Allianz Travel Insurance has warned that holidaymakers heading off on winter trips need to make sure that they are prepared for potentially hazardous weather conditions; the company has released some of its claims data for the 2018/2019 winter storm season as it stands, to illustrate the potential for peril.
Already, the season has seen storms Jayden, Harper, Avery, Bruce and Carter sweep in and strike, and Allianz has received over 3,200 claims from customers whose travel plans have been disrupted as a result. As of 7 February, the company had received 345 claims related to Winter Storm Jayden, 2046 related to Harper, 53 related to Carter, 272 related to Bruce and 501 related to Avery.
Allianz has advised customers to refer to their policy documentation if they have questions, and to contact the 24/7 customer service department if they have problems.
“Winter travel can be unpredictable and stressful – travel insurance can provide peace of mind for those worried about weather impacting their trips,” said Daniel Durazo, Director of Marketing and Communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. “The right policy can reimburse you for travel delays or cancellations and assist in getting you to your destination. Allianz’s SmartBenefits can even provide proactive claims payments within minutes after a qualifying flight delay.”
Allianz also reminds its customers that once a storm has been named, travel insurance cannot be bought to cover it; travellers can only rely on coverage they have already taken out, and even then, there may be caveats. As ever, consumers are advised to purchase coverage as soon as their trip is booked.