Natural Disaster and Travel Insurance

How does travel insurance apply?

Travel Insurance policies contain 4 separate coverages that might apply:

1. trip cancellation,
2. trip interruption,
3. missed connection, and
4. travel delay.

All 4 of these are “named peril” coverages which will only provide coverage if the claim was caused by one of the specific covered events.

Earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, and volcanic eruptions are only a few disasters that can be classified as a “natural disaster”.  This classification can have a big impact on coverage for trip cancellation, interruption, and travel delay coverages. Under those coverages some, but not all, companies include “natural disasters” which makes your home or  your destination uninhabitable.

Coverage for travel delay and missed connection is clearer. These coverages are also “named peril” benefits however, the majority of plans include “natural disaster” as a covered event.

As with all travel insurance coverages, the event that causes your loss has to be reasonably unforeseeable at the time you purchased your policy.  As a rule of thumb, if a storm is already named or wildfire is in the news prior to buying the insurance than it won’t be considered “unforeseeable”.

Bottom line is to read your plan carefully and don’t assume that there will or will not be coverage.

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