Seasoned travelers know the importance of having trip insurance for themselves and their traveling companions. Leisure and business related travel is often booked far in advance for vacation time, conferences and convention activities. Unfortunately all it takes is a serious change in the weather or an unexpected event to abruptly change plans.
Adding to the list of standard travel interruptions that travelers normally face, is the recent intrusion of politics into our nation’s airports. While the recent travel ban declared by the White House has been halted by the courts for the time being, the havoc it brought with it has not been forgotten. Should the ban be reinstated or expanded, the need for travel cancellations may far exceed what was previously experienced.
While the ban was in place, those traveling for purposes of business and pleasure from several selected countries were halted from entering U.S. airports. Travelers already on the ground were also stopped from continuing onto their destinations. This affected men and women who had been granted an official Visa. The Travel Ban even included travelers who had already achieved Green Card status in the United States.
With international terminals in turmoil, many regular flights had to be rescheduled. Travelers found themselves delayed by hours and in some cases days. Protesters on both sides of the issue clogged airport space, lawyers joined the fray and security measures were put in place. Commuters en-route to depart domestic or international flights missed their flights, as they sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic on approach to airports without relief.
Taking out sufficient trip insurance is the best way to save yourself airline and other travel related fees. Reservations that need to be changed or canceled at the last minute are nothing new. Airlines, hotels and automobile rental companies clearly state that they may charge cancellation fees. However, the coverage granted by travel insurance allows travelers to recoup these fees in the easiest and most painless way possible if their policy covers them for trip cancellation, trip interruption, missed connections and travel delays.
If you are traveling with a passport issued by a foreign country, travel to the United States can be jeopardized at any time. Likewise if you hold an American passport, any already scheduled flight set to depart or arrive on U.S. soil can face setbacks. This sets the stage for further changes to future connections, lodging and ground transportation. For these reasons, travel insurance is a necessity for anyone traveling for business or pleasure. As always, make sure to review coverage details prior to purchasing.