Who is Eligible for Trip Insurance?
Only U.S. residents are eligible to purchase Trip Insurance. Coverage is provided for outbound travel from the United States to other countries, and domestic travel within the U.S.
Additionally, up to 10 people can be covered under the policyholders plan. This could be a spouse, children, extended family, or fellow traveling companions who are unrelated to the policyholder.
What is Trip Insurance?
Trip insurance is a travel cancellation coverage plan that provides protection for financial losses from unexpected expenses that may impact your trip.
Should your flight get canceled before departure, financial reimbursement can help with non-refundable expenses.
Other benefits for travelers may include coverage for sickness or accidents, travel delay coverage, missed connections, inclement weather, and other coverage you may need while at your destination.
Should I Get Trip Insurance?
Since most trip insurance plans cover anyone up to 99+ years of age, itâs a wise investment to have a plan that can help recoup financial loss for any unexpected medical emergencies, cancellations or even the loss of luggage.
Trip insurance offers the following benefits:
- Trip Cancellation
- Trip Interruption
- Trip Delay
- Missed Flight Connections
- Emergency Medical Evacuation
- Accident and Sickness
- Prepaid/ Non-Refundable Cost Insurance
Letâs talk about how these benefits can help to answer âhow can I best insure my trip?â.
Trip cancellation is one of the benefits that can be confusing or misunderstood. If your flight is canceled before departure, most airlines will either cover the cost of rescheduling, even on another airline, or reimburse you for the cost of the ticket. However, there may be instances where the airline does not offer that benefit, or waive the fee for changing flights. In those cases, trip cancellation insurance may cover those unpaid fees after filing a claim.
Should the airline offer reimbursement or fee waivers, you cannot collect any additional fees from the insurance policy. Also, should you decide you donât want to travel for any reason, even an unexpected cancellation, trip insurance doesnât cover that. This benefit would be covered if you had the Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) benefit added to your policy.
What trip cancellation insurance covers will vary from policy to policy, so you'll want to read the plan details and policy fine print before buying trip insurance.
Trip insurance can also cover most non-refundable or prepaid expenses.
There are many times travelers find themselves in difficult situations where an unexpected life emergency or schedule change can interfere with travel plans. Should you have to interrupt your trip due to unforeseen events such as a family emergency or death, an illness, or other unexpected issues, trip insurance may be able to help with this.
In the case of a family emergency, should you be away from home traveling and you need to return, you will incur possible financial burdens from scheduling a flight back home, leaving a prepaid hotel or resort unused, event fees, and more. Trip interruption benefits can help reimburse for those costs. Keep all of your receipts together with all information from your trip and talk with the claims representative for help with filing or questions regarding your situation.
The same can be said should you become ill or need medical help during your travels. Depending on your policy, you may be entitled to financial reimbursements.
When you are ready to get back to your trip, should you be able to return, your policy is still available for the duration.
When traveling, everyone has a story of waiting for hours either at the ticket counter or for the plane to be cleared for boarding or takeoff.
If your flight is delayed and it is the last flight for the night, this can be a cause for concern. Especially if you are in a city you are unfamiliar with.
Most airlines will offer some sort of compensation for the inconvenience such as meal vouchers or hotel accommodations, but some do not. Before frustration takes over, calmly check with the ticket agent to see what is offered by the airline. Then plan accordingly.
If your luggage has already been loaded, you may have to purchase and you need toiletries or other items to get you through a few days as you wait to rejoin your possessions.
Trip insurance would cover reimbursement for those items and other non-refundable expenses if you miss an event or have to make other arrangements to continue your trip.
Missed Flight Connections
For this benefit, the policy will reimburse you up to the maximum benefit shown on the Schedule of Benefits. Policies may state specific delay time frames such as between 3-6 hours, as long as they were previously scheduled in order to be eligible for coverage. You may also be entitled to reimbursement for any prepaid nonrefundable payments or deposits for the unused portion of your cruise or other travel expenses.
Some covered missed connection instances can be:
- Any officially documented delay of your scheduled flight from the airline
- Severe weather preventing you from getting to the point of departure
- Benefits may cover additional transportation expenses needed for you to join your departed cruise or tour
- Quarantine, hijacking, strike, natural disaster, terrorist Incident, cyber terrorism or riot
Emergency Medical Evacuation
If you need to be evacuated, the policy will pay for the usual and customary transportation expenses to the nearest hospital or medical facility where treatment is available for an unforeseen sickness or injury provided that:
- the local attending Physician and the designated Travel Assistance Services Provider determine that your condition is acute, severe, or life-threatening
- adequate medically necessary treatment is not available in your immediate area.
Accident and Sickness
The Accident and Sickness coverage you get with trip insurance isnât a substitute for your regular domestic health insurance.
If youâre traveling abroad and incur a new injury or contract a new illness that requires emergency medical attention, you may be covered. Policy maximums will vary by plan but some policies have maximum benefits as high as $500,000.
Plans will cover COVID-19 related medical treatment and services like any other covered medical condition if the virus was contracted after the policy effective date. Coverage and benefits for Quarantine is provided under the Trip Delay benefit, if the quarantine was ordered by an authorized physician.
GENERAL EXCLUSIONS: Plans may not cover any loss caused by or resulting from:
- Any non-emergency treatment or surgery, routine physical examinations
- Being under the influence of drugs or narcotics, unless administered upon the advice of a physician or intoxication above the legal limit
- Normal pregnancy or childbirth, other than unforeseen complications of pregnancy, of the insured, a traveling companion or a family member Participation as an athlete in professional sports, amateur sports,
- Interscholastic sports or intramural sports
- Intentionally self-inflicted Injury, suicide, or attempted suicide of the insured, family member, traveling companion or business partner while sane or insane