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Benefits of Starwood American Express Cards (Business & Personal) are not the Same

To my dismay, I learned last night, that the two Starwood American Express credit cards do not have the same benefits. 20130113-093239.jpg Now, to be honest, they nearly have the same benefits, almost identical. However, the business card has something I covet that the personal card does not: Baggage Protection (or “Baggage Insurance”).

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Thankfully, I have both cards. But, I purchased my travel using the Personal card, meaning that the Luggage protection won’t qualify unless the insurance team at American Express decides to allow me to make a claim.

(During our travel to/from Israel, 2 of our checked items – a stroller and a nice suitcase – were damaged by the airline. This is something typically covered up to $500 by AMEX’s Baggage Insurance.)

Until I called AMEX last night, I had no idea that the protection/insurance was not available on the Personal card.

Wish me luck.

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Dani Klein

Dani Klein founded YeahThatsKosher in 2008 as a global kosher restaurant & travel resource for the Jewish community.

He is passionate about traveling the world, good kosher food / restaurants, social media & the web, technology, hiking, strategy games, and spending time with his friends & family.


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  • Can you share what happened? I’m experiencing the same thing right now. Just filed a claim today.

    • Luggage was damaged by airline. Apparently only the Business version of the SPG Amex card covers this, as well as other AMEX cards. Didnt know that the personal version didn’t have this benefit.