Archive for February 2013

I just want cancellation coverage. Do I still have to buy the other benefits?

Published by February 28, 2013

Most travel insurance policies consist of a package of benefits that cover a number of different traveler needs. Trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical and medical evacuation coverage are some of the most popular benefits travelers look for. However, many travelers just want to insure their prepaid, nonrefundable expenses in case they have to cancel […]

U.S. Department of State Issues Travel Warning for Iraq

Published by February 27, 2013

The U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel warning to U.S. citizens recently, advising against all travel to Iraq because of the current security situation. Those who continue to travel despite the warning should consider carrying the appropriate travel insurance coverage in case of terrorism or civil unrest. U.S. citizens remain at a high […]

Midwest Gets Hit with Round Two of Blizzards

Published by February 26, 2013

Travelers may need to pull out their travel insurance coverage this week if they’re traveling through the Midwest. Another round of severe storms are expected to drop a foot of snow in Kansas City before moving on to Chicago, causing major airports to cancel thousands of flights. Luckily, several airlines are offering flexible re-booking policies […]

Budget Cuts and Travel Delays – How Travel Insurance Can Help

Published by February 25, 2013

Travel insurance can be beneficial for travelers faced with flight delays, which are predicted to increase significantly after March 1st because of federal spending cuts. In addition to the delays, long lines at security and a decreased number of air traffic controllers could affect the way airports operate. With the spending cuts may come the […]

Midwesterners Blasted by Winter Storm, Travel Insurance Coverage

Published by February 22, 2013

When mass cancellations and delays occur, many travelers are left paying extra to catch up to their trips or, even worse, missing days of their vacations because they can’t reach their destination. Travelers impacted by winter storms may be able to use their travel insurance benefits to cover some of those losses. The winter storm […]

Seven Corners Travel Insurance Position Statement on Carnival Triumph Disaster

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Travel insurance providers often release position statements to identify how coverage applies to current events. Seven Corners Inc has provided the following statement to clarify coverage on the Carnival Triumph disaster: Carnival is both reimbursing the passengers for the cruise and giving them an additional $500 in compensation and credit toward a future cruise. Travel insurance plans that were […]

Travel Warning issued for Algeria by U.S. Department of State

Published by February 20, 2013

Despite the U.S. Department of State’s warnings of the risks involved with traveling to countries prone to terrorism and civil unrest, many travelers continue to travel for a number of reasons. While danger still presents itself, travel insurance plans can include several benefits that may help. Algeria is particularly threatened by acts of terrorism from […]

Position Statement from John Hancock Insurance Agency, Inc. on Carnival Triumph Disaster

Published by February 19, 2013

Travel insurance providers often release position statements to identify how coverage applies to current events. John Hancock Insurance Agency, Inc. has provided the following statement on the Carnival Triumph disaster: It appears Carnival is providing a complete refund to all guests of the Feb. 7th Carnival Triumph voyage, including cruise costs and transportation expenses.  In the event a passenger […]

Allianz Travel Insurance Position Statement on Carnival Triumph Disaster

Published by February 18, 2013

Travel insurance providers often release position statements to identify how coverage applies to current events. The following is a  position statement from the travel insurance provider Allianz Travel Insurance: As far as we can tell, because the cruise line is covering everything, there are no losses to cover in this case, but coverages that may apply […]

iTravelInsured Position Statement on Carnival Triumph Disaster

Published by February 15, 2013

The Carnival Triumph incident has many factors that may affect coverage under a travel insurance policy and the correct answer depends upon the facts in each individual’s circumstance. For those on board, trip cancellation and trip interruption would not apply since the cruise line has reimbursed its passengers for any pre-paid expenses in connection with […]