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Nationwide Essential

The Nationwide Essential plan is a good option if you are planning a trip on a budget, but don't want to sacrifice coverage.

With coverages like trip cancellation, trip interruption and baggage protection, this plan includes the standard comprehensive travel insurance coverages. It also features some additional options. You can add the optional coverages for rental car collision if you are planning on using a rental car during your trip. Be sure to call your rental car company to verify if they will honor this coverage.

If you purchase the plan within 10 days of your initial trip payment; insure the full pre-paid, non-refundable cost of the trip; and meet all the eligibility requirements you could qualify for additional time sensitive benefits, such as financial default coverage and the pre-existing conditions exclusions waiver.

This plan also includes medical coverage for unexpected medical and dental emergencies. If you qualify for the pre-existing conditions exclusions waiver, you could receive treatment for illness or injury associated with that pre-existing condition, regardless of the lookback period. The plan also includes emergency medical evacuation if the attending physician recommends that your condition warrants transportation to another medical facility.

Coverages and Plan Info

Coverage amounts are per person, unless otherwise noted.

Plan Summary

Highlighted Coverages

Trip Cancellation
Trip Interruption
Pre-Existing Condition Lookback Period
Medical Evacuation

Plan Info

Plan Type
View Certificate
Refund Policy
Available to
U.S. Residents
AM Best Rating

Trip Protection

Trip Cancellation
Trip Interruption
Terrorism in Itinerary City
Interrupt for Any Reason
Cancel for Any Reason

Accidental Death

Common Carrier
Included in Accidental Death 24-Hour
Flight Only
Note: Your Accidental Death-Flight amount depends on the amount you select for Accidental Death-24-Hour


Medical Evacuation

Additional Benefits

24-Hour Emergency Assistance
Rental Car
Optional Coverages
Confirmation of Coverage

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Ratings and reviews

Our customers rate the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Essential on our site
(4.64) of 5
on average based on 6272 reviews.
A.M. Best Rating
Better Business Bureau Rating
They state on their website they are refunding for canceled trips without claims due to Covid. It is been 10 weeks and I have not received anything except excuses. I will not purchase from them again.
Jocelyn S.
After looking at many travel insurance providers, we chose Nationwide. Unfortunately, my wife got sick and had to go to the medical center on the Carnival Breeze. We filed with our primary insurance and with Nationwide. My primary applied the entire amount to our deductible. Nationwide paid the entire amount. Yes you have to provide ALL the documents needed and it does take a while. Our cruise was in January and we got the check the 1st week of April. It took longer for my primary to process the claim. Once they received the necessary documents, Nationwide paid in about 15 or so days. We’re very happy with the process. Thank you Nationwide
Robert W.
Nationwide does not consider the quarantine of an entire country due COVID-19 a valid claim. W were half into our trip when Norway closed all borders to entry to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Now Nationwide wants proof I was denied entry. Do I need a picture of me trying to cross the border? Forget appealing the ruling unless you in a select 12 few states where you can appeal to the Insurance commission. In the other 38 states it seems Nationwide is judge and jury. I certainly do not understand the great reviews of this terrible coverage.
James L.
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