Now that you’ve learned all about booking flights, hotels, car rentals, vacations, and cruises with Expedia.com, you might be thinking about planning a trip. If you’re looking for a little extra peace of mind on your trip, you might be considering purchasing one of Expedia's travel protection plans, in order to be ready for the unexpected. In this article, we’ll explain how to get protection from Expedia, and what types of plans you can choose from. Read on to learn more!
Expedia travel insurance is a protection plan for your trip which will entitle you to a refund in the event that the conditions of the insurance are met. By purchasing insurance with or after your booking, you are protecting yourself if the trip is cancelled or if unfortunate circumstances occur while on your trip.
We all know vacations can be expensive. By purchasing an Expedia protection plan, essentially you are preparing for a situation out of your control, so you don’t lose all of the money you spent on your trip. Depending on the protection you purchase, you could be reimbursed for the cost of your trip for situations such as illness, bad weather, or missing your flight.
You will be given the option of adding travel insurance while booking, but this is completely optional. You will need to purchase protection plans during booking, prior to the completion of your transaction. You can however purchase the Car Rental Insurance Plan up until the day before you leave for your trip.
You will automatically have the option to add a travel protection plan whenever you are booking an itinerary for which that plan is applicable.
Just look for the icon when you get to the final screen before completing your booking (the one where you have to enter your billing and contact information). See these tutorials for further information:
This plan applies mainly to vacation packages, usually consisting of at least a flight and hotel booking. It is meant to protect you from elements before and during your trip, including:
This is similar to the package protection plan, except that it only covers you if you need to change or cancel your flight before you leave. If you're just worried about whether or not you'll be able to make your flight at all, and not so much about what will happen after you're already on it, then pick this plan.
Similar to the vacation waiver, this plan compensates you if you need to cancel your trip before you leave or during your trip, if you or someone closely related to you becomes critically ill or injured.
This plan is sort of a mix between the cancellation plan and the package protection plan, and usually only applies to packages that have flights booked, but not hotel rooms.
As its name implies, this plan is for packages that include cruises. It offers you protection and/or compensation:
This plan covers your expenses, above and beyond your regular car insurance, if your rental car is damaged by forces of nature (fire, flood, hail, wind, etc.) or by anything else that isn't your fault. This is also the only insurance that can be purchased from Expedia.com after your booking; you can obtain it up until the day before you leave for your trip – so you have more time to decide if you’ll need it.
The answer to this, like a lot of similar questions, is "it depends." There are a number of factors that may make you decide that you want the extra protection or not. Here are a few things to consider.
And that’s how Expedia.com Travel Protection Plans work. If you’re interested in learning more about what you may be entitled to when you book with Expedia, check out our article on the Expedia cancellation policy here.
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