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Why you should buy travel insurance for your holiday trip

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Lori Judd is aware of rather a lot about planning holidays.

She’s been planning journeys and getaways for almost three a long time. The longtime, licensed agent with Prestige Travel Vacations says now, greater than ever, individuals should buy travel insurance when planning a trip, as too many issues can go improper.

Over the weekend, hundreds of Southwest Airlines flights had been canceled, and the disruptions continued Monday, when cancellations amounted to 10% of Southwest’s schedule, and at the very least 1,400 different flights, or roughly 40%, had been delayed, in accordance with the FlightAware monitoring service. 

Many passengers had been caught in airports, scrambling to discover a method to get residence. One couple on the Tampa International Airport advised WFLA they paid as a lot as $1,000 in extra prices. The airline has blamed the whole lot from air visitors management points, to disruptive climate, to staffing shortages.

With the vacations quick approaching, consultants are predicting travel this season to succeed in pre-pandemic ranges.

“It’s time we have to get back to life, and you need to cover those trip costs,” Judd stated.

Passengers can defend themselves through the upcoming travel season by buying travel insurance forward of time, consultants say.

“I say that it’s highly recommended, and I give you the price upfront with trip insurance included because it is so important,” Judd advised WFLA.

The question of whether or not to get travel insurance is prime of thoughts for many proper now as travel troubles proceed to plague the nation. Judd stated buying travel insurance is completely price it.

“I don’t believe it should be an add-on anymore in this day and age,” Judd defined. “It’s just too many things that can happen.”

She stated she not solely recommends insurance, however she additionally buys it herself for each trip she takes, particularly through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a huge savings. So if you purchase it upfront and if you purchase it within seven to 14 days, it covers preexisting. You can get ‘cancel-for-any-reason’ for an extra benefit. Cancel for work reasons. There’s a lot of people who can’t go because, you know, last-minute, their boss says, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, but you have to do ‘this.’ I know you have a trip, but sorry,’” Judd remarked.

With frequent delays and cancellations, together with the opportunity of passengers testing optimistic for COVID-19, Judd advises to not take any probabilities.

“You have to test negative coming into the country if you fly out of the country. So, a lot of people don’t think about that extra cost they’re going to incur. And, the travel trip insurance will then help cover some of those extra amenities,” Judd stated.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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