Winter travel can cause delays and cancellations nationwide. Squaremouth’s Winter Storm Center explains travel insurance coverage specific to winter storms. This resource is regularly updated with provider position statements, press releases, and answers to FAQs.
Fact Sheets and Press Releases
How Travelers Can Get Their Money Back if the Polar Vortex Freezes Travel PlansRead More
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. January 31, 2019 — This week, Winter Storm Jayden and record-breaking polar vortex temperatures swept through the nation, cancelling and delaying thousands of flights in major travel hubs including Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and Minneapolis. Travel insurance comparison website, Squaremouth, shares 3 tips for using travel insurance to recoup losses if your plans were ruined by the winter weather.
Squaremouth Answers Common Traveler Questions About Winter Storm HarperRead More
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. January 18, 2019 — Winter Storm Harper is bringing freezing rain and heavy snow across the U.S., canceling and delaying flights nationwide. For travelers who are concerned the storm will affect their plans, travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, answers common questions about travel insurance coverage for winter storms.
3 Tips For Tackling Holiday Travel During Winter Storm SeasonRead More
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. November 20, 2018 — Last winter, 24 named winter storms hit the U.S., causing record travel delays and canceling trips around the country. Following the first winter storm of the season, travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, breaks down 3 travel insurance tips for travelers ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
How Travelers Can Get Their Money Back if Winter Storm Quinn Wipes Out Travel PlansRead More
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. March 8, 2018 — The second major winter storm in less than a week is bringing significant amounts of snow and strong winds to the Northeastern United States. The winter weather has already cancelled thousands of flights, shut down airports, halted public transportation and closed major roadways. Leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, breaks down travel insurance coverage for travelers affected by Winter Storm Quinn.
Travel Insurance Can Cover Winter Storm Travel Woes, says SquaremouthRead More
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. February 7, 2018 — Winter Storm Liam is halting flights throughout major travel hubs including Boston, New York, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, causing many airlines to delay, divert or cancel flights. Leading travel insurance comparison website, Squaremouth, explains travel insurance coverage when a winter storm disrupts travel.
What You Need to Know About Travel Insurance as Winter Storm Hunter Moves InRead More
ST. PETERSBURG Fla. January 11, 2018 — Plummeting temperatures, ice and blizzards are bringing dangerous conditions as Winter Storm Hunter moves east across the country. This comes just one week after Winter Storm Grayson halted travel throughout the eastern half of the country, shutting down major airports and interstates, and creating a costly burden for travelers.
Travel Insurance Cancellation Guide if “Bomb Cyclone” Grayson Prevents You From TravelingRead More
ST. PETERSBURG Fla. January 3, 2018 — Threatening pressure drops along the East Coast have Winter Storm Grayson moving north as a “bomb cyclone”. With widespread travel being halted, leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains your travel insurance cancellation options if the storm freezes your travel plans.
Winter Storm Jupiter: Travel Insurance No Longer Available for Latest Winter StormRead More
ST. PETERSBURG FL January 11, 2017 — Winter Storm Jupiter is expected to become a major ice storm, impacting the Plains, Midwest and Northeast. As travel conditions worsen, leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, says it’s too late to buy travel insurance coverage.
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Winter Storm Helena: Too Late to Buy Travel Insurance as Travel HaltsRead More
ST. PETERSBURG FL January 6, 2017 — Winter Storm Helena is expected to halt travel in the South and East due to heavy snow and ice. Leading travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth says it’s too late to buy travel insurance coverage to protect your flight.
Winter Storm Fortis: Too Late to Buy Travel Insurance for Northeast BlizzardRead More
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. December 29, 2016 — As millions of Americans plan to travel for the New Year’s weekend, Winter Storm Fortis will bring heavy snow, rain and high winds to the Northeast, including New York, where many will gather to ring in the new year. Leading travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth, explains coverage for this storm and future winter storms.
What types of current events are covered by travel insurance?
Am I covered if I miss my connecting flight?Read More
You can be covered if you miss your connecting flight for a covered reason.
Am I covered if I get bumped from an overbooked flight?Read More
Travel insurance will not provide coverage if you are bumped from an overbooked flight.
Am I covered if I miss my flight due to long security lines?Read More
Travel insurance will not cover you if you miss your flight due to security delays.
What if the roads are bad and I don't want to travel?Read More
Choosing not to travel because the roads are bad is not a covered reason to cancel your trip, although some policies may provide coverage if road closures prevent you from traveling.
How long do I need to be delayed to trigger coverage?Read More
Typically, you must be delayed at least 3-12 hours for coverage to begin, depending on the policy.
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Can I cancel my trip if I don’t want to travel in bad weather?Read More
Fear of traveling during bad weather is not a covered reason to cancel a trip on a standard travel insurance policy.
What if the Northeast Blizzard delays my return home?Read More
Travelers who purchase their policy before January 26, 2015, may be eligible for travel insurance benefits if their trip is affected by the storm. For travelers who are unable to return home due to closed airports and cancelled flights, policy coverage may automatically extend.
My travel arrangements have been cancelled because of the Northeast Blizzard, how do I make a claim?Read More
Squaremouth recommends contacting your travel insurance provider as soon as your travel arrangements are cancelled, or the length of your flight delay meets your Trip Cancellation requirements. Your provider may request specific documentation proving your flight was cancelled, or delayed for an extended period of time, as well as documentation proving you didn’t accept any other vouchers from the airlines.
Is a blizzard considered a Natural Disaster?Read More
By most definitions, the Northeast Blizzard is considered a Natural Disaster.
How can I use my existing policy for the Northeast blizzard?Read More
Travelers who have purchased a policy prior to the blizzard becoming a known event may have coverage for benefits, including (but not limited to): Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption and Travel Delay.
Winter Storm Event Center External Resources
Most travel insurance policies have coverage for winter storms and blizzards as part of Trip Cancellation, as long as you bought a policy before the storm was named. Travel insurance providers may use information from the following resources to track a storm and decide if it is covered: