East Hartford, CT (Vocus) April 19, 2010
The price of sports championship tickets and hit show seats are higher than ever in 2010. It is advisable for savvy sports and entertainment travelers to buy event tickets with their trip arrangements from a tour operator authorized to sell and deliver valid tickets prior to departure. Missing a trip due to a last-minute need to cancel can mean a big loss for the grounded, uninsured traveler with unused event tickets.
Fortunately, traveling fans can fully protect high-priced tickets as an included prepaid expense within a trip they insure under Trip Cancellation / Interruption coverage. The coverage is included in each plan from the Worldwide Trip Protector product line from Travel Insured International, Whether the tickets are purchased as part of a travel package or bought separately from the event box office or a ticket service, they can be covered when included in the insured trip cost and prepaid before departure.
A check of ticket sources for 2010 events reveals the high cost of sports and entertainment:
- Tickets for the 2010 U.S. Open Golf Championship (June 17-20) at Pebble Beach, CA start at $110.
- 2010 Oberammergau Passion Play (May 15 – Oct. 3) tickets range from €45 to €150 ($61 to $205) plus fee.
-Ticketmaster© prices online for the Addams Family Musical at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theater range from $51.50 to $126 for a summer weeknight performance and higher on weekends.
- Online ticket prices for a La Scala opera seat in Milan begin at $190.
The Trip Cancellation / Interruption coverage included in Travel Insurance for event ticketholders means that if illness, an accident, a job loss, a travel supplier bankruptcy (in most plans), or other covered reason forces them to cancel or cut short their trip, their ticket costs can be reimbursed for the event they were unable to attend.
Resolving an event ticket reimbursement claim with Travel Insured International is a smooth process provided required documentation for proof of the ticket purchase is submitted along with the unused tickets. Documented service fees can also be reimbursed with the tickets.
Travel Industry Warnings on Ticket Scams
Travel Insured International strongly urges travelers to heed consumer warnings regarding special event tickets. The Department of Transportation 2006 rules governing event tickets sold in conjunction with an airline flight requires the following:
- An entity that offers special event tickets with an airline flight must be in physical possession of a sufficient number of tickets or have a written contract for the tickets.
- The entity’s contract for tickets must be directly traceable to the actual sponsor of the event.
The American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) advises travelers to verify that sports and special event packages include valid tickets. It urges them to book packages through a qualified travel agent or tour operator with a consumer protection plan, and read the tour brochure’s fine print carefully.
About Travel Insured International
Travel Insured delivers comprehensive travel protection benefits ranging from trip cancellation and trip interruption to emergency assistance and Medevac insurance, travel accident and sickness medical expense, accidental death and dismemberment, missed connection and baggage delay or loss.
The company's travel insurance plans include its comprehensive Worldwide Trip Protector, the most popular travel protection plan coverage offering Travel Protection, Flight Baggage Protection, Travel Medical Insurance and Travel Accident Protection. All Kids under 18 related to the primary insured receive FREE travel protection and Worldwide Trip Protector Gold, our Worldwide Business and Vacation Travel Insurance designed to protect luxury vacations and business trips. It offers travel protection, flight baggage protection, travel medical insurance, travel accident protection, renters collision insurance, and emergency evacuation (medevac) coverage.. Travel Insured also offers two travel insurance plans designed to provide basic yet flexible protection for families and budget conscious travelers, its Worldwide Trip Protector Lite insurance plan and Worldwide Trip Protector Lite Expanded insurance plan. Finally they offer an Airline Ticket Protector plan as well as a complete offering of Group Travel Insurance plans including Student Group insurance.
Visit Travel Insured's travel insurance web site or speak to a friendly, knowledgeable Travel Insured customer care professional at 1-800-243-3174.
Travel Insured International, based in East Hartford, Connecticut, was founded in 1993 by the foresight of insurance industry executive Peter Gehris when he acquired the travel protection division of the Travelers Insurance Company. Coverage is underwritten by Arch Insurance Company (a Missouri corporation, NAIC #11150) with executive offices located in Jersey City, NJ. Not all insurance products or coverage is available in all jurisdictions. Coverage is subject to actual policy language