Want to know if your travel company is about to go out of business? Then remember Amoma. And Thomas Cook. And WOW Air.
As travelers cautiously look ahead to their next trip, worried about the financial future of their chosen airline, cruise line or hotel, they’re smart to recall the lessons of past business cessations.
Eddie Morgan won’t forget Amoma, the Geneva-based online travel agency. He paid the company $1,230 for a room at the Hotel Anglo Americano Rome, a historic property near the center of the Italian capital. But when he tried to check in last September, a representative told him that he didn’t have a reservation.
“We had to pay for our rooms again,” says Morgan, who lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
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No one wants to travel after the coronavirus outbreak. But getting a full refund for your trip — ah, that’s another issue. I have a few expert tips that will help you get a coronavirus refund.
But should you cancel? Most travel companies now offer incentives to reschedule. Princess Cruises, for instance, is throwing in a generous cruise credit if you rebook your vacation.
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The coronavirus crisis has left many travelers wondering if they need medical evacuation coverage. And chances are, if you have to ask, you probably do.
Medical evacuation is included in most travel insurance policies. It covers the cost of being transferred to a higher-level care facility or transported to a facility closer to home. Sometimes, that requires a medical evacuation with an air ambulance.
“Being able to get home for treatment by your own doctors in your own home country is invaluable,” says Tom Bochnowski, vice president of marketing for Redpoint travel insurance.
With the coronavirus now a global pandemic, you need airtight medical evacuation coverage if you go anywhere.
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Is there a reliable source of information about coronavirus for travelers? If you’re thinking of canceling your spring and summer trips in the wake of the outbreak, you might be wondering about that.
I am. I’m writing this from a hotel room in Madrid, and my itinerary takes me into France and Italy next. How do I find out if it’s safe to travel?
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You’ve probably seen those “all inclusive” city passes when you are on vacation and wondered: Should I buy a city pass? I did when I saw the ads for the Lisboa Card on a recent visit to Portugal.
For just $44, the Lisboa Card offered three days of unlimited access to mass transit as well as Lisbon’s most popular museums and other attractions.
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