Many travelers remain in doubt as to whether or not they should travel after fears of the hijacked coronavirus titles.
On Tuesday, in the lively O’Hare International terminal, some travelers said they considered canceling their travels, while others said they didn’t think twice.
Many of the travelers who went out of town on Tuesday booked their trips long before COVID-19 became a worldwide concern. They told NBC 5 not to seriously consider buying travel insurance – and that’s good news for them.
If they had given up on these charges, they would probably be unfortunate for any coronavirus-related cancellation on their part.
“A big problem with travel insurance is that most of the policies sold don’t actually cover you for things like epidemics and pandemics. They are explicitly excluded from coverage,” said Consumer Checkbook CEO Kevin Brasler to NBC 5.
The only armored reimbursement protection for passengers at this point is for those who have purchased tickets for the hard-hit regions, such as China, South Korea or Italy. In a growing list, airlines including American, Delta and United have issued temporary exemptions for cancellation fees.
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According to Kasara Barto with the Squaremouth travel insurance search engine, those who choose to purchase travel insurance will want to get a “cancellation for any reason” plan.
This insurance is priced much higher than the average travel insurance, however, said Jesse Neugarten, CEO of Dollar Flight Club.
“These high-end insurance plans are ideal for the current travel climate,” he said. “The only drawback you might consider is that these policies can cost up to 50% more than a standard travel insurance policy.”