Travelers who have to cancel or change their flights because of illness or other emergency may be in for a surprise with the recent increase in airline change fees to $200 or more.
In addition to change fees, fliers may incur airline re-ticketing charges for arrangements purchased through a travel agent or through an online agency. Travelers are also responsible for paying any applicable increases in airfare on re-ticketed flights.
When a traveler has to cancel or change flight arrangements due to illness or other types of emergencies, the airlines are not responsible. So, what does a traveler do? Continue reading
Each year winter blizzards and sudden snow storms strand thousands of travelers. With winter storms generally not predictable more than a week in advance, travelers need to plan ahead and protect their vacation investment. The US Travel Insurance Association wants travelers to know that they don’t have to spend the night on an airport cot, forfeit an expensive vacation deposit, or foot the entire bill for extra hotel nights because they’re stranded during a storm. Continue reading
Travel and Holiday Gifts: What To Know Whether bringing presents to friends or relatives or visiting Christmas Markets in Europe for holiday gifts, it’s important to know customs and security regulations, advises the US Travel Insurance Association. Below are some guidelines from TRIP, UStiA’s consumer resource center. Domestic Travel And Departing The U.S. … Continue reading
Each year thousands of travelers become seriously ill or injured while traveling, requiring emergency evacuation or other medical transportation assistance. They may be in a remote area where adequate medical care is unavailable, their injury or illness may be so severe that they need specialized care, or they may be unable to return home safely without medical support.
According to the US Travel Insurance Association, most patients requiring medical transport fall into 4 categories Continue reading
Assistance services play a crucial role in helping travelers when the unexpected occurs. It may be an injury or illness while traveling abroad, a lost passport, a legal problem, political unrest or even a natural disaster like an earthquake. In these and other situations, a 24/7 hotline provided with most comprehensive travel insurance and assistance policies goes to work on behalf of the traveler, arranging needed services that can range from air evacuations to help replacing legal documents. Continue reading
This year, the US National Parks alone will have nearly 298 million recreational visits, according to the National Parks Service. The TRIP Information Center suggests the following tips to help ensure a safe and memorable vacation Continue reading