Last Updated: 12/19/2022 03:25PM ET

The ongoing unrest between airlines and pilots regarding labor issues has continued building, as potential strikes appear imminent.

  • On October 31, 2022, Delta pilots voted to authorize a strike, and can walk off the job with permission from the National Mediation Board after a 30-day cooling off period
  • Since November 2022, employees at American Airlines and United Airlines have held informal pickets at major airports demanding new contracts
  • U.K. Border Force workers will strike on eight days during the key 2022 holiday travel dates – including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve – creating potential for travel disruptions at six airports, including London Heathrow Airport

Within many travel insurance policies, the Trip Cancellation benefit can provide coverage for travel disruptions caused by strikes. This benefit can cover 100% of a traveler’s prepaid and non-refundable trip expenses if they are forced to cancel due to a strike by their airline, as long as they purchased before the strike was announced.

However, once the strike is announced, it is considered foreseen becomes excluded by travel insurance plans. This means that a traveler must have purchased their policy before the strike was announced in order for coverage to apply. For example, for most providers, the Delta strikes are not covered by policies purchased after October 31, 2022.

The Airline Pilot Strikes Travel Insurance Information Center includes advice for travelers and answers to our most commonly asked questions about pilot strikes. This information is subject to change. Squaremouth’s experts will continue to update this information as the situation evolves.

Questions? Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts are on hand to answer your questions about coverage relating to the airline pilot strikes. We are available from 8am to 10pm ET daily by chat and by phone at 1-800-240-0369.

If you have an upcoming trip and have concerns about potential pilot strikes impacting your travel plans, Squaremouth's experts are available to answer your questions. If you already have a policy, contact your provider's 24-Hour Emergency Assistance for help.

Once a strike is announced, it is considered foreseen and becomes excluded by most travel insurance policies.

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