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Hurricane Season Travelers Enjoy Lower Stress with Trip Coverage

by John Stone | Feb 16, 2011

East Hartford, CT (Vocus/PRWEB ) June 28, 2010 -- The uncertain track of an Atlantic hurricane will at times cross paths with the most desirable of tropical destinations, normally with vacation-ending results. Whether the experience is Hurricane Charley crossing central Florida in August, 2004, Hurricane Ivan hitting Jamaica in September 2004, Hurricane Wilma overwhelming Cancun in October 2005, or Hurricane Ike striking the Dominican Republic in September 2008, the travel impact of a storm is similar. Vacationers face sudden pressure to rebook early flights home, if available, or to find safer accommodations away from the beach. Those without help sometimes land in public shelters with kindred travelers until the local danger has passed. 

Travel Insured International, a leading 3rd-party travel insurer, notes that, in addition to providing Trip Interruption coverage to reimburse unused, nonrefundable trip costs and added airfare home, it provides insured travelers with Worldwide Emergency Travel Assistance available 24/7 anywhere they travel. The Emergency Travel Assistance, accessed by a collect or toll-free call, can help bring a hurricane-disrupted vacation to a less stressful, if abbreviated, conclusion as the better alternative to a nightmare in paradise. The service, delivered by Travel Insured’s assistance partner, can provide a variety of travel related help, whether the client is delayed in their home airport trying to get to their vacation spot or stuck in their destination trying to get home. Help is provided for those seeking transportation alternatives or emergency accommodations, especially when the insurance customer’s own travel agent or supplier is unreachable.

Travel assistance, medical emergency assistance, ID theft assistance and concierge assistance are all included with the Worldwide Trip Protector and Worldwide Trip Protector Gold trip insurance plans. Political evacuation service is included in the Worldwide Trip Protector Gold plan, or as part of an optional medical insurance upgrade in the Worldwide Trip Protector plan. And additional business concierge services are included in Worldwide Trip Protector Gold, and available as part of the optional Baggage insurance upgrade in Worldwide Trip Protector. Medical assistance services, including medical evacuation, are included with all Worldwide Trip Protector plan types, including the Trip Protector Lite and Trip Protector Lite Expanded plans.

Medical Assistance and Needed Repatriation

When a domestic or international travel insurance emergency situation involves a traveler’s accident or sudden illness, Travel Insured’s assistance company will first pre-approve medical assistance services and then arrange, as a covered expense, for the insured to be transported to the nearest available medical facility by U.S. standards for treatment. This service includes a hospital admission guarantee. The assistance company can arrange for the insured’s dependant child to be flown home with an attendant, if necessary, included in coverage. An adult person chosen by the injured or ill insured may be flown as a covered air expense to their medical bedside. The same service will arrange air transportation of the injured or sick insured back to his or her primary residence within one year of their original return date.

Travel Assistance Services

Travel Insured’s emergency travel assistance can provide other emergency services including:

  • Help replacing lost passports or travel documents or refilling a medical prescription
  • Contacting friends or relatives
  • Locating lost or delayed baggage
  • Emergency cash advance
  • Translation services
  • Legal referrals and many other services

 

24-hour non-emergency Concierge Services are included for Worldwide Trip Protector and Trip Protector Gold travelers. The insured takes responsibility for reimbursement to the assistance company for products purchased under the concierge and business concierge services below:

  • Rental car and airline reservations and other services
  • Dining reservation needs
  • Event ticketing
  • Golf tee time reservations

 

Business Concierge Services, included in Worldwide Trip Protector Gold, and added with the Baggage insurance upgrade in Worldwide Trip Protector, can include:

  • Emergency travel arrangements and related services
  • Emergency business communications
  • Help locating business services such as express deliveries
  • Arrangements for telephone or web conferencing
  • Emergency messaging to customers and colleagues via fax, web, email, etc.

 

The approaching landfall of a dangerous hurricane is no time for travelers to be helpless either en route or returning from their vacation destination. Worldwide Emergency Travel Assistance, available with Travel Insured plans, can provide the needed support to beat the storm home or be safe until it has passed.

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.