ST. PETERSBURG, FL April 20, 2012 – As millions of travelers flood London’s airports, airline passengers should prepare themselves for increased delays, advises travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth.com.
According to the Heathrow Airport website, the Olympics will bring the largest influx of travelers in the airport’s history. The number of travelers passing through the London airport is estimated to increase as much as 30%, from 180,000 passengers per day to as high as 233,000.
“An increase of that size can cause major issues for air travelers,” says Squaremouth Marketing Manager Anna Coats. “Airline passengers may have travel delays, missed connections, or lost baggage occurrences.”
For travel insurance policies that have a delay benefit, it will reimburse travelers for food, lodging and local transportation expenses. Depending on the policy, coverage begins 3 to 24 hours after the original departure time has passed and provides up to $1,500 in coverage.
“Having a shorter waiting period for travel delay coverage can be the difference of sitting in the airport all day, or passing time relaxing in a hotel,” says Squaremouth CEO Chris Harvey.
The increase in airline passengers also means an increase in checked luggage. Heathrow estimates handling up to 35% more baggage, resulting in more than 200,000 pieces of luggage on the busiest days, July 26 and August 13, the days before and after opening and closing ceremonies.
If a traveler’s luggage is delayed by the airline, travel insurance can reimburse for clothing, toiletries and other daily necessities, up to the policy maximum, which ranges from $50-$2,500. However, most travel insurance policies carry a daily maximum benefit for delayed bags, and a per bag or item limit for lost luggage.
In the event that travelers have to cancel their Olympic plans all together because of a covered reason, trip cancellation coverage may reimburse for non-refundable, prepaid expenses, such as airline fares, lodging and Olympic tickets.
“When attending something as substantial as the Olympics, travelers should protect their investment. Spending a few dollars now, can save thousands if something were to go wrong,” advises Harvey.
Squaremouth is America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, helping customers instantly quote, compare and buy policies from every major carrier. Squaremouth has web sites in the US and UK, and an extensive network of partner sites worldwide. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL., with offices in Fort Wayne, IN. Visit Squaremouth.com or Squaremouth.co.uk.
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