Does Trip Cancellation Cover the Swine Flu Threat?

Trip cancellation insurance helps you to maintain inner peace when the outer world is so volatile. The topmost worry for any traveler these days is the H1N1 virus. The uncertainty of the virus and rumors of its mutation worldwide (like the black lung disease in Ukraine) further jeopardize one’s travel plans. Does trip cancellation insurance help if I cancel my trip because I’m afraid I might contract the swine flu virus? The answer is, unfortunately, no. Basic trip cancellation covers only those benefits which are expressly listed in the policy as a �named peril� and does not cover exclusions. For […]

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In Uncertain Times, Insurance Saves Cancellation Costs

In these recession-hit uncertain times, when travel across the globe has become necessary to save your business, trip cancellation insurance can save the day, and huge costs too! Let’s say that Chris, a small business owner, needed to travel from the U.S. to Mumbai on 27 Nov 2008 for an important business meeting, crucial to his company’s growth plans. Unfortunately, the previous day saw terrorists attacking a prominent hotel and other places in Mumbai, and India was on tenterhooks. All the airline tickets for Chris and his colleagues had to be cancelled (which were non-refundable), leaving him with a huge […]

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Over 65? Life, Insurance Offer Numerous Options!

Here’s a situation that was prevalent until recently: A senior, over 65 years, retired from work, done with financial responsibilities, and looking forward to traveling to far and distant lands. And international travel health insurance policies hard to come by for the travel. Reason? Insurance companies think that people over 65 are more likely to file claims during international travel. So, they either denied coverage, or raised the premiums to reflect the risk. However, several insurance companies are now waking to the possibilities of doing business with this demographic. Of late, several plans have started to cater to seniors, with […]

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Remember Travel Insurance to Save Your Memories

Imagine this: You are absolutely thrilled to be in a foreign country, taking in all the sights and sounds of the new place. You’re looking forward to the envious looks from your friends and family when they see your awesome photos. But what if your camera got stolen? Your travel insurance policy plan will not be able to help, will it? Matter of fact, it can! Most international travel and trip insurance plans feature some coverage for lost or stolen items. With digital cameras on the person of almost all travelers, a loss can put you back by a few […]

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Lessons from Samoa: No Travel Without Insurance

It’s something that wrenches the heart the news of a tsunami hitting the coast of Samoa and American Samoa, taking with it the lives of 176 people, and counting. Once again, a leading beach destination has been pounded and torn to shards. For those who suffered injuries, one hopes their international travel medical insurance will cover the costs of their treatment. As in the tsunami of 2004, tourists may also suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Some international travel insurance policies cover PTSD,if you’re traveling to a beach destination in the Pacific, check out such coverage. Samoa‘s economy depends so […]

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What is financial default coverage?

The Financial Default protection benefit is part of the Trip Cancellation/Interruption benefit. Financial default coverage applies if the airline, cruise line, or tour operator goes out of business and you are unable to travel or suffer financial loss. In order for this coverage to apply, coverage must be purchased within 7 – 21 days (depends on company) of the initial deposit. After determining if you qualify for the benefit, some of the plans have 7-14 day waiting period before the benefit would become effective. Additionally, this benefit would be only available if the airline, cruise line or tour operator was […]

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Is there any company that provides travel insurance to cover loss of frequent flyer program miles, should the airline go out of business or if I am unable to re-instate them in the event of cancellation of a trip?

No, there is no company in the travel insurance industry that will cover loss of frequent flyer points or miles. Travel Insured will reimburse the penalty fee to return tickets back into the point program.

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Should I include the equivalent monetary “cost” of the airline ticket that I purchased with frequent flyer miles?

Generally the insurance companies will not insure tickets purchased with reward points or miles because no money has been paid. However, you should insure yourself for adequate trip interruption coverage. Make sure that you have purchased enough trip interruption coverage to cover the cost of an economy ticket home plus the cost of any unused, non-refundable land arrangements that you might lose if you have to interrupt your trip.

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I am in the military. What if I am called to duty or denied leave?

If your leave is denied because of declared or undeclared war, all policies will exclude that reason. There are several companies that address military leave or being called to duty in one form or another: Access America, Travel Guard – Cruise, Tour & Travel plan, Travel Insured, TravelSafe and Travelex all have “perils” that touch on this.

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