AAA: Get travel insurance if you’re concerned about Coronavirus

As Coronavirus cases increase world wide every single day, experts are saying it may be a good idea to use travel insurance if you are worried about any upcoming trips.
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By: Brittany Comak

Email: bcomak@abc6.com

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WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – As Coronavirus cases increase world wide every single day, experts are saying it may be a good idea to use travel insurance if you are worried about any upcoming trips.

Travelers like Kevin Boyden are remaining cautious.

“Yeah I have a concern. Any traveler should,” said Boyden Monday before boarding a flight from Rhode Island to Florida.

And that’s what AAA is recommending – that travelers stay on high alert.

“Certainly in those countries that are level three, level two as deemed by the CDC, where travel is not advised, just for pleasure, we really want to advise people to think heavily about that decision,” said AAA Public Affairs Representative Diana Imondi.

Imondi says ultimately, traveling right now is a personal decision.

“We are obviously recommending travel insurance at this time, and the best travel insurance is one that you can cancel for any reason,” said Imondi.

While AAA is recommending insuring your trip, many policies are treating the virus as a ‘known event’ if you booked your trip after January 22, meaning you can’t get your money back.

Agencies are however helping people re-book their trips for different dates.

“Travelers are very resilient,  said Imondi. “I think they’re just looking to plant their trips in different places. We’ve seen a lot of bookings into Canada, and areas that aren’t affected.”

People getting on planes at T.F. Green Monday said it would depend on the trip for them to insure it.

“If it was a very large, very expensive trip, yes,” said Amanda Turner. “But a trip like this where it was just for the weekend, no. I wouldn’t be concerned with it.”

“Common sense says anything for protection is smart,” said Boyden. “It’s the risk you take, and how prevalent you think it is.”

According to their websites, airlines like Jet Blue and United are either waiving change or cancellation fees depending on the date you booked your trip.

It’s always a good idea to continue to check with your airline and what the government is saying about whatever country you are planning to travel to.

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