Some banks offer free travel insurance if you purchase your travel tickets using that credit card. However, as it is a free value-added product, it’s not as comprehensive as you’d think. Here are some of the drawbacks of free travel insurance products:
- They’re limited in terms of cover
The values offered are a one-size-fits-all policy that gives you basic travel insurance. However, don’t under-estimate the cost of re-booking flights or medical expenses when you’re paying in a foreign currency. Your free policy might have vague terms such as “reasonable expenses” whereas our policies are explicit in the total value of cover you’re getting.
- They don’t cover all aspects of your trip
Some free policies only cover the travel expenses paid by the card. If you’ve paid for certain expenses via EFT or with other banking products, you might not be completely covered.
- They don’t cover any adventure sports
If you’re looking to go quad-biking, rock-climbing or any list of activities listed here, your free insurance won’t cover you. We have a specific product for Adventure Travel that can protect you for these activities.
Considering the marginal cost of a comprehensive travel insurance policy, it’s really worth ensuring you’ve got yourself properly covered.