Requesting more coverage on a travel insurance plan is easy, especially since most of today’s travel insurance policies are customizable to fit one’s precise needs. Where travel plans were once mostly considered for only the flight insurance offered, they are now used to insure against everything from missed connections or cancelled flights to lost, damaged or stolen baggage. Additional options may include worldwide medical coverage, rental car accident protection and even a “Cancel For Any Reason” upgrade.
All travel insurance policies issued contain certain limitations and it’s important to study a policy to uncover exactly what these are. Most travel insurers offer a selection of different ‘packaged’ policies, such as basic, standard or premium, and the limitations and exclusions will probably be different for each. If a policyholder who is traveling abroad becomes either ill or injured, their stateside major medical insurance will almost certainly not be valid but medical coverage obtained though a good travel insurance plan will provide the needed benefits.
If an ill or injured policyholder requires medical repatriation to his or her home country, imagine the cost of hiring an airplane with a dedicated medical staff to make the transfer. The top rated travel insurance plans will have benefit limits of up to a million dollars for this contingency. If you have only a basic or a standard policy benefit amounts will typically be much lower, leaving you with the potential risk of having to foot the bill for the difference. It’s not difficult to find a travel insurance plan that allows for the applicant to add more coverage if so desired, although bear in mind that premium costs will surely be raised as well. Every additional option chosen for a travel policy will raise its cost but each also adds to its value.
Obviously no one wants to have to use his or her insurance policy to file a claim, but, in the event a situation arises that would otherwise cause financial loss to the traveler, having proper coverage makes all the difference in the world. Knowing you’ve handled this one detail can bring great relief and allow you to enjoy your trip abroad without worry.