Why Travel Insurance?
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We highly recommend that every passenger obtain travel insurance. Many plans are available at various coverage levels. Because different travelers have different needs and risk tolerances, we do not offer a group plan. Below are a few suggestions.
Although current Israeli entrance guidelines do not call for vaccines or testing, they do require that each passenger obtain travel insurance. Also, check that your plan covers costs incurred should you be diagnosed with COVID while on the trip. From our research, most plans now cover expenses incurred from a COVID illness but be sure to verify this on a particular plan.
Because your trip is too important to leave to chance. For a small fraction of your trip costs, you can count on travel insurance to save the day when things go awry.
- If you have to cancel your trip for a covered reason, travel insurance can reimburse you for your prepaid, non-refundable trip costs. Without insurance, you could lose the money you paid for your vacation rental, car rental, hotel, flights and more.
- Travel delays leave you stranded. Travel insurance can reimburse you for eligible meals, accommodation, and transportation expenses during a covered delay.
- If you experience a covered medical emergency, travel insurance can help ensure you get high-quality care and reimburse you for covered medical costs. Without insurance, you may have to pay out of pocket.
- You need help in a hurry. Whether you’re planning a week-long road trip or a weekend getaway, you never know what might happen. Travel insurance gives you access to our 24-Hour Assistance hotline for expert, personalized support in a crisis.
- If your travel plans are affected by COVID-19, many of our travel protection plans now include the Epidemic Coverage Endorsement, which adds covered reasons to select benefits for certain losses related to COVID-19 and any future epidemic. Benefits vary by plan and by state of residence, and are not available in all jurisdictions.
- Whether you’re a frequent traveler or a once-a-year vacationer, you can protect your investment in your travel plans with coverage designed to meet your needs. Some of our benefits in our plans are:
- Coverage Length: 1 trip
- Trip Cancelation/Interruption: Included
- Accident/Sickness: Included
- Medical Evacuation: Up to $1 million
- Trip Delay/Missed Connection: Included
- Cancel for Any Reason: Available as upgrade
- Travel Inconvenience: Available as upgrade
Top Travel Insurance Questions
These are the travel insurance questions that every traveler asks. Travelers make assumptions about their coverage, or they completely misunderstand their coverage. We have compiled a list of the questions most commonly asked by travelers looking for travel insurance.
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- Doesn’t my credit card have travel insurance?
No, not in the way most travelers want it to. Credit cards that have ‘travel insurance’ provide little coverage, but nothing in comparison to a separate policy from a travel insurance company. Some cards provide cancellation coverage, but with an annual limit ($1,500-$2,500 per 12-month period), and the list of covered reasons is limited. Interruption coverage is limited as well, as is travel delay coverage. Most importantly though, is that almost no credit cards provide medical expense or evacuation coverage.
- Will my regular health insurance cover me abroad?
Not completely. Most regular health insurance plans provide partial or no coverage while you are traveling in another country. For Medicare, there is never coverage abroad. Countries with ‘universal health care’ might assist with minor needs, but they are under no obligation to do so. In the event of major or ongoing medical expenses, they would cease to help, and they would never pay to evacuate you or help you return home.
- Will my cruise line refund me?
A little. It depends on when you cancel, but generally you won’t get much back. Most cruise companies have a declining refund schedule where they refund less and less the closer to the departure date, until they refund nothing at all. Generally, within 2 weeks there is zero refund, and even canceling a month before will usually only get you a 25% refund.
- Are hurricanes covered?
Yes, many plans cover hurricanes and weather under trip cancellation coverage. To be covered you need to 1) Make sure it is listed as a covered reason, 2) Buy before the storm is named, 3) Insure for the full trip cost, and 4) Some plans require that you buy soon after your trip payment to avoid the waiting period.
- Are pre-existing conditions covered?
Yes, many plans offer a waiver that removes the pre-existing condition exclusion. To be covered you need to 1) Buy your plan soon after your first trip payment, 2) Insure for the full trip cost, 3) Be medically cleared for travel at the time of purchase.
- What does travel insurance cost?
Insurance costs 4-8% of the trip cost (pre-paid, non-refundable expenses). Basic plans can be very budget-minded at less than 4%, and premium vacation plans can be over 12%. Travel medical insurance is sold on a trip length basis and can be as little as dollars per day.
- When should I purchase my plan?
Within days of making your initial trip deposit. There are many benefits to purchasing the plan sooner, including maximizing the period of cancellation coverage, and being eligible for pre-existing condition coverage and hurricane coverage.
- How do I know I can trust the company?
We only use companies that have a good reputation on service and claims, and solid AM Best ratings of financial stability, and they comply with a Zero Complaint Policy.
- What is the refund policy?
A 100% refund of premium within the Free Look Period is guaranteed by all companies. This allows travelers to review their policy and return it for any reason with the allowed time period (sometimes less a small administration fee $5-$8) as long as the traveler has not filed a claim or left on their trip.
- How do I buy travel insurance?
Travel insurance can be quoted and purchased instantly online on our website by using a credit card. Since travel insurance is a temporary insurance product, there is generally no underwriting period or medical examination required. You can get a quote online, buy with a credit card, print your email confirmation, and you’re all done. Call us at 1.877.552.2576 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How Much Will it Cost?
While travel insurance costs vary, the average is somewhere between 4-12% of your total trip cost.
- Male/Female (Age 21) Travel Accident Insurance Only – $34
- Male/Female (Age 21) Trip Cancellation/Accident Insurance – $141
- Male/Female (Age 70) Trip Accident Insurance Only – $39
- Male/Female (Age 70) Trip Cancellation/Accident Insurance – $290