Your Coverage During Winter Storm Nemo

As the most recent winter storm approach, travel plans for persons traveling through airports along the northeastern seaboard (i.e. New York, Philadelphia, Boston, etc.) may be disrupted for a few days beginning Thursday, February 7th, 2013.  While many travel suppliers and airlines are trying to reroute and/or reprotect travelers on alternate flights, some delays and/or cancellations are inevitable.
We receive many questions regarding what may or may not be covered in weather-related situations.  Following are some general guidelines – subject to the provisions and limits specific to your plan – regarding the various coverages available:

Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption or Missed Connection – Generally, if your flight is delayed or canceled due to inclement weather, and there is a complete cessation of services for the number of hours specified in your plan, you can take a an alternate flight when travel is possible and be reimbursed for the unused land or water arrangements and any of the specified additional transportation expenses, up to the plan limit, or, If this is not feasible, you can cancel your trip.  There is no coverage if you cancel your trip based upon the possibility of a storm striking your home or trip destination, but coverage is available if your home is made uninhabitable by the storm.  Call us at 1-888-885-7233 and we will be happy to review your benefits and plan provisions with you.

Trip/Travel Delay – If your plan includes travel delay benefits, additional meal and accommodation expenses may be reimbursed up to the amount provided by the plan if you have left home and travel is delayed for the number of hours specified in your plan due to flight delays or cancellations.

Again, if you have any questions, you can reach us at 1-888-885-7233.

Safe travels,
Your Friends at TravelSafe

Let’s Get Social!


How would you like to get travel tips, share travel insurance advice, receive severe weather updates, see amazing travel photos and connect with other travel agents and travelers all in one place? We’ve got just the spot for you.

TravelSafe is hitting the web to make all of this possible. Start by “Liking” us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and connecting with us on LinkedIn.

We’ll be sharing all things travel including news about our New Rates and Age Bands, how holiday travel plans have been stalled by this bad weather and much more.

So get connected now to stay up to date on the latest news, connect with other travel professionals, day dream about a beach vacation and get travel insurance tips.

You’ll also want to stay tuned because there are more ways to connect coming soon! In the near future, you’ll be Pinning your way to your next vacation and telling us all about it on Google+. Until then, we’ll see you on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

Before you go – tell us, what do you want to see on our Pinterest and Google+ pages?

Winter Storm “Draco” Causes Delays

UPDATE –

The winter storm traveling across the midwest continues to wreak havoc in several states. A blizzard warning from the National Weather Service remains in effect for the region including states from Colorado to Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, there were 47 flights canceled at Denver International Airport. On Thursday, 30,000 people lost power in the state of Iowa, Highway 6 was closed at Loveland Pass in Colorado. Flights are predicted to be delayed or cancelled through the rest of the week, so make sure to check your flight status and be safe while traveling.

Stay tuned for the latest on this storm and how it could affect your travel plans. As always, if you have any questions about your coverage during this storm, leave a comment below or call us at 1-888-885-7233.

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Mother Nature has started singing Christmas carols, and first up is “Let It Snow”! Storms across the nation are threatening to delay travel plans for millions of Americans this year.

Colorado, Kansas and Iowa are expected to get the worst of the storm on Wednesday with blizzard warnings in effect and up to a foot of snow predicted in the Rockies. Delays already started Wednesday morning at Denver International Airport, where flights were delayed up to 30 minutes due to snow and ice.

The Pacific Northwest is currently digging themselves out of a storm that previously hit the busy travel hub, but they are expected to receive more than a foot of snow on Wednesday according to the National Weather Service.

It doesn’t stop there. The National Weather Service also warned that Chicago could be hit by heavy snow and slick roads on Thursday. In addition, Detroit is expected to see unpleasant travel conditions with rain and wind coming on Thursday, and quickly changing to snow and ice on Friday.

These storms come just as 93 million American travelers are heading out for Christmas and New Year’s. There is some good news – it seems that airlines are in the holiday spirit. Most major airlines including United, Frontier and Southwest are waiving change fees due to the weather.

Stay tuned to our blog for the latest on this storm and how it could affect your travel plans. As always, please remember to check the status of your flight before heading to the airport. Even if your holiday travel plans don’t include one of these destinations, your plane may be delayed or stranded at one of them.

If you have any questions on your coverage during this storm, please leave a comment below or call us at 1-888-885-7233.

Safe travels,
Your friends at TravelSafe

Save Your Vacation from the Flu Bug

There’s nothing worse than coming down with the flu while you’re on vacation, and who can forget the H1N1 hysteria that hit travelers a few years ago? Wether it is a virus or just a cold, follow these steps to stay flu-free during your winter vacation.
Take some extra time to sleep in! According to the Mayo Clinic, quality sleep means a quality immune system. Your body needs that time to recover and fight infectious germs. In fact, studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold.
Wash your hands! While this one seems like a no-brainer, sometimes there’s not always a sink available while you’re traveling. To combat this type of situation, pack a kit with antibacterial hand sanitizer, tissues, and nasal spray. In addition to your hands, use the antibacterial hand sanitizer on any public surfaces like the tray table on your flight or the hand rail on the subway.

Like your parents always said – eat your fruit and vegetables! This is another key to keeping up your immune system. If you load up with fresh fruit and vegetables two weeks before your trip to boost zinc levels and ward off the flu virus!
Grab a glass of water. Experts advise drinking eight ounces for every hour you’ll be traveling. When your body is well-hydrated, it is able to fight off germs and keep your immune system running at full speed. If you’re itching for a cocktail, experts also recommend having two glasses of water with each alcoholic bevarage.
Follow the doctor’s orders! A check up at the doctor is a good thing to have before
traveling. You can find out what illnesses you might be susceptible at your destination.

You’ll also want to make sure you’re up-to-date on your immunizations. One of the most important immunizations is the flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly encourage that every American—especially young kids, pregnant women, those over 65, and anyone with a chronic illness—get immunized every year.
But even if you follow all of these tips, sometimes coming down with the latest bug is inevitable. That’s where we come in. If you, a family member or your traveling partner fall ill, travel insurance may be able to help salvage your vacation. If you have questions about how you’re covered with your current travel insurance or how you could be covered by investing in travel insurance, please post a comment below or call us at 1-888-885-7233 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.
Safe travels,
Your friends at TravelSafe

Winter Travel on a Budget

 

Looking to escape the winter months and get some sun? Or how about embracing the cold and hitting the slopes? We’ve compiled a list of travel destinations that will help you do just that, but won’t break the bank.

First up is Sedona, Arizona. This desert town boasts spa resorts, warm weather and great hiking locations. So wether you’re looking to relax or get active, Sedona is great place to visit this winter. You’ll get a great deal for your money with most resorts offering massages or spa credit along with the nightly room rate.

On the other side of the country, Naples, Florida has enjoyable weather and beaches to match. In December, resorts that provide discounts between Thanksgiving and Christmas time. Naples is a perfect vacation destination if you like to spend time on the beach, golf or just want to do some holiday shopping at the many seaside shops.

Heading back to the West Coast, California Wine Country makes for a nice winter vacation. You can save money on this trip by traveling during the week. Wine Country is usually crowded on the weekends, but if you travel during the week, you can escape the crowds and the extra cost. Cheers to that!

Lastly, if you want to travel out of the country, Vancouver, British Columbia is full of business hotels that have great rates on the weekend. This Canadian city is great for travelers who want to hit the slopes this winter or explore Vancouver’s downtown.

Wherever you decide to head this winter, make sure you cover your investment by purchasing travel insurance. Leave a comment below or call us at 1-888-885-7233, and we can answer your travel insurance questions.

Travel safe this winter!