SOURCE: CSA Travel Protection

January 08, 2008 08:15 ET

Travelers in 2008 Can Enjoy Ultimate "Peace of Mind"

CSA Travel Protection and Europ Assistance USA Join Forces to Offer 24/7/365 Travel Convenience, Security and Assistance

SAN DIEGO, CA and WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - January 8, 2008) - Millions of folks traveling this year on vacation, business or any other reason can rest easy. CSA Travel Protection and Europ Assistance USA today announced the two companies have teamed up to offer trekkers convenient 24-hour travel response and assistance, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The joined network offers travelers security and improved customer service with a human touch.

"Europ Assistance has a global network of dedicated staff in virtually any country of the world," said Mr. Les D. Maine, chairman and president of CSA. "This helps us provide convenience, security and assistance expected from our valued customers. And Europ's plans will grow with ours."

Peace of mind is a benefit CSA prides itself on providing, and it's one that is one the top of the list with travelers. According to a recent survey conducted by the U.S. Travel Insurance Association (UStiA), six in 10 people said they believe having travel insurance gives them peace of mind while on the road.

Both CSA and Europ Assistance focus on providing consumers with personal, quick unparalleled customer service for both leisure and business travelers. In addition to emergency medical transportation, luggage coverage and concierge services, the new network offers added protection and benefits, including:

--  Travel Companion Assistance - Individuals travelling with the insured
    are also covered if a medical emergency interrupts the trip.
--  Pet Return - If an emergency makes it impossible for a traveler to
    tend to a pet with them on the trip, CSA will care for the pet and arrange
    a safe trip home.
--  Vehicle Return - A designated person or provider will take your
    automobile home, or drop a rented car off at the agency, if mechanical or
    medical issues prevent the traveler from driving the vehicle.

According to Guillaume Deybach, president and CEO of Europ Assistance USA, "Our company prides itself on being the human face of emergency travel assistance. Teaming up with a company like CSA that shares our vision and values was a given."

As of January 1, 2008, all CSA insurance policies include the Europ Assistance USA 24/7/365 assistance plan.

About CSA Travel Protection

CSA Travel Protection is dedicated to providing affordable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect your valuable investment and provide the peace of mind you deserve while traveling. Since its inception in 1991, CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and evolving products and services to meet their needs. Through superior customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, we're with you every step of the way whenever and wherever you need us.

About Europ Assistance USA

Europ Assistance USA, headquartered in Washington, DC, is a part of the multinational Europ Assistance Group and its network of 71 companies, 5,000 employees and more than 850,000 service providers and medical personnel offering assistance services in 208 countries and territories around the globe. For close to half a century, the group has tailored solutions for assisting people wherever they may be and helping them respond to the unexpected throughout their daily lives. Services include emergency medical transportation, medical referrals, case monitoring claims management, identity theft resolution and data breach response services. Twenty-four hours a day at 34 assistance centers worldwide, multilingual assistance coordinators answer more than two calls per second and handle one assistance case every two seconds.

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