The Amex Green Card has quite a few important benefits consumers can utilize whether they travel or not. The key perks this card offers can help protect new purchases you make with your card or even save you money if something goes wrong with your travel plans.
The Amex Green Card offers you an up to $189 credit toward a CLEAR Plus membership each year, which can help you get through security lines faster at participating airports and other venues.The CLEAR Plus membership usually costs $189 annually, so you should be able to take full advantage of this offer.
You will also get up to $100 credit to use toward LoungeBuddy, which you can use to purchase lounge access in hundreds of airports around the globe. Lounge access through LoungeBuddy starts as low as $25 and is sold as a single entry pass, so you’ll need to book lounge access and pay in advance each time.
A $100 credit for lounge access is a bit underwhelming compared to the Global Lounge Collection that The Platinum Card® from American Express offers, but since these cards are in entirely different price ranges, it’s a reasonable perk for the Green Card. If you see yourself spending more money on lounge access than what the LoungeBuddy credit offers, you should weigh that excess spending against the Platinum Card’s annual fee. Determining how much the Global Lounge Collection would save you each year would be a great place to start in comparing both cards’ viability for your situation.
This card also comes with travel protections, including secondary auto rental coverage and access to a Global Assist hotline. You’ll also get a baggage insurance plan that can reimburse you up to $1,250 for carry-on baggage and $500 for checked baggage lost by a common carrier. Finally, you’ll get trip delay insurance worth up to $300 per trip, which can be useful if your trip is delayed by more than 12 hours for a covered reason.
Cardholders also receive purchase protection against damage or theft, which is good for up to $1,000 per occurrence and up to $50,000 per cardmember each calendar year. Plus, Amex offers extended warranties for eligible items that come with a manufacturer’s warranty.