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October 21, 2007 | By Karen Monaghan-Arnone FOR THE INQUIRER
For me and my husband, it was a belated honeymoon trip to Florence, Venice, Rome and Greece. For my husband's 78-year-old mother, whom everyone calls Nonna, it was her first trip home to Celico, Italy, in 20 years. Luckily for all of us, we took our travel agent's advice and bought travel insurance along with the plane and train tickets, hotel packages, and passage on a cruise ship. Nonna was happy and in good health when we reached Calabria, where we were greeted by her family, food and vino.
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December 19, 1999 | By Donald D. Groff, FOR THE INQUIRER
If you plan to book a trip through a travel agent in the new year, don't be surprised if you get a firmer push toward travel insurance than in the past. Many agencies routinely recommend trip-cancellation and other kinds of travel coverage as a wise precaution in these days of high costs and rapidly changing travel plans. Indeed, insurance makes sense for many kinds of trips, especially when you are spending large amounts of money or you or a traveling companion are at risk for health problems.
TRAVEL
May 8, 2011 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: I recently booked a trip to Colorado Springs on American Airlines. I paid for the tickets with a credit I'd received after canceling a previous flight, plus $350 in fees. I bought travel insurance from Access America, which is offered through the American Airlines website. I had a bicycling accident, and we could not travel to Colorado. I sent a claim to Access America with complete documentation, including receipts from American Airlines. The receipt shows a payment of $601 plus $350 in fees.
NEWS
June 24, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott and Tribune Media Services
When it comes to travel insurance claims, Hannah Yun was about as sure as anyone that hers would be successful.   She'd bought a gold-plated "cancel for any reason" policy for a trip to South Korea. When her boyfriend proposed, and she decided to call off the trip to start planning her wedding, she thought that collecting a check would be just a formality. Wrong. Travel Guard, the company she'd purchased the policy through, turned down her claim because Yun, a college student in Salt Lake City, had originally told the company that her plane ticket had cost $1,090; she'd actually paid $1,092.50.
BUSINESS
June 20, 1989 | Daily News Wire Services Staff writer Nancy Hass contributed to this report
Real estate investor Gail Gass had high hopes for a recent business trip to Bali, but her journey turned into a nightmare when she suffered severe head injuries in a car crash there. "I had hired a driver one day and was just beginning to relax . . . and the last thing I remember after that was waking up in a hospital," recalled the 38-year-old Santa Fe, Calif., woman, still recuperating from surgery. Gass, who'd hoped to start a business on the exotic Indonesian island, says her life was saved by a $49 travel insurance policy she bought on a whim a couple of days before her trip.
TRAVEL
April 1, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: A friend and I purchased a tour from Friendly Planet to Ecuador last July. We booked a round-trip flight on American Airlines from Dallas to Miami to arrive in time to connect to the LAN flight to Quito, Ecuador. We purchased flight insurance with Access America Insurance for the super-saver flights from Dallas to Miami. In February I received an e-mail from Friendly Planet saying that the tour had been canceled due to too few participants. I was given the choice to receive a refund or to schedule another tour later in the year.
NEWS
May 27, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott, Tribune Media Services
Question: I am hoping you can help me get a refund for a cruise that my husband and I booked last June with Princess Cruises. Jim, my husband, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the spring. At the time we booked the cruise, his doctors at the hospital were very optimistic about his prognosis. He visited the hospital on a monthly basis for checkups. He had finished his chemo treatment at that time and was being monitored. He was given five years or more to live, and we were ecstatic.
BUSINESS
March 4, 1991 | By Tom Belden, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Persian Gulf war has pumped up business for several companies that offer various types of insurance or other assistance for travelers who may find themselves in risky situations. Travel Guard International, a major issuer of travel-insurance policies, says it has received 500 to 600 inquiries a day about its special war-risk insurance package, which hit the market in early February. Business also has been brisker than normal for companies such as Philadelphia-based International SOS Assistance, which specializes in offering medical aid for travelers overseas - including quick evacuation home in case of a major health emergency.
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TRAVEL
June 20, 2016
Q: I need your help with an Avalon Waterways trip from Amsterdam to Brussels I booked through Vacations to Go. A few days before we were supposed to leave, my husband had a serious biking accident. He spent two days in the intensive care unit. My husband had two small brain bleeds. His cognition is now intact, but he has many physical problems, including broken ribs, a broken nose, multiple stitches to his face, and a swollen knee. For the first time, we did not take insurance - a lesson learned.
TRAVEL
May 9, 2016
Q: I know you have written about insurance for travel in the past but I wanted to bring a matter to your attention. The United Airlines website offers Allianz travel insurance, but when it came to covering my expenses, I felt it was a "bait and switch" insurance policy that outlines what is covered but in reality does not cover anything beyond travel delay. Here's what happened: A friend and I purchased tickets to fly from Newark to Panama in January. In addition to paying $1,353 for the flight, we purchased the Allianz travel insurance shown on the United Airlines site for an additional $80. The travel insurance indicated it would cover trip cancellation, travel delay, and trip interruption.
TRAVEL
April 18, 2016
Q: I am deeply disturbed by my experience with Expedia. I'm paying for 15 members of my family - my wife and myself, four children and their spouses, and five grandchildren - to take a family vacation to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The kids wanted to have a party for us, but we asked them to save their money and said we would pay for a family vacation. We have never been able to get everyone together to accomplish this. The only time we could was June 4 to 11. We booked our flights through Expedia, but JetBlue canceled our Saturday flight, moving it to Monday and leaving us with a four-day vacation.
NEWS
February 5, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) used $7,869 from his campaign funds to pay for a trip to China in November for himself and his son. Fitzpatrick, along with Pasquale T. "Pat" Deon, the Pennsylvania Turnpike commissioner and SEPTA board chairman, made an unannounced private trip to Beijing and Shanghai to urge wealthy Chinese to immigrate to the United States through investing in a major highway-construction project in Bucks County. When The Inquirer first reported last year on the trip, Fitpatrick's office said it had not yet compiled the costs for the trip.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2012
DEAR ABBY: Many women like surprises. Most men don't. My wife can't understand that. She recently "surprised" me by informing me she had made nonrefundable arrangements for us to visit a foreign country. She said I had once mentioned that I'd like to see it. I have no recollection of saying so, but I suppose it's possible. Abby, I am physically barely able to endure such travel. My balance is bad, and walking is extremely painful. I wish she would have discussed her plan with me in advance.
TRAVEL
September 23, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: I recently booked a retreat to Costa Rica through a yoga studio in New York. Just before I was supposed to leave, I was admitted to the emergency room and had to cancel my trip. My airline gave me a credit, minus the $150 change fee, which I accepted. The yoga studio had a $300 nonrefundable deposit, which I also understood it could keep. The problem is the retreat center in Costa Rica. It insists on charging me a $400 nonrefundable fee for canceling, which it is deducting from an initial payment of $1,600.
NEWS
June 24, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott and Tribune Media Services
When it comes to travel insurance claims, Hannah Yun was about as sure as anyone that hers would be successful.   She'd bought a gold-plated "cancel for any reason" policy for a trip to South Korea. When her boyfriend proposed, and she decided to call off the trip to start planning her wedding, she thought that collecting a check would be just a formality. Wrong. Travel Guard, the company she'd purchased the policy through, turned down her claim because Yun, a college student in Salt Lake City, had originally told the company that her plane ticket had cost $1,090; she'd actually paid $1,092.50.
NEWS
May 27, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott, Tribune Media Services
Question: I am hoping you can help me get a refund for a cruise that my husband and I booked last June with Princess Cruises. Jim, my husband, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the spring. At the time we booked the cruise, his doctors at the hospital were very optimistic about his prognosis. He visited the hospital on a monthly basis for checkups. He had finished his chemo treatment at that time and was being monitored. He was given five years or more to live, and we were ecstatic.
TRAVEL
April 1, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: A friend and I purchased a tour from Friendly Planet to Ecuador last July. We booked a round-trip flight on American Airlines from Dallas to Miami to arrive in time to connect to the LAN flight to Quito, Ecuador. We purchased flight insurance with Access America Insurance for the super-saver flights from Dallas to Miami. In February I received an e-mail from Friendly Planet saying that the tour had been canceled due to too few participants. I was given the choice to receive a refund or to schedule another tour later in the year.
TRAVEL
June 19, 2011 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: We need your help with a Carnival cruise that went nowhere. Earlier this year, we booked a western Caribbean cruise directly through Carnival, including airfare and shore excursions. On the day we were supposed to travel, our nightmare began. Our plane was delayed because of mechanical problems. So was the next flight. We missed the boat in Miami. We wanted to reschedule the cruise, but Carnival suggested that we catch up with the ship in the Cayman Islands. We had to pay for new tickets to the Caymans.
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