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A Tragic Backpacker Death Teaches an Important Travel Lesson

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/20/2017, 11:00 PM

What happened to Kit Mallinson was the nightmare every parent has when they send their child away on a trip. Last December, the 18-year-old backpacker from Dorset, England, boarded a night bus in Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat. He had just completed a seven-week engagement as a volunteer building clean water pipes in Borneo, and he wasn't feeling very well, so he hoped the overnight trip would give ...

Rental Car Rates Could Zoom Sky-High Thanks to Lobbyists

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/13/2017, 3:15 AM

Today, the American Car Rental Association (ACRA), a lobbying group for the car rental industry, is wrapping up its annual Washington, D.C. "Legislative Conference," during which it plots its political agenda and schmoozes lawmakers to help make it happen. But some of its battles against consumer protections have already been won on the state level. AutoSlash, the discount car rental aggregator, r...

Interest in Travel Insurance Surges Following Terror Attacks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 12:00 PM

Experts in the travel insurance industry say that consumer interest in terrorism coverage and trip cancelation policies has surged following recent attacks in Brussels, Paris, Nice, and elsewhere. Despite the increased interest, however, you shouldn't be seeing rate hikes or policy changes; those things are heavily regulated. But although terrorism coverage has become standard since 9/11, make ...

A Primer on Travel Insurance: When You Need It (And When You Don't), Misconceptions About Coverage, and New Trends

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/06/2014, 7:30 PM

If there’s one lesson travelers have learned this winter it’s that even the best-laid plans can go badly wrong. Thanks to a season of unrelenting storms some 1 million flights were cancelled in United States this year. Not surprisingly, the number of people buying travel insurance also went up this year, dramatically. Allianz Travel Insurance, one of the major players in the field, is...

AppleCare+ Now Lets You Repair Your Apple Products Where You Travel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/21/2013, 5:00 PM

AppleCare+, and its similar product AppleCare Protection Plan, are like insurance policies for your Apple product—iPhone, iPad, iPod, laptop, and the like. If you crack your screen on your iPhone, for example, having purchased its $79 AppleCare policy, the company will fix it for a nominal fee, saving you from having to purchase a whole new phone. Until recently, you could only get yo...

A Nightmarish Incident on a Recent Cruise May Cause Vacationers to Rethink Buying Insurance Directly from the Cruise Line

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/31/2013, 8:45 PM

By now, you likely have heard the story of elderly couple who were put off an Azamara Cruise ship in a small town in Turkey, when the 89-year-old husband fell and broke his hip. Complaining that they’d been abandoned by both the cruise and the insurance company, the couple was finally helped by their U.S. Senator, and transferred to a more adequate hospital in Istanbul. Here's a link for furth...

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