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Posted: 5/8/2012

Brits still shunning travel cover

Shocking figures show the majority of British people planning to holiday abroad haven't sorted out travel insurance.

A survey by the Money Advice Service found that of people who expect to go away this summer, 49% have arranged travel insurance, 17% haven't yet got round to it, and 34% say they won't get a policy at all. Though the survey questioned 2,000 people, that response could translate to a Full Story

Posted: 1/8/2012

"Free" insurance in premium bank accounts under examination

Banks have been warned they may need to review the way they offer insurance policies such as travel cover to customers.

Many banks include the policies, which can also involve mobile phone insurance and breakdown cover, as part of premium bank accounts where customers pay a monthly fee. The Full Story

Posted: 25/7/2012

10 Brits a day in foreign hospitals

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has revealed that a record number of Brits are being hospitalised abroad. It's another sign of the importance of travel insurance.

The figures show that an average of 70 British people need hospital treatment abroad every year. While heart attacks are a leading cause, pedestrians being hit by cars and people falling from balconies are also common. That's led to the surprising situation in which teenagers are among the most likely to need Full Story

Posted: 15/7/2012

New travel policy covers late airport arrival

A new specialist travel policy covers passengers who lose out because they miss a scheduled flight.

The policy, from No Exclusions, is currently only available to passengers who are flying with EasyJet, but the company hopes to extend it to cover other airlines.

The cover isn't designed to replace traditional travel insurance, and doesn't Full Story

Posted: 24/5/2012

Pre-existing conditions not necessarily a barrier to travel cover

Insurance comparison site Confused has become the latest to offer a dedicated search tool for would-be travellers who have pre-existing medical conditions.

The company says that although many insurers either refuse to cover people with certain conditions or dramatically increase premiums, it is a myth that people in Full Story

Posted: 7/1/2012

Travel insurance get-out clause under scrutiny

There's been a 50% rise in complaints about travel insurers changing policies after they've begun.

The problem, reported by consumer group Which?, involves cases where policyholders have developed a medical condition for the first time after starting a policy but before going on holiday.

Around one in three people in such situations who informed their insurers of such a development Full Story

Posted: 15/8/2011

Holiday medical treatment costs a fortune

The average cost of medical bills for Brits taken ill or injured abroad has reached dramatic levels, prompting warnings that travel insurance is more important than ever.

Sainsbury's Travel Insurance revealed details of claims made by customers for medical treatment in 10 popular holiday destinations, with the average claim being £1,333. There was some significant variation: while the average Full Story

Posted: 8/4/2011

Brits risking costly mini breaks by skipping travel insurance

British holidaymakers are taking unnecessary risks by travelling abroad for short breaks without adequate insurance, a survey suggested this week.

Insurance firm Protect Your Bubble found that 84% of people take out travel insurance for trips of a week or more, but just 48% do so on a European "minibreak."

When those who didn't take out insurance for short trips were asked to Full Story

Posted: 4/2/2011

Travel operator bankruptcy cover to be expanded

The government is planning a major expansion in the protection offered to travelers when companies go bankrupt.

At the moment, a scheme known as Air Travel Organiser's Licensing (ATOL) covers travellers who book package holidays: that is, the accommodation and flight are bought from the same operator. If such companies go bankrupt, the scheme pays a full refund to people yet to travel, and covers the cost of a flight home to those already abroad. The scheme is funded by a Full Story

Posted: 3/12/2010

Travel insurance price hikes may be imminent

Travel insurance premiums may rise rapidly next year if rumours from the industry are correct.

There are predictions that cheaper policies may rise by as much as 40%, while Axa travel insurance has confirmed that an increase of at least 10% is imminent.

At least three factors are contributing to the expected increases: a growing level of fraud increasing insurer costs; a rise in the tax on Full Story

PLEASE NOTE: Travel insurance news items are intended for information only and should not be relied upon when making decisions. Due to their nature some of the information in these news stories may no longer be current.
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