There's nothing like travel to renew the spirit, offer a fresh standpoint, and often provide a taste of adventure. With that said, however, no one should leave home on a pricey trip without first purchasing travel insurance that protects the policyholder from unexpected occurrences. Since summer vacation time is right around the corner, make plans now to investigate all the reasons why to buy and, also, where the best policies and prices come into play. Thanks to NerdWallet.com and AARP for helping me pass along the best avenues. Ideally, travel insurance reimburses the traveler or offers services when something goes awry, such as: Ellen Phillips Ellen Phillips Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. » Making nonrefundable reservations and then must cancel or end a trip early because you get sick or there's a death in the family; » Lacking baggage if lost or stolen; » Having an emergency or missing a flight and needing help finding a hotel, doctor or … [Read more...] about Consumer Watch: Here are a few tips for buying travel insurance
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When the budget airline Wow Air abruptly ceased operations earlier this year, thousands of travelers were left stranded and scrambling, on both sides of the Atlantic, to make alternate travel plans. The news, after months of speculation that the Icelandic airline was struggling financially, came at a period that has already been particularly difficult for low-cost carriers. Cyprus’ Cobalt Air, Pakistan’s Shaheen Air, and Primera, based in Denmark and Latvia, collapsed in October. In February, Flybmi and Germania filed for bankruptcy. For most, rising fuel costs and overexpansion led to their demise. Budget airlines are appealing to travelers because they offer much lower prices than major airlines. A flight to London from New York can cost around $1,000 on American Airlines, British Airways or another major carrier, but the same trip on low-cost Norwegian, for the same dates, can be around $600. Similarly, a flight from Washington to Paris costs around $1,200 on Air France, … [Read more...] about Are budget airlines really worth it?
Flybe cancelled dozens of flights today (Wednesday) including flights from Leeds Bradford airport. Among those not running is this morning's incoming flight to Leeds Bradford from Belfast City, which was due to land at 11.35am, and the return service which departs at 12pm.Here is what to do if your flight has been cancelled.What should you do if your flight is cancelled?The first thing you should do is contact Flybe who have promised to refund passengers.However under European Legislation there is also a ‘re-route’ option which means that if your original airline cannot get you to your destination on your booked date, or the day after then you can demand to be booked with a rival airline (subject to seat availability) – your original airline is legally responsible for booking replacement flights and should bear the cost accordingly. If the airline advises you to make your own arrangements then provided you can prove that you have taken the only available alternative, … [Read more...] about What to do if your Flybe flight was cancelled from Leeds Bradford airport
David Slotnick, provided by Published 11:18 am CDT, Thursday, March 28, 2019 Personal Finance Insider writes about products, strategies, and tips to help you make smart decisions with your money. Business Insider may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. Flickr/Anna Zvereva Wow Air, a budget transatlantic airline, abruptly ceased operations on Thursday. Hundreds of passengers were stranded, while others had their plans for trips thrown into disarray. Here's what you need to know about getting your money back if you had travel booked on Wow Air, and how to get home if you're stranded. Iceland's Wow Air abruptly suspended operations on Thursday morning, becoming the latest international budget airline to fold and throwing more doubt on the sustainability of the low-cost transatlantic airline industry. Wow Air's woes were not unexpected, as several merger and … [Read more...] about Wow Air shut down and canceled all its flights — here’s how travelers can get their money back
It is an increasingly challenging environment for airlines with Brexit looming, and fuel prices at all-time highs. In recent years low cost airlines such as Primera Air and Monarch have disappeared, and now Flybmi, so the risk of losing your flights is very high for the UK traveller. Travel Insurance Explained has the answers on how to mitigate the risk and not lose out when these closures happen.Top tips to ensure you don’t lose out if your airline goes bustFlybmi, the UK regional airline offering flights to 25 European cities, announced that it will be ceasing all operations, blaming rising fuel costs and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit for its insolvency.The airline which has a fleet of 17 and employs 376 members of staff has said they had no choice but to file for bankruptcy. Thousands of passengers have been left stranded abroad or unable to reach their holiday destination and many more have been left out of pocket, but it is unlikely those affected will be able to … [Read more...] about After the news of Flybmi going bust – would you know your rights when your holiday flights disappear?