CHECtravel Announces First Universal Insurance Plan Designed For Home Exchangers

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CHECtravel, the home exchange certification organization, achieves major milestone with the introduction of universal vacation home exchange insurance.

Travel Guard feels that vacation home exchanging has become a significant part of the mainstream travel industry, in conjunction with Travel Guard, the foremost name in travel insurance plans, today announced the availability of a home exchange insurance protection plan.

"Travel Guard feels that vacation home exchanging has become a significant part of the mainstream travel industry," said Tom Zavadsky, Travel Guard Executive Vice President.

Created with the home exchanger in mind, the Travel Guard plan covers the insured if he or his home swap partner cancels the vacation home exchange due to a covered reason (maximum of $10,000 per booking).

The plan also covers:

  •     All prepaid non refundable expenses for the exchanger
  •     Trip and baggage delay
  •     Emergency medical expenses
  •     Damage waiver ($1500)
  •     Includes the well-known Travel Guard Assist Program.

There is no deductible; coverage starts at $15.

"In today's economy, vacationing seems beyond the reach of many," says Joe Murray, co-founder of CHECtravel, Inc. "However; exchanging homes puts vacations within the grasp of everyone. Swapping homes means that except for transportation costs (easily covered through a Travel Guard plan) vacations don't have to cost any more than staying at home. There are no hotels bills, meals can be prepared at home and even cars can be swapped."

"CHECtravel provides the safety and security to help home exchangers feel confident and comfortable in this rapidly growing vacation alternative."

The CHECtravel/Travel Guard insurance protection plan is available through links on these budget travel home exchange agencies: Green Theme International, ExchangeHomes Blog, and KnowYourTrade and directly on the CHECtravel website.

About CHECtravel (Certified Home Exchange Communities) offers house swappers much more than insurance. Working together with home exchange agencies, CHEC provides the ideal home swapping experience. CHECtravel, a membership based organization, verifies member residences, provides mediation and demands the highest ethical standards of its members. Through a partnership with UnTours, CHECtravel will soon be providing its members with English speaking local experts in popular home exchange destinations throughout the world. These are only a few of the benefits available through CHECtravel for a nominal annual membership fee.

Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., a Pennsylvania Insurance Company (NAIC #19445), with its principal place of business at 70 Pine Street, New York, NY 10270, currently authorized to transact business in all states and the District of Columbia. The Policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. All coverages may not be available in all states.


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