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Old 10-20-2014, 08:50 PM   #21
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Still nothing on refunds for travel restrictions? I'm not concerned on the medical aid of it as I'm covered in Mexico with my existing insurance. I'm more concerned if Mexico says 'no flights from America!'

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Old 10-21-2014, 01:20 AM   #22
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I live abroad and 'roll the dice' as in no travel insurance.

I am more concerned about returning to the US with no insurance...
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Still nothing on refunds for travel restrictions? I'm not concerned on the medical aid of it as I'm covered in Mexico with my existing insurance. I'm more concerned if Mexico says 'no flights from America!'

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This seems very improbable to me, and something that would be hard to find coverage for if that did actually happen. Though I can't envision this possibility, I'd say if that was the case, you could work through the airline to get flights changed for a small fee to fly into another country, then into Mexico.

If you've got medical coverage through your existing insurance, then I'd say you are in good shape.
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We've done a lot of overseas travel, mainly to UK and Africa. Have not had the insurance, but having witnessed what my son went through with a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) while working in Tanzania, we will definitely get it for trips to Africa. Not for UK. Among other fun events he was taken by air ambulance to Johannesberg SA, and then to Chicago with a Dr. escort (business class). Did a volunteer trip last year to Honduras, got the insurance for that as it's a pretty sketchy place.
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This seems very improbable to me, and something that would be hard to find coverage for if that did actually happen. Though I can't envision this possibility, I'd say if that was the case, you could work through the airline to get flights changed for a small fee to fly into another country, then into Mexico.

If you've got medical coverage through your existing insurance, then I'd say you are in good shape.
Actually, the flight isn't as big a deal...the house I am renting...well, it's quite a bit more expensive and that's the cost I would like to cover. And perhaps it's improbable (the only reason you can get insurance for it!) but it is a possibility and I'd like to insure that risk if I can.

I suppose I will just give some the of the companies a ring-ring and see what they say.
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Still nothing on refunds for travel restrictions? I'm not concerned on the medical aid of it as I'm covered in Mexico with my existing insurance. I'm more concerned if Mexico says 'no flights from America!'
This has happened to me and I've seen it happen to others. In all cases tickets were allowed to be exchanged without restriction or fully refunded. This was with AA and UA, not sure about other airlines. If they were purchased in the US with a US credit card the additional CC protections would also apply.
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:43 PM   #27
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I am more concerned about returning to the US with no insurance...
I wonder about this too.

We are planning on backpacking for awhile overseas (maybe a year) and I'm not sure what to do about insurance. We'll get travel insurance to cover medical incidents overseas and evac, but I'm thinking we should hold onto a high deductible plan stateside too so we have a way to pay for care if evac.

So would double up, basically paying for health insurance in the US even though we won't be here.
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Air Ambulance | Medical Flight Transport Services | Air Ambulance Services

Angel Flight...
Some years ago, we became members after a potential medical flight from Florida to Illinois... Commercial at the time was about $25,000. Can't remember the cost but very, very little. Back then, some of the costs were based on ability to pay.. I don't believe it was international at the time... circa 1995. As I recall, the service was a loose organization of private pilots, one of which lived in our community.

EDIT!!!... oooops...
The above link was for a totally different corporation. Here's the link to the Angel Flight that I was referring to... Definitely worth a look!
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I wonder about this too.

We are planning on backpacking for awhile overseas (maybe a year) and I'm not sure what to do about insurance. We'll get travel insurance to cover medical incidents overseas and evac, but I'm thinking we should hold onto a high deductible plan stateside too so we have a way to pay for care if evac.

So would double up, basically paying for health insurance in the US even though we won't be here.
I'm still deciding whether or not to enroll in an ACA policy when I return or rely (roll the dice) using the Veterans Administration for the next three years until I hit the sweet spot (Medicare)
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I figure a high deductible bronze plan won't be that much, and it would be there just so our worst possible damage if evac'd back to the US with a serious medical issue is the annual out of pocket max of $12,700.
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I figure a high deductible bronze plan won't be that much, and it would be there just so our worst possible damage if evac'd back to the US with a serious medical issue is the annual out of pocket max of $12,700.
Being over 60 in Texas, I'll pay $975/mo for a bronze ACA policy covering me and DW. Each one of us would have a $6,000 deductible before any benefits kick in other than the "free" annual physical. I don't think that qualifies as "won't be that much."
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When my FIL passed away it was on the exact day we were going to fly to London for 3 weeks of UK travel. We had been told by the nursing home about 2 weeks before we left that he was starting to go down hill and may not last the time we would be gone. We cancelled about 10 days before we were to leave.

We had trip insurance. Continental (pre-United) readily refunded our plane tickets with just a note from the nursing home's doctor. I attached it to an email, sent it and got the money credited to my CC in two days.

Airfare was the big insured cost. I applied to the insurance company for about $300 in pre-booked, non-refundable train tickets and B&Bs. Most B&Bs were understanding and didn't enforce their 1 day cancellation charge. A couple weren't.

I must have exchanged 10 emails with the adjuster who challanged everything. The final straw was their move to "hold the refund for 1 year in the event we could use the residual airfare." I fired off several emails complaining that this was absurd because the airfare refund was not part of the claim. My next email would have been to the state's insurance commission but the insurance company then paid.

I have continued to purchase travel insurance but I usually just apply for a minimalist policy just to get medical evac insurance.

I've always considered that my FIL's time of death was his taking advantage of one last time to screw my life up.
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I didn't want to start a new thread, so will insert these thoughts here:

Haven't traveled by air since 1987, when it was part of my job, so am entering the world of air travel as an aboriginal native...
Looking to fly to Florida, saw an $85 flight from Bloomington Illiinois to Sanford Florida for $85. Wow!

I have just spent a full hour reading the rules, and am nowhere near finished. Needless to say, I was stunned. Can't cancel, even if I die! And the fees! OMG...
$20 just for my carry-on bag... and it goes downhill from there. $5 cost to make a reservation? Up to $80, if I want to choose a seat or sit next to DW? $100 to bring a kitty cat?? Whooo boy... Can't wait!

https://www.allegiantair.com/popup/o...s-fees#baggage
Continuing your hijack. I didn't have to read far before I said - "I bet it's allegiant". I flew them once.
They are the only airline I know that charges for WATER on the flight. And the seat assignment thing - even if you are traveling with small kids they'll randomly scatter you and your kids throughout the cabin among strangers if you don't pay for seat assignments. It's not first come first serve like southwest where you have a shot of sitting together. If I ever fly this airline again - I will bring an empty water bottle through security. IIRC they charge for carry on also - but a lesser charge.
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...........even if you are traveling with small kids they'll randomly scatter you and your kids throughout the cabin among strangers if you don't pay for seat assignments.......... .
And people say that corporations are greedy.
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Being over 60 in Texas, I'll pay $975/mo for a bronze ACA policy covering me and DW. Each one of us would have a $6,000 deductible before any benefits kick in other than the "free" annual physical. I don't think that qualifies as "won't be that much."
Being 43 & 46 here in Arizona there are high deductible bronze plans that are under $300, and our income should easily put us into subsidies to reduce that further. I think that qualifies as not that much.
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My wife and I are planning to travel four weeks in France and Italy this July. We have some nonrefundable deposits down on Home Away apartments in Paris and Rome, plus some expensive plane tickets, about 5 or 6k in all. She has an elderly mother and we'd like to get TRIP INSURANCE that would cover any such illness or other problem that would force us to cancel or interrupt our trip.

I checked with AIG Travel Guard, mentioned in Consumer Reports, and coverage ranged from $600 to $1150. That seems high.

What is the best option for us?
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My wife and I are planning to travel four weeks in France and Italy this July. We have some nonrefundable deposits down on Home Away apartments in Paris and Rome, plus some expensive plane tickets, about 5 or 6k in all. She has an elderly mother and we'd like to get TRIP INSURANCE that would cover any such illness or other problem that would force us to cancel or interrupt our trip.

I checked with AIG Travel Guard, mentioned in Consumer Reports, and coverage ranged from $600 to $1150. That seems high.

What is the best option for us?
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This is a pretty good site. I used it to find insurance that would cover a trip when my FIL was very sick and I feared we might have to cancel. Note some companies insure for only travelers getting sick while others also cover immediate relatives. Read the policy.
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I'm revisiting this issue bc we have an expensive trip to Europe coming up with some non refundable tickets and housing deposits and a 94 years old mother in law. Now I'm thinking that the Allianz annual Executive plan, $918 for a couple, might be the thing. That goes down to 498 for a more basic plan and less for medical evac only.
Compare Travel Insurance Plans by Benefit | Allianz Travel Insurance

The executive plan covers most illness of family members not traveling as well as all kinds of other mishaps that can interfere with a vacation and for multiple trips during the year. Seems like it might be worth the peace of mind.
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really depends for us. While I've traveled to US/Canada.. I don't think I've used travel insurance ... excepting maybe our Alaskan cruise-tour (maybe... don't remember).

When I have traveled outside of these areas (including Caribbean cruises), we have purchased travel insurance. Benefited once when a close relative died and we had to bail out of the cruise.

We tend to have active vacations... often mountain hiking. We have liked having evacuation insurance. Note when becoming non-employed in 2 months and going on a ACA plan, we may also need the medical coverage for when we are in other countries.
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