Travel Insurance comparison site offers tips on planning travel during hurricane season, and the impact of Hurricane Matthew on travel plans.
NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2016 – With Hurricane Matthew moving up the Atlantic Coast, and airlines pre-emptively cancelling flights, TravelInsurance.com answers the key questions they’re hearing from travelers regarding travel insurance:
- Can I still buy travel insurance for Hurricane Matthew?
No, the storm was named Hurricane Matthew by the National Hurricane Center on September 28, 2016. Travel insurance plans purchased on or after September 28th will not provide coverage for the hurricane. Travel insurance companies generally mark the naming of a storm as a cutoff date to purchase policies so consumers need to be proactive with their coverage.
- I purchased travel insurance before September 28th and I’m traveling this week. Am I covered for Hurricane Matthew?
If your immediate travel plans are directly impacted by Hurricane Matthew and you purchased your travel insurance prior to September 28th, you may have one or more of the following coverages: Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Trip Delay and/or Missed Connection coverage. TravelInsurance.com recommends calling your travel insurance provider to assist you with your coverage details.
- I purchased travel insurance before September 28th, but I’m not traveling for another few weeks. What if my resort is damaged or if another hurricane is named? If you’re scheduled to travel to the Caribbean, Florida or another destination directly impacted by Hurricane Matthew and you purchased your policy before September 28th, you may still have Trip Cancellation coverage if your destination was made uninhabitable by the hurricane.
- I’m planning my holiday travel now. What should I consider?
The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30, with October being the peak period for hurricanes. TravelInsurance.com urges travelers to purchase trip insurance before the next storm is named. There is some discussion that there will be an increase in Zika virus as a result of this hurricane season. For travelers planning travel to destinations affected by Zika, we highly recommend considering a travel insurance plan with a Cancel for Any Reason benefit. Travelers are reminded that in order to purchase a Cancel for Any Reason plan, they must purchase the plan within 7-30 days (varies by plan) of when they made their first payments toward the trip and insure their full trip cost.
“We’re seeing more and more travelers seek out travel insurance for their December holiday travels this year,” states Stan Sandberg, Co-Founder of TravelInsurance.com. “With the risk of weather delays and heightened concerns over the Zika virus, we are seeing high interest in travel insurance and in particular plans that offer Cancel for Any Reason benefits.”
TravelInsurance.com specializes in helping clients find the appropriate travel insurance policy that meets their needs and fits their budget. It takes only a few minutes to discover which insurance company offers reasonable prices and the best possible protection. Consumers can then buy directly and securely through the website and receive their policy via email within minutes.
For more information or to purchase travel insurance policies, visit TravelInsurance.com.
TravelInsurance.com helps to simplify the complicated world of travel insurance by providing consumers with the easiest way to compare and buy trip insurance coverage online or over the phone. A member company of the U.S. Travel Insurance Association, owned and operated by DigiVentures Holdings, LLC, a licensed agency that works with some of the largest travel insurers in the industry, TravelInsurance.com offers for a wide selection of plans, secures every purchase with high-grade Verisign 256-bit secured encryption, and helps clientele find the appropriate travel insurance policy that meets their needs without exceeding their budget. Purchases can be made directly through the website, with policies sent via email within minutes.