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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

Protect your trip with cancellation, interruption, delay and medical benefits.

Highlighted Coverages

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

Repatriation of Remains

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
Baggage Delay
Vacation Rental Damage

Accidental Death

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


Medical Evacuation

Repatriation of Remains

Additional Benefits

24-Hour Emergency Assistance
Rental Car
Optional Coverages

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Ratings and reviews

Our customers rate the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Essential on our site
(4.62) of 5
on average based on 7457 reviews.
A.M. Best Rating
Better Business Bureau Rating
Everything is OK! Thank you!
Marina S.
Didn’t have to use fortunately, so it was great!
Christopher R.
We had to file a claim. We were on a cruise and my husband needed medical assistance. I called the number with the policy (the ship provided a phone line), and the rep could confirm we had a policy but not guarantee specific coverage. I get it--they're not claim adjustors. He gave me the number of someone else, who did the same. So I didn't get the confirmation/explanation I was looking for, but went ahead and hoped for the best. Great results: filing was easy. Did everything on line when I got home. Glad I had purchased the policy shortly after we booked the trip because I didn't have to worry about the pre-existing conditions clause. (Wouldn't have applied, but didn't want any possible snags.) Got an email from Nationwide saying they had received the claim within a day. Two weeks later I have a check mailed to us for the full amount of the medical charges. (And medical charges on a ship are EXPENSIVE!) I wish their website would have been able to give an update, but I can live with that. I would buy from them again!
Diane T.
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