I'm not sure this is the right thread for info on travel insurance.
But, as I mainly have it for health reasons, here goes...
I am about to buy another annual travel insurance policy, so started searching. As an Australian, I looked through this review site .
Given that one name is often mentioned here on TF, I was interested to see the results. I suggest you may also be interested... check out here .
I'd be interested in what other's may have learned about travel insurance companies - not what they paid, etc., rather, what happened when they made a claim.
I fear that the number of reviews on the site for all bar 2 of the insurers are so small as to be meaningless. Taking the example that you link to, there are only 9 reviews going all the way back to 2007, and only one review in the last 12 months.
You also have to wonder when 2 (lesser known) companies have so many more reviews than any other and also have significantly better ratings than most. Perhaps this is overly cynical, but I have spent too long looking at internet forums on Vietnam not to take this sort of thing with a grain of salt.
#2 Rohan has been a member since 16/6/2009. Posts: 63
You're probably right. Nevertheless, I was hoping my last sentence was the key item for interest...
I'd be interested in what other's may have learned about travel insurance companies - not what they paid, etc., rather, what happened when they made a claim..
#3 so why use worldnomads (who is obviously some kind of travelfish sponsor) into the equation? Do a search on "XYZ travel insurance reviews" and you'll get a host of people moaning about not being paid out, its hardly like nomads are the only ones who don't pay claims!
The issue is when people get paid out they don't get the same pressing need to go write online about it. noisy wheels and all that.
I've used nomads in the past and it was all easy. I didn't have to claim so can't comment on tat but they're a very backpackerfriendly company I think.
I'd use them again, and if i filed a legitimate claim and they didn't pay then i wouldn't use them again. Would look at any company same way.
#4 spikybrain has been a member since 21/8/2009. Posts: 20
Hi guys and girls,
I've just booked my travel insurance with a company called 24/7 travel insurance which I found on moneysupermarket.com (they compare companies for the cheapest deal)
It was £50 for 6 months and covers all the basics i.e medical, theft and legal liability stuff. Seems pretty resonable to me.
I think most companies are buggers when it comes to doling out the claims but its definately a good idea to get covered. Saves your parents paying ££££££/$$$$$$ to get you shipped home in a box should the worst happen....
I've used Columbus Direct quite a few times, especially the yearly policies.
The prices is good, but like you say, I've never made a claim so I have no idea really what they are like.
#7 Mike_V has been a member since 2/11/2009. Posts: 11