Squaremouth Press Room https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room Squaremouth Press Room Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:24:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 USA Today, June 4th 2015 – Do you need travel insurance? Use this checklist https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/usa-today-june-4th-2015-do-you-need-travel-insurance-use-this-checklist-2/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/usa-today-june-4th-2015-do-you-need-travel-insurance-use-this-checklist-2/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:24:19 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4328 How to buy We recommend buying through one of the several independent online agencies that specialize in travel insurance that provides comprehensive search and comparison systems. Among them: InsureMyTrip QuoteWright SquareMouth TravelInsurance.com Trip Insurance Store Read the full article online here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/advice/2015/06/04/travel-insurance/28412123/

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How to buy

We recommend buying through one of the several independent online agencies that specialize in travel insurance that provides comprehensive search and comparison systems. Among them:

InsureMyTrip

QuoteWright

SquareMouth

TravelInsurance.com

Trip Insurance Store

Read the full article online here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/advice/2015/06/04/travel-insurance/28412123/

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USA Today, July 27th 2015 – The plain truth about cruise insurance https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/usa-today-july-27th-2015-the-plain-truth-about-cruise-insurance/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/usa-today-july-27th-2015-the-plain-truth-about-cruise-insurance/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:18:07 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4315 But if you’re considering insurance, it pays to look at what’s covered and what’s not and to make sure what you’re getting from the cruise line is the best deal. You may be better off going with a third-party travel insurance company. “You may find a more comprehensive policy for a cheaper price,” said Megan Singh, […]

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But if you’re considering insurance, it pays to look at what’s covered and what’s not and to make sure what you’re getting from the cruise line is the best deal. You may be better off going with a third-party travel insurance company. “You may find a more comprehensive policy for a cheaper price,” said Megan Singh, spokeswoman for Squaremouth, a website where you can compare travel insurance products from dozens of providers. “It isn’t always in the best interest of the traveler to go with the cruise line’s policy.”

Read the full article online here: http://experience.usatoday.com/cruise/story/cruise-101/2015/07/27/plain-truth-cruise-insurance/30737449/?utm_campaign=usatodaycomtravel-topstories&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_source=feedblitz

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Condé Nast, July 24th 2015 – When Disaster Strikes, How Far Will Travel Insurance Go? https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/conde-nast-july-24th-2015-when-disaster-strikes-how-far-will-travel-insurance-go/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/conde-nast-july-24th-2015-when-disaster-strikes-how-far-will-travel-insurance-go/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:47:02 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4310 With all of the limitations and choices, you may wonder if it’s worth buying travel protection. We do still recommend it. No, it doesn’t cover everything and you shouldn’t be lulled into a false sense of security, but your own health insurance may not offer any coverage in foreign countries. There are also more comprehensive […]

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With all of the limitations and choices, you may wonder if it’s worth buying travel protection. We do still recommend it. No, it doesn’t cover everything and you shouldn’t be lulled into a false sense of security, but your own health insurance may not offer any coverage in foreign countries. There are also more comprehensive plans, including those with “Cancel for Any Reason” provisions. The trick is, like so many things, you have to read the policies, both to determine which one to purchase and to know how to receive the coverage you pay for. You can use comparison sites, such as InsureMyTrip.com, TravelInsurance.com, or SquareMouth, for the initial culling process.

Read the full article online here: http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-07-23/when-disaster-strikes-how-far-will-travel-insurance-go

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Squaremouth Receives Company Growth Award for 4th Year https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/squaremouth-receives-company-growth-award-for-4th-year/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/squaremouth-receives-company-growth-award-for-4th-year/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:33:01 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4305 ST. PETERSBURG, FL July 24, 2015 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, has been named one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Tampa Bay for the fourth year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. This year, Squaremouth rose to number 26 on the list with $4.58 million in revenue from selling […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL July 24, 2015 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, has been named one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Tampa Bay for the fourth year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

This year, Squaremouth rose to number 26 on the list with $4.58 million in revenue from selling over $14 million in insurance premium. The company climbed 14 spots from last year’s ranking, with 76.72% growth over the three-year assessment period. This annual ranking by the Tampa Bay Business Journal recognizes companies headquartered in Tampa Bay who have demonstrated exceptional growth over the previous three years, with at least $1 million in revenue in 2012.

Co-Founder and CEO, Chris Harvey, is especially proud of one aspect of Squaremouth’s growth – that it has come without any outside funding. He attributes the company’s success to business model improvements, exceptional customer service, and a dedicated staff.

“At our core, we are a software company, so we constantly look for new ways to improve all aspects of our business, from our website to our customer service,” says Harvey. “We also believe that to be an innovative company, you also have to be an innovative employer.”

This came to fruition with Squaremouth’s recent accolades for both innovation and culture. Earlier this year, Squaremouth’s software development team was honored as an Emerging Tech Company of the Year by TechPoint. They were also recognized as the 18th Best Small Company to Work For in Florida by Florida Trend.

Read the full article about Squaremouth as the 26th fastest growing company in Tampa Bay here: http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/subscriber-only/2015/07/24/fast-50.html.

 

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH:

Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

AVAILABLE TOPIC EXPERT:

Megan Singh
msingh@squaremouth.com
(727) 378-0983

 

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St. Pete-Based Squaremouth Named in Top 20 Places to Work in Florida https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/st-pete-based-squaremouth-named-in-top-20-places-to-work-in-florida/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/st-pete-based-squaremouth-named-in-top-20-places-to-work-in-florida/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:40:23 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4299 ST. PETERSBURG, FL July 20, 2015 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison website, was named the 18th best small company to work for in Florida by Florida Trend magazine. This is Squaremouth’s first time on the list of small companies (less than 50 employees). The company was also honored with this year’s feature […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL July 20, 2015 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison website, was named the 18th best small company to work for in Florida by Florida Trend magazine.

This is Squaremouth’s first time on the list of small companies (less than 50 employees). The company was also honored with this year’s feature article about their unique core values and work environment.

Personal autonomy and transparency are two of Squaremouth’s unique values that have led to their recognition for company culture, as well as company growth. In 2013 and 2014, Squaremouth was recognized for rapid growth by both the Tampa Bay Business Journal and INC. Magazine. This year’s rankings will be out later this summer.

“We’ve always thought that if we create the best place for our employees to work, everything else would work itself out,” said Squaremouth Co-Founder and CEO, Chris Harvey, explaining the company’s parallel relationship between its unique culture and consistent growth.

This is the seventh annual Best Companies to Work For ranking, which identifies the best large, midsized and small companies to work for in Florida based on a company questionnaire and employee survey. The survey focused on areas including leadership, benefits, and professional development, and was judged based on randomly-selected employee responses.

“We spend a lot of time coming up with new ways of engaging and motivating our employees,” adds Harvey. “This recognition is especially rewarding as it has taken into consideration the opinions of those who work here.”

The full article about Squaremouth as one of the best companies to work for in Florida can be found here: http://www.floridatrend.com/article/18703/we-throw-them-right-in.

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH:
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

AVAILABLE TOPIC EXPERT:
Megan Singh
msingh@squaremouth.com
(727) 378-0983

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Florida Trend, July 17th 2015 – We Throw Them Right In https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/florida-trend-july-17th-2015-we-throw-them-right-in/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/florida-trend-july-17th-2015-we-throw-them-right-in/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:35:40 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4297 At online company Squaremouth in St. Petersburg, autonomy for employees is a core value. Prospective employees learn about the company ethos at Squaremouth within seconds of walking in the door. Job interviews are sometimes conducted by having everyone in the company sit down in a circle and ask questions of the candidate. Read the full […]

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At online company Squaremouth in St. Petersburg, autonomy for employees is a core value.

Prospective employees learn about the company ethos at Squaremouth within seconds of walking in the door. Job interviews are sometimes conducted by having everyone in the company sit down in a circle and ask questions of the candidate.

Read the full article online here: http://www.floridatrend.com/article/18703/we-throw-them-right-in

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Business Insider, July 14th 2015 – Here’s what you should do if you get sick while traveling abroad https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/business-insider-july-14th-2015-heres-what-you-should-do-if-you-get-sick-while-traveling-abroad/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/business-insider-july-14th-2015-heres-what-you-should-do-if-you-get-sick-while-traveling-abroad/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:47:57 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4293 You can compare policies and premiums on sites such as Squaremouth.com and InsureMyTrip.com, which provide links to full policy documents from dozens of carriers and numbers to call licensed agents who can answer questions.Examine policies closely and ask the agent to point out the words are that prove coverage. Be sure to inquire about exclusions for pre-existing conditions […]

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You can compare policies and premiums on sites such as Squaremouth.com and InsureMyTrip.com, which provide links to full policy documents from dozens of carriers and numbers to call licensed agents who can answer questions.Examine policies closely and ask the agent to point out the words are that prove coverage. Be sure to inquire about exclusions for pre-existing conditions and injuries that are due to high-risk activities such as mountain climbing; preauthorization requirements for hospital admission or other services; and requirements for a second opinion.

Read the full article online here: http://www.businessinsider.com/what-to-do-if-you-get-sick-while-traveling-abroad-2015-7

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LA Times, July 11th 2015 – If you’re going to Greece, 6 things you need to know right now https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/la-times-july-11th-2015-if-youre-going-to-greece-6-things-you-need-to-know-right-now/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/la-times-july-11th-2015-if-youre-going-to-greece-6-things-you-need-to-know-right-now/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2015 14:29:50 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4291 5. Travel insurance Ah, but what if you don’t want to go until the economic craziness dies down? The good news: If you have booked a trip to Greece in the past 30 days, you generally have the option of buying pricey cancel-for-any-reason travel insurance in case the crisis deepens and you want to stay […]

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5. Travel insurance

Ah, but what if you don’t want to go until the economic craziness dies down?

The good news: If you have booked a trip to Greece in the past 30 days, you generally have the option of buying pricey cancel-for-any-reason travel insurance in case the crisis deepens and you want to stay home. That advice comes from travel insurance comparison website Squaremouth.

The not-so-good-news: If you reserved your trip more than 30 days in advance, standard travel insurance offers little relief if you decide to bail.

Read the full article online here: http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-trb-greece-crisis-tourism-20150709-htmlstory.html

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NBC news, July 8th 2015 – Passengers Call Cruise Line Booking Rule ‘Ridiculous,’ ‘Unfair’ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/nbc-news-july-8th-2015-passengers-call-cruise-line-booking-rule-ridiculous-unfair/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/nbc-news-july-8th-2015-passengers-call-cruise-line-booking-rule-ridiculous-unfair/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:29:17 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4287 Consider travel insurance A cruise is an investment of money and time and should be protected. Besides providing protection for cancellation, policies also cover interruption and travel delay and worth serious consideration. Purchasing travel insurance isn’t necessary on most cruises until final payment time as there is no risk up until that point. Consult your […]

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Consider travel insurance

A cruise is an investment of money and time and should be protected. Besides providing protection for cancellation, policies also cover interruption and travel delay and worth serious consideration. Purchasing travel insurance isn’t necessary on most cruises until final payment time as there is no risk up until that point. Consult your agent for details.

More travel insurance resources:

  • www.insuremytrip.com
  • www.quotewright.com
  • www.squaremouth.com

Read the full article online here: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Cruise-Passengers-Call-Royal-Caribbean-Booking-Rule-Ridiculous-and-Unfair-312572501.html

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Travel Insurance May Not Bailout Travelers from Trips to Greece, Warns Squaremouth https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/travel-insurance-may-not-bailout-travelers-from-trips-to-greece-warns-squaremouth/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/travel-insurance-may-not-bailout-travelers-from-trips-to-greece-warns-squaremouth/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16:12:43 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4282 ST. PETERSBURG, FL July 9, 2015 – The tourism industry is feeling the impact of Greece’s economic crisis as travelers reconsider visiting the popular destination. Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, explains why insurance may offer little relief to travelers visiting Greece. Current Events Mostly Not Covered The Trip Cancellation benefit within a […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL July 9, 2015 – The tourism industry is feeling the impact of Greece’s economic crisis as travelers reconsider visiting the popular destination. Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, explains why insurance may offer little relief to travelers visiting Greece.

Current Events Mostly Not Covered
The Trip Cancellation benefit within a travel insurance policy is designed to reimburse travelers who are unable to take their trip due to an unforeseen event. But before this benefit becomes available, the event must trigger one of the policy’s “covered reasons”.

In most cases, the recent events in Greece have not been enough to meet such triggers. This means, there may not be coverage for travelers who want to cancel their trip under the standard Trip Cancellation benefit, unless they are impacted by a “covered reason”. Examples of covered reasons include financial default of a travel supplier or strike of a common carrier.

“In order for cancellation to be covered, an event must occur that would reasonably impact a traveler’s ability to reach their destination,” explains Squaremouth Director of Marketing, Megan Singh. “While the current situation in Greece may not be ideal, cancelling would most likely come down to fear or concern about the destination. This is never enough to trigger standard cancellation.”

The Costly Cancellation Safety Net
For travelers who have booked a trip to Greece within 30 days, there is one insurance option that may offer peace of mind.

Cancel for Any Reason is an upgrade available on some travel insurance policies if they are purchased within 30 days from a traveler’s first booking. This allows travelers to cancel their trip for reasons that aren’t covered under standard Trip Cancellation, including fear or uncertainty traveling to Greece. But with that additional coverage, comes a hefty price tag.

Cancel for Any Reason adds about 40% to the price of the policy, it also requires 100% of the cost of the trip be insured. In order for a traveler to cancel under this benefit, they must do so within 72 or 48 hours before their departure.

“We have over 100 travelers scheduled to visit Greece later this year,” adds Singh. “Unfortunately for those who have booked trips more than 30 days ago, it is too late to be eligible for Cancel for Any Reason.”

To keep travelers informed about travel insurance coverage options for the crisis in Greece, Squaremouth has launched the Grecian Economic Crisis and Travel Insurance Information Center. This is updated with official insurance provider position statements, frequently asked questions, and travel warnings.

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH:
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

AVAILABLE TOPIC EXPERT:
Megan Singh
msingh@squaremouth.com
(727) 378-0983

 

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Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of June 2015 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/squaremouth-announces-the-top-travel-insurance-providers-of-june-2015/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/squaremouth-announces-the-top-travel-insurance-providers-of-june-2015/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:47:02 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4278 ST. PETERSBURG, FL July 8, 2015 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced their top-selling travel insurance providers of June 2015. Top-Selling Travel Insurance Providers for June 2015, Ranked by Premium Sold: 1 – Tin Leg – $284,214.00 2 – AXA Assistance USA – $199,624.00 3 – InsureandGo USA – $159,944.56 4 […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL July 8, 2015 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced their top-selling travel insurance providers of June 2015.

Top-Selling Travel Insurance Providers for June 2015, Ranked by Premium Sold:
1 – Tin Leg – $284,214.00
2 – AXA Assistance USA – $199,624.00
3 – InsureandGo USA – $159,944.56
4 – Travel Insured International – $124,260.00
5 – CSA Travel Protection – $104,980.73

Tin Leg
Number of policies sold in June 2015: 1,006
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 19,304
Overall customer rating: 4.37 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.3%

AXA Assistance USA
Number of policies sold in June 2015: 447
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 551
Overall customer rating: 4.47 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.0%

InsureandGo USA
Number of policies sold in June 2015: 989
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 3,398
Overall customer rating: 4.72 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.0%

Travel Insured International
Number of policies sold in June 2015: 562
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 45,363
Overall customer rating: 4.44 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.7%

CSA Travel Protection
Number of policies sold in June 2015: 405
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 44,587
Overall customer rating: 4.44 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.7%

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH:
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

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Megan Singh
msingh@squaremouth.com
(727) 378-0983

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ConsumerReports.org, June 29th 2015 – What if you get sick while traveling abroad? https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/consumerreports-org-june-29th-2015-what-if-you-get-sick-while-traveling-abroad/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/consumerreports-org-june-29th-2015-what-if-you-get-sick-while-traveling-abroad/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:55:31 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4271 You can compare policies and premiums on sites such as Squaremouth.com and InsureMyTrip.com, which provide links to full policy documents from dozens of carriers and numbers to call licensed agents who can answer questions.Examine policies closely and ask the agent to point out the words are that prove coverage. Be sure to inquire about exclusions […]

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You can compare policies and premiums on sites such as Squaremouth.com and InsureMyTrip.com, which provide links to full policy documents from dozens of carriers and numbers to call licensed agents who can answer questions.Examine policies closely and ask the agent to point out the words are that prove coverage. Be sure to inquire about exclusions for pre-existing conditions and injuries that are due to high-risk activities such as mountain climbing; preauthorization requirements for hospital admission or other services; and requirements for a second opinion.

Read the full article online here: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2015/06/what-if-you-get-sick-while-traveling-abroad/index.htm

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USA Today, June 22nd 2015 – Should I buy travel insurance? https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/usa-today-june-22nd-2015-should-i-buy-travel-insurance/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/usa-today-june-22nd-2015-should-i-buy-travel-insurance/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:58:33 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4264 How to Buy Travel Insurance Rates can vary widely. Thankfully, many websites offer easy-to-surf ways to quickly compare coverage and costs. Two of the big ones to check out are SquareMouth.com and InsureMyTrip.com, which are like online travel sites that aggregate a bunch of different options form third parties and leave it up to you […]

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How to Buy Travel Insurance

Rates can vary widely. Thankfully, many websites offer easy-to-surf ways to quickly compare coverage and costs.

Two of the big ones to check out are SquareMouth.com and InsureMyTrip.com, which are like online travel sites that aggregate a bunch of different options form third parties and leave it up to you to pick. You can screen for extremely comprehensive coverage, or simply select the areas you’re interested in. For example, if you’re roughing it in the wilds of South America, you might not fret about cancellations or your luggage, and only want coverage for emergency medical transportation. It’s much cheaper to pick and choose custom coverage this way.

Read the full article online here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2015/06/20/travel-insurance-tips/28305913/ 

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Huffington Post, June 15th 2015 – 5 Travel Rip-Offs to Avoid https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/huffington-post-june-15th-2015-5-travel-rip-offs-to-avoid/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/huffington-post-june-15th-2015-5-travel-rip-offs-to-avoid/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:43:06 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4260 How to avoid it: Depending on your plans, travel insurance may be unnecessary. If it makes sense to opt into the insurance coverage, for example if you’re traveling to a location with limited medical access or if your trip could be affected by a natural disaster, then it’s worth purchasing. But make sure you understand […]

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How to avoid it: Depending on your plans, travel insurance may be unnecessary. If it makes sense to opt into the insurance coverage, for example if you’re traveling to a location with limited medical access or if your trip could be affected by a natural disaster, then it’s worth purchasing. But make sure you understand exactly what the policy covers by studying the fine print. If you need help comparing policies or just need a rundown of how this type of insurance works, consider using sites like Squaremouth and InsureMyTrip.

Read the full article online here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/us-news-travel/5-travel-rip-offs-to-avoi_b_7570946.html

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CBS, June 9th 2015 – 3 On Your Side: Insuring Your Trip https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/cbs-june-9th-2015-3-on-your-side-insuring-your-trip/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/cbs-june-9th-2015-3-on-your-side-insuring-your-trip/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 18:12:25 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4258 “For a very inexpensive trip, let’s say a $1000 trip somewhere, you might not want to get travel insurance. Travel insurance is really better for those trips that you cannot afford to lose the value of, for example, a $10,000 cruise,” said George Hobica with AirfareWatchdog.com. Cody’s travel insurance coverage cost him $360 but it […]

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“For a very inexpensive trip, let’s say a $1000 trip somewhere, you might not want to get travel insurance. Travel insurance is really better for those trips that you cannot afford to lose the value of, for example, a $10,000 cruise,” said George Hobica with AirfareWatchdog.com.

Cody’s travel insurance coverage cost him $360 but it certainly paid off in the end.

Travel experts recommend shopping around before buying any policy.  Pricing is generally based on the cost of the trip.

LINKS:

Travel Insurance Comparison Websites

www.SquareMouth.com

www.InsureMyTrip.com

www.LonelyPlanet.com/Travel-Insurance

Read the full article online here: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/06/08/3-on-your-side-travel-insurance/

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U.S. News, June 8th 2015 – 5 Travel Rip-offs to Avoid https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/u-s-news-june-8th-2015-5-travel-rip-offs-to-avoid/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/u-s-news-june-8th-2015-5-travel-rip-offs-to-avoid/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 17:09:23 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4255 How to avoid it: Depending on your plans, travel insurance may be unnecessary. If it makes sense to opt into the insurance coverage, for example if you’re traveling to a location with limited medical access or if your trip could be affected by a natural disaster, then it’s worth purchasing. But make sure you understand […]

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How to avoid it: Depending on your plans, travel insurance may be unnecessary. If it makes sense to opt into the insurance coverage, for example if you’re traveling to a location with limited medical access or if your trip could be affected by a natural disaster, then it’s worth purchasing. But make sure you understand exactly what the policy covers by studying the fine print. If you need help comparing policies or just need a rundown of how this type of insurance works, consider using sites like Squaremouth and InsureMyTrip.

Read the full article online here: http://travel.usnews.com/features/5-Travel-Rip-offs-to-Avoid/

 

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Huffington Post, June 2nd 2015 – 4 Very Good Reasons to Buy Travel Insurance https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/huffington-post-june-2nd-2015-4-very-good-reasons-to-buy-travel-insurance/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/huffington-post-june-2nd-2015-4-very-good-reasons-to-buy-travel-insurance/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:35:20 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4253 What to avoid: Don’t rely on a tour operator’s or cruise line’s cancellation waiver. It isn’t true insurance; instead, the cruise line or operator agrees to waive its own cancellation penalty. Waivers cover fewer risks, and many limit reimbursement to a credit toward a future booking rather than a cash refund. Similarly, don’t blindly accept […]

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What to avoid: Don’t rely on a tour operator’s or cruise line’s cancellation waiver. It isn’t true insurance; instead, the cruise line or operator agrees to waive its own cancellation penalty. Waivers cover fewer risks, and many limit reimbursement to a credit toward a future booking rather than a cash refund. Similarly, don’t blindly accept a travel supplier’s “opt in” insurance, which may be more expensive than an independent policy or offer insufficient coverage.

How to buy: We recommend buying through one of the several independent online agencies that specialize in travel insurance that provides comprehensive search and comparison systems. Among them:

InsureMyTrip
QuoteWright
SquareMouth
TravelInsurance.com
Trip Insurance Store

Read the full article online here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/smartertravel/4-very-good-reasons-to-bu_b_7492680.html

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Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of May, 2015 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/squaremouth-announces-the-top-travel-insurance-providers-of-may-2015/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/squaremouth-announces-the-top-travel-insurance-providers-of-may-2015/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:20:57 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4250 ST. PETERSBURG, FL June 2, 2015 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top-selling travel insurance providers of May, 2015. Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for May, 2015 1 – Tin Leg – $306,963.50 2 – InsureandGo USA – $147,486.30 3 – Travel Insured International – $139,733.00 4 – CSA Travel […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL June 2, 2015 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top-selling travel insurance providers of May, 2015.

Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for May, 2015
1 – Tin Leg – $306,963.50
2 – InsureandGo USA – $147,486.30
3 – Travel Insured International – $139,733.00
4 – CSA Travel Protection – $120,688.04
5 – APRIL Travel Protection – $87,857.25

Tin Leg
Policies sold in May, 2015: 956
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 18,309
Overall customer rating: 4.36 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.3%

InsureandGo USA
Policies sold in May, 2015: 856
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 2,422
Overall customer rating: 4.72 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.0%

Travel Insured International
Policies sold in May, 2015: 655
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 44,806
Overall customer rating: 4.44 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.7%

CSA Travel Protection
Policies sold in May, 2015: 467
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 44,182
Overall customer rating: 4.45 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.7%

APRIL Travel Protection
Policies sold in May, 2015: 317
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 3,281
Overall customer rating: 4.11 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.2%

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH:
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

AVAILABLE TOPIC EXPERT:
Megan Singh
msingh@squaremouth.com
(727) 378-0983

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CNBC, June 1st 2015 – Check these insurance policies for hurricane prep https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/cnbc-june-1st-2015-check-these-insurance-policies-for-hurricane-prep/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/cnbc-june-1st-2015-check-these-insurance-policies-for-hurricane-prep/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 12:53:57 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4247 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 trip, depending […]

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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 trip, depending on the provider and coverage; sites including InsureMyTrip and Squaremouth make it easy to compare.

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Texas Flood Victims May Claim from Travel Insurance, says Squaremouth https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/texas-flood-victims-may-claim-from-travel-insurance-says-squaremouth/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/texas-flood-victims-may-claim-from-travel-insurance-says-squaremouth/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 19:01:50 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4245 ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 29, 2015 – Record-breaking floods in Texas have left people stranded and homes ruined, just as summer’s travel season begins. While travel insurance can’t protect these homes, it can offer some benefits to travelers both at home and away. Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, explains how. Trip Cancellation […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 29, 2015 – Record-breaking floods in Texas have left people stranded and homes ruined, just as summer’s travel season begins. While travel insurance can’t protect these homes, it can offer some benefits to travelers both at home and away. Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, explains how.

Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption are two of the most popular benefits within a travel insurance policy. A standard provision of these benefits is coverage in the event a traveler’s primary residence becomes uninhabitable by a flood or other natural disaster. Some policies even extend coverage to travelers whose business operations are impacted by a flood.

In order to be eligible for these benefits, travelers must have purchased their policy before the storm or natural disaster occurs, and must have insured some or all of their trip cost. Unfortunately for travelers who haven’t purchased a policy yet, it is too late to do so for any coverage related to the floods in Texas.

Coverage if You’re Already Gone
For those with a policy who are already traveling, and whose home is destroyed by the flood, the Trip Interruption benefit may provide coverage for the cost for their return home, as well as their unused trip expenses.

Coverage if You’re Still at Home
Policyholders with upcoming trips, and whose homes have been destroyed, may have coverage under the Trip Cancellation benefit, to cancel their trip and be refunded 100% of their prepaid and nonrefundable trip costs.

Some policies require the flood or natural disaster to occur within a specific amount of days from the traveler’s departure, typically between 10 and 30, while other more lenient policies do not specify a time limit for the event to occur.

“People often associate travel insurance policies with protection for events that occur while they are away, but in some cases, what impacts your trip happens at home,” said Megan Singh, Squaremouth’s Director of Marketing. “Travel insurance policies can offer coverage in either event.”

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH:
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

AVAILABLE TOPIC EXPERT:
Megan Singh
msingh@squaremouth.com
(727) 378-0983

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CBS, May 23rd 2015 – How Travel Insurance Can End Up Being A Priceless Decision https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/cbs-may-23rd-2015-how-travel-insurance-can-end-up-being-a-priceless-decision/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/cbs-may-23rd-2015-how-travel-insurance-can-end-up-being-a-priceless-decision/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 16:13:53 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4243 “About 20 percent of people whose trips have been impacted by a medical emergency or other type of emergency had travel insurance,” said Linda Kundell, spokesperson with the U.S. Travel Insurance Association. “That means that 80 percent of those impacted did not.” Web Extra: SquareMouth.com | InsureMyTrip.com | LonelyPlanet.com The Travel Insurance Association said there are lots of lesser-known coverage […]

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“About 20 percent of people whose trips have been impacted by a medical emergency or other type of emergency had travel insurance,” said Linda Kundell, spokesperson with the U.S. Travel Insurance Association. “That means that 80 percent of those impacted did not.”

Web Extra: SquareMouth.comInsureMyTrip.comLonelyPlanet.com

The Travel Insurance Association said there are lots of lesser-known coverage options, like reimbursement for getting stuck on the tarmac, missed connections, lost passports, even delays or trip cancellations because of illness or injury at home.

Insurance can also cover medical evacuation back to the United States.

Read the full article online here: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/05/23/experts-travel-insurance/

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Travel Insurance Provider Squaremouth Shines Spotlight on GeoBlue https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/travel-insurance-provider-squaremouth-shines-spotlight-on-geoblue/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/travel-insurance-provider-squaremouth-shines-spotlight-on-geoblue/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 15:08:38 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4234 ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 14, 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 GeoBlue. History GeoBlue’s […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 14, 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 GeoBlue.

History

GeoBlue’s parent company, Highway to Health, was founded in 1997 when they developed an innovative web-based, international, patented appointment scheduling system and built a worldwide contracted network of doctors, hospitals, and web-based tools and databases featuring provider search, destination health information and medical translations.

In 1999, Highway to Health launched a fully licensed agency and third party administrator supporting international health insurance programs and brought to market a full line of international health insurance programs for students, short-term leisure, business travelers and expats. In 2010 the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association granted Highway to Health and Worldwide Insurance Services an exclusive trademark license for a full line of international health insurance products under the trade name GeoBlue. GeoBlue corporate expatriate health plans were brought into the market in 2011 and individual expatriate health plans in 2012.

Exceptional Customer Care
GeoBlue offers travel insurance plans focused on providing customers with thorough Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation coverage. These customers have access to experienced global health coordinators worldwide who are able to schedule doctor appointments, guarantee upfront payments for medical care, and arrange for any necessary follow up treatment. The company ensures quality care by coordinating with the top 2% of healthcare providers across the globe. Customers within U.S. coverage have access to the Blue network, the largest in the U.S.

Travel Insurance for the 21st Century
GeoBlue uses innovative mobile technology to go one step further in assisting customers. With the mobile app travelers can utilize appointment scheduling, drug equivalency databases, and medical term and phrase translations.

“Our customers travel internationally for leisure, study, and work assignments. We aim to provide a high level of comfort and confidence to customers when they travel with a GeoBlue plan. Our plans provide easy access to trusted care all around the globe,” says Brendan Sharkey, Director of Individual Sales at GeoBlue.

Research and compare GeoBlue policies on squaremouth.com here.

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH:
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

AVAILABLE TOPIC EXPERT:
Megan Singh
msingh@squaremouth.com
(727) 378-0983

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Travel Insurance Provider Squaremouth Shines Spotlight on RoamRight https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/travel-insurance-provider-squaremouth-shines-spotlight-on-roamright/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/travel-insurance-provider-squaremouth-shines-spotlight-on-roamright/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 16:22:09 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4232 ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 12, 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 RoamRight. One Unified […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 12, 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 RoamRight.

One Unified Company
RoamRight was created in 2012 as Arch Insurance Company’s solution to providing travel insurance products from one fully-integrated company. All aspects of the company, from product development and underwriting, to customer service and claims, are handled by one expert team. This combination of support, experience, and solid financial backing allows RoamRight to give travelers an exceptional customer service and claims experience.

Customer Service Enhanced by Technology
The company offers a mobile app, unique to the travel insurance industry, as it allows customers to receive travel and security alerts, as well as access destination information. Travelers who purchase a policy with RoamRight also have access to 24/7 emergency assistance from anywhere in the world using their toll-free phone number or mobile app. In addition to these benefits, RoamRight customers have the ability to create an online account to easily review policy information and file a paperless claim, simplifying the claims process.

Extended Timeline for Benefits
RoamRight offers travelers an extended period of time to purchase time sensitive benefits such as Cancel for Any Reason and Pre-Existing Condition coverage. Typically, these benefits must be purchased no more than 14 days after a traveler’s first deposit, however RoamRight lengthens this purchase period to 21 days. This can be beneficial to travelers who are unable to purchase a policy within the standard 14 day window.

“We want to make sure every traveler understands their RoamRight coverage – before they buy. They can call, email, or chat with us to have their questions answered and get help deciding which policy is best for their trip.” says Linda Fallon, Senior Vice President of RoamRight.

Research and compare RoamRight policies on squaremouth.com here.

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH:
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

AVAILABLE TOPIC EXPERT:

Megan Singh
msingh@squaremouth.com
(727) 378-0983

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St. Pete Company Gives 20 Servers $1,000 Tips, Then One $10,000 Surprise https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/st-pete-company-gives-20-servers-1000-tips-then-one-10000-surprise/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/st-pete-company-gives-20-servers-1000-tips-then-one-10000-surprise/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 20:21:38 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4226 ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 6, 2015 – For two months, 20 local servers in St. Petersburg received more than the average tip, each was given a plain black envelope containing $1,000 in cash. The envelopes were part of the Thank You Campaign, launched by St. Pete-based Squaremouth, to recognize outstanding local customer service providers. After […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 6, 2015 – For two months, 20 local servers in St. Petersburg received more than the average tip, each was given a plain black envelope containing $1,000 in cash.

The envelopes were part of the Thank You Campaign, launched by St. Pete-based Squaremouth, to recognize outstanding local customer service providers. After all 20 envelopes were handed out, the company, joined by St. Petersburg’s Mayor Rick Kriseman, visited one of the recipients at work, revealing a jumbo-sized check for $10,000.

“We wanted to reward customer service in a tourism environment, being headquartered in St. Petersburg provided the perfect platform,” explained Squaremouth Co-Founder and CEO, Chris Harvey.

Squaremouth.com allows travelers to compare and buy travel insurance. The company has built a legacy of providing exceptional service, being recognized as one of the country’s best customer services teams by the American Business Awards in 2014. It was this customer-centric focus that inspired the Thank You Campaign.

Throughout the campaign, the company had a video produced, following them from the planning steps to the final $10,000 reveal. Included in the video are interviews with 5 of the recipients: an oyster shucker and father of four, a bartender with dreams of opening a bakery, a waitress in nursing school, a bar manager, and a craft beer server with Crohn’s disease.

“The most rewarding aspect of the Thank You Campaign was meeting such incredible and hardworking people,” said Squaremouth Director of Marketing, Megan Singh. “These people play a huge part in the reason St. Petersburg has become such a booming tourism environment.”

More information about Squaremouth’s Thank You Campaign, including recipient stories, photos and the official video can be found on the Thank You Campaign website: https://thankyoucampaign.squaremouth.com/

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH:
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

AVAILABLE TOPIC EXPERT:
Megan Singh
msingh@squaremouth.com
(727) 378-0983

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Squaremouth Announces the Top Travel Insurance Providers of April, 2015 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/squaremouth-announces-the-top-travel-insurance-providers-of-april-2015/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/squaremouth-announces-the-top-travel-insurance-providers-of-april-2015/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 20:09:19 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4223 ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 5, 2015 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top-selling travel insurance providers of April, 2015. Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for April, 2015 1 – Tin Leg – $276,294.00 2 – Travel Insured International – $146,475.00 3 – CSA Travel Protection – $130,696.94 4 – InsureandGo […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 5, 2015 – Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, announced its top-selling travel insurance providers of April, 2015.

Top Selling Travel Insurance Providers for April, 2015
1 – Tin Leg – $276,294.00
2 – Travel Insured International – $146,475.00
3 – CSA Travel Protection – $130,696.94
4 – InsureandGo USA – $120,785.53
5 – RoamRight – $112,075.19

Tin Leg
Policies sold in April, 2015: 888
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 17,424
Overall customer rating: 4.35 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.3%

Travel Insured International
Policies sold in April, 2015: 687
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 44,195
Overall customer rating: 4.44 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.7%

CSA Travel Protection
Policies sold in April, 2015: 553
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 43,749
Overall customer rating: 4.45 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.7%

InsureandGo USA
Policies sold in April, 2015: 640
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 1,658
Overall customer rating: 4.79 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.1%

RoamRight
Policies sold in April, 2015: 626
Total number of policies sold through Squaremouth platform: 14,439
Overall customer rating: 4.49 out of 5
Percent of negative reviews to sales: 0.4%

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH:
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

AVAILABLE TOPIC EXPERT:
Megan Singh
msingh@squaremouth.com
(727) 378-0983

 

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Travel Insurance Provider Squaremouth Shines Spotlight on Tin Leg https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/travel-insurance-provider-squaremouth-shines-spotlight-on-tin-leg/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/travel-insurance-provider-squaremouth-shines-spotlight-on-tin-leg/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 13:52:34 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4221 ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 5, 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 Tin Leg. Founded […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 5, 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 Tin Leg.

Founded by Travel Insurance Experts
After years of experience in the travel insurance industry, Tin Leg was created by the experts at Squaremouth to fill a void in the market left by other travel insurance products: policies with a high amount of primary medical insurance and a lower premium. Tin Leg’s three policies, Economy, Standard, and Luxury, offer comprehensive and affordable high Primary Medical insurance with competitive Trip Cancellation benefits. Since Tin Leg’s creation in 2013, the company has been the top-selling provider on squaremouth.com year-to-date.

Seasoned Customer Service Providers
The founders of Tin Leg created the company with an inherent dedication to offering exceptional customer service. Because all Tin Leg products are created by Squaremouth, Tin Leg’s customer service representatives are equipped with a unique knowledge of the industry as a whole. If Tin Leg is not the best option for the customer, Squaremouth agents will always recommend another policy that better suits their needs.

Tin Leg recommends that every first-time travel insurance customer conduct a comparison of policies to find the best coverage available to them. Seeking the consultation of travel insurance experts can assist customers in determining which benefits and coverages are the most important for their trip.

Research and compare Tin Leg policies on squaremouth.com here.

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH:
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

AVAILABLE TOPIC EXPERT:
Megan Singh
msingh@squaremouth.com
(727) 378-0983

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Tampa Bay Times, May 4th 2015 – Downtown St. Petersburg employer uses Apple, not carrot and stick https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/tampa-bay-times-may-4th-2015-downtown-st-petersburg-employer-uses-apple-not-carrot-and-stick/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/tampa-bay-times-may-4th-2015-downtown-st-petersburg-employer-uses-apple-not-carrot-and-stick/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 13:12:24 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4219 The local travel insurance company that woos its employees with unlimited paid vacation time, no assigned desks and a keg of beer always on tap just keeps on giving. Squaremouth Inc. is bestowing Apple Watches on its 24 employees to thank them and promote an enjoyable downtown workplace. About a third of employees already wear […]

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The local travel insurance company that woos its employees with unlimited paid vacation time, no assigned desks and a keg of beer always on tap just keeps on giving. Squaremouth Inc. is bestowing Apple Watches on its 24 employees to thank them and promote an enjoyable downtown workplace.

About a third of employees already wear their $349 Apple Watch Sports on their wrists. Those who requested black or pink bands are waiting for them to be delivered in June or July.

“When mine came, I did a victory lap around the office I was so excited,” said Megan Singh, the St. Petersburg company’s director of marketing.

Apple devotees around the world have been eagerly awaiting the watches since orders started April 10. Users can send texts, read emails, answer calls, pay for purchases and get directions with the device.

Squaremouth, which compares prices and benefits of hundreds of different travel insurance companies and sells coverage online, paid about $9,000 for the watches.

“We are a highly customer-focused company, and we’ve always believed that in order for us to provide the best customer service, we have to provide the best work environment,” CEO Chris Harvey said. “This is the third time Squaremouth has done something like this, and every time it’s been a lot of fun.”

The company gave out iPads in 2011 and 2013.

“We’re big Apple fans. Whenever Apple has an event, we’ll put on the TV and watch. We were all sitting in a circle watching about the Apple Watch and thinking how cool it was going to be,” Singh recounted. “Then Chris went into his office and called his partner in Indiana. Then he came out and told us we were all getting watches.”

The motivational perks and open, relaxed office culture (shoes are optional) seem to be working.

Harvey started Squaremouth with a $250,000 loan against his home 12 years ago. The company had more than $14 million in sales last year. It occupies the top floor of City Center at 100 Second Ave. S, but started in his son’s bedroom. That son formed a perfect square with his mouth when he cried, thus the name of the company. It also has offices in Fort Wayne, Ind., for software development.

Squaremouth has started its own line of travel insurance and sells hundreds of others. It offers around-the-clock customer service.

If that clock is in the form of a tiny computer strapped to one’s body, it would seem to be distracting. But Singh says so far, she thinks she’s more efficient because she can steadily glance at short messages and updates instead of taking a bigger chunk of time to read 40, 50 or more at one time.

“It’s been awesome for everyone here. You feel like there’s an added sense of unity because we’re all up to date with what (Apple Watch) apps are going to come up next,” she said. As for the employees who are cursing themselves for ordering black or pink bands, they too are keeping up with all the chatter.

Singh added: “At least they’ll be experts on how to use it when they come in.”

Read the full article online here: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/downtown-st-petersburg-employer-uses-apple-not-carrot-and-stick/2228282

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Local Company Buys Apple Watch for Every Employee https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/local-company-buys-apple-watch-for-every-employee/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/local-company-buys-apple-watch-for-every-employee/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 14:55:07 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4213 ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 4, 2015 – Local company, Squaremouth, believes success is a result of happy employees. Company perks include quarterly profit shares, unlimited paid vacation, and a birthday beer bonus with a mandatory day off, but Squaremouth also finds new and fresh ways to motivate employees. This month, it came in the form […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL May 4, 2015 – Local company, Squaremouth, believes success is a result of happy employees. Company perks include quarterly profit shares, unlimited paid vacation, and a birthday beer bonus with a mandatory day off, but Squaremouth also finds new and fresh ways to motivate employees. This month, it came in the form of a bulk order of Apple Watches, one for each employee.

Squaremouth is headquartered in downtown St. Petersburg. Their website, squaremouth.com, compares travel insurance policies. The decision to buy the Apple Watches came just weeks after the company wrapped up their Thank You Campaign, in which they gave away $30,000 to outstanding customer service providers in St. Petersburg.

“We want our employees to have fun and work hard, and we reward them when they do,” explains Squaremouth Co-Founder and CEO, Chris Harvey.

This isn’t the first time the company surprised its staff with an unexpected gift. In 2011 and 2013, Squaremouth purchased new iPads for each member of their team. The company also gives employees the opportunity to reward each other through their raise request process. Anytime anyone wants a raise, they present their case to the group, who then votes in favor for, or against, the raise. This unique approach to company culture has gained Squaremouth many awards, including the Best Place to Work and Coolest Office Space by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Vanessa Culver, Squaremouth’s newest hire, was asked her watch preference before her first day. “What blew me away was not only their generosity, but that they were willing to make such an investment in me as a future employee, before I even started,” said Culver.

Every employee will receive an Apple Watch Sport, with their choice of size and color. They were purchased on pre-order day, with the first shipments arriving at the company’s Florida and Indiana offices on launch day.

“There has been a buzz in the office since the watches began arriving,” says Brandi Morse, a long-time Squaremouth employee, still waiting for her watch to arrive. “The whole experience has served as one giant boost in morale.”

About Squaremouth
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from every major insurance provider in the US. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products. More information: www.squaremouth.com.

AVAILABLE TOPIC EXPERT
Megan Singh
727-378-0938
msingh@squaremouth.com

 

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Nepal Earthquake May Not Always Trigger Travel Insurance, says Squaremouth https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/nepal-earthquake-may-not-always-trigger-travel-insurance-says-squaremouth/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/nepal-earthquake-may-not-always-trigger-travel-insurance-says-squaremouth/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:01:38 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4209 ST. PETERSBURG, FL April 28, 2015 – As a result of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal, travelers with upcoming trips to the destination may be rethinking their plans. While travel insurance benefits typically include cancellation coverage for earthquakes, it isn’t always enough for an earthquake to occur. Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, explains […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL April 28, 2015 – As a result of Saturday’s earthquake in Nepal, travelers with upcoming trips to the destination may be rethinking their plans. While travel insurance benefits typically include cancellation coverage for earthquakes, it isn’t always enough for an earthquake to occur. Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, explains how travel insurance applies to the earthquake in Nepal.

Before travelers can cancel their trip due to the earthquake, specific triggers must be met.

Coverage if Your Plane Won’t Fly
One trigger requires their common carrier to be delayed for a specific amount of time, typically ranging between 12 and 48 hours. Travelers who purchased a policy prior to the earthquake, and whose airlines have cancelled or delayed flights to Nepal for the required period of time, may be covered to cancel their trip.

Coverage if Your Destination is Evacuated
A second trigger requires a mandatory evacuation be issued for a traveler’s destination by the local authorities, or the U.S. Department of State, before they can cancel their trip.

Currently, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Travel Alert for Nepal. Travelers who have previously purchased a policy should contact their insurance providers to confirm if this alert suffices as a reason to cancel their trip.

Coverage if Your Accommodations are Uninhabitable
A third trigger requires the traveler’s accommodation at their destination be rendered uninhabitable. In areas where there has been major structural damage, including loss of running water or electricity, travelers may be covered to cancel their trip.

“We have confirmed with some of our providers that the term “uninhabitable” will be looked at on a case-by-case basis,” explains Squaremouth Director of Marketing, Megan Singh. “In areas like Kathmandu, where widespread damage has been reported, the traveler’s accommodations may not necessarily need to be destroyed, as long as the area itself has been greatly damaged.”

No Coverage if You’re Too Scared to Travel
Travelers must meet at least one trigger in order to qualify for the Trip Cancellation benefit. Requiring at least one trigger rules out those who want to cancel because they no longer want, or are too scared, to travel to Nepal. The only option for travelers who want this option, is to purchase the Cancel for Any Reason upgrade.

No Coverage if You Haven’t Purchased Yet
All travel insurance providers require the policy be purchased prior to the earthquake, in order to have coverage related to the event.

Singh adds, “Travelers who purchase a policy after the morning of Saturday, April 25th,  and want to cancel a trip to Nepal because of the earthquake, will not be covered.”

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH:
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

AVAILABLE TOPIC EXPERT:
Megan Singh
msingh@squaremouth.com
(727) 378-0983

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Travel Insurance Provider Squaremouth Shines Spotlight on Air Ambulance Card https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/travel-insurance-provider-squaremouth-shines-spotlight-on-air-ambulance-card/ https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/travel-insurance-provider-squaremouth-shines-spotlight-on-air-ambulance-card/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:43:12 +0000 https://www.squaremouth.com/press-room/?p=4201 ST. PETERSBURG, FL April 23, 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 Air Ambulance Card. […]

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL April 23, 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 Air Ambulance Card.

Over 55 Years of Industry Experience
Air Ambulance Card is a membership program providing prepaid air evacuation services to its members, anywhere in the world, anytime. In 1992, the company’s founders began working with the first travel assistance company in the United States, launching Air Ambulance in 2002. This membership program provides travelers with the choice of being transported under any medical circumstance and the ability to decide which hospital they are evacuated to at no additional charge. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Air Ambulance Card is led by executives with a combined over 55 years of experience in the healthcare and air medical fields.

Cutting Edge of Customer Service
As the first emergency evacuation service to offer online enrollment and instant email confirmations, Air Ambulance Card continues a long tradition of staying on the cutting edge of new technologies. Recently, the company launched a new website designed by Kevin Skarritt of Flock Marketing, a 10-time winner of Forbes’ Best of the Web. Among its features is a state-of-the-art user interface that allows individuals to enroll in the service in under five minutes. This is an advantage to last-minute buyers who may have forgotten to purchase a medical evacuation policy until shortly before their trip.

“We know that people forget about products like ours until they are ready to travel, so we were the first membership program to provide immediate online enrollment and email confirmation,” says Sam Jackson, Managing Director.

All-Inclusive Medical Evacuation
Air Ambulance Card offers travelers a more inclusive evacuation option than standard travel insurance providers. The company fills a niche customer demand by allowing travelers to choose which hospital to be evacuated to regardless of medical necessity or circumstance.

“Air Ambulance Card will provide you the peace of mind that you need when traveling both within the United States and abroad. If you are sick or injured, we will bring you home,” explains Jackson. Air Ambulance supports this peace of mind by allowing customers to make the big decisions, and by providing the very best care during and after transport.

Research and compare Air Ambulance Card policies on squaremouth.com here.

ABOUT SQUAREMOUTH:
Squaremouth is an online company that compares travel insurance products from virtually every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare insurance products side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.com.

AVAILABLE TOPIC EXPERT:
Megan Singh
msingh@squaremouth.com
(727) 378-0983

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