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In 2018 Chase announced that it was removing the price protection and returns protection benefits from most of the credit cards it issues, AMEX hasn’t offered price protection for years (but it does offer returns protection) and back in June Citi shocked a lot of people when it announced (without any warning) that it would be stripping out most of the protection benefits that cardholders have become accustomed to across most of its credit card portfolio….and now another credit card issuer appears to be following this trend.
DoctorOfCredit has reported that Barclays is sending out warnings on select credit card statements to let cardholders know that it will be removing extended warranty and price protection benefits from 1 November 2019.
The exact wording is as follows:
Your extended warranty and price protection benefits are being removed, however claims can be submitted for eligible purchases made through October 31, 2019.
So far these notices have been sent out to Arrival+ and Uber Visa cardholders…but it’s unlikely that the benefit cuts will stop there.
The only Barclays-issued credit card I hold is the AAdvantage Aviator Red card and my online account is still showing that the card comes with 4 important shopping benefits that are becoming increasingly hard to find…
Presumably the AAdvantage Aviator Silver card currently offers the same protections as the Red card (it is, after all, more expensive) and presumably there are other Barclays-issued credit cards out there that currently offer one or more of these protections too (I can’t say for sure because Barclays’ credit card page doesn’t tell me!) so it will be interesting to see where this story goes from here.
I’d be very surprised if the decision to remove the extended warranty and price protection benefits was limited to just the two credit cards we know about right now so I fully expect to get a message from Barclays (probably in the next week or two) to let me know that my Aviator Red card has just become even more useless than it already is.
If any readers have a Barclays-issued credit card it would be very helpful if you would check your most recent statement to see if Barclays has buried any bad news in it – let me know in the comments and I’ll update this post where appropriate.