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When it comes time to apply for your first premium-ish rewards card, the American Express® Gold Card shouldn’t be ignored. In fact, TPG senior contributor Ethan Steinberg says that he’s even more loyal to his Amex Gold now during the pandemic.
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The Gold Card has an annual fee of $250, which is effectively $30 when you factor in its monthly statement credits at select restaurants and its airline fee credit.
It has relevant bonus categories such as global dining and U.S. supermarkets, plus it earns
Visiting a different country has always come with entry requirements—a visa, a return ticket, or a passport with six months of validity remaining. But since the COVID-19 pandemic, countries have enacted more stringent requirements: proof you purchased international healthcare coverage.
More tourist-frequented nations than ever are requiring proof of health insurance for entry, with the island nation of Aruba even requiring visitors buy a compulsory government policy, whether or not you already have your own separate coverage. This new requirement is largely because international healthcare coverage is wholly separate from your standard health insurance (and trip-cancellation insurance), and coverage abroad is rarely included in U.S.-based health policies. Officials are seeking to protect their healthcare systems from potential costs that mount and go unpaid when visitors who become COVID-19 patients don’t have coverage.
“What frequently happens is that domestic health insurance is simply not accepted by healthcare providers outside the U.S.,”