WestJet unveils free COVID-19 travel insurance for airline and vacation bookings
Friday September 11, 2020
CALGARY – WestJet has announced it will offer free COVID-19 travel insurance for eligible passengers booking travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe, including the United Kingdom.
Through its new partner TuGo and for bookings made as of September 18, 2020, all WestJet air-only bookings, including WestJet Vacations bookings for travel to and from Mexico, the Caribbean (through excluding the United States), Europe (including the United Kingdom) and upon arrival in Canada will provide eligible guests with COVID-19 travel insurance at no cost.
Coverage will automatically be applied at no additional cost to eligible passengers at the time of purchase for travel through August 31, 2021 for a maximum of 21 days. One-way travel bookings will also be eligible for coverage for up to seven days.
“We know that Canadians seek reassurance and that our customers can now have the confidence that they are protected against unforeseen pandemic-related medical bills when they choose to book with WestJet,” said Arved von zur Muehlen , WestJet Commercial Director. “Security measures have been implemented throughout our trip and providing our customers with peace of mind while traveling is worth the investment we make in ensuring the safest travel experience for our customers. ”
TuGo Travel Insurance COVID-19 coverage for WestJet guests includes the following:
- Emergency medical and hospital expenses for overseas travelers in the event of a diagnosis of COVID-19 outside of Canada (excluding the United States) up to a maximum of CAN $ 100,000 per insured person .
- Emergency medical and hospital expenses for inbound travelers visiting Canada who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Canada, up to a maximum of CAN $ 100,000 per insured person.
- The cost of accommodation in quarantine when the traveler tests positive for COVID-19 during the trip up to CAN $ 150 per insured person, per day up to a maximum of 14 days for inbound and outbound bookings.
- COVID-19-related ambulance and air evacuation costs, up to a maximum of CAN $ 100,000 per insured person for inbound and outbound passengers.
- COVID-19 repatriation costs in the event of death up to a maximum of CAN $ 5,000 per insured person for incoming and outgoing guests.
- One-way economy class airfare for the return of a traveling companion and dependent children when the air is discharged home for treatment.
Patrick Robinson, CEO of TuGo, said the company is thrilled to partner with WestJet to offer Canadians the option to travel again.
“With our common goal of the health, well-being and safety of travelers, it is only natural that our two Canadian-owned and managed companies come together to equip and support Canadians in this next normal,” he said. he declares.
Coverage is not available to residents of Saskatchewan or for travel, including cruises.
The news follows a similar announcement from Air Canada Vacations, which has partnered with Allianz Global Assistance to offer free COVID-19 coverage and assistance plan with all flight and hotel packages to select Sun destinations. .
Canadians, for the most part, are still unable to obtain travel insurance related to COVID-19 due to Canada’s continued advice against non-essential travel. Blue Cross and B2C insurance provider Medipac were the first to announce in July that they now offer coverage for COVID-19.