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Yahoo Finance, March 18th 2015 – Tunisia Shootings and Travel Insurance: Squaremouth Explains 3 Requirements for Coverage

Published by March 24, 2015

At least 17 tourists are among the confirmed casualties of a shooting in Tunisia. While most travel insurance policies include the Terrorism benefit, providers use different standards to decide if an attack is covered. Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, explains the three factors travelers should look for in their policy to determine if […]

Travel Insurance Provider Squaremouth Shines Spotlight on Seven Corners

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL March 24, 2015 – Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, allows travelers to quote, compare, and purchase travel insurance from every major provider in the US. To further assist customers in their research, Squaremouth has launched the travel insurance provider spotlight series. In this article, Squaremouth shines a light on Seven Corners. Seven […]

How to Get Your Money Back if You Bought the Wrong Travel Insurance Policy, says Squaremouth

Published by March 17, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG, FL March 17, 2015 – Travel insurance may be a smart investment for travelers, but depending on the policy, it can also be a significant additional cost. Fortunately for those who have second thoughts about their policy, most come with a Money Back Guarantee period. Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, […]

Chicago Tribune, March 4th 2015 – Avoiding travel insurance gotchas

Published by March 4, 2015

“Because of differences in the fine print, my recommendation is that you compare policies carefully and don’t blindly take whatever your airline, cruise line, or tour operator suggests. Most of the big online travel insurance agencies publish elaborate side-by-side comparisons of different policies, including g1g.com, insuremytrip.com, quotewright.com, squaremouth.com, totaltravelinsurance.com, travelinsurancecenter.com and tripinsurancestore.com.” Read the full […]

Tampa Bay Times, February 25th 2015 – 3 Daughters bartender wins prize

Published by March 2, 2015

  A server at 3 Daughters Brewing won $10,000 in a competition highlighting local customer service. Squaremouth, the online travel insurance company, sponsored the “Thank You Campaign” that started in December with 20 customer service providers receiving $1,000 each as a tip. From those 20, Melissa Wolf, a 3 Daughters bartender, was chosen to win […]

WTSP 10 News, February 17th 2015 – St. Petersburg server gets big surprise

Published by February 17, 2015

St. Petersburg, Florida — It may not be the Powerball Jackpot but a surprise $10,000 check to one St. Petersburg server will go a long way. Back in December, single mom Melissa Wolf was chosen as an “exceptional service provider” by the travel insurance company Squaremouth. As a surprise, she, as well as 19 other […]

USA Today, February 2nd 2015 – Five myths about travel insurance

Published by February 2, 2015

Coverage for trip cancellation/interruption, travel delays, medical expenses and lost luggage is pretty standard and most travel insurance plans also offer 24/7 travel assistance services that can help travelers with re-booking hotels and flights. The real differences are in the amount of coverage offered. One of the best ways to compare and contrast coverage is […]

Business Observer, January 30th 2015 – Travel Trends

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Chris Harvey’s travel insurance software company Squaremouth is known as a cool place to work in St. Petersburg. With unlimited paid vacation, free flowing beer, and mandatory birthday bonuses that must be spent at a bar or restaurant, Harvey has managed to make what some may assume is a boring industry into something fun. Every […]

Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of November 2014

Published by December 9, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL December 9, 2014 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top-selling travel insurance providers of November 2014. Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for November 2014 1 – Tin Leg – $213,824.50 2 – CSA Travel Protection – $116,118.29 3 – Travel Insured International – $103,670.00 4 – APRIL […]

New York Post, November 17th 2014 – Travel insurance: Buy or Pass By?

Published by November 18, 2014

Which policy to buy? Compare them at Insuremytrip.com and Squaremouth.com. Read the fine print, or call the insurer directly, to see what is and isn’t covered. Ask “what if” questions. There are many exclusions and no policy is so ironclad that it will cover any eventuality. The only way to protect yourself from any travel […]

Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of October 2014

Published by November 11, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL November 11, 2014 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top-selling travel insurance providers of October 2014. Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for October 2014 1 – Tin Leg – $283,223.00 2 – Travel Insured International – $131,445.00 3 – CSA Travel Protection – $102,313.35 4 – RoamRight […]

CNBC, October 17th 2014 – Ebola causing some people to change travel plans

Published by October 18, 2014

Calls about travel insurance are also rising. Some people who bought insurance and now want to cancel their trip because of anxiety are finding out that the insurance won’t help, said Megan Singh, marketing manager for SquareMouth.com, a travel-insurance-comparison website. “That really is canceling out of fear, and it’s not covered by most standard policies,” she […]

Fox Business, October 17th 2014 – Travel agents say most people are sticking with their bookings but a few cancel trips

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Calls about travel insurance are also rising. Some people who bought insurance and now want to cancel their trip because of anxiety are finding out that the insurance won’t help, said Megan Singh, marketing manager for SquareMouth.com, a travel-insurance-comparison website. “That really is canceling out of fear, and it’s not covered by most standard policies,” […]

Travel + Leisure, October 12th 2014 – How to Survive Holiday Travel

Published by October 12, 2014

Buy travel insurance. From December through February last winter, domestic airlines set a record by canceling a whopping 5 percent of all flights thanks to an unrelenting series of severe storms. Those stranded passengers faced further difficulties finding space on later flights. The lesson? Protect your travels by buying insurance with good trip-delay and cancellation […]

USA Today, October 9th 2014 – Businesses wrestle with insurance in Ebola’s wake

Published by October 10, 2014

Travelers with trip insurance who cancel trips to Ebola-affected areas might not see a payout. Most travel insurance policies pay only if trips are canceled for specific reasons such as death of a traveling companion, weather or an employment layoff, says Megan Singh, spokeswoman for Squaremouth, an online company that evaluates travel insurance products. A […]

Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of September 2014

Published by October 7, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL October 7, 2014 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top-selling travel insurance providers of September 2014. Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for September 2014 1 – Tin Leg – $339,447.00 2 – CSA Travel Protection – $108,512.73 3 – Travel Insured International – $108,177.00 4 – RoamRight […]

Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of August 2014

Published by September 8, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL September 8, 2014 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top-selling travel insurance providers of August 2014. Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for August 2014 1 – Tin Leg – $431,031.00 2 – CSA Travel Protection – $157,642.36 3 – Travel Insured International – $110,133.00 4 – RoamRight […]

Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of July 2014

Published by August 14, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL August 14th, 2014 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top selling travel insurance providers of July 2014. Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for July 2014 1 – Tin Leg – $483,903.00 2 – CSA Travel Protection – $147,588.47 3 – Travel Insured International – $133,031.00 4 – […]

Huffington Post, August 7th 2014 – Travel Insurance: Do You Really Need It?

Published by August 8, 2014

How Much Does it Cost? The million dollar question. Of course, the cost of your insurance will depend on both your provider and the policy you choose. At www.squaremouth.com, you will be able to get direct and easy to follow information about all insurance options. They also give you a description for all those confusing […]

Tampa Bay Business Journal, July 25th 2014 – Fast 50: Squaremouth Inc.

Published by July 25, 2014

Chris Harvey, CEO of online travel insurance company Squaremouth, compared his customer base to the dinner crowd at a restaurant. Both require quality service, time and reputation to cultivate. Both depend on word-of-mouth. “People not only come back and use us again and again but they tell their friends,” Harvey said of his customers. Harvey founded […]

LA Times, July 22nd 2014 – Israel: Can you avoid financial penalty if you cancel your trip?

Published by July 23, 2014

Whether travelers can get refunds for, say, a tour if they wish to cancel a trip depends largely on the travel insurance policy, said Megan Singh, marketing manager at SquareMouth, which compares travel insurance policies. Travelers need to have read their policies and understand what constitutes a covered reason that would allow refunds for cancellations, Singh […]

Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of June 2014

Published by July 10, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL July 10, 2014 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top selling travel insurance providers for June 2014. Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for June 2014 1 – Tin Leg – $428,935.50 2 – CSA Travel Protection – $178,392.94 3 – Seven Corners – $110,388.14 4 – Travel […]

Tampa Bay Business Journal, June 16th 2014 – Companies take home coveted ‘Stevie’ awards for business excellence

Published by June 17, 2014

Tampa-based fast food chain Checkers and Rally’s Restaurants Inc. was the Gold Stevie winner as the Food & Beverage Company of the year. St. Petersburg-based Squaremouth, an online comparison service for travel insurance products, received the Silver Stevie for Customer Service Team of the Year. Read the full article online at: http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/blog/morning-edition/2014/06/companies-take-home-coveted-stevie-awards-for.html?ana=twt

U.S. News and World Report, June 16th 2014 – Your Travel Insurance Questions Answered

Published by June 16, 2014

Should you decide to purchase travel insurance, you can do so up until 24 hours prior to your departure date. But Elliott warns against buying a plan as an afterthought. He recommends thoroughly researching different providers and types of coverage to determine if a plan is right for you. Websites like SquareMouth.com and InsureMyTrip.com, which allow you to […]

Squaremouth Introduces InsureandGo USA Plans

Published by June 6, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL June 6, 2014 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, has added InsureandGo USA to its network of providers. InsureandGo, part of MAPFRE Group, is a leading online global travel insurance provider with operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Ireland. The company has brought its Silver, Gold, […]

Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of May 2014

Published by June 4, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL June 4, 2014 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top selling travel insurance providers for May 2014. Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for May 2014 1 – Tin Leg – $397,689.50 2 – CSA Travel Protection – $180,352.52 3 – Travel Insured International – $122,639.00 4 – […]

CNBC, May 30th 2014 – Hurricane Season Arrives Just In Time for Vacation Season, and With it, the Question of How to Protect Your Getaway

Published by June 2, 2014

Grant’s advice: avoid buying insurance through the same company selling your tour. “You want to go to a neutral third party and you’ll find a lot of different options on sites like squaremouth.com and insuremytrip.com” Grant advised. Read the full article online at: http://www.kttc.com/story/25651128/2014/05/30/hurricane-season-arrives-just-in-time-for-vacation-season-and-with-it-the-question-of-how-to-protect-your-getaway

Squaremouth Named Finalist in Tampa Bay Business Journal 2014 Coolest Office Spaces Competition

Published by May 27, 2014

The Tampa Bay Business Journal recently named Squaremouth as a finalist in the 2014 Coolest Office Spaces competition. The TBBJ narrowed the companies down to 20 finalists with the newest and coolest office designs in the Tampa Bay Area. Address: 100 2nd Avenue South, Suite 1200, St. Petersburg Square feet: 3,381 People who work there: 12 full-time employees […]

Fox Business, May 13th 2014 – Insuring Your Health Abroad

Published by May 14, 2014

(Fox Business, The Willis Report) “There’s some different websites you can go to. There is a website called Insuremytrip.com, there’s Squaremouth.com, and they’ll do comparison shopping. The problem with that is, you’ve got to assess your needs, you gotta look at what needs you have. So is this going to be an active trip? An […]

Huffington Post, May 4th 2014 – 8 Tips For Less Stressful Travel

Published by May 12, 2014

What about travel insurance? If you’re concerned that you may have to cancel or postpone your trip, then buying travel insurance is a wise move. You’ll often be offered that option when you book your travel. Just be sure to read the fine print so you understand what’s covered and what isn’t. Know that your […]

Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of April 2014

Published by May 9, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 9, 2014 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top selling travel insurance providers for April 2014. Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for April 2014 1 – Tin Leg – $382,881.00 2 – CSA Travel Protection – $198,276.30 3 – Travel Insured International – $123,158.50 4 – […]

CNBC, May 4th 2014 – Do You Need Travel Insurance for Your Summer Trip?

Published by May 6, 2014

In fact, it’s best to buy from a neutral third party—as in, not the company that is selling you the travel, or providing it, said Brown. “That way, there’s no chance of a conflict of interest,” she said. Providers’ own policies may cover fewer potential problems, and there’s no chance of payment if they go […]

The Today Show, April 17th 2014 – Best Time to Buy

Published by April 23, 2014

(The Today Show) “If you spent more on a  cruise than you’re willing to lose, book trip insurance, trip interruption insurance. If you get sick on the trip or before, you can get your money back.” See the full video from The Today Show: http://www.today.com/video/today/54935599#54935599

Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of March 2014

Published by April 3, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL April 3, 2014 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top selling travel insurance providers for March 2014. Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for March 2014 1 – Tin Leg – $429,462.50 2 – CSA Travel protection – $240,266.30 3 – Travel Insured International – $132,348.00 4 – […]

The Wall Street Journal, March 30th 2014 – How to Shop for Travel Insurance

Published by April 1, 2014

Comparing plans and rates online is essential; so-called aggregator sites make the job easier. Both InsureMyTrip.com, based in Warwick, R.I., and SquareMouth.com, in St. Petersburg, Fla., allow you to enter details about your travels and compare different policies. Read the full article from The Wall Street Journal at: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303824204579423133021305734 

USA Today, March 24th 2014 – Insurance and Cancellations

Published by March 25, 2014

Third-party Insurance Generally the third-party insurance policies are better and here’s why: They tend to be more comprehensive. They cov­er you if your flight is can­celled and you miss a day or two of your cruise va­ca­tion; many even cov­er pre-ex­ist­ing med­ical con­di­tions. Plus they of­fer cash back for can­cel­la­tion (typ­ical­ly up to 75%) as […]

Yahoo Finance, March 18th 2014 – Do You Really Need Travel Insurance?

Published by March 21, 2014

How to Evaluate Providers Give your credit card company a ring to see if it already provides any of these forms of travel insurance. Still need to enroll? Consider reviews, affordability and any exclusions that may apply. You certainly wouldn’t want to spend money on a policy that proves to be useless when you need […]

Frommer’s, March 6th 2014 – A Primer on Travel Insurance: When You Need It (And When You Don’t), Misconceptions About Coverage, and New Trends

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The Greatest Misconception About Travel Insurance The final misconception with travel insurance? That cost equals value. “A lot of people veer away from the cheaper policies because they assume it won’t cover everything, but that’s not always the case,” says Chris Harvey, CEO of the travel insurance clearinghouse SquareMouth.com. “You really need to figure out […]

Huffington Post, March 17th 2014 – Travel Insurance That Can Save Your Life

Published by March 18, 2014

Educate Yourself on Travel Insurance The best place to start educating yourself about travel insurance is with the USTIA (U.S. Travel Insurance Association) website (www.ustia.org.) Word of advice: Never buy travel insurance from a company that is not a member. The USTIA site also has a number of useful mini-articles on safe travel. And there […]

Huffington Post, March 17th 2014 – What You Should Know About Travel Insurance

Published by March 17, 2014

How do I find a travel insurance policy? An online search for “travel insurance” is likely to pull up a long and confusing list of travel insurance choices, but there are really just three options. BUY DIRECT. Companies sell insurance policies directly to travelers, usually online. The big players are Allianz, CSA, and Travel Guard. […]

Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of February 2014

Published by March 7, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL March 7, 2014 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top selling travel insurance providers for February 2014. Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for February 2014 1 – Tin Leg – $303,228.00 2 – CSA Travel protection – $218,160.00 3 – Travel Insured International – $143,163.50 4 – […]

Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of January 2014

Published by February 12, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL February 12, 2014 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top selling travel insurance providers for January 2014. Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for January 2014 1 – CSA Travel Protection – $226,383.07 2 – Seven Corners Inc. – $198,356.51 3 – Tin Leg – $193,485.00 4 – […]

Squaremouth Announces Top Travel Insurance Providers of 2013

Published by January 10, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL January 10, 2014 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announces its top selling travel insurance providers of  2013. WHAT IS SQUAREMOUTH: Squaremouth is a website that compares travel insurance products from every major U.S. travel insurance provider. Squaremouth provides an unbiased platform where each product sells based on coverage […]

Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of November 2013

Published by December 12, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, FL December 12, 2013 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top-selling travel insurance providers for November of 2013. Seven Corners topped the list, selling 953 policies, nearly doubling their November sales year-over-year. Travel Insured International came in second with 467 policies sold. RoamRight moved into the number three […]