June 1, 2020
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with travel dates on or after
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with effective start dates on or after
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Holiday travel can always be a tough nut to crack — even if you have a well-built nutcracker.
But for a slew of reasons — from expected increases in the sheer number of travelers to higher anticipated costs — holiday travel from the end of 2022 into the beginning of 2023 may be tougher than usual.
But not to worry! With a little advance planning and preparation, you can make it to your destination and back with a smile on your face and some extra jingle in your pocket — even if you’re taking flight this season.
And that’s exactly why we’re here to help. Soon enough, you’ll be checking your well-informed holiday travel list — maybe even checking it twice.
We told you that holiday travel this season could be a bit more… exciting. But why exactly? Good question.
There are a number of factors swirling together to make early planning critical to a smooth trip, whether you’re setting sail for Plymouth, Mass. or sledding to the real North Pole (located just outside Fairbanks, AK).
You can credit everything from inflation and rising fuel prices to a tough labor market and simply the truth that so many people are ready to travel — in fact, more than during pre-pandemic levels.1
According to Price Waterhouse Coopers’ annual Holiday Outlook, about half (47 percent) of respondents said they were planning to escape their backyards this holiday season. Now compare that with one-third of U.S. consumers, which is the amount that traveled during the holidays in 2019. That’s a pretty big spike, right? And while that total was already surpassed in 2021, when 40 percent of Americans took to the roads and skies, that extra bump is significant — especially for air passengers. That’s because 46 percent of travelers plan to reach their holiday destination by plane, which again, is a far greater tally than in the previous two years.2
There’s nothing more frustrating than figuring out the perfect plan for your holiday travel — after you’ve already arrived back home. With our expertly curated tips and tricks, you can forget about troubleshooting tough treks in hindsight. Instead, make it your best holiday travel season ever.
We get it, any trip can come with speed bumps and detours. But during the holidays, we’re already dealing with so much, from filling extra bags to the brim with gifts to making sure there’s plenty of quality family time. Plus, for the same reason we may purchase the extra warranty for our daughter’s new bike before tying a bow on it, travel insurance can provide a financial recourse in the event something goes awry.
Because of that and so many other factors, the holidays may just be the right time to consider travel insurance from Allianz Global Assistance if you haven’t before. This is our final tip, and it’s our biggest by far. Deciding to pick up travel insurance is an easy decision. But you’ll want to carve out a little time to decide which plan is right for your itinerary and budget.
A good place to start is with the Allianz Global Assistance OneTrip Prime plan. Our most popular plan, OneTrip Prime provides a unique benefit that anyone traveling with kids will surely appreciate: free coverage for children under 17 (not available on policies issued to Pennsylvania residents). That’s just the beginning, as the plan also includes benefits that are extra helpful when there are so many bags and packages flying around: Baggage Loss/Damage (up to $1,000) and Baggage Delay (up to $300), the latter of which can be automatically paid out as a $100-covered-baggage-delay-benefit to use for emergency purchases.
Add Travel Delay, Emergency Medical, and two services that can come in handy during a tough spot — 24-hour Hotline Assistance and Concierge Assistance — and the full picture of the OneTrip Prime plan’s value starts to come into focus.
Of course, we’re just scratching the surface when it comes to plans and benefits available through Allianz Global Assistance. You can bump up to OneTrip Premier to increase coverage levels as well as expand the covered reasons for Trip Cancellation. And we’ve only mentioned our OneTrip plans. If you’re an avid traveler or simply plan on taking more than two trips in 12 months, then it makes dollars and sense to check out our AllTrips multi-trip plans.6
Finally, there’s one more travel insurance-related tip for holiday travel: be sure to download the TravelSmart App before boarding your sleigh. Check out your plan details, receive trip alerts, find pre-screened local hospitals, and even make a claim right from your smartphone.7
Travel insurance isn’t a holiday miracle. But it is peace of mind at a time of year when you can use it most. When it sits atop your holiday travel checklist, you’re good to go.