TORONTO — Flight Centre and Allianz Global Assistance have teamed up to offer coverage for COVID-19 related expenses for travellers.
The new COVID-19 Coverage and Assistance Plan, which comes at no additional cost to travellers, covers certain emergency medical and quarantine expenses related to the virus while travelling. It’s available to customers who book an eligible Holiday Package (airfare + accommodation).
In August, news broke that Allianz had also partnered with Air Canada Vacations to offer free COVID-19 coverage with all of the tour operator’s flight and hotel packages to select destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean.
On the importance of travel insurance during this time, Chris Van Kooten, Chief Executive Officer at Allianz Global Assistance, said: “COVID-19 has created a lot of uncertainty for Canadians. When they choose to travel under a level 3 travel advisory, we want to ensure they do so safely and responsibly. The COVID-19 Coverage and Assistance Plan aims to ease this uncertainty for Flight Centre customers booking a Flight Centre holiday and we’re pleased to expand our existing partnership with Flight Centre to provide this coverage.”
The new Flight Centre plan provides benefits for medical, quarantine, transportation and repatriation expenses in participating destinations including Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia/Oceania. Other medical costs such as accidents or cancellations are not covered under this policy.
Flight Centre customers who book a vacation, paid in full, on or after Sept. 9, 2020 and travelling between Sept. 9, 2020 and April 30, 2021 will benefit from this offer.
“Our customers’ comfort and confidence are as important to us as their safety,” said Michelle Suggett, Vice President Retail, Flight Centre Canada. “We want to make sure they feel supported and that they have a relaxing, stress-free vacation. Anything we can do to help with that is essential.
“Until now, the question of ‘What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 at destination’ was unanswered. So we applaud Allianz Global Assistance for introducing a product that gives customers the security and peace of mind they need to travel once again.”
For more information about the COVID-19 Coverage and Assistance Plan, go to https://flightcentre.ca/covid-19-coverage-assistance-plan-administered-allianz.