So far, I'm not very impressed with the response I've had. I was told that it didn't look like my situation would be covered but to go ahead and file a claim anyway. How can mechanical problems with the plane which causes you to miss your connecting flights and you have to buy 2 new plane tickets to get home not be something that would be covered.The first requirement is a letter from the carrier that caused the delay so I am at the mercy of them for now. Hoping for a happy ending....
Review Updated: 03/23/2015
I was originally told that my claim didn't fit the requirements, but it was then reviewed by someone else who said it diid. I filled out the forms and received a check for the full amount of my claim. I was very pleased with the outcome.
I have sent claims for myself and my son and your insurance company said we need to submit medical bills that list our name, which we already submitted but in Japanese not in English as the medical cost incurred in Japan. A representative confirmed this should be processed as they have a translator to read the Japanese medical bill, but when I called back to follow up for the status, they repeats the same excuse for not processing... I had the same conversations three times already and they keep asking me to wait for 10 more days each time and it's been already 1 month passed since I sent a claim initially. They just need a translator to read the bill. If they can't even process in foreign language bill, they should not offer an international travel insurance policy.
First of all, I am not disputing the verbiage in the policy itself. My complaint is regarding the purchasing process of this policy right from the start and the use of multiple brand names to create confusion. Don't let the "zero complaint guarantee" make you believe you have an extra layer of protection. You don't and it does not mean a thing.
Half my overseas trip was ruined by a situation out of my control and I incurred hundreds of dollars of charges as a result. The entire airport in Manila was closed for the APEC summit meetings. I was relieved to know I had purchased trip insurance from a well-known company in Chicago, John Hancock Insurance—which according to the Square Mouth website included cancellation and delay.
Upon requesting the appropriate claim forms, the form itself says it is actually “American Modern Insurance Group”. However, after making sure that was the correct form it appears the forms are actually mailed to “Seven Corners”. I later found out that “Seven Corners” is only the processor of claims. It appears that multiple companies are involved and that they are simply using different names to confuse and mislead consumers.
My claim for trip cancellation was denied and I was advised (after several emails) to file an appeal under a different reason, trip delay. I spent countless hours filing out all the forms again and providing proper documentation and proof of such occurrence. The second claim with "John Hancock Insurance” was also denied. There were no responses to my emails, again for weeks. I also, placed many calls and emails to the “zero complaint team" at squaremouth.com asking for further clarification regarding my specific trip insurance policy that I purchased. After about a month I finally was given an answer, simply stating, that I was not covered for that “reason" under that policy.
Regardless of the writing in the policy, I am asserting that I was cheated and completely mislead into purchasing this insurance policy from the start. I am asserting that I was lead to believe I was purchasing from a prestigious name; John Hancock Insurance. This was clearly a bait and switch scheme and absolutely unacceptable. In addition, I was not made aware prior to my purchase the extreme limitations of this policy and that I would actually be dealing with multiple companies other than “John Hancock". This would have drastically altered my decision in choosing such a prohibitive policy from unknown companies.
THe claim process was cumbersome, painfully slow, and apparently the staff is very overworked not being able to process submitted claims for at least two weeks once received. Even when requested, communication was by mail rather than email which further slowed the process. The company either did not know how to handle claim materials submitted by email attachments or the company server was set to block all attachments. I received different explanations as to why my attachments could not even be opened. A simple line in the application form stating that email attachments can not be opened would have been helpful and saved about a month in the claims process for me. Since I work as a graphic designer sending out files as attachments on a daily basis to many businesses, I know that I know how to create, compress, and send files in spite of John Hancock (Sevencorners) trying to tell me that it was all my problem.
Having said that, I felt the compensation, once received, was the expected amount based on the description of what I purchased. I only had to refile one item of which I have received notification that I will be reimbursed.
Over all the cost of the insurance was very reasonable compared to the policy price offered by the cruise company. The Squaremouth web site was very helpful in finding a policy to cover only the items I was interested in having covered. Squaremouth gets 5 stars, having to use the purchased insurance which generally means your trip is severly hampered gets 0. I am grateful that we received reimbursement, 5 stars; how long it took and the process for getting the reimbursement, 2-3 stars.
We were flying business class. Never received a definitive answer as to whether we would be flown business class if we had reason to require a change in flights. The premium was based upon business class flights. Fortunately we never needed to find out the answer to the question. For future travel needs and promulgating premiums, should we use business class cost or economy cost when flying business class?
The initial quote I received squarely failed to meet requirements that I specified and it was only until I purchased it and read the specifics that I was able to discern that- the Squaremouth rep clearly did not listen to me in assessing my needs. Subsequently, I called immediately to cancel the policy and the staff was very responsive about facilitating the change to a different policy and cancelling the first one- in all, the service was good,but the initial misstep could have been completely avoided and honestly, I was clear in the coverage that was needed and iterated it to the first customer service person, who apparently either disregarded it or didn't listen.
Was never used- but my daughter did end up with a hospitalization that the medical staff of her organization attended to- nonetheless, it gave us peace of mind to know if an evacuation had been necessary that we had the coverage.
My insurance with John Hancock is the Bronze plan.
My certificate # is ************.
I filled a claim for trip interruption and I haven't been reimbursed yet. They are asking for more papers.
I took that trip in 2015 June 15 to August 10. I was returning originally on July 30 but due to a toothache, I changed my ticket for August 10.
I purchased this insurance thinking they will be more efficient and less bureaucratic. Unfortunately, I now realize you are all the same. I travel lots, internationally and domestically.
I have started looking into another insurance with a speedy return, for this coming up vacation to Urope.
Sorry but I don't have anything nice to say.
Have a lovely day.
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This claim was easy to resolve. There were a few minor logistical glitches, all due to my own misunderstanding of their process. A couple of phone calls were necessary to locate the correct claim form and to submit the claim in their format, which seemed reasonable. I was glad to have had the insurance that covered the necessity to purchase essential items due to an unforeseen baggage delay (our first ever).
Low ratings because I sent an email 30+ days ahead of cruise requesting consideration of refunding payment account not able to make cruise.....never got a response from your Company, and will NOT us again! Even if declining refund, a response is proper way to handle Customers
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Squaremouth opened a Zero Complaint Case for this customer. As a result, John Hancock provided a full premium refund. Martin is satisfied with the outcome of the response to his complaint.
I had a claim. My other carrier was primary. They took over three months to process the claim. Squaremouth's carrier took less than two weeks.
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