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About AIG Life Insurance
American International Group, also known as AIG, was founded in 1919 and has become a leading global insurance organization. In 2001, AIG acquired American General Life (AGM). Today, AIG serves over 88 million customers and offers products such as property casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement solutions and other financial services.
AIG Direct is a subsidiary of AIG that focuses primarily on their flexible life insurance options. AIG’s life insurance products include term life, universal life and guaranteed issue whole life insurance policies. Each policy has different benefits, with term life being one of the cheapest options. Riders are also available to add onto most policies for additional coverage
AIG life insurance can supplement a retirement fund or help cover expenses like funeral costs, credit card debt, housing, college education and medical bills.How do I contact AIG life insurance?Call +1 (800) 254-4933 to connect with a representative.
Types of AIG Life Insurance Products
Every AIG policy varies, so it’s best to consider factors like rates and how long you want your insurance policy to last.Factors to consider while choosing a life insurance policy:
- Health and medical history
- Duration of need
You can always use a life expectancy calculator if you’re not sure how long you want your AIG life insurance to last.
AIG’s term life insurance gives you coverage for a specific amount of time, typically ranging from 10 to 30 years and increasing in five-year increments. You also get to choose the amount for your death benefit.
While other life insurance companies may have five different term durations available, AIG term life insurance policies have 18 term durations available. The flexibility and affordability of AIG’s term life insurance makes it a popular option.Benefits:
- Cheaper than most policies
- Tax benefits
- Customizable coverage
- Premium rate stays fixed during the term
- Beneficiaries receive death benefit if you pass during the term
- Can be renewable
Guaranteed Issue Whole Life Insurance
AIG’s guaranteed issue whole life insurance, also known as guaranteed acceptance whole life insurance, is a life-long insurance specifically for Americans that are 50 to 80 years old. There is no medical exam or questionnaire required and acceptance is guaranteed if you are within the age range. Living benefits are included, meaning if you have a chronic or terminal illness, you can access your benefits to help cover costs.Benefits:
- Lasts your entire lifetime
- No medical exam
- Premium rate stays fixed
- Living benefits
- Pays death benefit up to $25,000
Quality of Life Plans
You can choose AIG’s quality of life (QoL) as a policy on its own with living benefits or as a rider to a term or universal life policy. Quality of life plans can last a lifetime or a term, depending on what best suits your needs. If you have a chronic or critical illness with this policy, you also have living benefits. This means, you can receive cash benefits from your policy to pay for your treatments.Benefits:
- Option to last a lifetime or a term
- Living benefits
- Flexible as rider add-on or a policy on its own
- Inexpensive compared to other policies
Universal Life Policies
AIG’s universal life policies offer life-long flexible policies that are tax deferred. You can raise or lower your benefit amount and premiums based on your lifestyle needs. These changes must be approved by AIG. A universal life policy also earns interest, giving you additional cash value.Benefits:
- Lasts your entire lifetime
- Flexible premium payments and death benefit amount
- Tax benefits
- Cash value
AIG offers six life insurance riders you can add to your policy for extra coverage — accelerated death benefit, accidental death benefit, child, spouse, guaranteed insurability and waiver-of-premium riders.
Each of AIG’s riders can help you tailor your benefits to best suit your lifestyle. For example, if you partake in a dangerous sport that can adjust your premium rates, like rock climbing, the accidental death benefit could be a good add on. The accidental death benefit rider gives up to $250,000 of benefits on top of your death benefit.
Your premiums will likely increase if you choose to add a rider to your life insurance policy.
Average Cost of AIG Life Insurance
Your costs for AIG life insurance depend on your age, alcohol and drug use, driving record, location, dangerous hobbies, overall health and sex. Smoking is one of the biggest factors, capable of doubling, or even tripling your premium rates.
The younger you are, the cheaper your premiums will be. Preferred plus rates are available if you’re in optimum health in your age range, offering you the lowest price.Example of Costs for AIG Term Life Insurance, $500,000 of Coverage, Preferred Plus Rate
Male 40 Female 40 Male 50 Female 50 10-year term $18.98 $16.82 $42.75 $35.09 15-year term $21.13 $21.12 $55.81 $45.74 20-year term $29.92 $25.65 $73.53 $57.00Source: AIG Direct
Many young individuals sign up for AIG’s term life insurance policies since they don’t increase premiums over time, resulting in a stream of low steady premiums for years to come.
Pros and Cons of Life Insurance From AIG
Even though AIG has been around for over 100 years, it’s best to consider all pros and cons before choosing a life insurance policy.Pros
- One of the world’s largest life insurance providers
- Not all policies require medical exams
- Many policies allow access to your death benefit while you’re still alive
- Flexible policy options with seven rider add-ons available
- 18 different term durations available
- Some policies have tax benefits
- Quotes not available on AIG’s website, must speak to an AIG agent on the phone to receive a quote.
- Rated poorly on some sites for customer service and claims department
- Was involved in an accounting scandal in 2005 that cost AIG $1.6 billion in fines
If a medical exam is required for a policy, the AIG underwriting process can take several weeks. The underwriting process determines if you’re eligible as well as your premium costs. If you need guaranteed coverage quickly, this could be a determining factor in choosing AIG as your life insurance since it has a policy that doesn’t require a medical exam. Other life insurance companies, like Northwestern Mutual and New York Life, don’t have life insurance options without a medical exam.
Average Rating of AIG
AM Best rated AIG’s Financial Strength Rating of A for excellent for its strong operating performance and business profile. AIG was also rated A+ by Fitch Ratings as a reliable financial commitment in 2022. However, AIG was rated 1.02/5 on the Better Business Bureau website with multiple complaints from customers. Most were regarding slow response time and communication issues while trying to claim their benefits.Last Modified: January 10, 2023Advertisement
11 Cited Research Articles
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- Croll, M. (2022, February 28). AIG Life Insurance Review: Low Rates & Great Selection of Term and Permanent Policies. Retrieved from https://www.valuepenguin.com/life-insurance/aig-review
- Evans, M. (2022, January 6). AIG Life Insurance Review. Retrieved from https://www.usnews.com/insurance/life-insurance/aig
- American International Group. (2022). Explore AIG’s Timeline. Retrieved from https://www.aig.com/about-us/history/timeline
- AM Best Information Services. (2021, October 7). AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of American International Group, Inc. and Its Subsidiaries. Retrieved from https://news.ambest.com/presscontent.aspx?refnum=31263&altsrc=9
- George, S. (2021, September 27). AIG life insurance review 2022. Retrieved from https://www.finder.com/life-insurance/reviews/aig
- Kilroy, A. (2021, June 7). Life Insurance for Smokers. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/advisor/life-insurance/smokers/
- Better Business Bureau. (n.d.). American International Group. Retrieved from https://www.bbb.org/us/ny/new-york/profile/insurance-companies/american-international-group-inc-aig-0121-1515
- AIG Direct. (n.d.). Explaining the Different Life Insurance Products. Retrieved from https://www.aigdirect.com/life-insurance-products#:~:text=There%20are%20two%20types%20of,Guaranteed%20Issue%20Whole%20Life%20Insurance
- AIG Direct. (n.d.). What are Life Insurance Riders? Retrieved from https://www.aigdirect.com/about-life/applying-for-life-insurance/life-insurance-riders
- AIG Direct. (n.d.). Guaranteed Issue Whole Life Insurance. Retrieved from https://www.aigdirect.com/life-insurance-products/guaranteed-issue-whole-life-insurance
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