I just exercise a right to cancel due to changes in the trip. The company set my trip to Europe back until 2022. I use the insurance to get a refund. I have my doubts as to whether many airlines will be in business in 2022.
Posts: 16122 | Location: Lexington, KY | Registered: October 15, 2006
I am asking more of my clients to purchase trip insurance to protect us both. My business is currently offering trip insurance through Global Rescue. There are different options, but the short story is you can get 75% back for any reason. Rates depend mostly on age, I can send more information to anyone interested. So far none of my guests have had to make a claim.
Posts: 24 | Location: Montana | Registered: March 24, 2011
Originally posted by Outfitter33: I am asking more of my clients to purchase trip insurance to protect us both. My business is currently offering trip insurance through Global Rescue. There are different options, but the short story is you can get 75% back for any reason. Rates depend mostly on age, I can send more information to anyone interested. So far none of my guests have had to make a claim.
If you'd like to email me, I'd be happy to look at a quote. I'm not sure I need it yet, hence my question here today.
My email address is in the profile.
Posts: 5530 | Location: Modesto, CA | Registered: January 27, 2005
A lot depends on what you're doing and whom you're traveling with, YOU may not have an incident but, if one of your companions has an accident which results in altering the trip or, outright cancellation having that covered in travel insurance lessens the unexpected financial impact. Lost/delayed luggage, flight delays or stolen possessions are likelier issues that travel insurance can help with. I've bought travel insurance a few times, all through AIG, avoid the offers from travel companies and the airlines as they aren't the carriers; also check your home owners policy and Medicare (if applicable).
I took my parents on a trip to Europe and being seniors, I made sure that their travel insurance had medical evacuation and repatriation coverage with their coverage. Plenty of stories of a wrong step, or a slip, resulting in a broken bone, hospitalization derailing the trip, or, something requiring a medical flight, and nurse attendant to accompanying the patient back to the US. A bit of insurance on the front-end can alleviate any fears or, mitigate any possible bad outcomes. They had a friend in the neighborhood do a big trip through France, the husband had some internal problem, requiring surgery and hospitalization for a week. Luckily they had bought travel medical insurance as it helped off-set the cancellation of the trip, his hospital and medical stay and her additional stay at the hotel while he recuperated.
We travel a ton as a family. Even through COVID, we have never bought travel insurance. We even went to the Dominican Republic in December right before Christmas for 10 nights. No issues there either. Where in the DR are you going?
Posts: 326 | Location: Out West | Registered: January 14, 2014
I travel a lot and in my business occasionally have to change flight times/days. I don't bother with travel insurance, but I do a search on Kayak or flycheap, find the carrier/time I want and book directly with them. Most charge a nominal fee if you need to change.
What you can do right now, is a few days before the flight tell them that you couldn't get a covid test or the results in time and they'll change the flight for free (if it's only a few days difference).
Make sure the policy covers medical repatriation. I’ll spare you the details, but my father in law had a medical emergency in France. It took almost two months to get him healthy enough to travel home. He had travel insurance that would cover medical repatriation. If he hadn’t had it, it might have cost $60k to get him home.
I have used Seven Corners for Travel insurance ever since. It’s very affordable and their customer service has been great. I have never personally had to use it, but I know others who have. They were satisfied.
I loved the DR. Great people and great food. I hope you have a great trip.
Posts: 332 | Location: Bluegrass State | Registered: February 09, 2013
Originally posted by M'headSig: It's important to note that if you're on Medicare, your benefits don't extend beyond the U.S.
For traditional Medicare, yes, its US only, however if you have one of the supplemental policies, I think its called Medigap(?) it'll depend on which plan you have. Plan C, G and N I think has a foreign medical care component, maybe others as well; I remember going through this with my parents, don't remember much details beyond that. Like most things these days, need to read the fine print and specifics.
Big thing I remember when a friend got injured in Australia (broken arm) was making sure we recorded dates, times, names of people spoken to, and saving all receipts. This was before cell phone cameras but, that'd have helped too. Nevertheless, his g/f saved all the info and made his claims process a whole lot easier.
Posts: 11085 | Location: Wine Country | Registered: September 20, 2000