Why should a traveler buy travel insurance?
Travel insurance gives travelers coverage for unforeseen problems, from a cancelled flight to a
serious illness-or in rare cases, even an act of terrorism or the financial default of a travel
supplier. If an illness, accident, or other covered unforeseen circumstance forces a traveler to
cancel or interrupt their plans, they face two major financial losses-money invested in
non-refundable pre-payments, and medical expenses that in many instances may not be covered by
What happens if a traveler must cancel their vacation?
Often a traveler will lose non-refundable, deposits and
pre-payments that can add up to hundreds-or even thousands-of dollars. A
comprehensive travel insurance plan through Travel Guard can provide trip cancellation coverage for
the traveler's vacation investment-the insurance company reimburses the traveler for all pre-paid,
non-refundable expenses for a covered loss.
How does trip cancellation and interruption coverage work?
It reimburses for forfeited, non-refundable, unused payments or deposits if
the traveler must cancel or interrupt their trip due to a covered reason.
What other coverage is typically included in an Travel Guard travel insurance plan?
In addition to trip cancellation and interruption, the more comprehensive travel insurance
plans available today may also cover emergency medical expenses; emergency medical transportation,
when ordered by a doctor, to the nearest adequate medical facility; reimbursement for accommodations
and expenses incurred due to travel delays; reimbursement for the purchase of essential items if
baggage is delayed; and coverage against lost, stolen or damaged baggage.
Does travel insurance cover terrorism?
Many travel insurance policies do not cover terrorism, or only cover terrorist acts that occur
on foreign soil. Travel insurance through Travel Guard can cover terrorist incidents both in the
United States and abroad.
Is the financial default of an airline, cruise line or tour operator covered?
Many of Travel Guard's retail insurance programs include financial default coverage if the
program is purchased within 15 days of making the initial trip deposit.
Does Travel Guard offer travel insurance plans tailored to specific types of travel?
Yes. Travel Guard offers travel insurance plans for an array of budgets, from modest trips to
high-end luxury vacations. There are also products for last-minute getaways and extended trips, and
specific coverage plans for cruise travelers, golf travelers, students, and sports travel.
How much does travel insurance cost?
The cost of travel insurance is based, in most cases on the value of the trip and the age of
the traveler. Typically, the cost is five to seven percent of the trip cost.
What else is offered with the purchase of an Travel Guard plan?
To boost travelers' confidence when traveling, Travel Guard has added LiveTravel® assistance,
which provides 24-hour, "911" emergency travel agency-type services to all standard retail
plans, in case a traveler has to change a flight or a hotel room. Travel Guard has also added
assistance with emergency cash transfers, pre-trip consultation services (travel advisories,
passport requirements, inoculation information, etc.), and live messaging, which will relay any
e-mail or phone message to family, friends or business associates.
Certain restrictions apply.