Hurricane Otto – All Position Statements

Official position statements from Squaremouth’s travel insurance providers about coverage for Hurricane Otto (formerly Tropical Storm Otto).

Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection

Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection has been in contact with all our travelers throughout Central America affected by Tropical Storm Otto.

Depending on the BHTP policy purchased, travelers may be eligible for coverage that interrupts travel plans. Our customers can contact BHTP at 844-411-BHTP to review the specific benefits of their policy.

GeoBlue

Tropical Storm Otto is nearing hurricane strength in the southwest Caribbean Sea, and is forecast to be an extremely rare late November hurricane landfall, posing a danger of flooding and mudslides in parts of Central America. A Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance mission early Tuesday morning found the central pressure of Otto to be over 10 millibars lower than a satellite estimate in a National Hurricane Center advisory issued just 2 hours prior to that measurement. A tropical storm watch was issued Monday night for San Andres Island, a Colombian island in the Caribbean Sea located about 125 miles east of the Nicaraguan coast; this means the area could possibly see tropical storm conditions within 48 hours. Heavy rain, flash flooding and mudslides will be major concerns for Central America, including Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Some locations may receive over 10 inches of rain from Otto. In addition, areas of heavy rain well to the north of the circulation may trigger flooding in parts of Honduras and Belize.

For assistance with these and any other benefits, please contact our customer service team. GeoBlue has dedicated multilingual resources available 24/7 for members in Central America who are in need of medical care and assistance. For assistance during a medical emergency, please call our Global Health & Safety team at +1.610.254.8771

Please visit the member area on geobluetravelinsurance.com or download the GeoBlue mobile app to view security profiles and/or sign up for news alerts.

Global Alert

On Monday, November 21st, Tropical Storm Otto officially formed in the southern Caribbean Sea. While many travel suppliers and airlines are trying to reroute flights, some delays and cancellations are inevitable. Global Alert understands those with plans to travel to this area will have questions about their coverage, and they are encouraged to call us 24/7 with any questions.

It is important to note, don’t rush out to buy travel insurance now to cover Otto as Global Alert plans do not provide coverage for a storm that was already named prior to the purchase of travel insurance. In this case, policies purchased on or after November 21st, 2016 will not cover losses related to Otto.

Plans purchased on or before November 20th, 2016 may have coverage for this storm. Following are some general guidelines regarding the various coverages available:

Trip Delay – Additional meal and accommodation expenses may be reimbursed up to the amount provided by the plan if you have left home and travel is delayed 9 hours or more due to flight delays or cancellations. The dollar amount of coverage will be based on the plan you selected. Please refer to your plan documents for complete details.

Missed Connection – All of our plans also include the missed connection benefit if your flight is delayed for 3 hours or more. This benefit can reimburse unused land and water arrangements and additional transportation to catch up to the trip. The dollar amount of coverage for Missed Connection will vary depending on the plan you purchased. For more details, please review your plan documents.

Trip Interruption – Global Alert plans offer Trip Interruption coverage for your travel arrangements if they are disrupted due to the storm and you must leave or return later than originally scheduled. Depending on the Global Alert plan, covered reasons to interrupt the trip can include:  12 hour or more flight delay due to weather; or your home or accommodations at your destination made uninhabitable. Trip Interruption bases the dollar amount of coverage on the amount of trip cost you insured on the plan. To be certain that you have this protection, please review your plan documents or call Global Alert.

Trip Cancellation – Should your flight be delayed or canceled due to Otto, Global Alert plans can cover cancellation penalties if you are not able to travel for 12 hours or more. Based on the plan selected, Global Alert can also cover you if your destination is officially declared uninhabitable, or if your home is made uninhabitable due to the storm. The dollar amount of coverage is determined by the amount of trip cost you insured on the plan.  Please read your plan documents for specific information.

This information is a general overview of coverage benefits that may apply if travel plans are impacted by the storm.  The coverage available for Tropical Storm Otto and your trip will be based on the terms in your travel insurance plan.  Please refer to your plan documents to learn more or contact Global Alert with questions.  Agents are available 24/7 and happy to help.

HTH Worldwide

Tropical Storm Otto is nearing hurricane strength in the southwest Caribbean Sea, and is forecast to be an extremely rare late November hurricane landfall, posing a danger of flooding and mudslides in parts of Central America. A Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance mission early Tuesday morning found the central pressure of Otto to be over 10 millibars lower than a satellite estimate in a National Hurricane Center advisory issued just 2 hours prior to that measurement. A tropical storm watch was issued Monday night for San Andres Island, a Colombian island in the Caribbean Sea located about 125 miles east of the Nicaraguan coast; this means the area could possibly see tropical storm conditions within 48 hours. Heavy rain, flash flooding and mudslides will be major concerns for Central America, including Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Some locations may receive over 10 inches of rain from Otto. In addition, areas of heavy rain well to the north of the circulation may trigger flooding in parts of Honduras and Belize.

In addition to the medical and travel assistance coverage included on the TripProtector plans, please be sure to check your certificate for benefits payable for missed connections or Trip Delay.

For assistance with these and any other benefits, please contact our customer service team. HTH Worldwide has dedicated multilingual resources available 24/7 for members in Central America who are in need of medical care and assistance. For assistance during a medical emergency, please call our Global Health & Safety team at +1.610.254.8771

Please visit the member area on hthtravelinsurance.com or download the HTH mPassport mobile app to view security profiles and/or sign up for news alerts.

iTravelInsured

Tropical Storm Otto, named on November 22, 2016, strengthened into a hurricane late Tuesday, Nov. 22, and is expected to landfall in either Nicaragua or Costa Rica on Thursday, Nov. 24.

International Medical Group® (IMG®) members who purchased a travel insurance policy prior to Nov. 22, 2016, may receive trip cancellation, trip interruption, missed connection or travel delay benefits if their travel plans are affected by this event. Policies purchased on or after Nov. 22 may not provide coverage for claims related directly or indirectly to this tropical storm.

“Inclement Weather” means any weather condition that delays the scheduled arrival or departure of a common carrier.

With reference to coverage under IMG’s iTravelInsured® Travel Lite, SE and LX policies:

  • Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption: Benefits will be paid, up to the maximum benefit amount shown in the declarations page, to reimburse you for the amount unused non-refundable prepaid payments or deposits you paid for travel arrangements, including up to $75 for the cost of airline-imposed fees to rebank frequent flyer miles for air flights to join your trip when you are prevented from taking your trip due to:

    • Inclement weather that causes complete cessation of services for at least 6 consecutive hours of the common carrier on which you  are scheduled to travel;
    • Up to 7 days mandatory evacuation ordered by local government authorities at your trip destination (or official public evacuation notices or recommendations without a mandatory evacuation order issued) due to adverse weather or natural disaster;
    • Your or your Traveling companion’s primary place of residence or destination being rendered uninhabitable and remaining uninhabitable during your scheduled trip, by fire, flood, burglary or other natural disaster. The company will only pay benefits for losses occurring within 30 calendar days after the natural disaster makes your destination accommodations uninhabitable. Your destination is uninhabitable if: (i) the building structure itself is unstable and there is a risk of collapse in whole or in part; (ii) there is exterior or structural damage allowing elemental intrusion, such as rain, wind, hail, or flood; (iii) immediate safety hazards have yet to be cleared such as debris on roofs or downed electrical lines; or (iv) the rental property is without electricity or water. Benefits are not payable if a storm, snow storm, blizzard or hurricane is named on or before the effective date of your trip cancellation coverage.
  • Missed Connection: If you miss your cruise or tour departure because your arrival at your trip destination is delayed for 3 or more hours due to:
    • A documented weather condition preventing you from getting to the point of departure.
  • Travel Delay: Benefits will reimburse for reasonable accommodation, meal and local transportation expenses incurred, up to the maximum benefit amount shown in the declarations page, if you are delayed for 6 hours or more while enrooted to or from, or during your trip, due to:
    • A documented weather condition preventing you from getting to the point of departure.

In event of a claim, please contact us at:

iTravelInsured Claims Department
P.O. Box 88503
Indianapolis, IN 46208-0500
Telephone: 1.866.243.7524 or 1.317.655.9798
Fax: 1.317.655.4505
E-mail: itravelclaims@itravelinsured.com

For general inquiries please contact us at:

iTravelInsured Agency Services

P.O. Box 88509
Indianapolis, IN 46208-0509
Telephone: 1.866.347.6673 or 1.317.655.9796
Fax: 1.317.655.4505
E-mail: service@itravelinsured.com

The insurance described in this document is a brief description of coverage provided under Policy Form Series T-210 MP, underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company and is subject to the terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions of the policy. Please see the plan documents for complete details. Coverage may vary or may not be available in all states. C&F and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United State Fire Insurance Company. The Crum & Forster group of companies is rated A (Excellent) by AM Best Company 2015.

Source: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2016/

MH Ross

On Monday, November 21st, Tropical Storm Otto officially formed in the southern Caribbean Sea. While many travel suppliers and airlines are trying to reroute flights, some delays and cancellations are inevitable. MH Ross understands those with plans to travel to this area will have questions about their coverage, and they are encouraged to call us 24/7 with any questions.

It is important to note, don’t rush out to buy travel insurance now to cover Otto as MH Ross plans do not provide coverage for a storm that was already named prior to the purchase of travel insurance. In this case, policies purchased on or after November 21st, 2016 will not cover losses related to Otto.

Plans purchased on or before November 20th, 2016 may have coverage for this storm.  Following are some general guidelines regarding the various coverages available:

Trip Delay – Additional meal and accommodation expenses may be reimbursed up to the amount provided by the plan if you have left home and travel is delayed 6 hours or more due to flight delays or cancellations. The dollar amount of coverage will be based on the plan you selected.  Please refer to your plan documents for complete details.

Missed Connection – All of our plans also include the missed connection benefit if your flight is delayed for 3 hours or more.  This benefit can reimburse unused land and water arrangements and additional transportation to catch up to the trip.  The dollar amount of coverage for Missed Connection will vary depending on the plan you purchased.  For more details, please review your plan documents.

Trip Interruption – MH Ross plans offer Trip Interruption coverage for your travel arrangements if they are disrupted due to the storm and you must leave or return later than originally scheduled. Depending on the MH Ross plan, covered reasons to interrupt the trip can include:  12 hour or more flight delay due to weather; home, work, or accommodations at your destination made uninhabitable; or a hurricane warning from NOAA within 24 hours of departure.  Trip Interruption bases the dollar amount of coverage on the amount of trip cost you insured on the plan. To be certain that you have this protection, please review your plan documents or call MH Ross.

Trip Cancellation – Should your flight be delayed or canceled due to Otto, MH Ross plans can cover cancellation penalties if you are not able to travel for 12 hours or more. Based on the plan selected, MH Ross can also cover you if your destination is officially declared uninhabitable due to the storm, if your home or work place is made uninhabitable, if your destination is under an official hurricane warning issued by NOAA within 24 hours of the trip. A mandatory evacuation can also be considered, if when the evacuation ends and there is less than half or less than 4 days left of your trip. The dollar amount of coverage is determined by the amount of trip cost you insured on the plan.  Please read your plan documents for specific information.

This information is a general overview of coverage benefits that may apply if travel plans are impacted by the storm.  The coverage available for Tropical Storm Otto and your trip will be based on the terms in your travel insurance plan.  Please refer to your plan documents to learn more or contact MH Ross with questions.  Agents are available 24/7 and happy to help.

Tin Leg

On Monday, November 21 at 1pm EST, Hurricane Otto became a named tropical storm and an advisory was put out by the National Hurricane Center.

What you need to know about your policy:
As of November 21, Tropical Storm Otto is no longer considered an unforeseen event. Coverage related to the tropical storm is not available for Tin Leg policies purchased after this date. Tin Leg policies purchased on or prior to November 20 may provide coverage related to the event, including Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption and Trip Delay benefits.

Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption coverage for Hurricane and Weather:
In order for an event to be covered under Tin Leg policies, the event must occur after the policy has been purchased and meet at least one of the following requirements:

      • Result in the complete cessation of travel services at the point of departure or destination for the following specified amounts of time:
        • Tin Leg Economy policy: 48 consecutive hours
        • Tin Leg Standard policy: 24 consecutive hours
        • Tin Leg Luxury policy: 12 consecutive hours
      • Accommodations at your destination are made uninhabitable
      • Your or your traveling companion’s principal place of residence has been rendered uninhabitable
      • A mandatory evacuation is ordered by local authorities at your destination. You must have 50% or less of your trip remaining when the evacuation ends to be eligible for this benefit.

Travel Delay coverage for Hurricane and Weather:
In order for a tropical storm to be covered under the Trip Delay benefit within Tin Leg policies, it must meet the following requirements for minimum length of delay:

      • Tin Leg Economy policy: 12 consecutive hours
      • Tin Leg Standard policy: 12 consecutive hours
      • Tin Leg Luxury policy: 6 consecutive hours

In addition to Trip Cancellation and Travel Delay coverage, other benefits, including Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation, may also be available for coverage related to the tropical storm.

In the event of an emergency, please contact Tin Leg’s 24 Hour Emergency Assistance department as soon as reasonably possible at:
Emergency Assistance Inside US: 844-927-9265 (Toll Free)
Emergency Assistance Outside US (Collect Call): 001-727-264-5657
Emergency Assistance Email: emergency@tinleg.com

In the event of a claim, please contact Tin Leg’s Claim department at 844-240-1233 or claims@tinleg.com.
Start your claim online: https://tinleg.com/claims/online

Please contact Tin Leg with any questions at 844-240-1233, we are delighted to answer any additional questions.

TravelSafe

On Monday, November 21st, Tropical Storm Otto officially formed in the southern Caribbean Sea. While many travel suppliers and airlines are trying to reroute flights, some delays and cancellations are inevitable. TravelSafe understands those with plans to travel to this area will have questions about their coverage, and they are encouraged to call us 24/7 with any questions. 
 
It is important to note, don’t rush out to buy travel insurance now to cover Otto as TravelSafe plans do not provide coverage for a storm that was already named prior to the purchase of travel insurance. In this case, policies purchased on or after November 21st, 2016 will not cover losses related to Otto.
 
Plans purchased on or before November 20th, 2016 may have coverage for this storm.  Following are some general guidelines regarding the various coverages available:
 
Trip Delay – Additional meal and accommodation expenses may be reimbursed up to the amount provided by the plan if you have left home and travel is delayed 6 hours or more due to flight delays or cancellations. The dollar amount of coverage will be based on the plan you selected.  Please refer to your plan documents for complete details.
 
Missed Connection – All of our plans also include the missed connection benefit if your flight is delayed for 3 hours or more.  This benefit can reimburse unused land and water arrangements and additional transportation to catch up to the trip.  The dollar amount of coverage for Missed Connection will vary depending on the plan you purchased.  For more details, please review your plan documents.
 
Trip Interruption – TravelSafe plans offer Trip Interruption coverage for your travel arrangements if they are disrupted due to the storm and you must leave or return later than originally scheduled. Depending on the TravelSafe plan, covered reasons to interrupt the trip can include:  12 hour or more flight delay due to weather; home, work, or accommodations at your destination made uninhabitable; or a Tropical Storm warning from NOAA within 24 hours of departure.  Trip Interruption bases the dollar amount of coverage on the amount of trip cost you insured on the plan. To be certain that you have this protection, please review your plan documents or call TravelSafe.
 
Trip Cancellation – Should your flight be delayed or canceled due to Otto, TravelSafe plans can cover cancellation penalties if you are not able to travel for 12 hours or more. Based on the plan selected, TravelSafe can also cover you if your destination is officially declared uninhabitable due to the storm, if your home or work place is made uninhabitable, or if your destination is under an official Tropical Storm warning issued by NOAA within 24 hours of the trip. A mandatory evacuation can also be considered, if when the evacuation ends and there is less than half or less than 4 days left of your trip. The dollar amount of coverage is determined by the amount of trip cost you insured on the plan.  Please read your plan documents for specific information.
 
This information is a general overview of coverage benefits that may apply if travel plans are impacted by the storm.  The coverage available for Tropical Storm Otto and your trip will be based on the terms in your travel insurance plan.  Please refer to your plan documents to learn more or contact TravelSafe with questions.  Agents are available 24/7 and happy to help.