As the 2017 hurricane season begins, licensed travel insurance agents at InsureMyTrip expect a jump in call volume from travelers seeking insurance protection. Agents say the top concern of summer travelers is bad weather affecting travel plans. Hurricane season officially runs June 1 through November 30.
Travel insurance agents expect a jump in call volume due to hurricane fears
Some plans enable travelers to cancel a trip when NOAA issues a hurricane warning*
It is too late to purchase travel insurance once a storm is named, buy early for better protection
“Travelers clearly have concerns about bad weather hampering their travel plans. Choosing to buy insurance early — before a storm is named — is a smart way to protect their trip investment,” says InsureMyTrip CEO Jim Grace.According to InsureMyTrip, 75 percent of customers will choose a comprehensive travel insurance policy for summer travel. This policy provides a variety of benefits including medical coverage, emergency travel services, baggage protection, trip cancellation and trip interruption coverage.
Here are some examples how insurance enables travelers to cancel a trip due to severe weather-related concerns under the trip cancellation benefit:
Cancel trip due to weather: when common carriers such as airlines and cruise lines cease service due to weather.
Cancel due to a hurricane warning: when a destination is under a NOAA-issued Hurricane warning.*
Cancel because of storm damage at destination: when a hotel, resort, or vacation rental is devastated and made uninhabitable by a storm.
Cancel because home is destroyed by storm: when the home of a traveler sustains destructive storm damage.
Cancel trip for any reason: this is an optional time-sensitive benefit that allows travelers to cancel a trip for any reason. This benefit includes specific eligibility requirements.
Tip: Travelers concerned about hurricanes should purchase travel insurance early. Once a storm starts forming, it’s considered a foreseeable event and insurance coverage will no longer be available to cover losses related to that storm. Only a few plans offer coverage for a NOAA-issued hurricane warning.
Travelers interested in learning more about protection plans for travel during hurricane season can visit InsureMyTrip.com or call (800) 487-4722 to speak with a licensed travel insurance agent.