Going away this Christmas? Here’s why you really shouldn’t forget the travel insurance.
Christmas in the UK isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Top of some people’s Christmas list is heading to one of Europe’s most fantastically festive cities and soaking up the yuletide spirit of starry-skied, mulled wine scented outdoor Christmas markets. Others crave a chance to escape from the cold, commercialised Christmas of the UK while taking it easy somewhere nice and hot for a week or so.
If you’re one of the thousands of Britons jetting off this Christmas, you’ll have probably started a mental checklist of things to remember. After all, forgetting the presents would be a nightmare! But forgetting the travel insurance could be even worse. Here’s why.
Holiday costs are higher at Christmas. Protect your investment!
Like every other holiday period, flights and hotel rooms cost a little more at Christmas. It’s important to make sure the money you’ve already spent on your festive getaway is protected should something unexpected force you to miss part or all of your holiday. For that, you need a decent travel insurance policy. Also, if there’s a problem with your flight or hotel, you may need to book another at the last minute. That can be both stressful and pricey. Wouldn’t it be better if someone else shouldered the cost? That way you can get on with your holiday without worrying.
More travellers means busier airports
Christmas is a popular time to travel. That means airports are busier. And when airports are busy, delays are more likely. Now nobody likes waiting around, but it’s made that little bit easier if you know you’re entitled to compensation for any major delays. With a good travel insurance policy that’s exactly what you get.
Dreaming of a white Christmas? You shouldn’t be!
Last December’s snow might have been exciting, but it caused havoc at many UK airports. The adverse weather left thousands of travellers stranded for hours at Gatwick, Edinburgh, Dublin, Robin Hood and Durham Tees airports. And the resulting backlog of passengers and delayed flights took days to clear. No doubt many travellers were left spending a significant chunk of their winter holiday in less than enjoyable circumstances. But it needn’t be like that for you.
If you have a policy with World First and are delayed for more than 24 hours at the airport, you have the option to cancel your holiday and claim back all unrecoverable holiday costs up to £3,000. >> Find out more.
What about your presents?
If you’re spending Christmas Day abroad and taking your presents on holiday with you, it’s important to make sure they’re protected in case they go missing or get stolen. Lost belongings are more common than you might have thought. Figures from the Association of British Insurers show that in 2009, insurers helped process an average of 3,700 baggage and possessions claims every week. Don’t get caught out.