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News and notes from around the interweb:
- InsureMyRentalCar.com says “Nearly half (46%)* of rental car companies are charging over $175 for a week’s Collision (CDW) and Loss Damage Waiver (LDW).”
They’ll sell you a policy. If you have an American Express card you can buy premium rental car protection for a flat fee too. Either is better than buying it from the rental company most of the time.
I don’t do either, I prefer getting it as a free throw-in from a premium credit card. Premium credit cards can cover rental car damage, lost luggage, costs you incur during flight delays, roadside assistance, and more.
Most premium cards offer secondary coverage (their coverage pays eligible charges your own insurance doesn’t), while some like Diners Club (can’t currently apply), Chase Sapphire Preferred, and United Explorer provide primary collision coverage (f you damage the rental vehicle your own insurance may not even need to know).
- Via Dans Deals, you can get a free 2 year Gold membership to Regus BusinessWorld with code diners08bus. These are free business lounges around the world you can use. The free ‘Gold’ unlimited plans are much harder to get than they used to be, most people don’t use these anyway but those who want a place to work that isn’t Starbucks they can be useful.
- ScoreBig.com has launched direct points-earning (3 to 22 points per dollar) with Southwest. They’re the broadest-based live event ticket platform which awards miles. Previously they worked primarily through shopping portals to incentivize purchases, this deal is in many cases more lucrative and cuts out the frustrations some people have with shopping portals.
- Two bi-planes landed on top of each other. The pilots are safe.