Thousands of flights have been cancelled due to threatening weather conditions across the Eastern seaboard from Hurricane Sandy, leaving travelers scrambling to rebook and make alternate travel arrangements. Travel insurance can help counter the costs related to trip interruption and travel delay. Additionally, some airlines are offering flexibility policies for customers wishing to change reservations. Airline flexibility policies may allow passengers to change their tickets at no cost because of Hurricane Sandy’s impact.
Travelers should note that if a common carrier must cancel or delay travel, but offers vouchers or alternative arrangements for the same dates, travelers may not have a travel insurance claim if they refuse the offer. If the dates are different, most insurance companies will pay the claim so long as the tickets are surrendered.
The following airlines are offering flexibility policies for customers wishing to change reservations:
South African Airways
The following airlines have posted an advisory for Hurricane Sandy: