Travel Delays Force an Airport Sleepover With 5,000 Travelers

  • Originally published March 3, 2015 , last updated December 30, 2015
Travel Delays Force an Airport Sleepover With 5,000 Travelers

Here’s another good reason to have travel insurance. A winter storm with freezing rain halted about 1,000 flights Feb. 28 in North Texas, forcing about 5,000 travelers to spend the night at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

How would travel insurance have helped? The travel delay component in a travel insurance policy can reimburse you for additional accommodations and meals if your flight is canceled due to bad weather. For example, the Travel Guard Gold plan’s travel delay benefits kick in if you are delayed five hours or more for one of the unforeseen events listed below:

  • reasons listed under the policy’s “trip cancellation” and “interruption”
  • common carrier delay
  • the insured’s or traveling companion’s lost or stolen passports, travel documents or money
  • the insured being involved in or delayed due to a traffic accident while en route to a departure as substantiated by a police report

Incurred expenses must be accompanied by receipts. This benefit is payable for only one delay per insured, per trip. If the insured incurs more than one delay in the same trip, the insurer will pay for the delay with the largest benefit up to the maximum limits shown on the schedule. The insured must contact Travel Guard as soon as he or she knows that the trip will be delayed more than five hours.

Frequent travelers should consider the Travel Guard Business Traveler plan for annual multi-trip travel delay coverage for an unlimited number of trips during the year.

Both policies sure beat sleeping in the airport.

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