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Compare Travel Insurance Media Room Save on your travel insurance this Xmas

Save on your travel insurance this Xmas

01 December, 2014 By Natalie Smith

Save on travel insurance this xmas

Christmas tends to be the busiest travel time of the year, and also the most expensive!

For the thousands of Aussie's who will be travelling overseas and domestically to visit friends and family this holiday season - the good news according to travel insurance experts there is still plenty of time to get a good deal on your travel insurance.

Natalie Ball, Director, says:

“We know insurance is the boring part of planning your holiday, but it is vital to have the right cover before you take off for the silly season. The cost of travel insurance and cover levels varies between providers. Using a comparison website is a quick and easy way to save yourself some cash to splash on the fun stuff.” has some top tips to ensure you have a
festive and frugal Christmas!

  1. Buy travel insurance direct
    To get the best deal – buy travel insurance direct. If you book travel insurance with an airline or travel agent you are likely to pay up to twice as much for the convenience, compared to purchasing directly with a travel insurer.
  2. Look for holiday discounts
    Many travel insurers offer 10% off (or more) around Xmas time to encourage sales, so keep your eyes out for some hot-off-the-press deals to grab yourself a bargain. With Christmas just a few weeks away, now is a great time to make the most of all the discounts you can find.
  3. Compare policies
    Like any type of insurance you should always shop around to see what deal you can get rather than buying the first policy you see. Comparison websites are a convenient way to compare benefits and prices – saving yourself both time and money!
  4. Consider how often you go on holiday
    If you are a frequent traveller you should consider an annual multi-trip policy to ensure you are covered all year round. You can travel as many times as you like within a 12 month period rather than buying a single trip policy each time you go away. The only catch is that each trip will be limited to a maximum number of days ranging from 15 to 90 days depending upon the policy purchased.
  5. Where are you going?
    Different insurers have different pricing levels for the same countries. For example some may list Japan under Asia (Insure and Go), and some may list it under Worldwide. Pick an insurer which classes your destination in a cheaper region to save yourself a few bucks.
  6. Length of trip
    Some insurer’s provide quotes based on the destination that you spend the most amount of time in; others base quotes on the destination that is the farthest away. If you’re travelling to lots of places and spending the least amount of time in a faraway region, you can save by finding an insurer that favours the ‘time spent’ option.
  7. Level of cover
    There are many cover level options available for you to buy. A Basic policy (commonly referred to as medical only), Standard (or Essentials) and Comprehensive (or Premium). You can save by working out what cover you need for your trip. For example, a high level of medical cover is vital no matter where you are travelling and is provided in most Basic policies. So if that is all you need cover for, go for Basics. If you have outlaid money on prepaid flights & accommodation, or are travelling with expensive items, you should opt for a more comprehensive policy that provides cover for cancellation and personal belongings. In the scheme of things, travel insurance is a small price to pay for the thousands of dollars you could lose if faced with an unexpected event.
  8. Group policies
    If you’re travelling in a group (doesn’t matter if you’re friends, family or business colleagues) you can often save by purchasing a group policy, rather than lots of individual ones.
  9. Loyalty rewards
    Check if you can get a discount from the insurance company you have used before – it doesn’t just have to be travel insurance – it could be the insurer you use for your car or home insurance.
  10. Increase your excess
    You can pay less on your insurance premiums upfront by choosing to increase the excess. This is the amount that you may need to pay in the event you make a claim.

Contributor Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith

Having travelled to over 40 countries, studied tourism management and worked as a flight attendant for over three years, Natalie knows more than a thing or two about travel! She’s an adventure-lover, whose favourite trips have been trekking Machu Picchu and volunteering in an animal shelter in the Amazon. Qualified in Tier 2 General Insurance General Advice and specialising in travel insurance for the last five years, she in passionate about helping travellers get the most out of their holiday.

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