CNBC, May 25 2017 – Four questions to ask before you buy travel insurance

Say you’re worried about hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. One policy might allow you to cancel your trip as soon as there’s an official storm warning in effect for your destination, while another may require a bigger impact like a delayed flight, said Steven Benna, a spokesman for comparison site […]

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The Washington Post, May 8 2017 – Talk about Travel

Talk about Travel is here to help at 2 p.m. Mondays. Have a travel-related question, comment, suspicion, warning, gripe, sad tale or happy ending? The Post Travel section’s editors and writers are at your service. Q: Travel Insurance Companies I’m going on a two-week tour to Hawaii with Road Scholar in October and am considering […]

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ITIJ, April 27 2017 – Policeman dead in Champs Elysees shooting

Travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth has advised travellers not to cancel trips to the city yet as the event may not meet the ‘specific conditions’ needed to be classed as a terrorist attack. Squaremouth has also launched the Paris Champs Élysées Shooting and Travel Insurance Information Centre to keep travellers up to date with coverage. […]

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MarketWatch, March 10 2017 – How aging changes the way we travel

Older travelers are more likely to insure their trips, too. According to data provided by Squaremouth.com (a travel insurance review and comparison site), travelers over age 50 accounted for 67% of all annual trip insurance policies sold in 2015 and 58% of all policies for single trips that included trip cancellation. These customers also tended […]

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TravelPulse, March 2 2017 – Uncertainty about Government Policy Spurs Concerns about Travel to Cuba

Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison website, is seeing an increase in the number of calls from people concerned about the uncertain future of travel to Cuba since the Trump administration announced in early February that it is reviewing the government’s policies in regard to Cuba. Read the full TravelPulse article online here: http://www.travelpulse.com/news/destinations/uncertainty-about-government-policy-spurs-concerns-about-travel-to-cuba.html

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Frommer’s, Feb 21 2017 – Travel Insurance at a Glance

Check your existing insurance policies before you buy travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, lost luggage, medical expenses, or car rental insurance. You’re likely to have partial or complete coverage. But if you need some, ask your travel agent about a comprehensive package. The cost of travel insurance varies widely, depending on the cost and […]

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Huffington Post, Feb 8 2017 – Traveling While Aging: 16 Tips

Buy medical evacuation (medevac) insurance if visiting a country without excellent hospitals that meet the standards of the United States or your home country. A helpful, reputable website where you can shop for the best option for your needs is Squaremouth. Read the full Huffington Post article online here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-ruth-nemzoff/traveling-while-aging-16-_b_14636814.html

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Travel Market Report, Feb 3 2017 – Travel Insurance Sales Keep Climbing

BHTP said “travel advisors are currently the best marketers of travel insurance, but that may not be the case for long.” Sivley noted that little hard data about sales market share exist right now, but it doesn’t appear aggregators are taking travel insurance sales away from agents. Instead, travel insurance aggregators like Squaremouth are helping […]

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U.S. News & World Report, Jan 13 2017 – 9 Insider Tips for Navigating an Outrageously Long Flight Delay

Consider travel insurance. Before you buy travel insurance, remember travel insurance policies are “designed to reimburse you for non-refundable expenses, but [they] will not cover you for everything,” Klee says, emphasizing the importance of carefully assessing the terms and conditions and understanding exclusions. Usually, short delays and weather-related delays are not included in standard coverage, […]

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Travel Market Report, Jan 9 2017 – Stolen Passports Can Cost Clients Dearly

Rachael Taft, content manager for travel insurance website Squaremouth.com, told TMR that many agents and consumers don’t understand exactly which events are covered by trip interruption policies. “While many travelers’ major concerns are covered by travel insurance, policies usually have specific requirements to trigger coverage that some travelers may not be aware of,” Taft said. […]

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Travel Weekly, Jan 6 2017 – Squaremouth: Number of travel insurance buyers rose 18% in 2016

Travel insurance comparison website Squaremouth reported that there was an 18% increase in the number of travelers who bought insurance in 2016 over the prior year. Squaremouth largely attributed that increase to world events. Read the full Travel Weekly article online here: http://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Agent-Issues/Squaremouth-Number-of-travel-insurance-buyers-rose-18-percent-in-2016

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Seattle Times, Dec 16 2016 – The top travel destinations for 2017

Leigh Barnes, regional director of Geckos Adventures, told us that they’ve noticed inquiries about South Africa have been steadily rising. Travel insurance company Squaremouth has also seen a 24 percent increase in travel to the country. And the current exchange rate against the South African rand makes the country a superb budget-friendly destination for 2017. […]

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ITIJ, Dec 16 2016 – When travel insurance won’t save you

Warning that although travel insurance can help ease holiday travel headaches, it may not cover every concern. Travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth has offered consumers a list of four times when travel insurance won’t help during the holidays. The first reason provided is ‘if a winter storm is forecasted to affect your trip’. According to […]

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ITIJ, Dec 5 2016 – Squaremouth’s clues for insuring your cruise

US-based travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth has shared three questions travellers should ask themselves before buying travel insurance for a cruise. First off, Squaremouth advises travellers with specific concerns to compare the insurance offered through their cruise line to that of a third-party. It says that this will help ensure they get the coverage they […]

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Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec 2 2016 – How Airlines Rip You Off During Holiday Season

Travel insurance can safeguard you against unexpected delays and cancellations, rental car damage and more. But you don’t necessarily have to pay for travel insurance through the airline you’re flying with. Use resources like Squaremouth.com to compare travel insurance costs from different companies so you don’t overpay for the expense. Read the full Philadelphia Inquirer […]

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New York Times, Dec 2 2016 – Weighing a Last-Minute Trip to Cuba

Cuba was the fastest-growing destination for American travelers in 2016 — up 153 percent from 2015 — according to Squaremouth, which compares travel insurance policies from major United States providers. Additionally, “the number of U.S. travelers buying travel insurance for trips to Cuba more than doubled this year,” said Rachael Taft, a spokeswoman for Squaremouth, […]

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Salt Lake Tribune, Nov 11 2016 – Check travel insurance for fine print

Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison site, warns Thanksgiving weekend travelers that most programs do not cover travelers who get stuck in line at security. The site said most travel insurance policies do include a travel delay benefit, usually triggered by an airline delay due to inclement weather or a mechanical issue. This can also cover […]

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Money Magazine, Nov 4 2016 – 20 Ways Airlines Rip You Off

Travel insurance can safeguard you against unexpected delays and cancellations, rental car damage and more. But you don’t necessarily have to pay for travel insurance through the airline you’re flying with. Use resources like Squaremouth.com to compare travel insurance costs from different companies so you don’t overpay for the expense. Read the full Money Magazine article […]

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Sun Sentinel, Nov 1 2016 – If you need insurance, buy it

I recommend buying from an independent third-party travel insurance agency such as g1g.com, insuremytrip.com, quotewright.com, squaremouth.com, travelinsurancecenter.com and tripinsurancestore.com. These agencies all provide online comparison tools where you can specify exactly what coverages you want and compare the results from all the major insurers. Read the full Sun Sentinel article online here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/travel/sns-201611010000–tms–travelpkctnxf-a20161101-20161101-column.html 

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ITIJ, Oct 24 2016 – How to avoid overspending on a policy

Travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth has shared four tips on how consumers can avoid overspending when they next buy a travel insurance policy. Their first tip is not to insure more than necessary, advising that consumers only ensure pre-paid and non-refundable expenses. “If you can cancel all your hotels for just a small penalty, insure […]

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Consumer Reports, Oct 14 2016 – Affordable Fall Travel Destinations 5 Affordable Fall Travel Destinations

Prime leaf-peeping season is here—and so are some great domestic fall travel deals. That should come as a relief to many consumers, given that Americans will spend an average of $2,836 per person to travel this fall—more than summer travel—according to travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth. Read the full Consumer Reports article online here:  http://www.consumerreports.org/travel/affordable-fall-travel-destinations/

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Conde Nast, Oct 6 2016 – How to Get a Refund If You’re Too Sick to Fly

Stuck with a fee? The next time you’re booking an expensive trip, consider travel insurance. The right plan will reimburse you if you get sick, says Snyder. Just double check before you purchase it. He points clients toward Squaremouth, a Kayak-like site for travel insurance. Read the full Conde Nast article online here:  http://www.cntraveler.com/story/how-to-get-a-refund-if-youre-too-sick-to-fly

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ABC News, Oct 5 2016 – Travelers Change Plans Ahead of Hurricane Matthew

The key is to have a policy with hurricane coverage in place before Hurricane Matthew was named, according to travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth. Typically, policies require the hurricane to render your accommodations uninhabitable or cause your flight or cruise to be canceled or significantly delayed, according to Squaremouth. Some policies allow you to cancel […]

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Kiplinger, Oct 5 2016 – How to Overcome Travel Delays and Cancellations

Travel insurance can compensate you for the costs associated with a trip interruption. You can purchase some policies up until the day of your trip, but err on the side of buying early. If you buy after it’s apparent that bad weather will ground your flight, for instance, you may forfeit coverage. George Hobica, founder of […]

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ITIJ, Sept 28 2016 – Europe on Alert

It often feels as though the world is becoming a more dangerous place, and with the escalation of terror attacks in tourist destinations there has been more of a focus on how travellers can be safe while on holiday. Travel insurance is an inevitable part of this conversation, but as regular readers of ITIJ know, […]

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CBS, Sept 19 2016 – 5 things to know about terrorism insurance

Indeed, terrorism insurance has become a cost of doing business for companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 giants to mom-and-pop corner markets. Individuals are increasingly interested in the coverage as well. Market researcher SquareMouth found that the percentage of its customers searching for information on terrorism policies increased by 142 percent in a recent month. About 60 […]

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ITIJ, Sept 12 2016 – Zika warnings not affecting US travellers’ plans

Mexico is the top destination affected by the virus that customers are still willing to go to, with the country remaining Squaremouth customers’ most popular destination and seeing a 21-per-cent increase in US visitors buying travelling insurance from the site when compared to last year. The Bahamas has seen an even larger increase in travellers. […]

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New York Post, Sept 6 2016 – How to get money back after your next flight delay

According to travel insurance aggregator SquareMouth.com, insurers AXA Assistance USA and Tin Leg stated they’d cover the latest Delta snafu because an airline computer outage falls under the policy definition of “mechanical breakdown of the common carrier” in their policies’ fine print. Read the full New York Post article online here: http://nypost.com/2016/09/06/how-to-get-money-back-after-your-next-flight-delay/

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CNBC, Aug 25 2016 – Traveling ahead of Labor Day? Watch the weather

Worries that there could be a hurricane typically aren’t covered, unless you bought a cancel-for-any-reason policy, said Rachael Taft, a spokeswoman for travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth.com. Some policies allow for cancellation once there’s a hurricane warning in effect for your destination; others may require a more substantial effect like a flight or cruise delay, […]

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ITIJ, Aug 25 2016 – Travellers warned to check coverage for Italian earthquake

Squaremouth has advised those travelling in the region that most of those who had purchased a travel insurance plan before travelling should be covered, or at least be able to claim some benefits. For those currently in Italy, Squaremouth advises examining their policies for Emergency Medical and Medical Evaluation coverage if they have been injured […]

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USA Today, Aug 16 2016 – Surviving airline computer outages (or any delay)

If you bought travel insurance While some policies may not cover electrical outages or computer system shutdowns, others will. Most common: coverage for trip delays if you need meals or a hotel room or other reasonable expenses, and costs associated with getting to your destination. Less likely to be covered under these circumstances: cancellation penalties […]

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Los Angeles Times, Aug 9 2016 – How to cope when airlines’ computer systems are down and travel is messed up

Less likely to be covered under these circumstances: cancellation penalties for hotel rooms, tours, cruises at your destination. Insurers AXA Assistance USA and Tin Leg said they would cover the latest Delta snafu because an airline computer outage falls under the policy definition of “mechanical breakdown of the common carrier,” travel insurance aggregator Squaremouth said. […]

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Huffington Post, Aug 9 2016 – Airline Computer Meltdowns: What You Can Do

While some policies may not cover electrical outages or computer system shutdowns, others will. Most common: coverage for trip delays if you need meals or a hotel room or other reasonable expenses, and costs associated with getting to your destination. Less likely to be covered under these circumstances: cancellation penalties for hotel rooms, tours, cruises […]

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ITIJ, Aug 4 2016 – How is travel insurance affected by the Zika virus?

According to Squaremouth, a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory is generally not a covered reason to cancel a trip on standard travel insurance policies. This information is particularly pertinent given that earlier this week CDC issued a travel notice advising pregnant women to avoid travelling to a neighbourhood near Miami, Florida […]

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Forbes, July 29 2016 – Finally, The Real Deal On Travel Insurance

Where’s the best place to buy it? “We always tell people, ‘Be very careful if you’re out buying something else that isn’t insurance and you’re suddenly confronted with an insurance decision,’” says Hunter. (This advice also applies when you’re asked if you want an extended warranty at checkout.) Since you likely weren’t already thinking about […]

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Toronto Sun, July 24 2016 – Can insurance help if you cancel a trip out of fear?

Cancel-for-any-reason policies, however, let you change your mind on a whim. These policies are more expensive: Standard trip insurance costs about 5% of a trip, while cancel-for-any-reason policies can cost substantially more, Durazo said. Standard insurance can be bought up to the day before departure, but cancel-for-any-reason insurance must be bought sooner. At SquareMouth, cancel-for-any-reason […]

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Chicago Tribune, July 21 2016 – Can insurance help if you cancel a trip out of fear?

Cancel-for-any-reason policies, however, let you change your mind on a whim. These policies are more expensive: Standard trip insurance costs about 5 percent of a trip, while cancel-for-any-reason policies can cost substantially more, Durazo said. Standard insurance can be bought up to the day before departure, but cancel-for-any-reason insurance must be bought sooner. At SquareMouth, […]

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ABC News, July 20 2016 – Can Insurance Help If You Cancel a Trip out of Fear?

Standard travel insurance may cover trip cancellations if a terror attack takes place shortly before your arrival, according to Rachael Taft of SquareMouth.com, a travel insurance comparison site. For example, depending on the policy, insured travelers cancelling trips to Nice, France, may be eligible for refunds for trips scheduled within seven to 30 days of […]

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Forbes, July 10 2016 – How To Avoid One Of The Biggest Travel Insurance Mistakes

Based on my work at Squaremouth, an online company that compares travel insurance products, I’ve found that you may be able to buy travel insurance covering pre-existing conditions without paying more or filling out a special application. It’s all about timing. How Travel Insurance Defines Pre-Existing Conditions You’re likely familiar with the term “pre-existing condition” […]

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ITIJ, July 1 2016 – Sharp increase in Americans holidaying in Canada

US-based travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth has given some insight into the travelling habits of Americans this summer, with figures from the site showing a huge increase in US travellers choosing to holiday in Canada. Read more online at the International Travel Insurance Journal: http://www.itij.com/story/12714  

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Daily Mail, June 24 2016 – More US holidaymakers are taking out travel insurance for European trips in the wake of terror attacks (and almost 20% are cancelling continental vacations altogether)

The insurance firm, SquareMouth, also witnessed a drop in the popularity of vacations to France and Belgium, among their customers. This was specifically acute within a month of each of their terror attacks, which calculated to 19% high trip cancellation rate when compared to the prior year. And those who visited these two destinations were […]

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Star Tribune, June 24 2016 – When to buy travel insurance

After you’ve determined what’s prompting the insurance buy, go to a travel insurance website such as insuremytrip.com, squaremouth.com or travel insurance.com to compare policies. (These sites do a good job in educating about travel insurance, too.) Carefully read through the policies you are considering. Expect to pay from 4 to 10 percent of the prepaid, […]

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AARP Travel, June 13 2016 – When Travel Insurance Pays Off

You can consider purchasing the policy that the agent or tour provider offers when you book a trip. But Liz Dahl, a travel agent and founder of the Boomer Travel Patrol advice website, encourages travelers to research other providers’ policies because coverage varies widely. The best way to do that is through comparison websites such […]

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Travel Market Report, June 2 2016 – Clients Should Review Travel Insurance As Hurricane Season Begins

Squaremouth, a travel insurance website, offered up “The Three Biggest Misconceptions” travelers have about hurricane coverage. First is that a consumer can purchase travel insurance after a storm has been named. “This misconception generates the most calls to Squaremouth and is the most costly mistake travelers when buying a policy for hurricane coverage,” the company […]

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Huffington Post, May 27 2016 – What to Know Before Buying Travel Insurance

Compare prices online Top sites that compile information and policies include InsureMyTrip.com, Travel Guard, TripInsuranceStore.com, QuoteWright.com and Squaremouth.com. It’s not advised to purchase from smaller, no-name vendors. On sites like InsureMyTrip, they ask for the destination, trip duration, travelers’ ages, country of residence and the price of the travel components of the trip before they […]

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CBS, May 26 2016 – Terrorism has travelers buying insurance, if not calm

Egypt may deny that Egypt Air Flight 804 was a terrorist target when it spun and crashed into the Mediterranean on May 19, but the fear among would-be international travelers is pervasive. And it’s leading more and more of them to purchase travel insurance that includes protection against possible terrorism. One of the three leading […]

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ITIJ, May 10 2016 – Terrorism is top of the agenda

Following the Paris terror attacks in November last year, US-based travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth said that visitor traffic to its site rose by 38 per cent, with policy purchases rising by 17 per cent compared with the same time one year previously. Additionally, searches for ‘terrorism coverage’ grew by 53 per cent, and while […]

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Kiplinger, April 29 2016 – Travel Insurance to Protect Your Vacation

Searching a weeklong trip to Peru on Delta.com produced a trip insurance add-on for $50. But it limits medical coverage to $10,000 and evacuation to $50,000, and will reimburse cancellation expenses for fewer reasons (and only up to the cost of the $668 plane ticket). Searching for a policy on comparison site Squaremouth.com for the […]

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Kiplinger, April 21 2016 – Insuring a Trip in Uncertain Times

Recent terrorist attacks may have you feeling anxious about taking a trip you’ve been dreaming of for years. While you can’t change world events, travel insurance can help you navigate a quick change in travel plans and protect your pocketbook if an emergency arises. Comparison shop using an online marketplace for travel insurance, such as […]

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Chicago Tribune, April 12 2016 – Avoid 7 travel insurance gotchas

Because of differences in the fine print, you need to 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, including g1g.com, insuremytrip.com, quotewright.com, squaremouth.com, totaltravelinsurance.com, travelinsurancecenter.com and tripinsurancestore.com, publish elaborate side-by-side comparisons of different policies. Read the full article online […]

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Travel Market Report, April 5 2016 – Travel Insurance Is The New Norm

At the end of December last year, following the November 13 Paris terrorist attacks, Squaremouth, an online company that compares travel insurance products, said visitors to its site rose 38%, purchasing 17% more policies versus the similar period the previous year. There also was a 53% increase in “terrorism coverage” searches. The company hasn’t seen […]

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CNBC, March 22 2016 – Travel stocks fall after Brussels attacks

Travelers who bought insurance should check to see if the policy will kick in to cover nonrefundable costs of rescheduling or canceling the trip. Policies often have a specific terrorism clause. Requirements vary, but typically, you’re covered to cancel your trip if the attack occurred in a city on your itinerary or within a certain […]

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The Washington Post, March 21 2016 – Talk About Travel

Q: Insurance for long trip I’m going on an international trip for 4 months. I’m doing one thing that requires insurance, so I thought I’d try to find something that covers the entire trip. I am so lost. I’ve never had trip insurance before, so how do I start. Do I need to get it […]

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ITIJ, Feb 15 2016 – Terrorism insurance is on the up

US travellers are increasingly worried about the possible impact of terrorism on their trip, it was reported in a recent study by US online travel insurance aggregator Squaremouth. Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13 and the subsequent Worldwide Travel Alert, the comparison site saw a 17-per-cent increase in the number of policies […]

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CNBC, Feb 9 2016 – Worried about Zika? Here’s how to cancel that trip

If you bought travel insurance, check to see if your policy will kick in to cover nonrefundable costs of rescheduling or canceling your trip — but don’t count on it. “In general, policies don’t cover something that would just be a fear of travel,” said Megan Freedman, executive director of the U.S. Travel Insurance Association. […]

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Frommer’s, Feb 7 2016 – The Frommer’s Travel Show

Beyond the rental, make sure you get travel insurance. Which company? I don’t know. There are a lot of good ones. There’s a marketplace site called InsureMyTrip.com. There’s another one called Squaremouth.com. Go to one of those. You’re going to make a big investment renting a house and you don’t want to be out of […]

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Business Observer, Feb 5 2016 – Culture Club

The raise policy is one of several unique culture-building features at Squaremouth, co-founded in 2001 by insurance software entrepreneur Chris Harvey. There are standards, such as matching 401(k) and health care. There’s also unlimited vacation, coupled with quarterly profit sharing. The company gave just-because Apple Watches to all employees last year, and it bought iPads […]

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