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My brain is stuffed full of all of the info I've read about how certain World MasterCards do still cover insurance for Ireland car rentals. And I do understand that it is up to the car rental companies in Ireland about whether they will allow me to decline the CDW and use the coverage that the credit card offers...
WHICH World MasterCards cover Ireland?Does it matter which Bank issues the World MC? I live in the U.S.A. My husband tried to find out online which banks issue World MasterCards, but it wasn't so easy to find this info. He told me to ask Michele!
We don't have a World MasterCard yet but want to get one, hopefully in time for our September 2011 trip to Ireland. We don't want to apply for the wrong card!
Thanks for any guidance.
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Michele Erdvig wrote:Even though the terms of my card do not change, each time I visit Ireland I make sure to phone them and ask for another letter of coverage. In 38 years of visiting Ireland I only had to show the letter once. But its there if I need it.
Michelle, is that an actual letter (as in "in the post") that you ask for from MC? Or will just an email do?
An email coverage letter is fine. MasterCard sends it as a printable attatchment. In my 13+ years, NO Agent has ever asked to see the letter.
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h'lo all, just back from a great 12-day trip to Eire and can report that I was successful in using my AT&T WORLD Mastercard with Avis/Ireland to avoid having to pay for CDW coverage. In fact, I was hand-carrying an email from WORLD Mastercard customer service, specifying that the card would, in fact, cover CDW, but when I offered the email to the lady at the Avis/Dublin counter, she said that there was no need for it, the card was fine for covering CDW. I di, however, have to sign a seperate doc, basically stating that I was *SUPER*-responsible for all kinds of stuff, as I was not taking their coverage. And I did note that they put a 4000+ "hold" on my card, but as soon as the actual rental total was completed, the "hold" went away. So, all in all, not a problem declining CDW, but be sure and rad my note above about *which* WORLD MC's will cover for Ireland....all don't...
Willie,Glad to hear you had no problems using your World MasterCard for your car rental. Was the 4,000 a "hold" or an actual charge? We would love to hear more about your trip if you are up to writing a Trip Report! Michele