Travel suppliers don’t always have their passengers’ best interests at heart. They are, after all, trying to make a business work in a time when travel can sometimes be problematic. One case in point: this recent story of a senior couple who booked travel into Egypt before the latest unrest began. While their travel supplier canceled some tours and refunded guests, later tours were deemed safe by their contacts in Egypt.
The news reports, however, were providing a different story and the U.S. State Department was warning citizens to defer all non essential travel to Egypt.
What’s a nervous traveler to do when their travel supplier leaves them high and dry by refusing to cancel and refund the travel costs? Purchasing travel insurance coverage that included trip cancellation coverage that included terrorism or mandatory evacuations as a covered reason for canceling a trip would have helped this couple.
In all likelihood, having ‘cancel for any reason’ coverage would have been the best coverage because they could cancel their trip for a refund even if the travel supplier wants to go forward with the trip. This coverage must be purchased soon after making your initial trip deposit and in some situations (like this one), it can be worth every penny.