Archive for August 2009

How to Deal With Baggage Delay

Published by August 31, 2009

A recent article from MSNBC discussed how to deal with baggage delay. “If your bags are delayed, try not to panic. The airlines typically have ways to track them, and about 98 percent of all misplaced luggage is returned eventually. If your bags are on the next flight, you could have them within a few ...

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Carnival Cruise Lines – innocent? No Way, You are guilty or banned for life

Published by Chris Harvey August 31, 2009

Carnival Cruise Lines has banned my family for life after we refused to accept responsibility for damage to the edge of a dresser that was already present when we boarded. Our family, including a 4 year old were detained for 2 hours after the other passengers had disembarked. This process was bizarre to say the ...

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Banned for life from Carnival Cruise Lines, wrongly accused of cabin damage – Squaremouth’s CEO speaks out about family’s ordeal

Published by Chris Harvey August 31, 2009

UPDATE: Carnival Cruise Lines Apologize and lift the lifetime ban after St Pete Times run the story Carnival Cruise Lines has banned my family for life after we refused to accept responsibility for damage to the edge of a dresser that was already present when we boarded. Our family, including a 4 year old were ...

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Managing the Stress of Connecting Flights

Published by August 28, 2009

A recent entry in the Healthy Travel Blog discussed how to manage potential stress when planning for connecting flights. “Always allow at least two hours between connections. Your first reaction may be to complain about sitting around the Frankfurt, Germany airport for couple of hours with nothing to do. Now think about missing your connection in Frankfurt and having six ...

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CSA Update – Tropical Storm Danny

Published by August 27, 2009

CSA has released an official position statement regarding Tropical Storm Danny. Tropical Storm Danny has formed in the Atlantic Ocean near the Dominican Republic.  As of August 25, 2009, the storm was weak, however, forecasters said it could pose a risk to the Eastern seaboard as it progresses North.  Certain CSA Travel Protection plans offer ...

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Bodily Contact Sports and Travel Insurance

Published by August 26, 2009

Many travel insurance plans have specific exclusions to coverage for participation in bodily contact sports.  This means that people traveling to participate in sports tournaments would not be covered under emergency medical & dental if an injury were to occur.  However, look closely when comparing plans, as some travel insurance plans provides optional sports coverage ...

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How to Avoid Having to Claim on Your Primary Healthcare Plan

Published by August 26, 2009

Many travelers have primary health care such as an HMO, PPO or Medicare, but they can provide little or no coverage when a traveler out of the country.  Often, deductibles may be increased or the co-paymnets different than if they were in the home country and state.  Most travel insurance plans provide emergency medical & ...

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Departure Date and Return Date

Published by August 24, 2009

When getting a travel insurance quote, make certain the departure and return dates are accurate.  Often, a vacation can involve multiple destinations and methods of travel.  Just because the plane or cruise ship departs on one date, that may not be the true departure date.  Travel insurance plans will cover a traveling party from the ...

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Travel & Coverage Alerts From CSA

Published by August 21, 2009

The following are travel alerts and position statements from CSA Travel Protection concerning recent tropical storms and hurricanes. 08/17/2009 Claudette became the first tropical storm to hit the U.S. mainland this year when it made landfall in the Florida Panhandle early Monday. Since that time, the storm has weakened. By 8:00am EST on Monday August ...

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Staying Healthy on Trips Abroad

Published by August 20, 2009

A recent article in The Seattle Times discusses staying healthy on trips abroad. “Before you embark on a major trip, especially to remote areas, make sure you have medical insurance and consider getting a checkup so you don’t have to deal with a health problem on the road. . Cardiovascular issues are the No. 1 ...

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