ST. PETERSBURG, FL June 12, 2013 – Travelers are being affected by hundreds of flight delays and cancellations due to an air traffic controller strike in France that started Tuesday.
Squaremouth, America’s fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, explains how travel insurance benefits can help travelers stuck in the following scenarios because of the strike.
What if travelers have not left home?
Travelers who have not yet left home, but know their flights have been cancelled could file a Trip Cancellation claim because of the strike. Many travel insurance policies will provide reimbursement for cancellations that result from organized labor strikes.
What if travelers have already started their trip?
Those travelers who have already left home, but are unable to reach their destination because of the strike could be reimbursed under the Trip Interruption benefit available in many policies. This benefit reimburses travelers for the unused portion of their trip and for the additional costs to return home early.
What if travelers are stranded at the airport?
Travel insurance policies can reimburse travelers for additional hotel or meal expenses while flights are delayed. This coverage can typically be found under the Travel Delay benefit. Travelers should watch out for daily limits associated with the benefit, as well the number of hours they need to wait before coverage kicks in.
What’s Not Covered
Once a strike affecting public transportation has been announced, coverage is no longer available. Although it is too late to purchase travel insurance for the air traffic controller strike in France, future travelers should consider the effects of organized labor strikes on travel plans so appropriate coverage can be purchased in advance.
“Travelers who already have coverage are in the best position to recover losses from the strike,” says Chris Harvey, CEO of Squaremouth. “The key to maximizing travel insurance benefits for any event is knowing what coverage to look for.”
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