February’s winter storms proved to be detrimental to air travel as thousands of flight cancellations ruined travel plans for many travelers. According to TravelSafe’s latest newsletter, March is statistically one of the snowiest months of the year. Considering trip cancellation, trip interruption and travel delay benefits this time of year could help travelers in the event severe winter weather strikes before or during a vacation. TravelSafe provided the following information to guide travelers through some of the most important storm-related travel insurance benefits:
Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption
If flights are delayed or cancelled due to weather, travelers can take alternative flights, receive reimbursement for unused travel arrangements or additional travel expenses, or cancel the trip.
TravelSafe notes that no coverage would be available if a traveler cancels a trip based on the possibility of a storm striking their destination.
Additional meal and accommodation expenses can be reimbursed up to the amount listed under the travel delay benefit. Keep in mind, this benefit only applies if travel is delayed for the amount of time specified under this benefit because of flight delays or cancellations.
Travelers should review their specific travel insurance policies to determine which benefits apply and how much coverage is available for storm-related delays and cancellations.