This is not as simply answered as you may think. When it comes to travel insurance, finding the best travel insurance for your trip requires you to think about the type of holiday you are going on and the level of cover you will need. It is about matching your needs to the various insurance policies on the market and weighing up the options.
The easiest way to explain this is:
Different travellers + different trips + different budgets = different travel needs.
The following will guide travellers to find the best travel insurance for their holiday adventure.
1. Determine the type of cover you need
There are different levels of cover available to suit the needs and budgets of different travellers. Holidaymakers should look at the cover available and identify what you need and what you don’t need. There is no point paying top dollar for luggage cover, if you're only travelling with a backpack and fresh undies. The best travel insurance is one that covers you for your particualr trip, whether that's a big international trip or a domestic weekend break. Don't pay for more cover than your trip requires.
Overseas medical cover and personal liability cover are often considered to be the most essential coverage items. These are standard in most basic travel insurance policies. More comprehensive policies will include additional cover for things like cancellation cover and luggage and personal belongings. If you have pre-paid your flights and accommodation a comprehensive policy may be the best travel insurance for you.
2. Compare, Compare, Compare
Comparing policies is a great way to find the right travel insurance for your needs. All insurers offer different benefits and pricing, so once you’ve identified what level of cover you need, the next step is start comparing to find yourself a good deal.
Comparison sites such as ours will help you do this. You simply enter your details in the quote box and you’re provided with a comparison of all the features and price in seconds.
3. Cheapest is not always the best
One of the biggest mistakes travellers make is purchasing a policy based on the cheapest price. Selecting the cheapest can sometimes mean missing out on valuable coverage options. The key is to get the right level of cover at the best price.
4. Not all policies are created equal
When shopping around for travel insurance in Australia, you may notice that many different brands are underwritten by one of a few big insurers, such as ACE Insurance Limited, Allianz Australia Insurance Limited, Great Lakes, Lloyds of London, QBE Insurance Limited and others. Whilst they look similar on first glance, they will almost certainly not be the same. Each insurer negotiates a product policy and chooses what to include or exclude. So think about your trip and planned activities that you need cover for.
5. Get the best bang for your buck
With so many travel insurers in the market, how do you really know who covers more than the other? The ideal policy is one that provides real value for money. Some insurers definately do cover more than others. Luckily we've done all the hard work for you. If you want to know who offers the best cover for expensive items, or who has the best single item limit - see who really covers more in our handy guide right here.
6. Read the print - small or not
Whilst it can be extremely boring, the fine print in any policy needs to be read and understood. Understanding the insurance exclusions and loopholes will help you to avoid placing yourself in situations that your insurer will not cover.
Some additional considerations when purchasing a policy are:
- Is the insurer reputable? Speaking with a few travellers and reading travel insurance reviews by customers can often reveal a very different tale to testimonials featured on the insurers’ site.
- Do they offer emergency assistance? A 24-hour medical assistance hotline will be extremely useful to you if you are having troubles overseas.
- What is the excess? The amount you pay in the event of a claim varies between insurers and may vary depending on the claim type. For instance, you may not have to pay an excess for medical claims but pay $200 for lost belongings claim. Make sure you’re comfortable with the excess amounts. You can often remove the excess by paying an additional fee around the $25 mark.
- Exclusions - Even the best policy won't provide cover for everything. You should pay attention to your policy's exclutions before you set off. Typically you're not covered if you put yourself in danger (e.g. some high risk activities like skydiving might not be covered); for any items that you leave unattended which are then lost or stolen; or for any medical conditions you had before you left for your trip.
The best travel insurance is out there. All travellers have to do is have a clear understanding of what they need cover for and match this to the right provider.
What is best for one, is not best for all!