Is Your Cancellation Reason Covered by Travel Insurance?

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Sometimes, despite the best planning, you need to cancel your travel plans. It’s never a fun thing to do and sometimes it hurts your wallet too. The good news is, when you get travel insurance, a number of reasons for cancellation will be covered. While it won’t take away the sting of a trip not taken, it could save you from having to pay for it on top of that. 

That said, not all reasons for trip cancellation are insured by most standard travel insurance packages. Before you cancel your trip, it’s important that you know which reasons are covered and which aren’t, so you can make an informed decision when purchasing travel insurance. So here’s what you need to know–if you need to cancel your trip for any of the following reasons, you should be insured by most travel insurance packages:

Health

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You or your traveling companion get sick or hurt and are no longer able to travel — but make sure you see a doctor so you can provide proof when you submit your claim.

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A family member gets sick or hurt and you need to stay home to provide care — same thing goes here… make sure they go to the doctor so you have evidence of the illness.

Work

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Your business partner gets sick or hurt — that’s right, even your business parter’s illness is a covered reason to cancel on some travel insurance policies!

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You get fired before the trip or must transfer to a new location (conditions apply).

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You’re required to be at work for unforeseen reasons and can no longer travel as a result. This is sometimes additional coverage called “Cancel for Work Reasons”.

Safety

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There is an act of terrorism in a city on your trip itinerary within a certain period from your departure date.

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You get into a car accident before your trip.

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There’s a natural disaster that occurs at your travel destination.

Personal

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You get legally separated or divorced.

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Your home or business is burglarized or damaged.

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You’re summoned for jury duty.

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You are deployed by the military.

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Your school year is unexpectedly extended.

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You’re the victim of an assault before your trip.

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Your passport or visa is stolen so you can no longer travel internationally.

Other Reasons

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The travel company or common carrier you’re booked with goes bankrupt.

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The host at your destination dies or is hospitalized.

Here’s how to make sure you’re covered for the above cancellation reasons:

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For medical reasons, see a doctor. If you have to cancel for medical reasons, make sure you go to the doctor who can verify that you are ill or injured and cannot travel. If it’s your family member or business colleague’s illness or injury, make sure they do the same.

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Get documentation for everything. Go to the doctor if you or someone in your family is sick, request a letter from your workplace if it’s work-related and get a police report if something is stolen. Whatever goes down, just make sure you have documentation to provide the reason you’re looking to cancel. If you don’t have documentation, coverage may be denied, even if your reason is included in the list above.

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When it comes to weather, purchase your policy sooner rather than later. If you purchase your travel insurance policy after a storm has been classified or named by the National Weather Service, you’ll likely be out of luck when filing a claim. The effective date of your travel insurance policy MUST be before this classification since it will then be deemed a “foreseen” event and not insured for trip cancellation coverage by the policy.

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Read your insurance policy’s terms and conditions. While the list of trip cancellation reasons above is pretty standard for most travel insurance policies, it’s possible that the list looks a little different from insurance company to insurance company. Make sure you look into the specific policy you select to see what exactly is covered.

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Consider “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage. If you want to make sure you are able cancel for any reason whatsoever, make sure to purchase “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage. It costs a bit more but you could save a lot of money if you do end up cancelling due to a reason that’s not typically covered. If you have any reason to think that you might not be able to actually make it on the trip you’re booking, we highly recommend adding this coverage to your policy.

Note: Cancel for Any Reason is a time sensitive coverage that must be purchased within 10-21 days from your Initial Trip Deposit Date and insure 100% of your nonrefundable prepaid payments towards the trip.

As always, we hope you make it on every trip you book safe and sound! But when something comes up and you need to cancel, we want to make sure you have the coverage you need. 

We also want to help you get the best possible coverage for your particular situation at the lowest price. You can use our free quote tool to get started and reach out to us with anystions!

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