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Cheapflights.co.uk

December 06, 2011 10:26 ET

'Tis the Season to Ensure Your Travels, Advises Cheapflights.co.uk

Don't Get Snowed Under by Uninsured Holiday Plans; Protect Yourself With Cheapflights' Top Travel Insurance Tips

LONDON--(Marketwire - Dec 6, 2011) - Thinking back to last year's travel chaos caused by snowy weather, Cheapflights.co.uk, the UK's leading website for travel deals comparison, helps travellers protect themselves in the event of another white Christmas and the havoc that may come with it.

The website's insurance tips for holiday season 2011 provide advice on all-round protection covering everything from healthcare to lost baggage and cancelled flights.

"The world has had its fair share of travel chaos caused by weather events this past year. From snow disruptions, which brought both planes and trains virtually to a halt, to volcanic ash grounding flights in Australia, there were stranded travellers aplenty in the last 12 months," says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for Cheapflights.co.uk.

"The lesson learned is that it's important to understand travel insurance and use it wisely to protect yourself and your trip. While it may not be possible to plan for absolutely everything, it's quite possible to get cover for most things," adds Hallak.

In these top tips, Cheapflights guides travellers on how to get the best coverage and where and how to ensure they're protected for everything from lost baggage to tour operator collapses to weather disruptions.

Policies: who, how much and where?
As a starting point, it's important to know that general travel policies tend to cover the traveller in the event of lost baggage, cancellations and medical care while overseas. Notable insurance policy providers include AA, AXA, Virgin Money Essentials, Holiday Safe, Topnotchcover, Leisurecare, Simple Travel and AnnualTravelInsurance.com, among others. Policies start from as low as around £19 annual for individuals and £30 upward for families. Travel insurance is available for both business and leisure travel.

Unplanned disruptions
Unplanned disruptions such as cancellations caused by bad weather or travel organiser collapse often fall outside general travel insurance. One simple way to ensure money back in the event of unplanned disruptions is to book using a credit card. This means money back should any of these events occur. Those booking package holidays or even just flights should also make a point to work with travel companies that are ATOL bonded. ATOL licenses travel companies that have participated in a financial guarantee scheme to ensure customers are reimbursed in the event of a collapse or brought home should the collapse occur during their time abroad.

Single trip vs. annual multi-trip
When it comes to insurance, the rule is generally more means less. In other words, an annual multi-trip insurance policy is going to be cheaper than taking out a single trip insurance policy each time you travel. Policies tend to have different levels of cover, varying in price, but starting as low as a one-off payment of £19 or even less in some cases. They may also specify a time limit for the amount of cover offered. For example, the policy may insure the traveller for up to 60 days or less per trip, depending on the type of policy taken.

Health insurance on the go
UK residents travelling through EU countries holding a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to medical treatment within state run hospitals in those countries at the same cost as local residents. As such, in cases where treatment would be free for local residents within the destination, it would also be free for the EHIC holder. Additional eligible countries also include Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland. Cards are free for all, including children, and can last up to five years then renewed online. Apply through the EHIC website.

Worldwide medical insurance can either be covered by purchasing a general travel insurance policy or by purchasing separate, international cover. When deciding which to take out, consumers should consider the amount of travel they do and any outstanding health issues in order to determine how much cover they might require.

Winter sports and adventure travel
Ski season is in full swing, so those heading off on a skiing or other adventure type holiday should make sure they're covered correctly/adequately. Policies insure for everything from injury to lost, misdirected or damaged equipment. However, customers should inspect policies carefully because when it comes to extreme sports like heli-skiing or bungee jumping, some providers may limit the number of times the traveller can indulge in their adrenaline sport of choice. For example, they may cover for two bungee jumps, but not three or they may cover for leisurely skiing, but not a ski race. The cost of winter sports insurance can vary starting from around £20-25 per individual and around £40 upwards for families.

For more information on travel insurance, visit http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/travel-tips/travel-insurance/

To search and compare flights, visit http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/

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Cheapflights Media is an international media network helping over 11 million visitors a month find top travel deals. Our Cheapflights brand was launched in 1996 and pioneered the online comparison of flight deals for users. Today, users compare a wide range of deals from hundreds of partners including online travel agents, consolidators and airlines to find the very best flight deals. With a mission to be the starting point for travel, Cheapflights works to deliver the industry's best airfare bargains, expert tips and inspiration. There are currently Cheapflights sites in the U.K., U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia & New Zealand, France, Italy and Spain. For more information, visit www.cheapflights.co.uk. Our newest brand, Momondo, is a leading travel search engine for finding comprehensive worldwide pricing and availability on airfares. Winner of several awards, the site is ideal for users on specific travel schedules. For more information, visit www.momondo.com.

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