam’s official tourism page|
I firmly believe that no one should travel without insurance anyway, regardless of the rules, but what if your coverage comes from a credit card? Travel insurance from credit cards is just as valid as a stand-alone policy, but you won’t have that all-important one-page certificate with your name and details on it.
AMEX Platinum Charge insurance
AMEX Platinum Charge cardholders enjoy complimentary travel insurance when they pay for their outbound and inbound travel with their card. For the record, coverage will apply if you redeem airline miles and use the AMEX Platinum Charge to pay for taxes and surcharges.
Coverage includes, among other things:
- S$1 million for death or total permanent disability
- S$1 million of medical expense coverage
- S$4,000 of emergency dental treatment
- S$150 hospital cash allowance
- S$10,000 trip cancellation and postponement
- S$400 for flight or baggage delays
COVID-19 medical expenses are covered as well.
To generate an insurance certificate, head to this link and login with your American Express credentials.
Click “Get an Insurance Certificate”, then “English certificate”.
You’ll be prompted to fill in your first and last name, email address, trip dates and passport number.
A PDF certificate from Chubb will be automatically generated and sent to your email.
Now, here’s what I find interesting.
As mentioned earlier, insurance coverage is only applicable if you use the AMEX Platinum Charge to pay for the outbound and inbound legs of the trip. However, you can generate an insurance certificate regardless of whether you’ve done this.
I think the legal team was careful to cover their bases here, as the letter only states that the individual is “entitled” to coverage, and adds the following clause:
“This insurance program provides coverage to the Insured when the travel costs for the originating and return journey of the trip are being charged to the Cardmember’s Platinum Charge Card”
Add the fact you can put anyone’s name on the certificate (understandable, given that the policy is meant to cover your spouse and dependent children as well) and it almost feels like a “generate your own insurance certificate” tool, something that could be easily abused. I mean, I can’t imagine the average check-in agent or immigration official could be bothered enough to cross reference your credit card statement and see if the coverage is actually active…
While other American Express cards like the AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend and AMEX Platinum Credit Card also come with complimentary travel insurance, the portal unfortunately does not allow you to generate certificates. In those cases, you’ll need to contact Chubb and see if they can assist you.
AMEX Platinum Charge cardholders can generate a personalised travel insurance certificate that provides documentary proof of coverage (though I wonder how the person reading the certificate will know if the coverage is active!). It only takes a few minutes to do, and delivery is instant.
For more information on travel insurance policies that cover COVID-19, refer to the link below.