Travel insurance is the best way to protect your trip investment from the unexpected. Traveling is an exciting experience, and anything can happen while you are away from home. Our specially designed travel insurance plans paired with our world-class services provide you with the coverage and confidence you need to travel without worry. Wherever your travels take you, we offer coverage to protect both domestic and international trips. Whether you’re taking a cruise, studying abroad with a student travel program, or taking that family vacation that you’ve always dreamed of—we’re here to ensure you have the coverage you need.
IMG’s line of travel insurance products, iTravelInsured Lite, iTravelInsured SE, and iTravelInsured LX, provides varying levels of coverage for trip cancellation, baggage delay, trip interruption, medical benefits, and many other travel-related events and expenses. These plans were designed to protect you from financial losses should something bad happen before or during your trip.
Do I need travel insurance?
- Could you afford to lose your non-refundable, pre-paid travel expenses in the case of your trip being cancelled due to an unforeseen event (ex: death of a family member)?
- Are you traveling to a destination that may be affected by severe weather?
- If you were to get sick or injured on the trip, would you be unable to pay out of pocket for the necessary healthcare?
- If your flight is delayed or cancelled, would you seek reimbursement for the inconvenience and additional charges such as change fees?
- If your luggage is lost or stolen, could you afford to replace the missing baggage or personal effects?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider travel insurance. While trip cancellation insurance is not mandatory, some countries require proof that a traveler has travel medical insurance before allowing entry. Check out our blog post, "Is Travel Insurance Worth It?" for more information about travel insurance.
How much does travel insurance cost?
Travel insurance costs can range anywhere from 4 to 10 percent of your total trip costs.
Price varies based on how much coverage you’re looking for, and the reasons you’d like to insure your trip. If you’re looking for “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage or to insure a luxury trip, then iTravelInsured Travel LX is the plan for you. iTravelInsured Travel LX offers the option to cancel your trip regardless of the circumstances.** However, if you’re looking for more standard cancellation benefits, such as if an immediate family member falls ill and you need to cancel, then the iTravelInsured Travel SE and iTravelInsured Travel Lite plans may be the right plans for you.
What's the difference between travel insurance and travel medical insurance?
Travel insurance is a great way to protect your financial investment for your trip. Travel benefits can provide coverage for prepaid, non-refundable trip costs and some plans also offer limited medical coverage benefits.
Travel medical insurance is primarily used for short term medical coverage when you are traveling outside of your home country. Your domestic insurance plan often does not provide coverage for you in foreign countries. If you were to fall ill or get in an accident, you could have to pay out-of-pocket for those expenses.
Travel Insurance may provide coverage* for items such as:
- Prepaid, non-refundable expenses
- Trip cancellation**
- Travel delay
- Trip interruption
- Lost or stolen luggage
- Emergency medical evacuation*
- Accident and sickness medical expenses*
Credit Card Insurance May Not Cover You
Your credit card may boast about offering travel insurance benefits, but the reality is that they are simply a credit card company. They may offer some benefits with low maximum limits. For instance, if you miss your connecting flight due to a travel delay or your luggage gets lost, you may receive some limited coverage only for those items. If you purchase a travel protection plan through IMG, you are purchasing from a company whose specialty is travel insurance. To learn more, check out "The Truth About Credit Card Travel Insurance."
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you know if any type of travel insurance coverage is included with your credit card? How about your health care policy? Maybe your homeowner’s plan? Medicare?
Travel insurance is designed to provide coverage where none exists, or at least fill in major gaps that exist in other types of insurance programs. Coverage gaps are caused by a complete absence of coverage, deductibles, exclusions, coinsurance or co-payment penalties. Review your personal credit card, health, homeowner’s and other insurance programs that you already own, and use this guide to make an informed decision about the purchase of travel insurance.
Credit Cards - Recent estimates suggest that the average American has four credit cards. A review of over 136 credit cards revealed that less than 15% actually provided some type of travel insurance as a credit card benefit, and if they did it was on a very limited basis. Trip cancellation and Interruption benefits are not typical benefits offered by credit card programs.
Homeowner’s or Renters Insurance - Personal Property Coverage in a Homeowner’s insurance coverage generally provides for loss to personal property, anywhere in the world, subject to named perils (i.e. fire, theft, vandalism, etc.), less a deductible (usually $500 or $1,000), contained in “temporary living quarters” occupied by the named Insured. Homeowner’s insurance does not provide coverage for trip cancellation, interruption, baggage delay or medical benefits.
Health/Medical Insurance Plans - Traditional domestic health insurance plans may not provide coverage outside the U.S. If they do, the plans may impose high deductibles ($1,000 to $5,000) and co-pays (60 – 80% of eligible charges). Out-of-country emergency medical transportation services are not commonly offered under health care plans due to the cost for this service.
Medicare - To be eligible for Medicare, a U.S. citizen must be aged 65 or older. Medicare does not provide coverage outside the U.S. unless a Medigap (C or higher) plan is purchased. Medigap plans generally limit coverage to 80% of emergency treatment costs less a $250 deductible. Most Medigap plans also have a lifetime maximum of $50,000.
U.S. Embassies - The U.S. government will not provide coverage for medical costs or medical transportation needs. The State Department may assist in arranging medical transportation, but the responsibility for payment is yours alone.
Check your other insurance carefully to understand what benefits are offered with your credit card and how those benefits are activated. Airlines, cruise lines, hotels, tour operators have cancellation penalties. A discussion with your travel agent will help you become aware of your financial exposure should the unexpected happen.
Protect your financial investment with an iTravelInsured plan.
The perils protected against are listed in your policy and include various benefits available to you in the event you must interrupt your covered trip for a covered reason. These perils are similar to the trip cancellation perils except they provide coverage once you depart for your covered trip. The insured is reimbursed for unused non-refundable travel arrangements plus additional transportation costs to catch up to their trip or return home early.
Coverage begins at 12:01 a.m. on the day after the date the appropriate premium for this policy is received. This is your “Effective Date” and begins the trip cancellation benefits. All other coverage begins when you depart on the first travel arrangement for your trip.
To be eligible for trip cancellation reimbursement, you must cancel your trip due to one of the reasons covered in your policy. Depending on your choice of policy, qualified reasons could be limited to weather and family emergencies or illnesses, while others allow you to cancel your trip for any reason.
Your credit card or domestic insurance may cover you in some instances, but few plans are as comprehensive as travel insurance. It is best to check all of your existing insurance policies before traveling abroad so that you're aware of how you're covered.
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