Travel Insurance Benefits

January 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance Benefits, Travellers usually become too engrossed in preparing and planning for their picture-perfect vacations that ensuring a stress-free travel can be hastily disregarded. In unfamiliar lands, travellers are exposed to accidents and ailments. Unfortunate events can’t be prevented. Nevertheless, a good travel insurance policy can compensate for financial losses caused by these events.

While the main goal of a travel insurance policy is to keep a traveller’s leisure time hassle-free and peaceful, it also offers a variety of other benefits.

  • Unforeseen accidents and medical emergencies can happen while travelling. Medical expenses can be very expensive in some countries. Having a travel insurance policy can give assistance if events like this occur, by helping travellers recover financially. A medical coverage will give provisions for medical expenses incurred during travel due to accidents and illnesses. Aside from medical expenses, medical transportation is also covered by the policy in the medical evacuation coverage.
  • Frustrations are bound to arise if a trip gets cancelled or interrupted. Non-refundable and prepaid expenses become wasted. A considerable amount of money is lost because of this. Travel insurance plans offer security against trip cancellation or interruption by reimbursing the traveller of the losses brought by the cancellation of his trip. Lost baggage coverage is also included in the plan in the event a traveller loses a baggage or any personal belonging.
  • Travel insurance plans allow travellers to procure additional services that are helpful in times of emergencies. Additional coverage for accidental death, personal liability and travel delay can be among the additions that can help a traveller during his vacation. 24-hour travel assistance services are also provided to help travellers resolve issues in emergencies.

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Travellers need to be aware that although a travel insurance policy can be favourable, it doesn’t ascertain a worry-free travel. Most plans contain ambiguities which are needed to be avoided:

  • A pre-existing condition is an event that is starting to happen or already happening before an insurance plan is acquired. Insurance covers events which are about to happen and pre-existing conditions do not fit in that definition. Nonetheless, insurance plans make ways to cover pre-existing conditions via waivers. Get an insurance plan that includes a waiver policy for pre-existing conditions.
  • All plans have coverage and exclusions. Each policy certificate contains a list of what is covered and a general exclusion clause. The coverage clause contains what is covered in the policy while the general exclusion clause normally includes all the events or circumstances where the traveller will not be covered. These conditions are normally common. To avoid confusion, read and understand what is covered and not covered.
  • It is frustrating if a claim can’t be made or if it is delayed. This usually happens because of incomplete documentation. A traveller needs to keep in mind that all claims require documentation such as receipts of all covered expenses. The earlier the documentation is received, the faster the claim proceedings will be reviewed. Once an issue arises, contact the insurance company right away to know what documents are necessary.
  • Insuring an event when it’s already happening is unlikely. Insurance companies don’t allow this. The best way to acquire security is to acquire it at an early time. It is best to get travel insurance once the trip is paid. Also, some plan coverage is best implemented when a plan is bought sooner than later.

Insurance policies are mostly beneficial but it needs to be understood to avoid ambiguities. Ambiguities can be eluded if a travel insurance policy is bought at an early stage and read thoroughly. Understanding the plan’s coverage and omissions in the Policy Certificate can help travellers avoid disappointments which can ruin that most sought-after vacation..

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