Squaremouth in the News

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

Published by Steven Benna January 16, 2017

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, […]

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

Published by Steven Benna January 10, 2017

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. […]

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

Published by Steven Benna January 6, 2017

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

The Points Guy, Jan 6 2017 – Travelers Spent Less on Travel, More on Travel Insurance in 2016

Published by Steven Benna January 6, 2017

More travelers chose to stay close to home in 2016, while opting to purchase travel insurance plans prior to their departures. Both discoveries were released as part of the 2016 Travel Trends Report, completed by travel insurance broker Squaremouth.com. Read the full The Points Guy article online here: http://thepointsguy.com/2017/01/travelers-spend-on-insurance-2016/

TravelPulse, Dec 20 2016 – What the Berlin Christmas Market Attack Means for Travelers

Published by Steven Benna December 22, 2016

In wake of Monday’s deadly incident, which killed at least 12 people and injured dozens more, online travel insurance comparison website Squaremouth has launched a travel insurance information center to answer a few of the most common questions travelers may have in regards to travel insurance and how it pertains to their current or upcoming […]

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

Published by Steven Benna December 20, 2016

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. […]

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

Published by Steven Benna December 19, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Steven Benna December 5, 2016

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 […]

Star-Telegram, Dec 2 2016 – Her loved one died in China, but travel insurance eased getting him home

Published by Steven Benna December 5, 2016

Death on a trip is not a common use of travel insurance, said Rachael Taft, spokeswoman for SquareMouth, a travel insurance comparison website. Approximately 30 percent of travelers take out travel insurance, according to the U.S. Travel Insurance Association. Eighty percent of claims on travel insurance are for medical issues. Interest in travel insurance is […]

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

Published by Steven Benna December 2, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Steven Benna December 2, 2016

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, […]

Yahoo Finance, Nov 28 2016 – What you need to know about traveling to Cuba after Castro’s death

Published by Steven Benna November 29, 2016

Cuba has required visitors to have travel medical coverage since 2010. Cuban authorities won’t let you leave the country if you have outstanding medical bills, so having coverage will protect you if you have a medical emergency. Every health insurance company has different rules concerning Cuba, so it’s important to check your plan before you […]

U.S. News & World Report, Nov 21 2016 – How to Handle Weather-Related Delays and Cancellations

Published by Steven Benna November 22, 2016

Choosing the right insurance option depends on your itinerary and other factors such as price and length of your trip. “Considering travel insurance is always a smart idea … whether it will help you or not is an open question,” Elliott says. To receive trip cancellation and interruption benefits, such as reimbursement for costs that […]

Consumer Reports, Nov 19 2016 – Should You Buy Travel Insurance for the Holidays?

Published by Steven Benna November 21, 2016

In the wake of the deadly 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, travel to Europe is down, and online searches for terrorism coverage by Americans traveling to France have gone up 192 percent since last year (to Spain, up 226 percent, and to Germany, up 256 percent). That’s according to SquareMouth, a leading travel insurance comparison […]

ITIJ, Nov 15 2016 – Squaremouth explains coverage for travellers affected by New Zealand earthquake

Published by Steven Benna November 15, 2016

Travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth has established the New Zealand Earthquake and Travel Insurance Information Center to explain coverage for travellers affected by a major earthquake on New Zealand’s South Island. Although it is too late to purchase a new policy with coverage for the earthquake, Squaremouth says that affected travellers who had a policy […]

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

Published by Steven Benna November 14, 2016

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 […]

Travel Market Report, Nov 8 2016 – Are Baby Boomer Travelers Shifting Away From Europe?

Published by Steven Benna November 14, 2016

Separately, in a new survey from travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth, France was the “slowest-growing top destination for American travelers in the past year,” according to the company’s insurance sales data, which was not broken out by age. “This year marks the first time in the past five years that France has not been among […]

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

Published by Steven Benna November 7, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Steven Benna November 1, 2016

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 

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

Published by Steven Benna October 24, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Steven Benna October 17, 2016

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/

Travel + Leisure, Oct 10 2016 – Everything You Need to Know About Travel Insurance

Published by Steven Benna October 10, 2016

Do I Have to Read the Fine Print? Yes—and don’t wait until you have to file a claim. If anything is unclear, call the insurer and ask for explanations in writing. Even if you’ve already clicked “buy,” you can reconsider. All policies have a “free look” period of 10 days. “If you review your policy […]

Yahoo News, Oct 6 2016 – What you should know about travel insurance after the Kim Kardashian robbery

Published by Steven Benna October 10, 2016

Many travel insurance policies include coverage for personal items if they’re lost or stolen while traveling. But don’t get too excited, the plans often limit how much is covered. “Plans usually insure personal items for $500 to 2,500 per person,” says Rachael Taft, spokesperson for Squaremouth, a site that compares travel plans from more than […]

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

Published by Steven Benna October 7, 2016

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

CBS, Oct 6 2016 – Few have flood insurance for Matthew, and now it’s too late to buy

Published by Steven Benna October 7, 2016

But if you had a policy in place before the storm was “named,” you may be able to cancel your trip, be covered for missing a portion of it, and have meals and hotels paid for because of any delay, said spokesperson Rachael Taft of SquareMouth, an online comparison shopping site for travel insurance. Read […]

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

Published by Steven Benna October 5, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Steven Benna October 5, 2016

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 […]

The Washington Post, Oct 5 2016 – Travelers change plans ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Published by Steven Benna October 5, 2016

It’s too late to buy travel insurance to protect you from this hurricane. But those who already have a policy may be covered. 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 […]

U.S. News & World Report, Oct 3 2016 – 10 Hacks for Headache-Free Travel This Holiday Season

Published by Steven Benna October 3, 2016

Insure Your Trip Sedlak recommends either tacking on insurance coverage when booking your flights or using a trusted independent operator available through InsureMyTrip.com or Squaremouth.com. Another option if your budget allows is working with a reputable advisor who can help you if you encounter a weather-related incident and need to rebook your flight quickly. “When […]

ITIJ, Sept 28 2016 – Europe on Alert

Published by Steven Benna September 28, 2016

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, […]

Fox News, Sept 27 2016 – 9 ways to save money and keep a cool head when flying

Published by Steven Benna September 28, 2016

9. Make Sure You’re Insured Travel insurance can cover the cost of your airfare (as well as hotels, tour costs, or cruise fare) if you need to cancel or interrupt a trip because of unexpected events such as personal illness, the illness or death of a relative or travel companion, or some types of severe […]

Consumer Reports, Sept 19 2016 – Should You Buy Travel Insurance Before Your Next Trip?

Published by Steven Benna September 20, 2016

More people are buying travel insurance. According to SquareMouth, an online travel insurance comparison website, there has been a 20 percent increase in travel insurance policies purchased for vacations for this fall, compared to one year ago. The increase isn’t surprising given the string of recent worrisome events—from the Zika virus and the devastating earthquake […]

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

Published by Steven Benna September 20, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Steven Benna September 12, 2016

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. […]

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

Published by Steven Benna September 6, 2016

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/

Travel Market Report, Sept 1 2016 – Consumer’s Travel Plans Shift This Fall, Survey Says

Published by Steven Benna September 1, 2016

The travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth, based in St. Petersburg, FL, reported a 149% increase in Americans insuring trips to Cuba this fall, on the eve of resumption of scheduled commercial flights. At the same time, Squaremouth reported an 80% decrease in customers traveling to Turkey this fall following the continued unrest in the country, […]

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

Published by Steven Benna August 26, 2016

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, […]

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

Published by Steven Benna August 25, 2016

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 […]

Consumer Reports, Aug 25 2016 – 9 Ways to Save Money and Your Sanity When Flying

Published by Steven Benna August 25, 2016

Travel insurance can cover the cost of your airfare (as well as hotels, tour costs, or cruise fare) if you need to cancel or interrupt a trip because of unexpected events such as personal illness, the illness or death of a relative or travel companion, or some types of severe weather. Travel insurance will generally […]

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

Published by Steven Benna August 16, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh August 9, 2016

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. […]

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

Published by Megan Singh August 9, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh August 4, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh July 29, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh July 25, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh July 22, 2016

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, […]

Daily Mail, July 21 2016 – Anxious Chinese holidaymakers are shunning Europe in the wake of French and German terror attacks

Published by Megan Singh July 22, 2016

Travel insurance company Squaremouth has reported that non-US holidaymakers have found Europe a less appealing destination this year and that more people were seeking insurance for Germany and France. The company said: ‘So far this year, we’ve seen a 33 per cent decrease in these customers buying policies for travel to the United Kingdom. Spain […]

New York Times, July 20 2016 – Can Insurance Help if You Cancel a Trip Out of Fear?

Published by Megan Singh July 20, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh July 20, 2016

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 […]

Washington Post, July 20 2016 – Can insurance help if you cancel a trip out of fear?

Published by Megan Singh July 20, 2016

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 […]

New York Times, July 19 2016 – Suddenly Considering Travel Insurance? You’re Not Alone.

Published by Megan Singh July 19, 2016

Industry experts say that consumer interest in terrorism and trip cancellation coverage has spiked after each attack. “Since Brussels, really, we’ve seen that number growing and growing,” said Rachael Taft, a spokeswoman for Squaremouth.com, a travel insurance comparison site. “So it’s definitely top of mind.” After the attacks in Paris and Brussels, Squaremouth.com saw more […]

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

Published by Megan Singh July 11, 2016

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” […]

PBS, July 7 2016 – How to Avoid One of the Biggest Travel Insurance Mistakes

Published by Megan Singh July 7, 2016

Imagine you’re a month away from the cruise you’ve been planning for nearly a year. You’re traveling smarter these days, so with some health issues in the family, you decide to look into getting travel insurance. The problem comes when you finally get around to looking for a policy. You find out that you won’t […]

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

Published by Megan Singh July 1, 2016

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  

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)

Published by Megan Singh June 27, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh June 24, 2016

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, […]

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

Published by Megan Singh June 13, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh June 3, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh May 27, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh May 26, 2016

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 […]

Las Vegas Review Journal, May 16 2016 – 10 dangerous travel myths you should ignore

Published by Megan Singh May 17, 2016

For big-budget trips and remote adventures, it can be worth putting out an extra 5 or 6 percent of your trip’s total cost for an insurance policy, said Rachael Taft, content manager for the travel insurance review and comparison site SquareMouth. “Travel insurance can cover medical bills if you are traveling somewhere that you don’t […]

Money Magazine, May 16 2016 – These 10 Travel Myths Are Total Money-Wasters

Published by Megan Singh May 16, 2016

Myth No. 10: Travel Insurance Never Pays People typically buy travel insurance to protect themselves against a large financial loss if they unexpectedly have to cancel an expensive trip, or in case they have an accident or suddenly get ill while traveling. Should you buy travel insurance? If your trip is not expensive and your […]

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

Published by Megan Singh May 10, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh May 2, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh April 21, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh April 12, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh April 5, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh March 22, 2016

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 […]

Los Angeles Times, March 22 2016 – Terrorist attacks in Brussels: What you need to know if you’re planning to fly to Europe

Published by Megan Singh March 22, 2016

People who bought travel insurance policies that cover terrorism before March 22 may be able to cancel their trip to Brussels, according to Florida-based travel insurance website Squaremouth. Some conditions to note: Your departure date must be within seven to 30 days of the date of the attacks, and you must be traveling to Brussels […]

The Washington Post, March 21 2016 – Talk About Travel

Published by Megan Singh March 22, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Megan Singh February 16, 2016

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 […]

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

Published by Courtney Pechart February 9, 2016

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. […]

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

Published by Megan Singh February 8, 2016

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 […]

Business Observer, Feb 5 2016 – Culture Club

Published by Megan Singh February 5, 2016

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 […]

Fortune, Feb 2 2016 – The Zika Virus Is a Boon for Travel Insurers

Published by Courtney Pechart February 4, 2016

RoamRight, ranked third by sales in 2015 on travel insurance comparison site Squaremouth, declined comment on how the boost would impact its profitability because it does not know how many customers will claim refunds and therefore what losses it will incur. For this reason, it also was too early to consider whether to charge customers […]

Chicago Tribune, Feb 2 2016 – Travel insurance: Get it right

Published by Courtney Pechart February 3, 2016

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 […]

Los Angeles Times, Feb 1 2016 – Should you avoid travel to areas affected by the Zika virus?

Published by Courtney Pechart February 2, 2016

“A travel health alert is not considered a covered reason for the trip cancellation benefit, nor is ‘fear’ of traveling due to contracting the virus,” Rachael Taft, content manager for Squaremouth.com, an insurance comparison site, said in an email. “Travelers who want to cancel a trip to one of the affected areas out of fear […]

Wall Street Journal, Jan 12 2016 – Open Salaries: the Good, the Bad and the Awkward

Published by Courtney Pechart January 13, 2016

How would you feel if your co-workers could see your paycheck? Afraid they’ll think you’re overpaid? Defensive, because you think you make too little? More employers, from Whole Foods Market, with 91,000 employees, to smaller companies such as SumAll and Squaremouth, are opening up companywide salary information to all employees. They generally don’t disclose it […]

Los Angeles Times, Jan 12 2016 – Does travel insurance allow you to cancel your trip to Istanbul after the deadly terrorist attack?

Published by Courtney Pechart January 13, 2016

The suicide bombing in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square on Tuesday that killed 10 people may make some travelers wary about going to Turkey right now. So what are your options? If you bought travel insurance before the attack, you may be able to cancel an upcoming trip because the U.S. State Department called the bombing a terrorist […]

The Washington Post, Jan 4 2016 – Talk about Travel

Published by Courtney Pechart January 5, 2016

Q: Travel Insurance Question Is there a website where you can compare travel insurance offers? I am looking to purchase for the first time for medical reasons (want to book a big trip, but have a fall-back in case a medical issue prevents me from traveling) and am overwhelmed by the options and fine print. […]

USA Today, Dec 24 2015 – 10 travel myths you need to stop believing right now

Published by Megan Singh December 24, 2015

From jetlag to language barriers, these common misconceptions can get in the way of a good trip. Here are 10 myths about travel that you need to stop believing right now — for your own good. You don’t need travel insurance Well, you don’t … until you do. I’ve heard too many horror stories of […]

ITIJ, Dec 8 2015 – Cover or price?

Published by Courtney Pechart December 9, 2015

Of the US$1.9 billion spent by Americans on travel insurance in 2012, 12 per cent of travel insurance sales went through a combination of internet aggregators, direct to consumer channels and other brokers. This figure represented a 38-per-cent growth over the percentage of sales in 2010, said Rachael Taft, content manager at Squaremouth, a site […]

Huffington Post, Dec 6 2015- Amid Terror Threat, Can I Call Off My Trip to Europe?

Published by Megan Singh December 6, 2015

“Even though Brussels was recently under a high terror alert, no terrorist acts have occurred, so travelers with plans to visit the city are still eligible to purchase travel insurance with terrorism coverage,” says Rachael Taft, a spokeswoman for Squaremouth.com, a travel insurance site. Of course, it’s too late to buy travel insurance that will […]

The Washington Post, Dec 3 2015 – Is it safe to travel to Paris and other European cities?

Published by Megan Singh December 4, 2015

Timing is important when it comes to terrorism and insurance. A covered event has to happen after you buy the insurance. “Even though Brussels was recently under a high terror alert, no terrorist acts have occurred, so travelers with plans to visit the city are still eligible to purchase travel insurance with terrorism coverage,” says […]

Condé Nast, Nov 23 2015 – Will the U.S. Terror Alert Cause Thanksgiving Travel Jitters?

Published by Megan Singh November 25, 2015

What if travelers want to change their plans as a result? Airlines aren’t waiving change or cancellation fees, at least according to a random spot check of major airlines, and if the past is any guide, the alert will soon fade from memory (remember those color-code warnings from the TSA?). And travel insurance doesn’t typically […]

Los Angeles Times, Nov 23 2015 – Is travel insurance worth it? Seven things to consider

Published by Courtney Pechart November 23, 2015

A really important note if you’re covered by Medicare and are traveling abroad: You may not be covered. “Generally, Medicare does not provide coverage outside of the country,” said Rachael Taft of Squaremouth.com, a comparative travel insurance site. “For those travelers with Medicare, there are international medical plans that provide emergency medical coverage while traveling […]

Reuters, Nov 16 2015 – Paris attacks may impact tourism

Published by Megan Singh November 17, 2015

U.S. tourists are re-thinking plans to travel to Paris and Europe in the wake of the Paris shootings. U.S. citizens are asking a lot of questions, and looking to cancel plans according to Megan Singh, project management director at travel insurance company Squaremouth.com. “We’ve absolutely seen an increase in concern, an increase in calls and questions, […]

New York Times, Nov 16 2015 – Paris Air Travel Proceeds, but Some Cancel Future Visits

Published by Courtney Pechart November 16, 2015

Consumers with travel insurance that includes terrorism coverage can probably recover the cost of a trip to Paris, according to Squaremouth, a policy-comparison website. But even policies that cover terrorism may only apply to trips scheduled in the next week or month and might not apply to travel in other parts of France or Europe […]

ABC News, Nov 16 2015 – Options for Travelers Considering Trips to Paris

Published by Megan Singh November 16, 2015

Though travel insurance policies vary widely, many do cover acts of terrorism as long as the insurance was purchased before the incident. A spokesperson for Squaremouth, a travel insurance provider, however, told ABC News that policies there may be additional requirements. “Some policies require that the city — in this case Paris — be on […]

TIME, Oct 26 2015 – Travel Insurance Is No Longer Just for the Over Prepared

Published by Courtney Pechart October 26, 2015

As has happened in airline booking, aggregation has come to travel insurance. InsureMyTrip.com and SquareMouth.com allow you to pick and choose among already vetted carriers, including HTH, InsureandGo USA, April, RoamRight and Seven Corners. You check off the coverages you want and get a menu of competing offers. Recently, I used SquareMouth.com to insure a […]

Inc. Magazine, Oct 26 2015 – Employee Perks That Don’t Break the Bank

Published by Courtney Pechart October 26, 2015

Unlimited Pay Raises Squaremouth St. Petersburg, Florida Benefit: Employees at this travel insurance aggregator can request a raise at any time. The catch: The entire 21-person staff votes on it. Only two requests have been turned down. Read the full article online here: http://www.inc.com/magazine/201511/diana-ransom/creative-perks.html

Business Insider, Oct 22 2015 – The 25 best small companies to work for

Published by Courtney Pechart October 22, 2015

Squaremouth gets a perfect score from its employees — 100% of those surveyed said everything from the challenges to the management to the atmosphere makes this a great place to work. The travel-insurance comparison website gives employees the day off on their birthday and encourage a casual office environment with no dress code, no assigned […]

Fortune, Oct 21 2015 – 25 BEST SMALL WORKPLACES

Published by Courtney Pechart October 21, 2015

The online resource for travel insurance has two office locations: St. Petersburg, Fla. and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Women account for half of its 27 employees. The company gives everyone a bonus each quarter, based on company profits. All employees receive unlimited paid vacation after one year on the job, and must take off at least […]

Tampa Bay Business Journal, Sept 30 2015 – Leveling the playing field between men and women workers puts St. Pete firm in the spotlight

Published by Courtney Pechart October 13, 2015

The inaugural list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women by Fortune includes a St. Petersburg company in the No. 2 spot. Squaremouth, which operates a travel insurance comparison website, is one of just five Florida companies to make the list and the only firm from the Tampa Bay area. Read the full article online […]

CNBC, Oct 6 2015 – Are you covered for hurricane damage?

Published by Courtney Pechart October 6, 2015

Terms matter — some policies may kick in only if the hurricane means your flight is canceled or your destination is “uninhabitable,” he said. Look for a cancel-for-any-reason policy, which lets you back out of a trip for pretty much any worry. Costs can range from 4 to 12 percent of the price of your […]