CSA Travel Protection Takes Home Silver Travel Weekly Magellan Award

CSA Travel Protection (CSA) owned by Europ Assistance Group, a global leader in assistance and insurance products and services, today unveiled that its Agent University program was named a 2015 Silver Magellan Award Winner in the Online Travel Services: Education Program category.

In August 2014, CSA Travel Protection kicked off a new education program for travel agents called CSA University. This program provides product and sales training for complex, heavily regulated travel insurance products, in a quick and easy-to-understand way.

“I would like to thank the CSA agent university training team and congratulate them on a job well done,” said Bob Chambers, vice president of operations. “With decades of travel insurance expertise under our belts, this is just another example of how CSA leads the way when it comes to customer and partner relations.”

With entries from across the U.S. and around the world, the Magellan Award winners represent the best in the travel industry and salute the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.

The Magellan awards is the premier awards program honoring a broad range of industry segments including Hotels and Resorts, Travel Destinations, Cruise Lines, Online Travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, Tour Operators and Car Rental Companies. The Magellan is the award to win if you are in the business of travel.

“The creativity that travel industry marketers and designers display to inspire travel and enhance the travel experience continues to impress our expert judges and readers,” said Arnie Weissmann, editor in chief of Travel Weekly. “This year’s winners continue to raise the bar, establishing themselves as not just the most talented and creative people in the travel industry but among the most creative and talented of any industry.”

The Magellan Awards are judged and overseen by a one-of-a-kind panel of top travel professionals representing the best names and most accomplished leaders from the industry.   In determining winners, entries do not compete with one another, instead they are judged against a standard of excellence based on the long experience of Travel Weekly. To uphold this high standard of excellence, a category may have multiple winners, or may have no winners at all.

For a complete list of silver and gold winners, please visit www.travelweeklyawards.com.

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.

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.

Summer and Fall Travel Planning: Hurricane Preparedness Tips 2015

Summertime means vacation to many Americans. It’s time to relax and enjoy the abundant daylight and warm evenings. Some of the most popular places to visit–the beautiful coastlines of Hawaii, Florida and South Carolina to name a few– happen to be located where hurricanes can occur. Though it’s rare that vacation plans are affected by such an event, it is always good to be prepared. 

Hurricane Facts, History and Forecast

Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30, peaking in mid August to late October according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). To be a hurricane, winds must be greater than 74 mph whereas a tropical storm’s wind speed must be greater than 39 mph.

With nine tropical cyclones formed and eight named, 2014 was the sparsest hurricane season in the Atlantic since 1997. However with 16 hurricanes in the Pacific, 2014 ties the modern record for most hurricanes in one season, previously set in 1990 and 1992.

For 2015, NOAA predicts there is a 70 percent chance of a below normal hurricane season in the Atlantic. Conversely, there is a 70 percent chance of an above normal hurricane season in the Eastern and Central Pacific in 2015.

How to Prepare

Vacationers planning to visit the Atlantic, Eastern or Southern Pacific hurricane basins this summer or fall should consider learning how to prepare for an emergency should they unexpectedly get caught in a hurricane’s path.

FEMA has created a dedicated website that describes how to accomplish the following three essentials.

  1. Make a plan
  2. Create a kit
  3. Know your resources

Families or groups traveling together should make an emergency plan to determine where they are going to meet and how they will get there. Additionally, they should have an emergency kit with a radio, water, food and other survival basics. Some travelers who know that they are vacationing during hurricane season bring one with them.

When it comes to resources, there are a vast amount of websites and social media tools available. Before departing on any vacation during hurricane season, travelers may want to make a list of resources so they can stay informed about the weather and evacuations.

FEMA, NOAA and regional resources, including state emergency response team sites like Florida’s, are a good place to start. Travel agents, vacation rental owners or hotel management can offer their expertise.  Reputable travel insurance providers, such as CSA Travel Protection, are another viable option. CSA has a dedicated web page with frequently asked questions for hurricane related evacuations, claims and preparedness, as well as an emergency assistance services hotline (877) 243-4135.

Armed with these hurricane preparedness tips and tricks, travelers can leave on their vacations knowing they have options should a hurricane unexpectedly interrupt their plans. Though the chances of this happening are very slim, being prepared is just one more reason to relax during vacation.

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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CSA Travel Protection Joins Forces With TripInsuranceZone

Company Offers CSA Travel Protection Travel Insurance Products Through Its Online Store

CSA Travel Protection (CSA), owned by Europ Assistance Group — a global leader in emergency assistance products and services, and TripInsuranceZone, a division of AJM Global, announced today a long-term strategic partnership to offer CSA Travel Protection plans and policies via the TripInsuranceZone.com Travel Insurance Online Store.

“We are very excited to have CSA Travel Protection joining our rapidly growing portfolio of Travel Insurance Plans. This partnership supports our ongoing mission to deliver valuable travel insurance options available to our clients, while providing outstanding customer service, ease of user experience, and optimal performance,” said Mariya Frayman, president of AJM Global.

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 Emergency 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 for an additional 50 percent of the plan cost.

“We bring decades of experience, award winning customer service and quality travel protection and emergency services to TripInsuranceZone.com,” said Bob Chambers, vice president of Operations at CSA Travel Protection. “We look forward to being a part of TripInsuranceZone’s bright future.”

CSA has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and offers a 10-day free look on all of its plans (30-day for residents of Indiana) as long as they have not incurred any covered expenses and haven’t left for their trip; customers can cancel their coverage and get a full refund of their plan cost if they aren’t completely satisfied.

Travelers can review their state-specific Description of Coverage/Insurance Policy at www.csatravelprotection.com/certpolicy.do prior to purchasing coverage to ensure they have a complete understanding of the coverages and services provided with each plan. As with any insurance plan, certain conditions and exclusions do apply.

About TripInsuranceZone 
TripInsuranceZone is an online Division of AJM Global Corporation. TripInsuranceZone compares travel insurance products from most major insurance providers in the United States. Using its unique proprietary engine, travelers are able to research, quote, compare and purchase travel insurance. 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 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.

Insurance is underwritten by Generali US Branch, New York, New York; NAIC #11231. Generali US Branch operates under the following names: In California: Generali Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (U.S. Branch) In Virginia: The General Insurance Company of Trieste and Venice – U.S. Branch.

Top Botanical Gardens to Visit

Claude Monet’s House and Gardens in France is truly a painting-worthy masterpiece, making it one of the best botanical gardens to visit.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the first quarter of 2015 is the warmest on record since 1880, when record keeping started. The snow has melted and the sun has been shining in many parts of the world, making for some spectacular botanical gardens to visit.

If you’ve been dreaming of visiting some of the world’s most exceptional botanical gardens, then here are a few places to consider before making your travel plans:

1.     Claude Monet’s House and Gardens, Giverny, Normandy, France

2.     Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa

3.     Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, United States

No matter where you decide to go, you should consider travel insurance from a reputable provider such as CSA Travel Protection.

Whether you’re on another continent or in your hometown botanical garden, be sure to stop and smell the roses or local blooms. After all, it has been suggested that appreciating the good things in life can help lead to happiness.

Insurance is underwritten by Generali US Branch, New York, New York; NAIC #11231. Generali US Branch operates under the following names: In California: Generali Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (U.S. Branch) In Virginia: The General Insurance Company of Trieste and Venice – U.S. Branch.