Travel Insurance Select

Plan Detail

Plan Administrator: USI Affinity Travel Insurance Services

FAQ


Product FAQ

Before Purchase: When To Purchase and Determining The Cost

1. What is Travel Insurance Select?

The Travel Insurance Select Plan offers a choice of three Options to help meet your needs and budget: Elite, Plus, and Basic. Each Option includes Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Travel Delay, Medical Expense, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and Baggage Loss/Delay coverage. Each Option includes different features, benefits, coverage limits, and Worldwide Concierge and Travel assistance services.


2. When should I buy Travel Insurance Select?

Enroll as soon as you have booked your trip for maximum benefit. Some plans feature time-sensitive benefits including Cancel for Any Reason. Specifically, the time-sensitive benefits are:

  • Cancellation and Interruption for Any Reason (optional upgrade on Elite, not available in NY)
  • Pre-Existing Medical Condition Exclusion Waiver (included on Plus and Elite)

You may purchase coverage any time prior to your trip departure, but if your payment is received more than 21 days after the date of your initial trip deposit/payment for your trip, your plan will not include the time sensitive benefits and you will not be eligible to purchase the Cancellation/Interruption for Any Reason upgrade.

If, after you purchase a Travel Insurance Select Plan, you make additional trip arrangements or your trip costs increase, you must insure these additional arrangements/costs within 21 days to continue your eligibility for the Pre-Existing Medical Condition Exclusion Waiver and Cancellation/Interruption for Any Reason upgrade.

Notify Travel Insurance Services by phone, email, fax, or mail of the new travel arrangement costs you want to insure and include the additional insurance plan cost. Please include a daytime phone number and your Confirmation Number. Fax to 610-537-9835, email to select@travelinsure.com or mail to:

Travel Insurance Services
3070 Riverside Drive
Columbus, OH 43221

If you need assistance during business hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) call our Customer Service Representatives Toll Free at 1-800-937-1387.


3. Do I need to insure my airfare cost?

If your airfare is subject to a cancellation penalty or restriction (most are), we recommend that you insure it. When you select your plan option, you can choose whether you want to insure your airfare or not. If you indicate that you want to insure your airfare by checking the "Air" checkbox on the Enrollment Form, you must include 100% of your airfare cost in your Trip Cost amount used to calculate your payment for this plan. To be eligible for early purchase benefits including Cancellation/Interruption For Any Reason, you must insure 100% of all non-refundable pre-paid trip costs, including airfare.


4. Does the plan cover my frequent flyer miles? Can I insure my frequent flyer miles?

No, frequent flyer miles cannot be insured. However, if your trip is cancelled for a covered reason listed in the Policy, the frequent flyer "rebanking" fee can be recovered. The plan includes reimbursement for the penalty cost of depositing your miles or rewards back in the account from which they were removed, to the maximum amount included in your plan.


5. My friend and I are going to be traveling together, am I covered if my friend cancels his or her trip?

Travel Insurance Select covers Traveling Companions. A "Traveling Companion" means a person or persons whose names appear with Yours on the same Travel Arrangements and who, during Your Trip will accompany You. A group or tour organizer, sponsor or leader is not a Traveling Companion as defined, unless sharing accommodations in the same room, cabin, condominium unit, apartment unit or other lodging with You. If your Traveling Companion, as defined, cancels his or her Trip for a reason covered by the Travel Insurance Select option you choose, you are protected in two ways:

  • (a) If you decide to take your Trip, the plan will cover any occupancy upgrade charges which you might incur; or
  • (b) If you decide not to take your Trip, your cancellation penalties will be covered by the plan.

See the Travel Insurance Select Description of Coverage for complete details about this benefit.


6. Travel Insurance Select was recommended to me by the organization planning my tour. I plan to travel on my own for additional days before and/or after the tour — may I insure this portion of my Trip as well?

Yes, you may insure the days you are traveling on your own. Include the prepaid expenses for this part of your Trip in the Trip Cost you list on your Enrollment Form. Also, be sure to include these dates when you enter your departure and return dates.


7. May I buy Travel Insurance Select for my personal trips?

Yes, you may buy the insurance for any of your trips. We do not require that you travel with an organized tour to buy this plan.


8. How do I know that Travel Insurance Select is a reputable product?

Travel Insurance Services has been providing travel insurance solutions to customers since 1973. The insurance portion of Travel Insurance Select is underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company. Assistance services are non-insurance services provided by On Call International and are not insurance benefits.

Before Purchase: Insurance Coverage Clarification

See the Description of Coverage for complete details on the items below.

9. Will Travel Insurance Select provide coverage due to Pre-Existing Conditions?

Yes, if you purchase the Plus or Elite Plans within 21 days of your initial trip deposit/payment, insure 100% of your trip cost, the booking for the Covered Trip must be the first and only booking for this travel period and destination, and you are not disabled at the time you pay the premium, the Pre-Existing Conditions exclusion is waived. For a complete explanation of the Pre-Existing Conditions waiver, please review the Description of Coverage.


10. Does the Pre-Existing Conditions Waiver apply to any other products?

No. The Pre-Existing Conditions Waiver only applies to Travel Insurance Select, and only if you purchase the Plus or Elite Plan, enroll within 21 days of your initial trip deposit/payment, insure 100% of your trip cost, and you are not disabled at the time you pay the premium. For a complete explanation of the Pre-Existing Conditions waiver, please review the Description of Coverage.


11. Does Cancel For Any Reason really mean I can cancel for any reason?

Yes, you really can cancel for any reason not already covered by the Travel Insurance Select Plan, provided you have purchased the Elite Plan, enrolled within 21 days of your initial deposit/payment date, have covered 100% of your trip cost, and cancel at least two (2) days prior to your trip's scheduled departure. If you are forced to cancel for a reason not otherwise covered, Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) coverage will reimburse you 75% of your prepaid, forfeited, non-refundable payments for the insured Trip arrangement(s) up to the policy limit shown on the Schedule of Benefits. Cancel for Any Reason coverage is not available to residents of NY.


12. Am I covered if the tour operator, airline or cruise line ceases operations or becomes financially insolvent?

Yes, Bankruptcy and/or Default of Your Travel Supplier is covered if it occurs more than 14 days following the Effective Date. Benefits due to Bankruptcy or Default of an airline will be paid if no alternate transportation is available. This benefit only applies if the plan has been purchased within 21 days of the date of your initial deposit/payment of your trip. Certain exclusions may apply, please see the Description of Coverage for a complete explanation of your coverage.


13. What if I don't want to take my Trip because of recent terrorist attacks?

Travel Insurance Select includes coverage for a Terrorist Incident (as outlined in the Description of Coverage) that occurs within 30 days of your Scheduled Departure Date in a city listed on the itinerary for your Trip. This same city must not have experienced a Terrorist incident within 90 days prior to the Terrorist incident that is causing your cancellation of trip. Benefits are not provided if the Travel Supplier offers a substitute itinerary.


14. What if I can’t take my trip because of a Natural Disaster?

Trip Cancellation benefits will be paid in the event that a Natural Disaster or documented man-made disaster at the point of departure or point of destination renders Your primary residence or Your destination uninhabitable.


15. Can I choose the benefits I wish to purchase? For example, can I just buy Trip Cancellation coverage?

No, however, Travel Insurance Select offers you three plan options with different benefits and pricing from which to choose. Please take a moment to compare the options and see which one best fits your needs.

After Purchase: Claims and Non-Insurance Emergency Assistance

16. Who should I call if I need medical assistance while I am traveling?

If you need medical assistance while traveling, please contact the On Call International at 1-855-227-9681 or 1-603-952-5020 (Collect calls outside of the U.S.). Assistance services are non-insurance services provided by On Call International and are not insurance benefits.


17. How do I file a claim?

If you need to file a claim, please contact the Claims Department at 1-844-228-3678 or 1-860-528-7663 (Collect calls outside of the U.S.) as soon as reasonably possible.

Be prepared to provide:

  • the benefit provision(s) that are the basis of the claim (i.e. Medical Expense),
  • the name of the company that arranged the Trip (i.e., tour operator, cruise line, or charter operator),
  • the Trip dates and
  • the insured trip cost amount.

A claim form will be completed for you to review and sign along with a list of items you must attach to substantiate the loss. Since each situation is unique, we cannot guarantee any benefit until the entire claim has been reviewed by the claims office.

After Purchase: Plan Changes

18. After I submitted my Enrollment online, I realized I entered the wrong Departure Date. What should I do?

If you realize that information on your enrollment form is incorrect please notify Travel Insurance Services in writing by e-mail, fax or mail of the correct information. Please include a daytime phone number and your Confirmation Number.

Fax: 610-537-9835

Email: select@travelinsure.com

Mail to: Travel Insurance Services
3070 Riverside Drive
Columbus, OH 43221
USA

 

If you need assistance during business hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time) call our Customer Service Representatives:

Toll Free: 800-937-1387


19. What if, after insuring my trip, my trip cost increases? For example, I may later book airfare or add a trip extension. Can I insure the additional Trip Cost?

You may increase your insured Trip Cost anytime prior to departure. However, if you purchased coverage within 21 days after making your initial payment or deposit for your trip, and your total Trip Cost later increases, you must purchase additional coverage within 21 days after scheduling your new trip arrangement(s). This will retain your eligibility for: (1) Cancellation/Interruption for Any Reason (if purchased); or (2) Pre-Existing Medical Condition Exclusion Waiver if these benefits were originally included in the Option you purchased. Notify Travel Insurance Services by phone, email, fax, or mail of the new travel arrangement costs you want to insure and include the additional insurance plan cost. Please include a daytime phone number and your Confirmation Number. Fax to 610-537-9835, email to select@travelinsure.com, or mail to:

Travel Insurance Services

3070 Riverside Drive
Columbus, OH 43221
USA

If you need assistance during business hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. –7:00 p.m. Eastern Time) call our Customer Service Representatives: Toll Free: 800-937-1387.


20. Can I change the Option I purchased from Basic to Plus or Elite and pay the additional plan cost?

Yes, you can upgrade from Select Basic to Plus or Elite, or from Select Plus to Elite. However, to be eligible for the early-purchase benefits you must do so within 21 days of the initial trip payment/deposit. To upgrade your coverage, please contact Travel Insurance Services in writing via mail, fax or email.

Email: select@travelinsure.com

Fax: 610-537-9835

Mail to: Travel Insurance Services
3070 Riverside Drive
Columbus, OH 43221
USA

If you need assistance during business hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) call our Customer Service Representatives Toll Free at 1-800-937-1387.


21. How do I obtain Cancel for Any Reason coverage?

Enroll into the Elite Plan within 21 days of your initial trip deposit/payment and the Cancel for Any Reason option is available to you for purchase. You must insure 100% of your non-refundable, prepaid trip cost to be eligible for this benefit. This benefit is not available to residents of NY.


22. How does Cancel for Any Reason work?

Cancel for Any Reason will reimburse your prepaid forfeited, non-refundable Trip payments/deposits (up to 75% of your total trip cost) if your trip is cancelled for any reason not otherwise covered by the plan, provided: (a) you enroll within 21 days of your initial Trip payment or deposit; (b) you insure 100% of all prepaid Trip costs including 100% of any subsequently booked Trip arrangements within 21 days of payment/confirmation of those additional arrangements; and (c) you cancel the Trip at least 2 days prior to the scheduled departure. This benefit is not available to residents of NY and is only available if you purchase the Elite Plan.