Travel Insurance - The Benefit of Having Benefits

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How Much Can You Afford to Lose?

Your trip is an investment that needs to be protected and insured.

“Our clients John and Sara were traveling to Peru to visit Machu Picchu, but this ‘bucket list’ trip could have ended very badly were it not for travel insurance,” recounts Pat Ford, a professional travel specialist with Los Angeles-based Montrose Travel.

“The night before their big hike up the mountain, they got together with a few of their fellow travelers for an evening at a local bar and indulged in cigars for the first time in their lives. It was good times all around!”

Less than twenty-four hours later, an emergency helicopter was transferring John to the hospital.

Ford explained further: “The altitude, mixed with a night of smoking, had taken a serious toll on his body and he became so sick he was unable to stand on his own. Fortunately, what would have been thousands of dollars in emergency care was covered by their travel insurance.”

If not for the travel insurance John and Sara purchased through Montrose Travel, these costs would have come out-of-pocket. Indeed, there are a myriad of events that could force a change of plans – from sudden illness or injury, to lost or stolen property, and even bankruptcy of your tour operator.

From the perspective of Montrose Travel’s Leisure Operations Manager, Daren Autry, “Your trip is an investment that needs to be protected and insured.” He continues, “Having been in business for over 56 years, Montrose Travel has more than a few stories of clients whose trips were interrupted by something unforeseen. We want our clients to be taken care of every step of the way, so travel insurance is always a recommendation for travelers.”

The value of travel insurance becomes even greater when it is paired with a travel professional who will manage the details from start to finish. Grace Davis, who specializes in Hawaii, Mexico, and Caribbean vacations at Montrose Travel, strives to make things as easy as possible for her clients and adds that personal touch to alleviate the stress of filing a claim.

“While travel insurance is a great benefit to every traveler, sometimes filing a claim can seem like a daunting task,” says Davis. “Understandably, insurance companies ask for a multitude of documents in order to process a claim. When one of my customers needs to make a claim, I make sure to be there for them every step of the way.”

With many different options available, travel professionals like Ford and Davis can help ensure that you have the appropriate coverage for your trip based on destination, length and personal information.

Maria Saenz, another travel specialist with Montrose Travel, advised her clients touring Italy to purchase a $670 travel insurance package for their $30,000 trip. When the family was unexpectedly called back from their vacation due to the emergency hospitalization of a close relative, the $16,500 cost to change the airline tickets for five people was completely reimbursed by Travel Guard insurance once their claim was approved.

“My clients found that the $670 cost of insurance was a very good investment, first in terms of peace of mind, then when times got tough,” according to Saenz.

When deciding if travel insurance is appropriate for your vacation, assess how much you can afford to lose should all or part of your trip be forfeited to illness, natural disasters or any other unexpected situations. With numerous hours of planning and accumulated costs, it is not worth the risk of going unprotected. So next time you book that flight, pack your bags, or step on that cruise ship, have the peace of mind in knowing that someone is looking out for your memories, wallet and even your life should an emergency arise.


Celebrating 56 years in business, Montrose Travel, a family-owned travel management company, has grown from 14 employees in 1990 to more than 200 today and is now firmly established as a Top 50 Travel Management Company and a Top 5 Host Agency nationwide at $200+ million in sales. Montrose Travel strives to provide the highest quality services and most complete vacation, corporate travel, loyalty and group travel management solutions for its customers and home-based travel agents. Montrose Travel "will be here tomorrow to back up our promises of today!" Montrose Travel can be reached at 1-800-MONTROSE (666-8767) or by visiting Visit Montrose Travel's Corporate Division at or call 1-800-766-4687. Home-based independent travel professionals may visit, email epeters(at)montrosetravel(dot)com, or call 1-800-870-5799. CST#1018299-10

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