Travel insurance providers Cover-More and Suresave have confirmed they will provide cover for thousands of policyholders whose travel has likely been impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the US.
Cove-More confirms it has over 11,500 policyholders in the US and has already taken hundreds of enquires about what cover is available.
A spokesperson for Cover-More David Ferguson said cover will apply for travellers with Cover-More policies purchased on or before 28 October 2012.
Meanwhile Suresave policyholders who purchased insurance on or before 27 October will be covered, with the company expecting most claims to fall under medical expenses overseas, additional expenses and medical evacuation, cancellation costs or rearrangement of travel plans, travel delay, withdrawal of services, luggage and personal effects
Policyholders that are yet to depart and have travel plans or parts of their journey that are directly affected by the hurricane will be covered for any amendment or cancellation costs, whichever is the lesser value to set limits as per their policy with their individual insurance company.
“With thousands of flights grounded across the east coast, we want to reassure our customers that their Cover-More travel insurance policies will automatically be extended for the period they are stranded in the US,” Mr Ferguson added.
Mr Ferguson also urged travellers not to panic if their Cover-More travel insurance policy has, or is set to expire as the 24 hour emergency assistance team is available to customers overseas who need medical and logistical help.
Cover-More added that fortunately there has not yet been any report of injuries.Customers are urged to keep documentation showing their original travel plans, including proof of pre-paid accommodation and transport, together with receipts for the new arrangements they make, to ensure a quicker claims process.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W