Who is Covered in My Travel Insurance Plan?
Last updated on 11/15/2017
Are my kids included in this plan? What if my father is injured at home when I’m away? Can my girlfriend/boyfriend be on my plan too?
First, for the most part, you can insure all the travelers on one plan. The InsureMyTrip online quote tool allows you to insure up to 10 travelers under the age of 100. It is crucial you include the ages of all the travelers in the quoting process for them to be included in the coverage.
Each provider and each plan has a different way of addressing types of travelers and non-travelers. It’s crucial to understand how the plan covers each person. If you have to file a claim at any point, this information will help the process remain stress-free.
Insuring your kids when you travel is worth it. Kids are wacky with wild imaginations that sometimes result in scrapes, bruises or even broken bones. Not to mention, they are germ magnets! Whether you are traveling domestically or internationally, adding your children to your travel insurance plan will add a level of security to your travel investment that may be the most at risk. Don’t let another ear infection cost you hundreds of dollars in rescheduling or cancellation fees!
Huge Benefit: Many providers have plans that cover your children at no additional cost.
RESIDING IN DIFFERENT STATES
If travelers live in different states, you'll most likely need two plans. While some providers may have the ability to sell plans to residents of different states, it’s rare. Most states have their own regulations for travel insurance, meaning the plan details can be different for each traveler.
Huge Benefit: Any necessary claims process will be streamlined with two plans because you won’t need to gather documentation across state lines.
If you are traveling with a girlfriend or boyfriend that you live with, you can both be covered by the same policy. Most providers include a domestic partner as a family member. Typically, in the case of a claim, providers may request proof of cohabitation and financial interdependence (credit card statements, joint accounts or a shared lease agreement). In some cases, providers may want to see an affidavit of domestic partnership, if recognized by your state.
Huge Benefit: This documentation also can extend to benefits if a domestic partner is a non-traveler.
Remember, coverage and benefits extend to only travelers. Your travel medical coverage will not help a non-traveler and they cannot file a claim for lost baggage. Your travel insurance plan does, however, cover you for travel interruption, cancellation or delay in the case of a non-traveler causing this need. For example, if one of a parent falls and breaks a hip or a child becomes ill. It may be prudent to ask about how pre-existing conditions affect the plan as many providers look at this differently for travelers and non-travelers alike.
Huge Benefit: You can get home as soon as possible without worry about your travel costs if you are needed at home due to illness or death of a family member.