Many people travel during their time away from life’s obligations. From visiting relatives to going abroad to see new lands, we tend to go and want to enjoy the trip to the fullest. This is especially true when we go across seas, as we don’t want to have to worry about such things as where our luggage is or what happens if a flight gets canceled. However, these things can happen. A flight becomes delayed or a medical emergency comes up that needs to be addressed. So, what do you do? You say thank you to Travel Protection for always having your back.
Travel protection is a blanket policy for your trip that will help you in case something goes wrong during your travels. Depending on where you go and how you get there, having sufficient travel protection can put many of your problems to rest.
Let’s consider just a few situations that can arise before or during your vacation to Hawaii, and in which a Travel Protection policy will help you keep your money.
1. Trip Cancellation
Everything is set. The family trip is planned for Honolulu, and it is just hours from take-off. Suddenly, your mother calls and says she can’t go because she’s sick. Once she’s out, so is everyone else. Suddenly, you’re left with a non-refundable deposit and prepayment. Who can help with the reimbursement quickly and professionally?
2. Lost, Damaged or Stolen Luggage
You just arrived in Hawaii. Everything seems great until you find that your luggage is missing. Who can you call to help find your bag or help you recover the cost of replacement items?
3. Medical Emergency
You are just a few days into the trip and everything is going smoothly. Suddenly, you feel extremely sick or get injured on the trail or during snorkeling and need to be hospitalized. Who do you contact to help with the extra expenses on this trip?
4. Trip Interruption Due to Weather
Relaxing, tanning, and soaking up the sun. Sounds like the perfect stay on the beach, until a warning goes out and you must be evacuated due to an impending hurricane. Remember Hawaii hurricane season of 2018 with 6 hurricanes ranging from Category 1 through 5?
Or, it’s raining cats and dogs and your vacation area gets evacuated due to mudslides. Remember the historical downpour and mudslides on Kauai in spring 2018?
Now you are stuck in unfamiliar areas with no one to help you. Who gets you out? Who refunds you for the lost beach days? Weather cancellation protection becomes especially important as the Earth’s climate becomes wilder and less predictable.
5. Flight Cancellation
You just got off of a long flight to the connecting airport. Your family is dog-tired and just wants to get on the next flight to head home to rest. However, your connecting flight home just got cancelled. Who will help you get a flight back home?
While many believe they will never be put in these types of situations , the reality is that they happen every day, especially when you least expect it. From minor inconveniences, to major let-downs and emergencies, problems can occur at the drop of the hat. Always having a quality Travel Protection plan will help ensure that, no matter who you see or what you do, someone has your back when problems hit the fan. That’s why we highly recommend to always consider your options for travel protection.
Basic Travel Protection with Credit Cards
Otherwise known as trip cancellation protection, it comes as a benefit on many credit cards. With this you usually get covered for lost bags, missing connections and cancellations due to sickness. If you are going to pay for your vacation with a credit card, check you wallet and hop online to find out the cancellation protection on your card(s) and maybe check with you bank to see if they offer a newer variation with better coverage.
Find some useful information on three credit cards offering trip protection insurance.
Another great card to consider is Citi Costco Anywhere Visa. It covers cancellations and interruptions up to $3000 per covered traveler per trip for multiple reasons such as medical issues and severe weather conditions. For full information, check out their Guide to Protection Benefits.
Comprehensive Travel Protection with Independent Insurance
A well-designed comprehensive travel coverage will include all the basic benefits discussed above, plus more coverage for emergency medical care, evacuation and repatriation, trip cancellation/interruption and baggage loss and delay. Their 24/7 professional worldwide assistance will be invaluable should you ever find yourself in an emergency situation on vacation.
How to Both Save and Get Travel Protection
Make it simple, make it cost-based. Let’s do some quick math for a simple primer.
If you are booking a hotel, you will definitely be able to pay with a credit card, and hotels often offer free cancellations for up to N hours. But a simple Hawaii hotel room without a kitchen has a high cost. The average nighly hotel room rate in Wailea in July 2018 was $674.
If you are booking a vacation rental property, you might book it directly from owner and save quite a lot, sometimes half of the nightly rate. Not only will you save for the most comprehensive travel insurance, you will also get a fully equipped kitchen that will keep you even more of your food budget.
Let’s take a non-luxury option and compare apples to apples. Compare Maui Coast Hotel and a 1-bedroom Kihei Kai Nani condo, both located in Kihei, Maui just across the road from most calm and swimmable Maui beaches. Here are two respectable quotes for a week of March 20 – 27, 2019 for 2 adults.
This is $3025 for a room in Maui Coast Hotel, no kitchen versus $1960 in 1-bedroom in Kihei Akahi with more space, fully equipped kitchen and additional sofa bed for up to 2 more people. Even for just two adults, it’s a saving of $1065. Let’s take a look at a sample quote from Travelex, named best travel insurance for families in 2018, for those two adults (50 years old, coverage $1000 for each person).
So, you’ll get the best travel protection for $132 and it will leave you $933 more to spend on activities and amusements. Peace of mind plus extra cash – seems like a total win!
Some vacation rental owners accept credit cards, and some don’t or they will ask you to pay the %3-5% credit card fees. Those details don’t matter by themselves. What matters is the final price, the quality of your accommodation, and the quality of your trip protection. Focus on those 3 variables and select what’s right for you.
Whether it be through a credit card company or independent insurance provider, protect your vacation from cancellation, interruption and other adversities.
A broken arm on vacation shouldn’t cost you another one.