Can I cancel my trip if I’m worried a pilot strike would leave me stranded?

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Unfortunately, canceling your trip because you are concerned an airline pilot strike might leave you stranded is not a covered reason under standard travel insurance policies.

While most travel insurance policies with the Trip Cancellation benefit can cover travelers who are forced to cancel their trip in the event of an airline strike, canceling because you’re concerned a strike might leave you stranded is not covered. The only time a travel insurance policy may cover you in this situation is if you purchased the Cancel For Any Reason upgrade. This benefit partially reimburses you to cancel your trip for a reason that is not otherwise covered, such as fear of a potential strike.

In order to be eligible for the Cancel For Any Reason benefit, you must buy your policy within 14-21 days of making your first trip payment, and must insure your entire trip cost. In order to cancel under this benefit, you must cancel your trip in its entirety at least 2 days before your scheduled departure date. This benefit can reimburse up to 75% of your trip cost, and typically increases a policy’s premium by about 40-50%.

This information may vary based on the travel insurance policy. If you have questions about a specific policy, please contact us directly at 800-240-0369. Our customer service representatives are available from 8am to 10pm ET, seven days a week, and are delighted to help!

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