Think all that's in the fine print of your credit card is trouble? There may actually be some good news in there: hidden perks, from car rental collision insurance to return protection, that can save you cash.
Introduced to convince cardholders they were getting a bargain despite a hefty annual fee, many of these extra benefits fell by the wayside over time, forgotten in a sea of fine print. But hidden benefits may be seeing the light of day once again. "Over the last 20 years, we saw a dip in benefits," says Heather Loftus, vice president of Affinion, a marketing company that handles benefits for a number of credit card companies. "Now there's a renewed interest in making the consumer aware of what they have."