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Expedia Helps Travelers Protect Their Vacation Investment With Comprehensive Trip Insurance Offering BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 8
Expedia Helps Travelers Protect Their Vacation Investment With Comprehensive Trip Insurance Offering
BELLEVUE, Wash., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Expedia.com® (NASDAQ: EXPE), the world's leading online travel service, is expanding its suite of travel insurance offerings by launching Expedia® Package Protection. The plan includes coverage for airline, hotel, car and activities service fees in the event the traveler changes or cancels a trip for any reason prior to the start of the trip or interrupts a trip for a covered reason.*
“We are always looking for ways to provide travelers with superior services to ensure they are confident in knowing they have flexibility when planning and booking travel on Expedia,” says Troy Brown, vice president of packages, Expedia.com. “By guarding against cancellation penalties and providing travelers with an important safeguard before, during and after their trip, Expedia® Package Protection takes the worry out of vacation planning and purchase.”
In addition to trip cancellation/interruption coverage, the plan provides reimbursement for expenses incurred if travel is delayed due to bad weather, strike or mechanical failure. In the event of a medical emergency while traveling, the plan provides reimbursement for medical expenses and coverage for emergency medical transportation. Benefits are also provided for baggage and personal effects that are lost, stolen, delayed or damaged during travel. Further information, including coverage terms, conditions, and exclusions, is available through Expedia's website during the booking process.
Expedia® Package Protection plan pricing varies depending on the trip destination. Some examples of plan costs are; $49 per person for travel within Continental U.S., $69 per person for travel from the U.S. to Europe and $89 per person for travel from the U.S. to South America/Africa/Middle East or for multiple destinations. Expedia® Package Protection is only available for purchase at the time of booking.
Expedia also offers travelers its Hassle-Free Hurricane Promise if a hurricane threatens to spoil their vacation. If a hurricane watch or warning has been issued and a traveler needs to change their trip, Expedia® will waive associated Expedia.com cancellation fees, advocate with its travel partners to waive associated fees and assist in re-booking the entire trip, including flight and activities. Travelers would also receive additional support through travel alerts and 24/7 customer service.
Expedia.com® is the world's leading online travel provider, helping more than 25 million travelers per month easily plan and book travel. Expedia.com ( http://www.expedia.com/ ) aims to provide personalized service, the latest technology and the widest selection of vacation packages, flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions, and services. With the Expedia® Best Price Guarantee, Expedia.com promises to offer to its customers the best rates available online for all types of travel, making it the most comprehensive customer guarantee in online travel. Expedia.com is an operating company of Expedia, Inc.
This release is not a complete description of coverage. Full details of the plan, including benefit terms, limits and exclusions, are available at Expedia.com or by calling BerkelyCare, the plan administrator, at 1-800-954-4734.
*Reimbursement for cancellations may be covered under Expedia's Cancellation Fee Waiver (see below), or under the insurance portion of the plan.
Expedia's Cancellation Fee Waiver
If a trip must be cancelled for ANY REASON not covered by the insurance prior to the start of a trip, all package cancellation fees imposed by Expedia, Inc. will be waived, except the cost of Published Air. The value of Published Air may be used within airline dictated length of time after original ticket issue date, and Expedia, Inc. will absorb the change fee. The actual airfare could be higher at the time of rebooking; in that event the price differential would be the customer's responsibility. Customers are allowed to change or cancel a trip for any reason one (1) time prior to the start of a trip.
Full refund may not apply to some flights. Vacation packages will contain either merchant air or published air; the cost of merchant air can be refunded under Expedia's Cancellation Fee Waiver in Section I of the plan while published air cannot. However, published air may be covered under the insurance policy in Section I of the plan if cancellation is due to covered reasons. Alternatively, customers can contact Expedia travel experts at 1-800-551-2534 to ensure packages are booked with a fully refundable flight. [However, even if a nonrefundable published flight is booked, customers can still use the flight (usually for up to one year from the original booking date), and Expedia will pay any flight change fees.
The insurance portion of the plan is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., a Pennsylvania Insurance Company, who is a member of the AIG Companies® with their principal place of business at 70 Pine Street, New York, NY 10270. It is currently authorized to transact business in all states and the District of Columbia. NAIC #19445. All coverages may not be available in all states. The insurance plan is administered by BerkelyCare, a division of Affinity Insurance Services, Inc.
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