We encourage every single one of our guests, on every single one of our trips, to purchase travel insurance for their trip of a lifetime. Believe us, no one ever plans to cancel a Grand Canyon river trip. But things happen; unpredictable situations arise. What are some of the things we’ve seen happen at the last minute, just before a trip launched? A broken leg. Sprained ankles. Unexpected illness. Death in the family. Flights cancelled due to weather. Shingles. Sick child. Military duty. Car accident. Unexpected surgery.
When is the best time to buy travel insurance? NOW! With Travelex, pre-existing medical conditions exclusion is waived when you purchase Travel Basic within 15 days or Travel Select within 21 days of your initial trip deposit, the full trip cost is insured and you are medically able to travel at the time of plan purchase.
If you do have to cancel, besides missing out on an awesome vacation, you also risk losing your full trip fare. (Our policy: Your $400 deposit is refundable, less a $100 service charge per person for 2019 guests, and $200 service charge per person for 2020 guests, if notification is received 120 days or more before the launch. Cancellations within 120 days up to 31 days prior to launch date will forfeit the $400 deposit. Cancellations within 30 days of launch will forfeit full fare.)
We do expect you to do your part and to protect your investment and we really do have to stick to our policy. If you call to cancel the first thing we will ask is ‘did you buy travel insurance?’. Again, if you have to cancel within 30 days of your trip you will forfeit the full fare. Take our recommendation. Buy the travel insurance. We often recommend Travelex, an excellent insurance company that offers affordable coverage but you’re encouraged to do your own research. And be sure to review the insurance policy for full terms and details, which includes limitations and exclusions. For further information contact your travel insurance company directly.