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Last summer, I used my miles to fly my parents (in business class) to Scotland and Ireland. They spent about 10 days, mostly in Scotland, and had overall a great time.
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Unfortunately the first day of the trip ended up being what my mom described as “the worst day of her life“. They had rented a car with manual transmission and something with the factor of it being a 6 speed stickshift where it was harder to find 1st gear, driving on a different side of the road and/or narrow roads ended up causing them to burn out the clutch on their rental car!
They were (eventually) able to get a new car and continue on their journey, but at the end of their trip Budget saddled them with a car rental bill of nearly 900 GBP! (about USD$1350)
Thankfully they had paid with their Chase Sapphire Reserve card, which is one of the best cards for car rentals, since it serves as primary rental insurance (SEE ALSO: 17 rewards credit cards that offer primary rental car insurance).
I thought it might be instructive / interesting to walk through the process
Making a Chase Sapphire Reserve insurance claim
My parents’ trip was in August 2017, and so when they returned back to the United States, my mom reached out to Chase and started the Chase Sapphire Reserve insurance claim process. As you might imagine, Chase does not handle the Chase Sapphire Reserve car insurance claim process directly but instead contracts to a 3rd party (I believe it’s Allianz but I’m not 100% sure – the website is eclaimsline.com)
This company requested details about the incident (included an itemized bill, incident report, etc) but for some reason the information my mom was sending to them for their Chase Sapphire Reserve car insurance claim was not getting processed correctly. When I was up visiting my parents, my mom showed me their Chase Sapphire Reserve insurance claim folder which had no joke 4 or 5 exact copies of the below email
Finally my parents emailed the information AND sent it via registered mail and that managed to do the trick
Success! A Chase Sapphire Reserve car insurance claim saved us $900
Once the information was sent to the company, the Chase Sapphire Reserve insurance claim process worked flawlessly. Within a few weeks, they (finally) received an email that a credit in the amount of $998.06 was added to their Chase account
One downside of the process was that they had to float that money for nearly 9 months. As you can see, the original claim was from August 2017 and their claim was not approved until March 13, 2018(!) I don’t know if this is typical for the Sapphire Reserve car insurance process, but that was a bit frustrating.
What’s your experience been with the Chase Sapphire Reserve car insurance claim process? Leave it in the comments
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Had the same experience with Avis / Budget in Edinburgh. They would not send the damage matrix that the Chase Sapphire Reserve was requesting. After multiple conference calls and 9 months, they finally processed the claim using the information that was available.
Sounds like that is typical experience.
I caused nearly $4k of damage to a car I had rented domestically. The Chase insurance covered it in full. What was even better was that the car rental company registers as “travel” on my CC (obviously), so I received 12k in points for the damage claim, and I was reimbursed by check.
It does not normally take 9 months. In my case, it was more because of Sixt taking forever to respond to my dispute, and then me in turn making Sixt wait 3 months to get their money back. The process with eclaimsline was painless and took less than 3 weeks after I had all the docs submitted.
So did they save $900 or $998.06? And what was out of pocket then?
I’m surprised that Chase covered this. My understanding was that they only cover damage as a result of a collision. Since there was no collision in this case, I’m not sure why Chase would have covered it.
But if the damage was ~ $1350 and Chase paid back $998, what was the extra $352? Some part of the claim was disallowed?