Squaremouth informs travelers about events that are expected to have a major impact on travel. This is not a comprehensive list of all worldwide events.

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 Winter Storm Quinn Wipes Out Travel Plans

    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.

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  • Travel Insurance Can Cover Winter Storm Travel Woes, says Squaremouth

    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.

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  • What You Need to Know About Travel Insurance as Winter Storm Hunter Moves In

    ST. PETERSBURG FL 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 - creating a costly burden for travelers.

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  • Travel Insurance Cancellation Guide if “Bomb Cyclone” Grayson Prevents You From Traveling

    ST. PETERSBURG FL 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.

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  • Winter Storm Jupiter: Travel Insurance No Longer Available for Latest Winter Storm

    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 Halts

    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.

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  • Winter Storm Fortis: Too Late to Buy Travel Insurance for Northeast Blizzard

    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.

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  • Still Time to Buy Travel Insurance For Looming Winter Storm, Says Squaremouth

    ST PETERSBURG FL December 12, 2016 — As more travelers take flight during the holiday season, the impact of delays and cancellations increases. With another winter storm expected to cross the country this week, travelers have a small window to insure their upcoming trips, says leading travel insurance site Squaremouth.

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  • The Biggest Mistake Holiday Travelers Make: Travel Insurance Comparison Site, Squaremouth Explains How to Avoid Winter Storm Woes

    ST. PETERSBURG FL December 8, 2016 — During the busy holiday season, winter weather is not always the first thing on a traveler’s mind. Unfortunately, those who wait until a winter storm is forecasted to affect their trip may be too late to get travel insurance, says leading travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth.

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  • Squaremouth Debunks 3 Travel Insurance Myths About Winter Travel

    ST. PETERSBURG FL November 22, 2016 — From heavy snow to icy roads, winter travel is not without its problems. Leading travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth asked providers to share the most common misconceptions about winter travel coverage and what travelers should know when searching for a policy for their winter trip.

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FAQs

  • What types of current events are covered by travel insurance?

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    Travel insurance can cover unforeseen events, including unexpected illnesses, terrorist attacks, inclement weather and natural disasters, and other events that cause a complete cessation of travel, such as a strike of a travel supplier.

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  • If there is a storm, when can I no longer be covered by travel insurance?

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    You can only be covered for a storm if you purchased your travel insurance policy before the storm was named.

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  • Am I covered if I miss my connecting flight?

    You can be covered if you miss your connecting flight for a covered reason.

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  • Am I covered if I get bumped from an overbooked flight?

    Travel insurance will not provide coverage if you are bumped from an overbooked flight.

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  • Am I covered if I miss my flight due to long security lines?

    Travel insurance will not cover you if you miss your flight due to security delays.

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  • What if the roads are bad and I don't want to travel?

    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.

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  • How long do I need to be delayed to trigger coverage?

    Typically, you must be delayed at least 3-12 hours for coverage to begin, depending on the policy.

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  • What do I do if my flight is delayed or canceled due to bad weather?

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    If your flight is delayed or canceled due to inclement weather, you can contact your provider’s 24-Hour Emergency Assistance department to receive help.

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  • Can I cancel my trip due to a winter storm or blizzard?

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    You may be covered to cancel your trip if a winter storm or blizzard seriously impacts your travel and you had a policy in place before the storm was named.

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  • Can I cancel my trip if I don’t want to travel in bad weather?

    Fear of traveling during bad weather is not a covered reason to cancel a trip on a standard travel insurance policy.

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  • Can I still buy a policy for a forecasted winter storm?

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    You cannot buy a policy with coverage for a winter storm or blizzard once it has been named.

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  • When is a storm considered foreseen by travel insurance?

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    A storm is typically considered foreseen once it is named.

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  • What if the Northeast Blizzard delays my return home?

    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.

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  • My travel arrangements have been cancelled because of the Northeast Blizzard, how do I make a claim?

    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.

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  • Is a blizzard considered a Natural Disaster?

    By most definitions, the Northeast Blizzard is considered a Natural Disaster.

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  • How can I use my existing policy for the Northeast blizzard?

    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.

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