Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hurricane Irma Update: Expect Delays, Upsurge in Trip Cancellation Claims

Record claims are expected as Hurricane Irma forces thousands of travelers to cancel trips to Florida and the Caribbean. Due to an upsurge, travel insurance customers should anticipate delays.

When filing a storm-related travel insurance claim, travelers should also do the following:
• Call or email the travel insurance company to understand the claim requirements. A specific form may be required for each benefit within a policy. For example, if a hurricane forced the traveler to cancel a trip, that traveler would then fill out a trip cancellation form—not a trip delay or trip interruption form.
• Save all travel-related receipts and documents. While claims examiners are aware of the hurricane, documentation is still required and will be requested from travelers submitting claims.
Any traveler filing a claim during this time will likely experience a significant delay getting it processed. To prevent additional lag time, InsureMyTrip urges affected travelers that purchased a policy before the storm being named, to contact their travel insurance company as soon as possible to start the process. For the latest information, visit Insuremytrip website.

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