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Does Travel Insurance Cover Insolvency?

If you think travel insurance covers insolvency you’re not alone. Most travellers expect their insurance to cover airfares, tour bookings and accommodation if a company collapses – but unfortunately, and to quote the Rolling Stones… you can’t always get what you want.

Most standard policies do not provide protection for insolvency, collapse or default of airlines, travel agents, wholesalers, cruise operators, tour operators, hotels, car hire companies, railways or theme parks.

Trying to get your head around what insurers mean when they say ‘they DO cover for insolvency of a travel service provider’, but DO NOT cover for financial collapse of any transport, tour or accommodation provider is tricky to say the least’.

Don’t worry it’s not all bad news – you can get what you need. You just need to know where to look and that’s where we come in. We’ve put together a table explaining who-covers-what below to make it easier to understand. SCROLL FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Who’s Covers financial collapse?

Insurer Underwriter Conditions Buy Now
AIG Australia Limited Provides reimbursement of reasonable costs to assist you should there be a Financial Default of Your travel services provider. This does not include travel agents, tour wholesaler, tour operator or booking agents  
Allianz Australia Insurance Limited You are covered for the financial collapse or Insolvency of any transport, tour or accommodation provider. They will pay the value of the unused arrangements, less any refunds due to you, if you have to cancel any prepaid transport or accommodation arrangements booked for your Journey. They will also pay the travel agent’s cancellation fees with a maximum of $2,000 for Single cover, $2,000 per person for Duo cover, $4,000 for Family cover and $2,000 for Individual cover.  
Allianz Australia Insurance Limited This travel insurance policy is complimentary only if you have a Commbank credit card. You are covered from the financial insolvency or financial collapse of a licensed service provider where the booking is made via a licensed travel agent, is limited to $5,000 per person and up to a maximum of $12,000 for a cardholder travelling with their spouse and/or dependent children, provided you have recovered the maximum amount available from any statutory fund, compensation scheme or any other source.  
QBE Insurance Limited Will be covered if a member of your travelling party has been affected by any form of insolvency, administration or bankruptcy of their employer  
Certain underwriters at LLoyd's Cover for insolvency of the travel service provider up to $1,500 on the Go Plus policy only  
Certain underwriters at LLoyd's Travel carrier cover only, Not Travel agents, Tour operators or Booking agents. Up to $5000 on Excel Plus policy only.  
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company Limited They pay up to $1000 in their comprehensive policy for financial default of a travel services provider, which typically refers to claims relating to airfares. They do not cover for financial default of any travel agent, tour wholesaler, tour operator or booking agent. You must get written confirmation from the liquidator or equivalent person or authority that the travel services provider has suffered financial default. Exclusions apply. Please read PDS for full details. Go To Insurer
Certain underwriters at LLoyd's Their Big Red policy covers for insolvency of a travel services provider, which typically refers to claims relating to airfares. They will also pay the travel agent’s cancellation fees, up to $4,000 for Single cover, $4,000 per person Duo cover, $8,000 for Family cover. They do not cover insolvency of any travel agent, tour wholesaler, tour operator or booking agent. Exclusions apply. Please read PDS for full details. Go To Insurer
QBE Insurance Limited Cover if a member of your travel party is affected by any form of insolvency. Not covered for insolvency of a Travel agent, hotel or resort operators, cruise liners etc  
QBE Insurance Limited Cover if a member of your travel party is affected by any form of insolvency. Not covered for insolvency of a Travel agent, hotel or resort operators, cruise liners etc  
Certain underwriters at LLoyd's Covers travel service provider’s insolvency, up to $10,000 Single Comprehensive Policy, $20,000 Family Comprehensive Policy and $20,000 on the Frequent Traveler Policy  
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company Limited Cover for financial default of a travel service provider up to $1000 on Standard Policy and up to $1000 on Top Policy Go To Insurer
QBE Insurance Limited We will cover you for the financial default of your travel agent, scheduled serviced airlines, hotels, resort operators, car and campervan hire companies, cruise lines, railway operators and theme park operators Go To Insurer
Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance You are covered for insolvency of a Travel Carrier which typically refers to claims relating to airfares. You are not covered for the insolvency of any travel agent, tour wholesaler, tour operator or booking agent. Exclusions apply. Please read PDS for full details. Go To Insurer
Allianz Australia Insurance Limited Will cover Travel Service Provider insolvency only, up to $10,000 on Single Comprehensive Policy, up to $20,000 on Family Comprehensive policy and up to $10,000 on Multi Trip and Domestic Policies Go To Insurer

Who’s At Risk?

If you’re a do-it-book-it yourself kind of traveller and buy your flights direct with an airline then you’ll be the most vulnerable when it comes to protection. If you use a travel agent to book your holiday and the airline goes bust, you might be able to get a refund through the agent, or they may be able to help get you home if you’re stranded overseas.

Pay With Your Credit Card

Even if you do tend to book your travel arrangements yourself, a good way to ensure protection is to pay using a credit card. The credit card company might be able to recover your money or you might be able to claim under your credit card insurance. Try not to buy your travel arrangements using a debit card as they don’t provide the same level of protection.

Help Is At Hand

In some states and territories programs are in place where you may be able to apply for compensation for insolvent companies. Contact the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for more information.

Read The Small Print 

We’ve simplified the insurers' policy wording in the table above, but this doesn’t mean you can get away without reading it. We know it’s not a great read but it’s really important to understand the cover you’re purchasing – so give your insurers PDS a read! If you’re not sure that you understand the conditions you can always call the insurer for advice before buying online.

Compare To Find The Right Cover

Shop around for insurance to make sure you are getting the right cover for your travel needs. You can use comparetravelinsurance.com.au to compare over 20 Aussie insurers in seconds. Yippee!

Insolvency

An insolvent company is one that is unable to pay its debts when they are due. The three most common insolvency procedures are voluntary administration, liquidation and receivership.

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