This is a brief description of the plan available for all travel protection plan sales on or after January 1, 2012.
Please note that a final claims determination is made based upon the plan provisions, and the written documentation we receive with your claim submission.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What happens if my flight is delayed or canceled?
The World Cultural Tours Travel Protection Plan protects you in several ways. If your flight is delayed 3 hours or more, you can take a later flight and you will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $750 for your Additional Transportation Cost to join your Trip and for the cost of any unused land or water Travel Arrangements. See Plan Documents for full details.
You will also be reimbursed up to $150 per day toa maximum of $750 for any additional accommodation and travel expense if you incur a delay of 12 hours or more for a covered reason during your Trip. See Plan Documents for full details.
2. What are Pre-Existing Conditions and can a Pre-Existing Condition be covered by the World Cultural Tours Travel Protection Plan?
Medical conditions for which there is treatment; or a recommendation for treatment, diagnostic test or exam; or for which drugs or medicine are prescribed during the 60 day period prior to your effective date are Pre-Existing Conditions. The policy excludes your Pre-Existing Conditions and those of a Traveling Companion or a Family Member traveling with you. Exception: Medical conditions that are treated or controlled solely with medication and remain treated or controlled without an adjustment or a change in medication during the 60 day period prior to your effective date are not considered to be Pre-Existing Conditions. See Plan Documents for full details.
IMPORTANT! - The policy exclusion for Pre-Existing Conditions will be waived if the payment for this plan is received by World Cultural Tours within 14 days of your initial deposit/payment for your Trip.
3. What can I do if I lose my passport or visa close to the departure date of my Trip?
Fortunately, passports and visas can often be replaced in a very short period of time. Sometimes as quickly as 24 hours. There are a number of passport service agencies who can provide this expedited service for you. Click here for a passport service agency.
4. What if bad weather is predicted where I plan to travel? Will the World Cultural Tours Travel Protection Plan cover me if I cancel my Trip?
The World Cultural Tours Travel Protection Plan does not provide coverage if you cancel your Trip based upon what may or may not happen.
5. What happens if my bags do not arrive at my destination when I do? What do I do?
The World Cultural Tours Travel Protection Plan covers all baggage delays of more than 24 hours during your Trip. You will be reimbursed up to $250 for personal articles you buy (such as toiletries, a change of clothing, etc.). Be sure to keep receipts for anything you purchase.
Your delayed or lost baggage will be tracked for up to one full year, if requested.
6. If I require medical care while on my Trip, are my medical bills covered?
The World Cultural Tours Travel Protection Plan covers medical expenses resulting from an illness or injury during your Trip. If you must be medically evacuated to another facility or home, these costs are covered as well. See Plan Documents for full details.
The World Cultural Tours Travel Protection Plan includes a 24-hour worldwide assistance service to help you with medical or legal emergencies during your Trip. See Plan Documents for full details.
7. How do I file a claim?
To file a claim, call the Claims Administrator, Trip Mate, at 1-800-888-7292. Their Customer Service Representatives will assist you with your claim and mail you the appropriate claim form(s). Claims may also be reported onlineand claim forms downloaded at www.tripmate.com. See Plan Documents for full details.
8. Does the World Cultural Tours Travel Protection Plan cover my frequent flyer miles?
Frequent flyer miles are not covered if you must cancel or interrupt your Trip. If you cancel your Trip for a covered reason, you will only be reimbursed the money actually paid for the Trip.
9. Does the World Cultural Tours Travel Protection Plan cover me if I want to cancel my Trip due to a Terrorist Incident?
The World Cultural Tours Travel Protection Plan does provide a benefit if you must cancel or interrupt your Trip due to a Terrorist Incident in your departure city or in a city which is a scheduled destination for your Trip. To be covered, the Terrorist Incident must occur within 30 days of the Scheduled Departure Date for your Trip (if your Travel Supplier offers a substitute itinerary, benefits do not apply). See Plan Documents for full details.
10. Am I covered if the airline I have booked with ceases operations or becomes Financially Insolvent?
The World Cultural Tours Travel Protection Plan covers Trip Cancellation or Trip Interruption due to Bankruptcy or Default (each as defined in the policy) of an airline provided: 1) the Financial Insolvency is not of the tour operator or travel agency from whom you directly purchased or paid for your Trip; 2) the Financial Insolvency occurs more than 14 days following your effective date for the Trip Cancellation Benefits; and 3) your premium is received within 14 days of the initial deposit/payment for your Trip. See Plan Documents for full details.
11. What happens if I lose my job and I must cancel my Trip?
The World Cultural Tours Travel Protection Plan provides coverage for job termination provided: 1) your job loss is the result of your involuntary termination of employment or layoff; 2) was not under your control; and 3) you must have been continuously employed with the same employer for 1 year prior to the termination or layoff.
If you have a specific question about the World Cultural Tours Travel Protection Plan, please contact Trip Mate.