When to Buy Your Travel Insurance Plan

May 16, 2023 • By THIRDHOME


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You’re all ready to book your next trip, or perhaps you’ve booked already… but when is the best time to buy a travel insurance plan to protect your trip? That likely depends on your specific situation and your needs, so we’ll break down the timing below.

Additional Benefits for Those Who Purchase Early

Almost all comprehensive travel insurance plans (single trip plans that include Trip Cancellation coverage) include some early purchase advantages if you buy your plan within a specified window after making your initial trip deposit. At THIRDHOME, we offer a travel protection plan to our members through USI Travel Insurance Services. If you purchase this plan within the early purchase timeframe (within 14 days of your initial trip deposit), you may have access to: 

What exactly does this early purchase timeframe mean? 

If you would like to have the early purchase benefits included in your plan, you’ll need to buy your travel insurance within 14 days of your initial trip deposit, even if you’re only making a small deposit upfront and paying the majority of your trip cost later. For example, if you put down a $200 deposit on a hotel but plan to book the rest of your trip later, the date you pay the $200 hotel deposit counts as your initial trip deposit. 

Once you buy your travel insurance plan, you will need to follow up with the USI Travel Insurance Services Customer Service team within the same early purchase timeframe for any subsequent trip payments (within 14 days of any subsequent payments) to adjust your travel insurance coverage accordingly. If you don’t add your subsequent trip costs to your plan within 14 days of payment, you will lose all of your early purchase benefits, so it’s important to stay on top of your travel insurance as you plan your trip! For example, if you book your flight for $1,500 after you make the $200 initial hotel deposit, you’ll need to call within 14 days of booking the flight to increase your insured trip cost amount to maintain your early purchase benefits, including CFAR coverage if selected. 

What if I’m already outside the early purchase window?

If you’re already past the early purchase timeframe based on when you paid your initial trip deposit, it’s still important to buy your travel insurance plan as soon as possible. Your plan is effective the day after purchase, and your Trip Cancellation benefit goes into effect immediately, meaning you could be reimbursed if you experience a covered event and need to cancel your trip. 

If you’re concerned about hurricanes impacting your travel, be sure to buy the plan before a storm might form. Once a hurricane becomes a named event, you can no longer have coverage for that hurricane if you buy your plan after that date, as the hurricane is then considered “foreseen.” 

And if you’re not one to plan ahead, keep in mind you can usually buy your plan up until a day before departure. 

If you have questions about when to buy your plan or questions about plan coverage, please contact the USI Travel Insurance Services Customer Service team at customercare@travelinsure.com or 855.874.0156. Be sure to mention that you are traveling with THIRDHOME, account #50054. You can also visit https://www.travelinsure.com/thirdhome/ to learn more and get a free quote today. 

*Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) is not available to residents of NY. CFAR is an optional upgrade offered at an additional premium. Terms and conditions apply. See plan for full details.

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