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Planning for Overseas Holidays? What About ?

Posted on October 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Holiday season is on the cards. So, are you going to travel abroad this time? If yes, then do not miss in any case. The rates have gone dirt cheap and you can easily get a good level of coverage at the payment of a few hundred rupees. Yes, that’s true.

Sample this: A plan of USD 50,000 for a trip to Australia, Belgium or Malaysia can be taken in just Rs 397. Royal Sundaram, India’s leading general insurance company, is providing this facility at such a low cost.

The rates of premium are more or less the same for several countries other than the United States (US) and Canada. But even for the US and Canada, you can get a plan of USD 50,000 in just Rs 600.

If you double the coverage to USD 1,00,000, you just need to pay Rs 150 extra. That’s the kind of benefit, general insurance companies are providing to you these days.

Thanks to the highly competitive yet healthy environment created by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) that general insurance plans in India have become so affordable.

There was a time when travelling to foreign countries was so mind boggling. Many countries are notorious for theft and loot. People lose their luggage during the travel and end up facing several issues.

But with , you can easily secure yourself and your belongings. The peace of mind comes with a cost and that cost has gone negligible. So, why to ignore it and travel without insurance?

There are incidents wherein people have lost their laptops from their side. Recently, a sales director of a consulting company was travelling to Switzerland lost his bag carrying expensive camera, cash, etc. from the airport. That was truly shocking to him. The bag could not be traced by the airlines and the police, and he had to suffer a loss to the tune of Rs 1 lakh. Alas, he did not buy this time.

Every time, he bought and since nothing unfortunate happened, this time he decided to save some money and forget about insurance.

This can be tempting to a lot of people. But remember that unfortunate incidents do not come calling. You have to stay alert and conscious. There are many things, which are not under your control. Loss of baggage is one of those risks. Thus, it is advisable to take general insurance each time and every time. There should not be any second thought about it.

Especially, during the holiday season from March to September, airports deal with excessive number of people and things tend to go wrong. You may be lucky sometimes but even if something happens even a single time, then several times of what you saved by not buying can be lost in a few moments.

It is better to be pound wise and penny foolish, than the other way around. Isn’t it?

These days, all online travel portals offer you plans on buying tickets from them. But no worries, in case you skip buying it from them or buy through any other mode. You can buy plans online, in a few minutes. It is very easy and fast. You can even buy it at the last moment – at the airport or from within the cab while travelling to the airport.

Overseas Plans – Costs Less and Offers More

Posted on October 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

Everyone craves for vacations to enjoy some quality time with their loved ones and Indians are no exception. The outbound travel sector of India saw a robust growth this year because international travel destinations are highly sought-after among Indians in 2015. Obstacles like inflation, skyrocketing ticket price and depreciation of rupee couldn’t deter the wandering spirit of Indian travelers to travel around the world. Over 60% of Indians remain unmoved by the depreciating rupee and are raring to go to travel. However, the rate of availing to safeguard the trip is still dismal among Indian travelers.

Young generations prefer to travel to international destinations once a year at least. According to a survey, 90% of these travelers make use of their own savings for overseas trips and don’t consider travel cover. Quite surprisingly, this is the mindset of young internet savvy generation as ICICI Lombard conducted the survey in the age group of 25-35 among 1049 people across six metro cities in India who had international trips in the previous year.

The survey further reveals that Singapore is the most preferred travel destination among young Indian travelers; the second and third places are held by US and UK.

Let’s take a look at the travel plans available and their prices for those who favor these destinations. Let’s start with Singapore.

plans available for Singapore trips

The following list of top 5 policy quotes in terms of lowest premium are for one 30 years old person looking for a single trip to Singapore. The trip duration is 10 days and the chosen sum insured is US$ 500000.

  1. Universal Sompo – Premium of Rs. 942
  2. HDFC Ergo – Premium of Rs. 1015
  3. Reliance – Premium of Rs. 1129
  4. TATA AIG – Premium of Rs. 1234
  5. Religare – Premium of Rs.1666

The lowest premium is Rs. 942 for a plan for a 10 days trip to any Asian country such as Singapore, Thailand. This means one has to pay less than Rs. 100 per day to make his trip safe and secured. Indian travelers must know that travel plans are not only inexpensive but they also provide coverage for loss of baggage, passport, hijack and even emergency treatment.

plans available for UK trips

The following list of top 5 policy quotes in terms of lowest premium are for 1 person looking for a single trip to UK. The trip duration is 10 days and the chosen sum insured is US$ 500000.

  1. Universal Sompo – Premium of Rs. 942
  2. Bajaj Allianz – Premium of Rs.991
  3. HDFC Ergo – Premium of Rs. 1015
  4. Reliance – Premium of Rs. 1129
  5. Bajaj Allianz ( Travel Elite Platinum) – Premium of Rs. 1139

Universal Sompo provides the lowest premium. The premium of plan is also Rs. 942 for a 10 days trip To UK.

policies for US trips

The following list of top 7 policy quotes in terms of lowest premium are for 1 person looking for a single trip to US. The trip duration is 10 days and the chosen sum insured is US$ 500000.

  1. Universal Sompo – Premium of Rs. 1344
  2. HDFC Ergo – Premium of Rs. 1438
  3. Bajaj Allianz – Premium of Rs.1441
  4. IFFCO-TOKIO – Premium of Rs.1456
  5. Bajaj Allianz ( Travel Elite Platinum) – Premium of Rs. 1658
  6. TATA AIG – Premium of Rs. 1694
  7. Reliance – Premium of Rs. 1783

The lowest premium is Rs. 1344 for a plan for a 10 days trip to US. Just imagine, you are getting all types of risks covered just by paying less than Rs. 140 for each day of your trip.

Best plans in India in terms of baggage and medical coverage

The survey also made clear that 79% people buy travel plan to cover medical emergencies. Safety of baggage is the second most vital reason as 60% people behind purchasing policy. So let’s find out best plans in terms of medical emergency and luggage safety.

From the above list of travel policies for US, two plans by Reliance and Bajaj Allianz look best in terms of baggage cover.

Reliance Travel care platinum provides US$1500 for the loss of checked baggage for a premium of Rs.1783.

The Travel Elite Premium plan by Bajaj Allianz provides US$ 1000 for a premium of Rs. 1658 for the loss of checked baggage.

To get the best coverage for medical emergencies, the Titanium plan by HDFC ERGO is the best. It primarily covers:

  1. Emergency Medical Expenses
  2. Permanent Disablement/accidental death
  3. Hospital Cash
  4. Loss of Personal Documents
  5. Accidental Death
  6. Loss of Baggage
  7. Financial Emergency Assistance
  8. Personal Liability

What is the cost of international travel policy for a couple?

According to the survey, 52% of travelers prefer to have trips with spouses. So, if these people can avail a travel plan for visiting US or UK or Singapore, how much do they have to pay?

Let’s start with US trip for 10 days for a sum insured of US$ 100000 covering 2 people who are 30 and 28 years old.

Religare offers the best plan which comes at a premium of Rs. 2407.

If you compare travel plans available for couples who wish to visit UK, keeping the same criteria for trip duration, sum insured and age of the traveler, Religare provides the best plan. The premium of the plan is Rs. 1537.

For a trip in countries like Singapore, Thailand within Asia which has been the top travel destination of 2015, a couple has to spend even less for a policy. If you compare plans that cover Asia, you will get the lowest premium of Rs. 1218 from Explore Asia plan provided by Religare.

The positive part of the survey is the increased awareness among Indian travelers. More than 90% of young generation is aware of the which is a significant rise from last year’s 80%. One of the major provider of plans in India; ICICI Lombard underwritten a total premium of Rs 100 previous year, one can expect the premium to increase by 5-10% in this year. The problem is not with the awareness; it is the lack of understanding about the benefits associated with these travel covers.

27% of the total respondents in the survey choose not to avail a plan simply because they were under the wrong conception that such plans cover only accidents, loss of baggage and theft but don’t provide medical coverage. This is far from being the truth as the complete break-up of Titanium plan by HDFC ERGO shows extensive coverage for medical emergencies.

25% surveyed people didn’t buy any travel plan because they thought such plans are costly but it is not so. The price of all plans for person mentioned here are about less than Rs. 100 to less than Rs. 140 for each day of a 10 days trip. policies for couples are even cheaper as they cost in the range of less than Rs. 65 per day per person to less than Rs. 125 per day per person for destinations like US, UK and all countries in Asia including popular destinations like Singapore, Thailand.

Indians love to spend their holidays in international destinations. An international plan doesn’t cost much and offers a lot in return. If you are also a travel freak, you should insure the total duration of the trip so that you can enjoy your holiday with complete peace of mind.