New travel insurance products launched

| December 13, 2011

Two companies have announced new travel insurance policies this week, just in time for people setting off for their Christmas breaks.

Insurance provider Hiscox has launched a new policy for all members of the family, whether they are travelling in Europe or further afield.

The policy offers up to £10 million emergency medical cover, up to £50,000 in legal expenses, and £10,000 in cover for political unrest and natural catastrophe evacuation.

A number of additional options are available for more specialised trips abroad, including protection for people taking winter ski holidays.

A recent survey by Defaqto found that 13 per cent of single trip insurance policies do not cover winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.

Hiscox’s policy however offers covers for skiing, including off-piste skiing as long as this takes place within ski area boundaries of a recognised ski resort.

It also covers a number of other high-risk activities such as white water rafting, quad biking and kite surfing.

Steve Langan, managing director of Hiscox UK and Ireland, said: “this comprehensive annual policy means you can enjoy everything from a spontaneous weekend in Italy to a planned safari in South Africa with the peace of mind knowing that if something does go wrong, you’ll get the assistance you need to get things back to normal as soon as possible”.

Hiscox’s new travel insurance policy is available on the phone or online at www.hiscox.co.uk

A travel insurance product focused on women was also launched this week.

New travel insurance products launched

Bikini Travel Insurance’s policy provides the usual cover for medical and repatriation costs, holiday cancellation and other items, but also provides female-focused cover for items such as clothes, shoes, handbags, hair straighteners, jewellery and watches.

Like Hiscox, it also offers a winter sports extension, providing cover for ski equipment, ski passes and missed skiing days due to piste closure.

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