uk staycationers face travel insurance risk

Monday 5 September 2011

UK staycationers face travel insurance risk

With 76% over 50s choosing to include UK short trips and holidays in their annual travel plans*, Saga has enhanced its travel insurance cover to give valuable peace of mind to those enjoying a ”staycation.”


Travel costs can still be substantial for a UK based break, with rail ticket prices expected to rise by 8% in the next year** and fuel getting more expensive.  This combined with the nightly hotel costs in the UK (as much as £83***), highlights the importance of having the peace of mind that if somebody falls ill while on holiday in the UK, friends or family members are able to stay by their loved one’s side, or travel to be with them if they require a stay in hospital.


Roger Ramsden, Chief Executive, Saga Services said: “Many people mistakenly believe that travel insurance provides the same cover whether you’re travelling in the UK or abroad, but it’s important to check as this is not always the case. Whilst the NHS meet medical costs in the UK, if you’re admitted to a hospital many miles from home many policies simply don’t cover the costs for a loved one to travel and remain with you throughout.  To take this worry out of travelling, we have included this cover as standard within our travel insurance policies to provide peace of mind to the many thousands of over 50s who choose to take breaks in the UK.”


For added peace of mind, Saga will even pay the cost of additional kennel and cattery fees up to £300, the highest in the market – meaning pet owners do not have to worry about calling in a favour from a neighbour or friend. Saga provides the highest cover in the market for transport and accommodation, at £5,000 for reasonable extra charges, compared to Direct Line’s £2,000 cover. Other UK travel insurance cover includes:

 

UK Emergency medical and associated expenses cover

SAGA

RIAS

Direct Line

M&S

AA

John Lewis

Staysure

Aviva

Total Sum Insured

£5000

£0

£5,000

£150

£0

£150

£2,000

£2,000

Additional Transport / Accommodation

Reasonable extra charges up to sum insured

£0

£2,000

£0

£0

£0

£1,000

Up to sum insured

Returning body ashes home

£5000

£0

£1,000

£0

£0

£0

£0

Up to sum insured

Additional kennel/cattery fees

£300

£0

£0

£150

£0

£150

£0

Up to sum insured

Medical Transfer

Up to sum insured

£0

Up to sum insured

£0

£0

£0

£1,000

Up to sum insured

 

 

Notes to Editors:
References:

* 76% GB TGI 2011 Q3 (April 2010 - March 2011).  Figures relate to holidays and short trips in the UK but not at the exclusion of travel abroad.


 **Rail prices - The formula affects regulated fares, such as season tickets and long-distance off-peak tickets. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/uk-14538167


  The Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI) is a regular survey of hotel prices in major city destinations across the world. http://www.hotels.com/press/hotel-price-index.html

 

For further information please contact the Saga Press Office on 01303 771529.

 

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