Travel Insurance Secrets
I was on vacation when I had to cut my trip short due to an injury, and I ended up getting $250 back from my insurance company because they were unable to locate the hospital where I had been treated. Now, if you’re like me, you may be hesitant to purchase travel insurance since you don’t want to feel like you’re paying extra just in case something goes wrong. Here are 10 secrets travel insurance companies don’t want you to know about their policies so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not it makes sense for your next trip.
The single biggest secret travel insurance companies don’t want you to know
Many people are surprised to find out that their travel insurance doesn’t cover them for everything. In fact, there are a number of things that your travel insurance policy may not cover you for, and it’s important to be aware of them before you buy a policy. Here are 10 of the biggest secrets travel insurance companies don’t want you to know.
You might not be covered for pre-existing medical conditions.
A few questions before buying travel insurance
There are a lot of variables to consider when purchasing travel insurance.
- What type of trip are you taking?
- How long will you be gone?
- What activities will you be doing?
I didn’t realize medical evacuation coverage could be so valuable…until it saved me $50,000
I was on a business trip in Africa when I got extremely sick. I was quickly medevaced to a hospital in Europe and ended up spending weeks there recovering. My travel insurance policy covered the entire cost of my medical evacuation, which totaled more than $50,000. If I hadn’t had that coverage, I would have been responsible for the entire bill.
How long will my claim take?
The time it takes for your claim to be processed and paid out can vary depending on the insurance company, the severity of your incident, and whether or not you have all the required documentation. However, most claims are processed within 30 days.
An unexpected bonus from having an emergency evacuation plan
- If you have to be evacuated from your destination due to an emergency, your travel insurance will typically cover the cost of transportation.
- Some policies will also reimburse you for any non-refundable expenses, like hotel reservations or tour tickets.
- Travel insurance can also provide coverage if your trip is delayed or canceled due to a covered reason, like severe weather.
Medical issues can happen anywhere, but what kind of help do I get if something goes wrong abroad?
The last thing you want to think about on your vacation is what would happen if you got sick or injured. But it’s important to be prepared for anything that might come up. That’s where travel insurance comes in.
Most policies have to Cancel for Any Reason
Many policies come with a Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) rider. This allows you to cancel your trip for any reason up to 48 hours before departure and get reimbursed for 75% of your non-refundable trip costs.
First-time travelers may find basic policies more than adequate. Others may consider additional benefits
Some people may feel that they don’t need travel insurance because they’re young and healthy. But the truth is, anyone can get sick or have an accident while traveling. That’s why it’s important to have travel insurance, even if you’re young and healthy. Here are 10 secrets travel insurance companies don’t want you to know
How does trip cancellation coverage work?
Most travel insurance policies offer trip cancellation coverage, which reimburses you for non-refundable trip expenses if you have to cancel your trip for a covered reason. But there are some things you need to know about this coverage before you purchase a policy.