What’s the difference between an underwriter, administrator, and agent?
In the world of tangible goods, you have a manufacturer, a distributor, and a retailer.
The manufacturer designs the product and decides what materials to use in making it.
The distributor negotiates prices with the manufacturer and arranges for the product to be sold by retailers.
The retailer finds customers, explains the product, makes the sale, and provides support.
It basically works the same in insurance
An underwriter is the manufacturer. They design the products (policies), decide what to include in it (coverages), and what they need to charge to make a profit (premium collected vs. risk of paid claims)
An administrator is the distributor. They handle phone calls, process applications, and administer policies. They also work with agents and brokers.
Agents are the retailers. They market the policies, help customers find the right product, answer questions, submit applications, and collect payment.
InsureMyTrip.com is an agency (retailer). They market policies for administrators such as CSA Travel Protection, Seven Corners, and Travelex. These administrators process payments/claims for policies underwritten by companies like AIG and Virginia Surety.