Planning to travel? Here’s why you need to insure your next trip

martin dm | E+ | Getty Images When Covid-19 hit early last year and most travel ground to halt worldwide, would-be vacationers scrambled to get refunds from hotels, airlines, cruise lines and other travel suppliers — or to file travel insurance claims for canceled trips. They often hit a wall on both fronts. Suppliers struggled, … Read more

Need for trip insurance amid pandemic is reshaping travel landscape

Saowakhon Brown | Time | Getty Images The ever-evolving Covid-19 pandemic is reshaping where Americans spend their travel dollars and how they protect that investment. That’s according to the latest findings from travel insurance firms and the industry experts that track them. Airfare comparison site Next Vacay said it analyzed Google searches about travel insurance … Read more

How to insure your trip amid airline cancellations

NicolasMcComber | E+ | Getty Images Air travel continues to be disrupted this week by the national surge in Covid infections, and many worried Americans may be wondering whether or how to ensure — and insure — upcoming or planned trips. Some 2,221 flights nationwide were canceled Thursday alone, according to FlightAware website. That was … Read more

Travel insurance is a must for cruise trips, experts say

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Cruise line companies like Carnival are looking to make a big splash this year as they return to operations after a two-year break. The industry was shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, the Carnival Spirit set sail, making it the first major cruise ship to depart from JaxPort in nearly … Read more

Long-Term, Short-Term Insurance Ombuds recovers over R400m in lodged disputes

Insured South Africans, whose claims are rejected by insurance companies, can file complaints with the two Ombudsmen depending on the nature of their dispute. FILE: The Ombudsman for Short-Term Insurance finalized a total of 10,879 formal complaints, with 43% of these related to motor vehicle disputes. Picture: thamkc/ JOHANNESBURG – The Ombudsman for Long-Term Insurance … Read more

No cars were sold in Shanghai in April as zero-Covid policy hammers activity

hong kong CNN Business — Shanghai posted zero car sales last month as China pressed ahead with its stringent pandemic control measures. The biggest metropolitan area in China, home to 25 million residents, has been under a strict lockdown for seven weeks. Authorities have ordered people to stay at home and shut down many businesses, … Read more

Texas health officials struggle to prepare for end of pandemic emergency

Texas health officials struggle to prepare for end of pandemic emergency

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. At the start of the pandemic, when family earners lost their jobs and access to health care, the federal government relaxed Medicaid rules to allow more people to stay on the national health insurance program. … Read more

How to avoid getting duped by “worthless” travel insurance amid new threat of COVID cancellations

Holiday travel is expected to rebound this summer after two years of disruptions caused by the pandemic. But Americans heading overseas should be prepared for potential flight cancellations as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. To make matters worse, travelers may have more trouble getting their money back if they test positive. Airbnb, for example, said … Read more