Purchase Protection

Written by:
Image
Paul Tracy

Paul has been a respected figure in the financial markets for more than two decades.

Prior to starting InvestingAnswers, Paul founded and managed one of the most influential investment research firms in America, with more than 2 million monthly readers. While there, Paul authored and edited thousands of financial research briefs, was published on Nasdaq. com, Yahoo Finance, and dozens of other prominent media outlets, and appeared as a guest expert at prominent radio shows and i...

View all posts
Updated August 5, 2020

What is Purchase Protection?

Purchase protection is an agreement between a customer and a seller whereby the two sides agree to set the price of a good or service in place for a particular time period.

How Does Purchase Protection Work?

In reality, purchase protection (also called price protection) is an aspect of many credit cards, whereby customers are able to receive refunds on items purchased with the credit card if the price of those items decreases within a specific time frame after the purchase.

For example, let's say you purchase an airline ticket to Orlando for $750 on January 1 with a credit card. However, on January 23 the price falls to $500. A purchase protection guarantee in the credit card contract would entitle you to a $250 refund from your credit card company.

Why Does Purchase Protection Matter?

Purchase protection is a way to persuade customers to purchase items even though they might be concerned about overpaying if prices fluctuate. As such, purchase protection is more relevant and effective for goods and services whose prices change regularly. Though they are a common component of credit card agreements, in general, they are uncommon.

Ask an Expert about Purchase Protection
At InvestingAnswers, all of our content is verified for accuracy by Paul Tracy and our team of certified financial experts. We pride ourselves on quality, research, and transparency, and we value your feedback. Below you'll find answers to some of the most common reader questions about Purchase Protection.
Be the first to ask a question

If you have a question about Purchase Protection, then please ask Paul.

Ask a question

Read this next

Don't Know a Financial Term?
Search our library of 4,000+ terms
 - profile
Ask an Expert about Purchase Protection

By submitting this form you agree with our Privacy Policy

Share
close