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Ash cloud chaos prompts more holidaymakers to consider travel insurance

Ash cloud chaos prompts more holidaymakers to consider travel insurance

According to recent research from more holidaymakers than ever this summer are looking into travel insurance options before leaving the country. It’s believed the high profile ash cloud disaster which caused travel chaos earlier this year after flights in and out of the UK were grounded because of the threat of the volcanic ash, and the highly publicised BA industrial strikes, have prompted travellers to invest in travel insurance to safeguard against any of these problems. Many insurers are now offering policy add-ons, known as Travel Extension Disruption, so as to cover for issues which could arise as a result of any ash cloud problems due to the increased demand in this kind of cover from holidaymakers. The study found that 1 in 5 British travellers are now checking the finer details of their travel insurance policies before setting off on holiday to clarify what they are, and aren’t covered for. Plus, 7% say they are prepared to pay more for better cover. It’s estimated that 90% of British holidaymakers this year will take out some kind of travel insurance policy, while 60% of those will turn to a price comparison website to shop around for a low cost deal on cover. The survey revealed that a worrying 1 in 10 tourists are still taking unnecessary risks by travelling abroad without taking out any kind of insurance policy.

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