Anyone watching events with Thomas Cook unfolding will realize why travel insurance is an essential part of travel. Thomas Cook is over 178 years old – it’s a massive brand in international travel, tours, and tourism.
Indications are over 600 000 people including 150 000 British citizens who are out on holiday and will need to be repatriated. Over 1 million flights and flight hotel packages booked have been booked for future travels.
In this instance, Thomas Cook is a member of ATOL – Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing – a UK Civil Aviation Authority scheme offering customers financial protection from a member tour operator. So, customers and tour partners are protected.
ATOL does have its limitations though. It is only required for UK travel and it only covers travel companies that offer packaged holidays and flights. If you buy directly from an airline or, if you book a flights-only trip or even a cruise, you may not be covered.
Thomas Cook is not alone in its woes, in recent years companies like Monarch, Primeria Air, WOW Air, XL Leisure Group, Niki Air and dozens more have filed for bankruptcy.
Flights and accommodations are not the only arguments for comprehensive travel insurance. Holiday-makers are often far more active; sightseeing, doing tours, trips, hikes and even adventure activities putting them at higher risk of accidents and injuries.
A holiday is all about relaxing and exploring and it is easy to let your guard down. Even in the safest cities, tourist hot spots are notorious for scammers, pickpocketers and credit-card skimmers.
So, b4i.travel has partnered with a global Travel Insurance provider, World Nomads to offer insurance cover against:
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I’m all banged up overseas. How do I get home?
How will you help if I get caught up in a terrorist attack?
I’m hurt. How do I get help?
My gear has gone. How can you help?
I am heading to multiple European countries. Can you help?
I need to cancel my trip. Am I covered?
How will you get my body home?
Someone’s snatched my plastic. Can I get a replacement?
If disaster strikes, what if I’m injured or unable to travel?
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Where did my bags go? Will insurance cover that?
I’m sick or injured overseas. How do I get help?
Ouch, my teeth hurt! Will my insurance cover the dentist’s bill?
How will you help me if I get attacked?
Nobody wants to think about all the things that could go wrong on their trip, but things can and do happen. So be prepared. Not all travel insurance is equal. It is essential you understand what you are getting. For a hassle-free, obligation free quote, click here
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