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Posted: 9:52 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

Travel and Trip Insurance Guide

When do you need it, and what does it cover?

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When do you need it?
These policies should always be purchased when you are taking a cruise, a tour or traveling on a trip that requires pre-payment of thousands of dollars.  
What kind of coverage does it offer? 
Policies are designed to protect consumers by giving them refunds in the event of illness to the traveler or immediate family member, or to provide a refund in the case of company, tour operator or airline default. 
How much does it cost? 
Policies cost about 5% of total cost of a trip, but it's worth it. Consumers should always purchase a policy independent of the cruise, tour or vacation planner. Never purchase the trip protection plan from the trip organizer. They are designed to protect only the company and not the consumer. Always pay deposits and final payments by a real credit card and never by debit card or check.

Where should you get it?
You can comparison shop for trip insurance that suits your needs at

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