- InsureMyTrip aids travelers during 2023’s hurricane season with resources and stresses early travel insurance purchase.
- Understand travel insurance’s significance before storms become “foreseeable events,” covering cancellations, disruptions, and damage, including Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) protection.
- Travel insurance is vital as airlines may not refund non-reimbursable trip expenses during weather-related disruptions.
Warwick, R.I.–As the 2023 hurricane season unfolds, InsureMyTrip, a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation WRN Ambassador™, steps up to safeguard travelers’ plans. Forecasters anticipate a “near-normal” season, predicting 12 to 17 tropical storms and 5 to 9 hurricanes.
InsureMyTrip’s Hurricane Season Support
According to a release, InsureMyTrip offers enriched educational content to equip travelers for their forthcoming trips. Alongside travel data, visitors can access a complimentary eBook guide, informative videos, and further resources.
Understanding travel insurance coverage during severe weather can be intricate, but it’s crucial to purchase it early. Once a storm starts brewing, it’s viewed as a “foreseeable event,” and insurance coverage excluding losses from that storm becomes unattainable.
The release noted that travel insurance is a reasonable safeguard during the hurricane season, shielding travelers from potential financial losses. Insurance might compensate for pre-paid, non-refundable trip expenses if severe weather necessitates trip cancellation.
Activation of Travel Insurance Coverage
As per the release, several conditions could activate travel insurance coverage:
- Flights grounded by a hurricane: Coverage may apply if common carriers like airlines and cruise lines halt service for 24-48 hours due to weather.
- Resort in a hurricane’s path: Some policies may provide coverage if a NOAA-issued hurricane warning is declared at the traveler’s destination.
- A hurricane destroys a hotel or resort: Coverage may apply if a storm renders a hotel, resort, or vacation rental uninhabitable.
- Home damage by a hurricane: Coverage may be available if a traveler’s primary residence becomes uninhabitable due to storm damage.
- Changing travel plans: For cancellation flexibility, consider Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) protection.
CFAR, an optional benefit available in some policies, allows trip cancellation for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. Reimbursement is typically 50-75% of the non-refundable trip cost. Specific eligibility requirements apply, and CFAR must be purchased within 14-21 days of the initial trip payment.
The release noted that flight cancellation policies fluctuate by airline and situation. While airlines typically attempt to rebook passengers on the next available flight after weather-related cancellations, they aren’t obligated to compensate for losses. Hence, travelers should consider insurance to protect non-refundable trip expenses.
For more information, visit InsureMyTrip’s website or call 1-800-551-4635 to speak with a licensed travel insurance agent.
What We Think
During uncertain times like the hurricane season, InsureMyTrip’s proactive approach in educating travelers and highlighting the significance of travel insurance proves invaluable. Understanding the intricacies of coverage amidst severe weather alerts is vital, emphasizing the need to act early.
The option of Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) protection offers added flexibility, providing a safety net for unforeseen circumstances.
Considering the unpredictability of airlines’ compensation policies during weather-related disruptions, investing in travel insurance emerges as a prudent decision, ensuring financial security for travelers’ plans. InsureMyTrip’s comprehensive resources aim to empower travelers with knowledge, ultimately enhancing their preparedness and peace of mind.
Learn more in the release on PR Newswire.