Travel Insurance Buying Tips
With Travel Insurance what you are effectively buying is an agreement whereby the insurance company agrees to pay against insured eventualities. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that you have a full understanding of what it is you are buying or not. Treat it like any other agreement, read it carefully and ask your questions. So:
- Always READ THE TRAVEL INSURANCE POLICY DOCUMENT and ensure you fully understand what it covers or does not cover! If in doubt, ask!
- Buy your travel insurance as soon as your travel is booked because some of the coverages start as soon as you purchase, like protection against accidents or other eventualities that may force you to cancel your trip. For example, please see Section 4 of our Policy Document. This is very important and most insurance companies offer this.
- Generally, travel insurance does not cover natural calamities and they usually state that under what is not covered. However, some travel insurance companies extend the insurance coverage for free if your trip had to be extended because of a natural disaster.
- Check and understand the deductibles; also known as excesses! A Deductible is what the insurance company deducts before payout on claims. For e.g. if you put in a travel medical claim of $250 and the deductible is $150, you’ll only get $100. HolidayGuard has the fewest and lowest deductibles.
- Some travel insurance companies only pay half the cover for children. If its not stipulated in the policy, ask them!
- When Buying Travel Insurance you need to count the start day and the end day. E.g. if you are departing on 10 March, and arriving back on 15 March, its 6 days and not 5 days!
- Evaluate on the benefits that you really need and don’t get taken in with the pointless coverages, like high coverage for death – because you are already covered under your life insurance.
- Companies with low premiums usually have high Excess amounts.
- Check the coverage ceiling. E.g. for travel cancellation, if you trip cost is exceeds the travel cancellation ceiling, then you need to get additional cover.
- If you are just visiting a friend or relative for the weekend; check the extent of your prevailing life, accident, medical coverage. If its adequate and you are not risking any cancellation charges, then you may not need any Travel Insurance. You need to weigh the risk against the coverage you’d have to pay.
- If you travel frequently, consider taking the annual travel insurance as it will work out cheaper, especially if you travel with your family.
- If you have any doubts, contact the travel insurance company before purchase.
Why Buy Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is the only way to protect yourself for monitory loss incurred due to circumstances beyond your control whilst travelling. These eventualities can occur at any time before or during travel and its essential to have protection against them. Here are some examples based on some of claims we have received:
- You meet with an accident on the way to the airport and subsequently miss the flight to your non-refundable holiday.
- You or your family member falls ill a few days before the holiday, forcing you to cancel your trip.
- Your baggage is lost or delayed by the airline and you are forced to buy the essentials. In the event it’s lost, the airlines pay very little as compensation, so you need insurance.
- You and/or your family members meet with an accident or fall ill and require medical attention or surgery whilst on holiday. This can prove to be very expensive depending on which country you are in.
- You accidentally damage someone else’s property or person and require legal representation and or have to pay 3rd party damages.
- Travel insurance for activity holidays like skiing, etc., where there is a greater change of injury, damage and loss.
- In case your expensive equipment or possessions like jewelry, camera, ski equip, etc., is damaged, stolen or lost.
- Emergency Medical Evacuation is uncommon but does happen, especially with accidents.
- You and/or your family members get food poisoning and needs hospitalisation.
- You need someone to fly out to you in the event you are hospitalised.
10 Good Reasons To Buy HolidayGuard
- Valid for travel Worldwide including US & Canada.
- No medical pre-approvals required for seniors under 75
- Valid for worldwide travel. You can travel anywhere; please read the General Exclusions in our Policy Document.
- A real person will respond to all email enquiries within 48 hours.
- HolidayGuard covers you of domestic travel within your own country as well.
- Wide purchase eligibility. As long as you are a non-resident of the US or Canada, you are eligible to buy HolidayGuard. Even US & Canadian nationals who are resident elsewhere may buy our policies.
- Ski Cover only applies to the actual skiers, non-skiers in your group don’t have to pay the extra premium
- Our Annual Multi Trip Insurance provides 21 days of free ski insurance annually
- Easy online booking process.
- Secure payment processing through Barclaycard.