Overseas Plans – Costs Less and Offers More

Everyone craves for vacations to enjoy some quality time with their loved ones and Indians are no exception. The outbound travel sector of India saw a robust growth this year because international travel destinations are highly sought-after among Indians in 2015. Obstacles like inflation, skyrocketing ticket price and depreciation of rupee couldn’t deter the wandering spirit of Indian travelers to travel around the world. Over 60% of Indians remain unmoved by the depreciating rupee and are raring to go to travel. However, the rate of availing to safeguard the trip is still dismal among Indian travelers.

Young generations prefer to travel to international destinations once a year at least. According to a survey, 90% of these travelers make use of their own savings for overseas trips and don’t consider travel cover. Quite surprisingly, this is the mindset of young internet savvy generation as ICICI Lombard conducted the survey in the age group of 25-35 among 1049 people across six metro cities in India who had international trips in the previous year.

The survey further reveals that Singapore is the most preferred travel destination among young Indian travelers; the second and third places are held by US and UK.

Let’s take a look at the travel plans available and their prices for those who favor these destinations. Let’s start with Singapore.

plans available for Singapore trips

The following list of top 5 policy quotes in terms of lowest premium are for one 30 years old person looking for a single trip to Singapore. The trip duration is 10 days and the chosen sum insured is US$ 500000.

  1. Universal Sompo – Premium of Rs. 942
  2. HDFC Ergo – Premium of Rs. 1015
  3. Reliance – Premium of Rs. 1129
  4. TATA AIG – Premium of Rs. 1234
  5. Religare – Premium of Rs.1666

The lowest premium is Rs. 942 for a plan for a 10 days trip to any Asian country such as Singapore, Thailand. This means one has to pay less than Rs. 100 per day to make his trip safe and secured. Indian travelers must know that travel plans are not only inexpensive but they also provide coverage for loss of baggage, passport, hijack and even emergency treatment.

plans available for UK trips

The following list of top 5 policy quotes in terms of lowest premium are for 1 person looking for a single trip to UK. The trip duration is 10 days and the chosen sum insured is US$ 500000.

  1. Universal Sompo – Premium of Rs. 942
  2. Bajaj Allianz – Premium of Rs.991
  3. HDFC Ergo – Premium of Rs. 1015
  4. Reliance – Premium of Rs. 1129
  5. Bajaj Allianz ( Travel Elite Platinum) – Premium of Rs. 1139

Universal Sompo provides the lowest premium. The premium of plan is also Rs. 942 for a 10 days trip To UK.

policies for US trips

The following list of top 7 policy quotes in terms of lowest premium are for 1 person looking for a single trip to US. The trip duration is 10 days and the chosen sum insured is US$ 500000.

  1. Universal Sompo – Premium of Rs. 1344
  2. HDFC Ergo – Premium of Rs. 1438
  3. Bajaj Allianz – Premium of Rs.1441
  4. IFFCO-TOKIO – Premium of Rs.1456
  5. Bajaj Allianz ( Travel Elite Platinum) – Premium of Rs. 1658
  6. TATA AIG – Premium of Rs. 1694
  7. Reliance – Premium of Rs. 1783

The lowest premium is Rs. 1344 for a plan for a 10 days trip to US. Just imagine, you are getting all types of risks covered just by paying less than Rs. 140 for each day of your trip.

Best plans in India in terms of baggage and medical coverage

The survey also made clear that 79% people buy travel plan to cover medical emergencies. Safety of baggage is the second most vital reason as 60% people behind purchasing policy. So let’s find out best plans in terms of medical emergency and luggage safety.

From the above list of travel policies for US, two plans by Reliance and Bajaj Allianz look best in terms of baggage cover.

Reliance Travel care platinum provides US$1500 for the loss of checked baggage for a premium of Rs.1783.

The Travel Elite Premium plan by Bajaj Allianz provides US$ 1000 for a premium of Rs. 1658 for the loss of checked baggage.

To get the best coverage for medical emergencies, the Titanium plan by HDFC ERGO is the best. It primarily covers:

  1. Emergency Medical Expenses
  2. Permanent Disablement/accidental death
  3. Hospital Cash
  4. Loss of Personal Documents
  5. Accidental Death
  6. Loss of Baggage
  7. Financial Emergency Assistance
  8. Personal Liability

What is the cost of international travel policy for a couple?

According to the survey, 52% of travelers prefer to have trips with spouses. So, if these people can avail a travel plan for visiting US or UK or Singapore, how much do they have to pay?

Let’s start with US trip for 10 days for a sum insured of US$ 100000 covering 2 people who are 30 and 28 years old.

Religare offers the best plan which comes at a premium of Rs. 2407.

If you compare travel plans available for couples who wish to visit UK, keeping the same criteria for trip duration, sum insured and age of the traveler, Religare provides the best plan. The premium of the plan is Rs. 1537.

For a trip in countries like Singapore, Thailand within Asia which has been the top travel destination of 2015, a couple has to spend even less for a policy. If you compare plans that cover Asia, you will get the lowest premium of Rs. 1218 from Explore Asia plan provided by Religare.

The positive part of the survey is the increased awareness among Indian travelers. More than 90% of young generation is aware of the which is a significant rise from last year’s 80%. One of the major provider of plans in India; ICICI Lombard underwritten a total premium of Rs 100 previous year, one can expect the premium to increase by 5-10% in this year. The problem is not with the awareness; it is the lack of understanding about the benefits associated with these travel covers.

27% of the total respondents in the survey choose not to avail a plan simply because they were under the wrong conception that such plans cover only accidents, loss of baggage and theft but don’t provide medical coverage. This is far from being the truth as the complete break-up of Titanium plan by HDFC ERGO shows extensive coverage for medical emergencies.

25% surveyed people didn’t buy any travel plan because they thought such plans are costly but it is not so. The price of all plans for person mentioned here are about less than Rs. 100 to less than Rs. 140 for each day of a 10 days trip. policies for couples are even cheaper as they cost in the range of less than Rs. 65 per day per person to less than Rs. 125 per day per person for destinations like US, UK and all countries in Asia including popular destinations like Singapore, Thailand.

Indians love to spend their holidays in international destinations. An international plan doesn’t cost much and offers a lot in return. If you are also a travel freak, you should insure the total duration of the trip so that you can enjoy your holiday with complete peace of mind.

Insure Your Adventure – The Single Trip Travel Insurance Checklist

When preparing for an amazing journey there is plenty of preparation required. But perhaps the most important item on your checklist is the purchase of a good single trip travel insurance policy. While it may not be the most exciting thing in the world, you’ll have enough excitement later that will more than make up for the drudgery of reading through the fine print of a policy.

So, what exactly are you looking for? Even a simple single trip travel insurance policy can cover every aspect of your adventure, but you will need to choose wisely and make sure it has everything you need.

Here are just a few things you might need to look for in a policy to make sure your fun and excitement won’t come at a cost you haven’t bargained for.

Delay and Cancellation. Many of the most basic single trip travel insurance policies include coverage should your flights get cancelled, or a flight delay causes you to miss a connecting flight. In those cases when airports suddenly have a rash of cancellations, you can at least have some of your expenses (such as airport hotel stays and food) covered by your policy.

Medical Insurance. This is usually the primary reason to purchase a policy before going on holiday. Should the water in, say, Mexico disagree with you and you need to be rushed to a hospital for intensive rehydration, or you find yourself suddenly having an allergic reaction to peanuts in America where medical care is pricey, this provision can make sure your medical expenses are covered and that they will fly you back home if necessary.

Sports Injuries. Even if you’re a breath away from being a professional skier, or do lectures on hiking back home, accidents do happen, regardless of skill level. If you do plan on doing any adventurous sports, ensure your single trip travel insurance policy covers any activities where there is even the most remote possibility you may need to be helicoptered to a hospital!

Luggage and Equipment. After all that time spent polishing up your equipment and buying expensive cases to make sure it never gets scratched, imagine how it would feel if something suddenly disappeared in transit? If you have expensive gear, you will want to check your coverage includes all your stuff or if you need to take out extra for more expensive or specialised equipment. You should also check for conditions that apply to high value items and be aware of any exclusions that might apply.

While part of the fun of a holiday is the occasional surprise, it’s not pleasant when it involves hospitals or police reports! With an appropriate policy in place, at least some distress from those unpleasant surprises can be alleviated.

Single Trip Travel Insurance – Yes, You Will Need It!

A lot of people can’t afford to travel often, so they just take an occasional vacation whenever they can.  They may not think that they’ll need any type of insurance just for one occasional trip, but the truth is, they really do.  The idea of travel insurance may not even cross their minds at all, which is unfortunate because the benefits of having single trip travel insurance can really help them out in a variety of unfortunate situations.

If you are planning the vacation of the lifetime soon, then you need to make sure that you get a good, reliable single trip travel insurance plan.  Even though you may be thinking otherwise, you’ll really need it.  Even if your travel plans are outlined perfectly, there are a number of things that can go wrong. 

Any of the following could cost you a lot of money on your vacation if you don’t have any single trip travel insurance: unexpected delays, cancellations, emergency evacuations, medical expenses, loss of luggage, robbery, healthcare, etc.  Did you know, for example, that if your flight is cancelled, there’s a chance you may not receive a refund?  Likewise, what will you do if someone robs you and steals all your money during the middle of the vacation?

The medical and emergency problems are pretty obvious.  The world can be a dangerous place at times, and unexpected accidents can and do happen every single day.  Whether you like to think about it or not, there’s always the possibility that you could be involved in a horrible accident.  If you don’t have any single trip travel insurance to cover all the expenses for you, then you’re going to be paying thousands of dollars for a long time to come.