Vacation Rental Damage Protection: An ‘Essential Tool’

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When accidents happen, it’s nice to know the damage could be covered.

The potential for guests to cause damage to a rental property you manage is a serious issue. A survey of vacation rental managers concluded that the most common reason for a “problem stay” was some kind of damage to the rental, according to a survey of the U.S. vacation rental market conducted by PhoCusWright* in 2012.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution that can not only provide coverage for accidental damage to the vacation property you manage, but also increase revenue to your bottom line. Vacation Rental Damage Protection from CSA Travel Protection is offered at flat-rate prices and is designed to be a more attractive option for guests than the traditional security deposit. We offer multiple levels of coverage that can accommodate varying security deposit requirements. Also, guests may feel more confident reporting damage with the knowledge that they have coverage for accidental damage.

Cheryl Catton, a rental manager with Rose Real Estate in South Carolina, recently described CSA Travel Protection as an “essential tool” for her office.

“The damage protection is a huge part of our functionality as we are a vacation rental company and, as everyone knows, accidents happen,” said Catton.

She believes that CSA’s insurance products have been helpful to her homeowners and renters, and said that it is used as a marketing selling-point by the property management company she works with.

“We had a property where a child had gotten sick on one of our bedroom floors and the mother tried to clean it with bleach. Not realizing that the bleach would leave the carpet stained, she immediately called and we went and took photos. We filed a claim, and CSA had the carpet replaced in that area. This is just one example of how effective the program is for both renters and owners,” she said.

Contact us at clientservices@csatravelprotection.com or (800) 989-8684 to find out how we can build a valuable and profitable travel insurance program for you and your guests.

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The Vacation Rental Damage Protection plan is an insurance product designed for guest purchase only. As an owner you may suggest this plan to your guests to help protect them from paying out of pocket for accidental damages caused to your rental or belongings during their stay.

*Data from “A Market Reinvented: The U.S. Vacation Rental Landscape” (A PhoCusWright Special Project, December 12, 2012)

This plan provides insurance that applies only during the covered trip. Your customers may have coverage from other sources that provides them with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon their other coverages. Customers may wish to compare the terms of this policy with their existing life, health, home and automobile policies. The purchase of this plan is not required in order to purchase any other travel product or service offered by you by your travel retailers.

Plans are available to residents of the United States. Benefits and services are described on a general basis. Certain terms and conditions may apply. Your travel retailer may not be licensed to sell insurance, and cannot answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of this insurance and cannot evaluate the adequacy of your existing insurance. For questions or complete information on policy benefits, limits and exclusions, please contact CSA at (800) 348-9505 or http://www.csatravelprotection.com/certpolicy.do for a sample Description of Coverage or Insurance Policy for this plan.

These plans are administered by CSA Travel Protection and Insurance Services. Services are provided through CSA’s designated providers. Travel Insurance is Underwritten by: Generali U.S. Branch, New York, New York; NAIC # 11231 (all states except as otherwise noted) under Policy/Certificate Form series T001. California is Underwritten by Generali Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A. (U.S. Branch), Colorado is Underwritten by Assicurazioni Generali – U.S. Branch, Oregon is Underwritten by Generali U.S. Branch DBA The General Insurance Company of Trieste & Venice, and Virginia is Underwritten by The General Insurance Company of Trieste and Venice – U.S. Branch.

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98% of Impacted Travelers Satisfied with Their Travel Insurance

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Staying at a vacation rental can be one of the most relaxing travel experiences, but getting there can be a real pain. About one in four American adults had to cancel or interrupt their travel plans, or had their trip delayed because of medical conditions, natural disasters including severe weather, or carrier-caused problems, according to a U.S. Travel Insurance Association survey* conducted in 2014.

Luckily, travel insurance can help with these types of travel impacting events and we have a plan designed specifically for vacation rental guests. CSA Travel Protection’s Guest Protect plan, includes coverages such as Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption and Travel Delay, which could reimburse your insured guests for certain events that regularly affect vacationers.

Not only could your guests benefit from travel insurance, but so can your business. By partnering with CSA, you can offer your guests travel insurance and earn commission for plans that are sold. The survey shows that 98% of “impacted” travelers reported satisfaction with their travel insurance policies in the year before the survey. A satisfied traveler is good business for all of us.

More than ever, travelers are in need of a way to protect their trip costs and hedge against unexpected and potentially expensive mishaps that can be covered by travel insurance. In fact, USTIA’s survey found the number of American travelers whose journeys were impacted has jumped from 17 percent in 2013 to 25 percent in 2014.

If you’re a vacation rental property manager and like the idea of increasing customer satisfaction while increasing revenue to your bottom line at the same time, fill out our partner interest form and we’ll work with you to build a valuable travel insurance or vacation rental damage protection program for you and your guests.

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*The USTIA survey results are based on an Ipsos poll of 1,005 U.S. adults ages 18 and older from Dec.2-4, 2014. Results are considered accurate to within +/- 3.5 percentage points of the U.S. population.

Travel insurance plans are administered by Customized Services Administrators, Inc., CA Lic. No. 821931, located in San Diego, CA and doing business as CSA Travel Protection and Insurance Services.  Plans are available to residents of the U.S. but may not be available in all jurisdictions. Benefits and services are described on a general basis; certain conditions and exclusions apply. Travel Retailers may not be licensed to sell insurance, in all states, and are not authorized to answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of this insurance and cannot evaluate the adequacy of your existing insurance.  This plan provides insurance coverage for your trip that applies only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. The purchase of this plan is not required in order to purchase any other travel product or service offered to you by your travel retailers. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker.  This notice provides general information on CSA’s products and services only. The information contained herein is not part of an insurance policy and may not be used to modify any insurance policy that might be issued. In the event the actual policy forms are inconsistent with any information provided herein, the language of the policy forms shall govern. 

Travel insurance plans are underwritten by: Generali U.S. Branch, New York, NY; NAIC # 11231. Generali US Branch operates under the following names: Generali Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A. (U.S. Branch) in California, Assicurazioni Generali – U.S. Branch in Colorado, Generali U.S. Branch DBA The General Insurance Company of Trieste & Venice in Oregon, and The General Insurance Company of Trieste and Venice – U.S. Branch in Virginia. Generali US Branch is admitted or licensed to do business in all states and the District of Columbia.

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