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Cancel for Any Reason is an Important Trip Insurance Option
In the last several years, travelers have seen a variety of events that have affected their ability and desire to travel. Some of these events have prompted a complete shutdown of vacation spots (the hurricane season of 2017 and the Caribbean), and others
have made travel risky for certain travelers (Zika and pregnant women).
Examples of other concerning events include terrorist activities, varying kinds of weather events, strikes, and government shutdowns.
These types of events can wreak havoc on a traveler’s plans. As the number and type of such events have increased, many travelers have begun asking how they can protect themselves and their wallets for similar unpredictable events.
One solution the travel insurance industry offers is trip insurance,* and one key benefit offered on many trip protection plans is growing in popularity. It’s Cancel for Any Reason, also known as CFAR.
Trip Insurance Coverage
Trip insurance often includes protection for:
Your unused and nonrefundable trip costs, such as hotel and airfare expenses that will not be refunded if you must cancel your trip.
Medical expenses that could occur if you get sick or hurt on your trip.
Baggage and personal belongings that could be lost, stolen, or damaged during travel.
Trip insurance can be helpful if you must cancel your trip or if your trip is interrupted or delayed. To take any of these actions, the covered reasons in the plan must occur. These covered reasons, or triggers, vary from company to company, plan to plan,
and even benefit to benefit.
Common trip insurance triggers
The most common triggers include the death, sickness, and injury of you, your family member, and your traveling companion. There are typically many more triggers as well. They include things like inclement weather and strike.
These trip insurance triggers represent common reasons that could prevent you from traveling,
but they don’t cover every possible reason you might need to cancel your trip.
For example, what if you were simply afraid to travel due to world events or the state of the economy? Fear of travel is not a covered reason provided by travel insurance. In this situation, Cancel for Any Reason could be a good option for you.
Over the years, Seven Corners has seen a variety of situations that lead people to choose Cancel for Any Reason. Other common reasons include personal or family issues, financial hardship, job demands, or simply changing your mind and no longer wanting
When Cancel for Any Reason Can Help
If you’re concerned an unusual event could make you need or want to cancel your trip, Cancel for Any Reason may be a good option for you. You won't have to meet the requirement of a specific trip cancellation trigger; you can instead cancel your
trip for any reason you wish.
For example, when I traveled to Ireland three years ago, I bought Cancel for any Reason because I had an elderly dog who was in poor health. I knew if she became sick right before my trip, I wouldn’t want to go. CFAR solved my problem.
Other situations where Cancel for Any Reason can help:
- Financial hardship
- Personal reasons such as divorce or family issues
- Change of mind
- Work issues
- Cancelled wedding or event
- Feeling unsafe due to political unrest or the state of the economy
What is Cancel for any Reason?
It’s an optional benefit offered on certain (not all) trip protection plans that allow you to cancel your trip for any reason not otherwise covered.
If you choose CFAR, you will pay an increased amount for your insurance. Most Cancel for Any Reason benefits can bump the cost of your trip insurance plan up by 40 or 50 percent. Why? Because you’re now buying a plan with much wider coverage for
Instead of being limited to cancelling your trip for a specified number and list of triggers, you can now cancel for any reason you want. If your mom’s best friend’s uncle’s cousin became ill, you could cancel your trip. If you no longer
wish to be in the same room with your traveling companion, let alone the same hotel room, you can cancel.
If you consider the insurance company’s position it helps explain the increased price. The insurer knows, based on data, the likelihood of specific triggers occurring. So, they have a good idea of how to charge for them. When you add the option
to cancel for any reason, it changes the way the trip protection plans work, and the insurance company bears an increased risk.
How do I buy Cancel for Any Reason?
You must select it when you buy your trip insurance. Unfortunately, it's not available in all states.
When you use our quick quote, the benefit will be offered to you if it’s available in your state.
Remember, you have to pay an additional amount for CFAR.
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How does Cancel for Any Reason Work?
The most important thing about CFAR is understanding how it works. If you buy the benefit and don’t use it correctly, you will not be able to make a covered claim.
Specified Time Limit
First, you must buy Cancel for Any Reason within the specified time limit. Our RoundTrip Elite plan allows you to buy it within 20 days of the date
your initial trip payment is received.
If you add additional trip costs, you must insure them within 15 days of your payment for them. Additional trip costs could include excursions or specific tours you decide to take.
Let’s say you are taking a trip to an all-inclusive in Cancun in April, and you paid a $100 deposit for your trip on January 1. You must buy your trip insurance plan and select CFAR before or on January 21.
You then add two excursions to your trip on February 1. You must contact your insurance company before or on February 16 to add the cost of those excursions to the amount of the trip cost you are insuring.
Cover all Nonrefundable Trip Expenses
The Cancel for Any Reason benefit requires you to insure 100 percent of your nonrefundable trip expenses. If your hotel, airline, or excursion provider will refund you part of the money you paid for your trip if you cancel, you do not need to insure the
Cancel within the Required Time Frame
All Cancel for Any Reason benefits require you to cancel your trip within a specified time frame. For RoundTrip Elite, you must cancel within two days of your scheduled departure date.
Reimbursement is Limited
It’s important to understand that if you use the CFAR benefit, you won’t receive 100 percent of your nonrefundable trip cost when you cancel. Instead, you will receive a stated percentage.
For our RoundTrip Elite plan, you will be reimbursed 75 percent of the amount you insured. Why? Because the insurance company is allowing you to cancel for absolutely any
reason you want.
All in all, Cancel for Any Reason is a useful benefit that can make a difference to travelers who want the flexibility to cancel their trip if they wish.
*Trip insurance is included as part of a travel protection plan.
If you have any questions about CFAR and how it works, check with your agent or our inside sales staff.
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About the Author
Angela Borden has been a member of the Seven Corners team since 2007. She originally joined as an underwriter, later transitioning to marketing to explore her passion for making all things insurance less confusing and more fun. (Is that possible?)
When she's not working, Angela loves traveling and spending time with her family, including her two adorable dogs.