Travel Agents: Where do your clients want to vacation in 2016? Should they consider travel insurance?

As 2015 comes to a close, travel agents might be noticing a few new trends taking shape for the New Year. “With the increase of recent security threats happening abroad, I wouldn’t be surprised if in 2016 we begin to see more U.S. travelers booking trips to domestic hotspots like Hawaii, Alaska and San Diego,” said Cassie McNab, marketing manager at CSA Travel Protection.

“Believe it or not, this is the time of year when travelers start booking spring break vacations, so Miami and Las Vegas could be other popular destinations,” McNab added.

However, there are always customers who have their hearts set on traveling to places on their bucket lists as well, no matter the political climate.

As a leading provider of full-service travel protection solutions to U.S. travelers for more than 20 years, CSA Travel Protection recommends educating customers about their travel insurance options. “Here’s a good rule of thumb for knowing when to purchase travel insurance. Ask yourself, ‘Can I afford to recoup the costs of my trip?’ If the answer is no, then you should consider travel protection. Look for policies that meet your specific needs. There are many different kinds of travel protection plans available and, most importantly, you want to purchase from a reputable source,” noted McNab.

According to CSA, a small percentage of its customers require medical evacuations or find themselves in dire emergency medical situations. In fact, the most common reasons for making travel insurance claims in 2015 are the following:

  1. Trip Cancellation
  2. Trip Interruption
  3. Medical and Dental

When looking to make your next travel protection purchase or recommending travel insurance to a customer, be sure to take these top reasons into consideration. You may want to look at the plan coverages to be sure that they include these elements.

Consumers should always review a sample insurance policy or description of coverage before purchasing a plan (e.g. CSA Custom Luxe Plan). “If one isn’t available prior to purchase, then we do not recommend buying that plan as it’s always wise to research up front and know what is covered before departing on a trip,” McNab said. “Travelers can download and save or print and carry their policies with them on their covered trips for easy reference.”

Travel agents, travel protection companies and credible online sources can be valuable resources for becoming more knowledgeable about travel insurance. “The more travel agents know about travel insurance and emergency services, the more they can educate their customers. Education is empowerment,” McNab said.

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Wishing You Happy & Safe Holiday Travel

Get your travel insurance quote from CSA

This Thanksgiving season 46.9 million Americans will be on the move, and whether you’re dashing through the snow or cuddled in front of the fire, CSA Travel Protection can be there to support you in your travels.

More than 25 million passengers will travel on U.S. airlines during the 12-day Thanksgiving travel period, the highest number in the last eight years, according to the Airlines for America industry trade group. That averages out to an additional 65,000 passengers per day compared to the same time last year. The airlines are adding capacity to be ready for the spike, but you might rest easier during this busy travel time if you have travel insurance backing you up.

We wish you happy and safe holiday travels and a season with fewer hassles. CSA’s travel insurance plans might just help bring those wishes to life, if Santa doesn’t beat us to it.

If you don’t have coverage for an upcoming holiday trip, it’s not too late!

About CSA

CSA Travel Protection, a Europ Assistance Group company, is dedicated to providing valuable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect travelers’ vacation investments and provide the peace of mind one deserves while traveling. With over 20 years of experience, CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and by offering products and services to meet their needs. Through award-winning customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, CSA is with its clients every step of the way, whenever and wherever they are needed.

Travel insurance plans are administered by Customized Services Administrators, Inc., CA Lic. No. 0821931, 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 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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CSA Travel Protection Announces Protect&Go™ Plan Available Through TripInsuranceZone.com

Continuing its long-term strategic partnership, CSA Travel Protection (CSA), owned by Europ Assistance Group—a global leader in emergency assistance products and services, and TripInsuranceZone.com, a division of AJM Global, unveiled today that CSA Travel Protection’s Protect&Go™ plan is now available through the TripInsuranceZone.com Travel Insurance Online Store.

New from CSA Travel Protection this fall, the Protect&Go plan is designed for travelers who are committed to going on their trips no matter what, yet may still be interested in purchasing valuable coverages and assistance services at a lesser cost.

This plan includes a wide range of post-departure benefits, including Baggage Coverage, Travel Delay, Trip Interruption, Medical and Dental Coverage, and Emergency Assistance and Transportation at lower price points compared to plans that include Trip Cancellation coverage.

“We offer the best travel insurance products and services and excellent customer service,” said Bob Chambers, vice president of operations at CSA Travel Protection. “We’re always looking for ways to make travel insurance valuable and practical for our customers, and our new Protect&Go plan is an ideal solution for travelers who are certain they won’t cancel their trips.”

“We’re honored to be the first online comparison site offering CSA’s Protect&Go™ plan,” said Mariya Frayman, president of TripInsuranceZone.com. “It gives a more economical travel insurance option to our customers from a name they can trust.”

In addition to Protect&Go, TripInsuranceZone.com customers can choose from CSA Travel Protection’s Freestyle and Freestyle Luxe Plans, which provide sound insurance coverage and assistance services. The Freestyle and Freestyle Luxe Plans provide coverage for travelers, their personal belongings, as well as many non-refundable trip costs. Both plans offer coverages that include Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Travel Delay, Baggage and Baggage Delay, and Medical and Dental coverage.

The Freestyle and Freestyle Luxe Plans also encompass an array of services including 24-hour Emergency Assistance and On Demand Medical Care, which provide travelers with access to on-call physicians, medical advice and physician referrals, should they become sick or injured while on a covered trip. The Freestyle Luxe Plan also offers Trip Cancellation for Any Reason, an optional upgrade that provides coverage up to 75 percent of non-refundable trip costs. Trip Cancellation for Any Reason coverage is available (except in the state of New York) for an additional 50 percent of the plan cost.

About TripInsuranceZone.com

TripInsuranceZone.com is an online Division of AJM Global Corporation. TripInsuranceZone.com compares travel insurance products from all major insurance providers in the United States.  Using its unique proprietary engine, travelers are able to research, quote, compare and purchase travel insurance that fits their needs best. The team’s expertise is available to each customer throughout every step of the process.

About CSA Travel Protection

CSA Travel Protection, a Europ Assistance Group company, is dedicated to providing valuable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect travelers’ vacation investments and provide the peace of mind one deserves while traveling. With over 20 years of experience, CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and offering products and services to meet their needs. Through award-winning customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, CSA is with its clients every step of the way.