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Discover has one of the best price protection policies in the business. Basically, if you find a cheaper price on an item you purchased within 90 days, they’ll send you a check for the difference. There are a few exclusions, but compared to the price protection policies offered by other banks, Discover’s is the most lenient and easy to use.
If you don’t have a Discover card or you’ve never used their price protection policy, you’re definitely missing out.
Disclaimer: There are a whopping zero affiliate links in this post. Discover’s products are so good, I don’t even need to be incentivized to post about them.
|Offers Price Protection?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Eligible Cards:||All Discover Cards||Sapphire Preferred, Freedom||All Citi Cards||N/A|
|Days to Find Lower Price:||90||90||60||N/A|
|Min Claim Limit:||$1.00||$1.00||$25.00||N/A|
|Max Claim Limit:||$500||$500||$300||N/A|
|Black Friday Eligible?||Yes||Mixed Reports||No||N/A|
As I’ve mentioned before, Discover is very adamant about offering Black Friday price matching. This is a huge benefit in and of itself, especially for door buster sales that are in-store only.
This past Black Friday I took advantage of Discover’s generous price protection policy on a TV at Best Buy. By doing so, I saved $300 and my sanity, since I didn’t have to wait in line during the wee hours of the morning. I had to float the extra $300 for about 3 weeks, but in the end it was totally worth it.
What are the limits?
$500 per claim and $2,500 per year.
Do I have to make the entire purchase with my Discover card?
Yes. If you pay even $0.01 with another form of payment, there’s a good chance your claim will be denied.
Do the model numbers need to match up even if the item is the exact same (e.g. store specific model)?
Yes, however, in my experience price matching with Discover, one of my items did not have the same model number, so YMMV.
Do I have to sign-up for this benefit?
Nope, it’s included with your card membership.
Do all Discover cards offer Price Protection?
Based on Discover’s website, all Discover cards DO qualify.
Are there any exclusions?
Yes. Here are the exclusions listed on Discover’s website:
- Any used, rebuilt, remanufactured or second-hand items
- Consumable and perishable items including, but not limited to, food, fuel, oil, household products and cosmetics
- Jewelry, travelers checks, tickets of any kind, negotiable instruments and bullion
- Rare or precious coins or stamps, collectibles, antiques and art objects
- Motorized vehicles and their parts including, but not limited to, boats, airplanes, ride-on toys automobiles, trucks and motorcycles; and their parts and accessories including but not limited to tires and batteries
- Floor models, demonstrator models and one-of-a-kind items
- Live animals and live plants
- Negotiated sales, one-of-a kind sales, cash-only sales
- Close-out/liquidation/going-out-of-business sales but only as they relate to a business (not a particular item) going out of business
- Employee discounts
- Products purchased at Internet auction sites
- Items advertised or shown as price quotes or bids from an Internet auction site
- Items that are advertised as buy one, get one free or where the advertised price includes free offers or includes a bonus offer
- Digital downloads including, but not limited to, music, movies, books, mobile apps and eCertificates
- Gift cards
- Special discounts offered through a specific retailer membership or rewards program
- Travel and travel-related services
I’ve used Discover’s price protection policy three times now and every time it’s been a very smooth process. Here are the claims I’ve submitted:
If you’ve never used Discover’s price protection policy, you should! It’s by far one of the best perks offered by this card. If you want to learn where you can find the best deals and prices on items, check out this post. Also, if you don’t have a Discover card yet, they are currently offering a $150 sign-up bonus.