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Travel Insurance Shows Value to Travelers Hit by Home Disasters

by John Stone | Mar 23, 2010
Connecticut travelers with roofs crushed under fallen trees or New Jersey residents surrounded by floodwaters from the March Nor’easter can cancel or cut short trips under Trip Cancellation / Interruption coverage to focus on the crisis at home.

East Hartford, CT (Vocus/PRWEB ) March 24, 2010 -- News video of the March 13-14 Nor’easter that struck the New York metropolitan area told the tale of disaster at home. High winds caused dozens of toppling trees in southern Connecticut and Westchester to crash into homes, cars and power lines, while overflowing New Jersey rivers turned some Essex and Passaic county residences into uninhabitable islands amid floodwaters.

Travel insurance can protect the trip plans of some residents based in severely damaged New York area suburban communities that are home to many of the most active U.S. travelers. Travel Insured International provides Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption coverage when an insured traveler has their primary residence made uninhabitable by a fire, flood or other unforeseen natural disaster. The coverage applies in all four plans sold under Travel Insured’s Worldwide Trip Protector line of insurance products. Other unforeseen disasters for which the uninhabitable residence coverage for Trip Cancellation / Interruption could apply are hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, blizzards or avalanches.

Trip Cancellation / Trip Interruption due to a disaster is covered in all of the Worldwide Trip Protector plans, whether the disaster hits home before the insured has departed or when the insured is already traveling and needs to cut short the trip. Trip Cancellation coverage provides for reimbursement of up to the full trip cost for any prepaid, non-refundable travel payments. Trip Interruption, depending upon the specific plan, can cover up to 100% or up to 150% of prepaid trip costs. Trip Interruption benefits can include the unused, non-refundable portion of the shortened trip, and the new airfare paid by the traveler to make a return flight, minus any credit earned from the originally prepaid return ticket.

Financial Advantage

Travel Insured International, as a third-party travel insurance provider, offers a financial advantage over most policies purchased directly from travel suppliers for insured travelers who suffer a home or destination disaster. A Travel Insured plan provides a cash refund for covered losses unlike many supplier plans that offer a credit toward the same trip, often with a rebooking deadline period within which the credit must be taken. Remember that travel insurance for an unforeseen storm to be covered must be purchased before that storm is predicted by the U.S. national weather service.

Whether a traveler lives in the tornado targets of the Midwest and Southwest, the hurricane belts of the southern and eastern seaboards, the wildfire and earthquake zones of the West, or the blizzard regions across the national map each winter, an unforeseen natural disaster that threatens to make a U.S. traveler temporarily homeless can happen anywhere.

The difference for recovering prepaid costs for a suddenly unlikely vacation, and avoiding adding more financial insult to injury, is in having the right travel insurance plan. A plan from the Worldwide Trip Protector line can handle the travel end of the crisis so that travelers can focus on recovering their homes.

Coverage is offered by Travel Insured International, California lic. no.0I13223, 855 Winding Brook Drive, Glastonbury, CT 06033. The plans contain insurance benefits underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company, 305 Madison Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960. C&F and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United States Fire Insurance Company. United states Fire Insurance Company is currently authorized to transact business in all states and the District of Columbia. NAIC No. 21113. The Crum & Forster group of companies is rated A (Excellent) by AM Best Company 2016. The plans also contain non-insurance Travel Assistance Services that are provided by an independent organization, and not by United States Fire Insurance Company or Travel Insured International. Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions. Your travel retailer may not be licensed to sell insurance, and cannot answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of our plans. Louisiana residents looking to obtain additional information regarding the features and pricing of each travel plan component, please contact Travel Insured.