'Useless' Travel Insurance Policies Condemned Thursday 13 March 2008 PDF Print Swinton Travel Insurance Press Release 13th March 2008 Useless travel policies could leave sun seekers out in the cold say Swinton Financial Ombudsman reports that one in eight complaints are connected to travel insurance As the holiday season approaches, the UK’s largest high street insurance retailer, Swinton is warning holidaymakers against purchasing cheap travel insurance policies that could leave them stranded when things go wrong abroad. Bargain breaks are easy to find with cheap flights, budget accommodation and unusual destinations driving down the cost of getting away from it all. However, savvy travellers shouldn’t cut corners when it comes to insurance. Cut-price cover may save pounds in the short term, but more and more holidaymakers are finding they are not insured when it comes to making a claim. Indeed, the Financial Ombudsman reported that one in eight complaints they receive are connected with travel insurance, with many holidaymakers finding that they are not adequately covered when making a claim. * The rise in price comparison websites has placed more emphasis than ever before on quoting the cheapest price first, but this is not necessarily the best level of cover. Swinton reports that the majority of extremely cheap policies fail to cover people for some of the most common types of claims including baggage cover, cancellation, loss of money and passport and travel delay. According to Swinton, these inadequate travel insurance policies are often only exposed when customers try to make a claim and fails. Head of insurer development Chris Collings said; “There are a raft of cheap holiday insurance providers in the internet, and people can easily pick up single trip cover for just a few pounds. “People need to be aware that these sorts of policies provide little or no cover, and are literally useless as soon as you come to claim. It may seem like a good idea at the time to take out a cheap policy but if things go wrong, it could end up being very costly in the long run. Swinton advises people to consider taking out an annual travel policy that fully covers all of their needs while they are away, and to consult their local broker to discuss their needs fully.” Swinton’s annual travel insurance policy starts from around £30, and covers medical expenses up to £10 million, personal liability of £2 million, £25,000 personal accident and £5,000 cancellation cover. -ENDS- * Figure taken from Financial Ombudsman website Swinton’s annual travel insurance policy also covers people for domestic trips. For more information call 0800 056 5631 About Swinton · With 455 branches nationwide Swinton is the largest high street insurance retailer · Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community · Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance · With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates · Swinton offers a ‘clicks and bricks’ approach to insurance - online prices with a high street presence. Richard Bond Account Director 07949 024149 Spinoza Kennedy Vesey PR No. 5-6 Abito 85 Greengate Manchester M3 7NA. Tel: (0161) 838 7770 Fax: (0161) 839 2904 www.skvpr.co.uk This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of SKV Communications Ltd in the following categories: Personal Finance, Travel, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.