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Winter Storm Jupiter: Ice Storm Begins Tonight (Are You Covered?)

  • Melanie Danko
Jan 12, 2017

Ice storm warnings have now been issued for portions of southern Missouri and the plains. The storm, Winter Storm Jupiter, is predicted to be a damaging ice storm in the plains after already hitting the mountain West with blizzards and several feet of snow. Meteorologists are predicting widespread power outages and damage. There are winter alerts in effect across Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and some parts of Northern Texas and Illinois.

As Jupiter’s conditions continue, it’s important to recognize that during a named storm, it is too late to buy travel insurance. Once a storm is named (such as Jupiter, which was named on January 11, 2017), it is labeled a “known event” which means you can no longer purchase a policy to cover the storm. However, if you purchased a policy before the storm is named, if your trip is impacted, you may be covered.

The following types of benefits may be provided depending on the plan you purchased. It is important to note that benefits and triggers vary by policy, so check your plan document or call us if you’re not certain about your coverage. The examples shown below apply to our RoundTrip Elite plan:  

Cancellations due to weather: The Trip Cancellation benefit covers your non-refundable, prepaid, trip costs if you are unable to take your trip due to a covered reason.

Delays due to weather: The Trip Delay benefit pays for additional transportation, meals, accommodations and nonrefundable, unused prepaid expenses if you are delayed 6 or more hours en route to/from your trip. (Separate coverage reasons apply – check your plan document for a list.)

Baggage Delay: If your bag is delayed or lost because of the storm, RoundTrip Elite covers checked bags if delayed more than 12 hours. (This is secondary to other coverage you may receive from your airline.)

Missed connections due to weather: Pays additional transportation costs to join your cruise or tour if you miss your connection due to a delay of 3 or more hours. This benefit also covers accommodations, meals, and non-refundable trip payments for the unused portion of the cruise or tour. (Separate coverage reasons apply – again, check your plan document for a list of these.)

As we move through the winter, it’s vital to read your plan document and purchase your travel insurance prior to any named event. Since winter storms are highly unpredictable, it is crucial to be aware of the risks of traveling in these types of storms. 

About the Author

Melanie Danko

Melanie Danko joined the Seven Corners team in August 2016. She is curious about exploring the world through city and beach adventures alike and has a passion for writing and hearing other peoples’ stories. When she’s not energetically tapping away on her MacBook, you can find her spending time with friends and family (including her small but mighty mutt, Drake.. yes, named after the singer).

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