National Geographic, March 13 2020 – How travel insurance can—and can’t—help when plans change

Comparing costs and benefits The key? Read the fine print, says Stan Sandberg, co-founder of Travelinsurance.com, one of several websites allowing customers to compare policies from multiple providers. Others include Squaremouth.com and Insuremytrip.com. Type in your destination, travel dates, total cost, and age of travelers, and these sites offer policy options at various price points. […]

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MarketWatch, March 12 2020 – Should I cancel my flight? Does recirculated air on a plane spread coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know before traveling

Will you be covered by travel insurance? Although concerned travelers may be tempted to purchase a travel insurance policy because of the coronavirus right now, this coverage is unlikely to help them if their trip gets cancelled. “Once an event becomes common knowledge, it also becomes excluded by travel insurance policies,” according to travel insurance-comparison […]

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CNN, March 10 2020 – Your travel insurance might now cover coronavirus

One kind of coverage, typically offered as an upgrade to travel insurance policies called Cancel for Any Reason, or CFAR, allows travelers who don’t want to travel due to coronavirus fears to get some money back. Up until recently, New Yorkers were not able to purchase CFAR insurance because of state insurance regulations. But on […]

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LA Times, March 10 2020 – What will it cost to change your travel plans amid coronavirus fears?

What if I bought travel insurance? Am I covered? “Unfortunately, there is limited cancellation coverage [for coronavirus] under most standard travel insurance policies,” Kasara Barto of Squaremouth.com, a travel insurance comparison site, told The Times in an email. “Virus outbreaks do not fall under the standard cancellation reasons on most travel insurance.” Travel editor Catharine […]

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WebMD, March 9 2020 – Spread of Coronavirus Cancels Travel and Events

Demand for Travel Insurance Surges Travelers are also buying more insurance to cope with doubts brought by the coronavirus epidemic. “We have seen a 208% surge in demand for travel insurance from Jan. 21 to Feb. 26 compared to the previous 5-week period,” says Kasara Barto, a spokesperson at Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison website. […]

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