In talking with clients and friends over the past few months, it seems many have already booked (or at least are in the planning stages of booking) a trip. Cheryl and I haven’t nailed down anything yet (Portugal is on our radar). We have however been across the border twice; for either a day or just to go for coffee at the Starbucks in Blaine, USA (which BTW offers coffee in mugs and displays actual food rather just pictures of food. Not the case in Canada).
Before we crossed the 49th we knew we had to sign up for a travel insurance policy. Over the years we’ve had annual travel insurance policies that covered trips for up to 4 weeks. Pricing does vary a bit depending on where you go to get coverage but, since it is insurance, the biggest cost differences are always due to differences in coverage. A lot of those may not be apparent to you when signing up, but they will be when you most need it. It’s at this point when you really need the insurance to do it’s thing – covering your medical expenses when you are out of your own province or country (yes, you need travel insurance when travelling out of province).
In the past, you may gone to a neighborhood insurance office, BCAA, London Drugs etc. They have agents that are licensed to advise on and sell you coverage. Cheryl and I have always done it through a storefront general insurance office (one that does car insurance). We’ve changed that recently.
A few years ago, our youngest son had to get some travel insurance because he was heading across the border for a couple of days. The night before his early morning departure, I found out he didn’t have travel insurance so I urged him to just go to London Drugs and get coverage there. When he got back I saw what he had signed up for. It would expire at midnight, the day before he was to be heading home. I contacted one of the executives of the travel insurance company who agencies such as London Drugs and BCAA, use for their travel insurance. He was in my contact list so it was easy to connect with him. I explained (in frustration I must confess) what the insurance agent had missed and he quickly made sure the coverage was extended for the time my son needed.
The point I want to make here is that I realized (more so than ever before), how important it is to deal with a specialist. What better way to do that than to talk directly to someone who does travel insurance ONLY. As well, they only do travel insurance of 1 kind and through 1 insurer.
What we did (Cheryl actually signed up for us) is go directly to TUGO, who BCAA and London Drugs use for travel insurance. Travel insurance is all TUGO does. Their policies have been customized for them and are done through one of Canada’s largest insurance companies, Industrial Alliance.
Their current “multi-trip annual policy” 2 day trip rates are:
$35 / yr for ages 0 -59 $70 / yr for families $80 for ag 60+
If you plan on travelling at some point, you’ll obviously need travel insurance and of course you’ll need it for a day trip. Here is the link to put it in place. Just complete your contact info and a travel insurance specialist from TUGO will call you very shortly (I’m guessing within 2 hours as that was our experience). You’ll have high quality coverage in no time and all your questions answered by someone who only does travel insurance. This will significantly reduce the chances of finding out you aren’t covered, which would be at the worst possible time. When it’s too late.
Why do it now? 2 reasons. They currently have a very attractive promo going on (ends January 13th 2022). You can get 15 months of coverage for 12. As well, although you may pay for your coverage now, your policy doesn’t start until you 1st use it. So, if you don’t plan on travelling until April 2022, your coverage will go through July 2023. No plans of travel until until January 2023? It will cover you through to April 2024.
PS. Cheryl and I signed up for a 2 day coverage policy which covers any of our cross border day trips or a perhaps a night down in Seattle? We can upgrade to a longer trip length for that potential Portugal trip in September (of course, we’ll have to pay the prorated amount when we do that).