A recent survey carried out among our Multitrip.com’s customers found that over 34%, or 1 in 3 people, feel that covering strikes is now one of the most important factors for them when taking out travel insurance. Travellers to, from and over France face disruption over the next few days and weeks due to the latest French Air Traffic Controller Strike. Multitrip.com urges all holidaymakers to take out ‘Travel Disruption Cover’ with their travel insurance policy, to ensure they are covered similar disruptions in the future and particularly the busy summer months.
While the current strike action would only be covered if ‘Travel Disruption Cover’ was booked in advance of the announcement, holidaymakers can cover themselves for future unannounced strikes. Our Ciaran Mulligan, says “This is the first ATC strike of the year and most definitely won’t be the last. It is important that holidaymakers are aware of what they are covered for in the event of strike action. European Airlines are obliged to refund or rearrange flights but do not cover customers for lost accommodation costs where the consumer has not travelled. Mulligan adds that “While Multitrip.com automatically include strike cover on all cover levels for accommodation costs, holidaymakers now want that extra protection in the event of their travel plans being interrupted due to the strike and we have seen a jump recently in the number of insured with Travel Disruption cover.”
‘Travel Disruption Cover’ will provide the following cover in the event of Strike Action:
- If your flight is cancelled or delayed for more than 12 hours it covers additional accommodation and travel costs up to €1,000.
- If your flight is cancelled or delayed for more than 12 hours then you can claim back up to €1,000 for irrecoverable unused travel and accommodation costs should you cancel.
- Claim back up to €1,000 for accommodation if you must be moved from your current location or cut your trip short because of flood, earthquake, volcanic eruption etc.
- Covers cancellation or curtailment charges should the Foreign & Commonwealth Office or World Health Organisation advise against travel to the country or specific area you are travelling to.
- Gives you control of the situation and the added security that you have sufficient cover should an airline cancel, delay or redirect your flight after take-off.