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Husband couldn’t get credit card perks

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Buyer beware Updated: January 19, 2011 - 9:49 AM

From my colleague Lora Pabst:

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A Chaska woman enjoyed the perks of having a credit card linked to an airline. One of the benefits was not having to pay to check the first bag. But when her husband tried to use his card to get the same benefit, he was told he wasn’t eligible because he wasn’t the primary cardholder.

“Do you think it’s fair to have to have two separate cards if we’re married?” she wrote. “I don’t see how they wouldn’t treat him as a cardholder the same as me, since the only difference is that I filled out the paperwork to obtain the card.”

The credit card company told her that in order for her husband to get a free checked bag, he would have to travel with her.

What other exceptions to credit card perks have you seen?


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