Jim Grace Presents "Travel in the Aftermath of a Hurricane"

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While time has past, storms similar to Hurricane Sandy and the constant threat of active hurricane seasons continue to impact and challenge the travel industry. 

With thousands of flights cancelled a year and the threat of airports and train stations closing before, during, and after a storm, there is always potential for disruption that will last for many days.

I’d like to share with you steps you can take to continue your travels in the aftermath of a named storm.

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Jim Grace Presents "Travel in the Aftermath of a Hurricane"

  1. 1. Jim Grace Presents: Travel in the aftermath of a hurricane Hint: Plan on multiple days of disruption. @JimGrace3 JimGrace.com
  2. 2. Travel in the aftermath of a hurricane While time has past, storms similar to Hurricane Sandy and the constant threat of active hurricane seasons continue to impact and challenge the travel industry. With thousands of flights cancelled a year and the threat of airports and train stations closing before, during, and after a storm, there is always potential for disruption that will last for many days. I’d like to share with you steps you can take to continue a named storm. @JimGrace3 JimGrace.com your travels in the aftermath of
  3. 3. If your flight has already been cancelled or significantly delayed Step 1: Call your travel insurance provider’s emergency assistance number. This number can be found on your policy. Depending on your coverage purchase, you may be able to receive assistance with re- booking and finding lodging, if needed. At the very least, you’ll be able to confirm whether your policy covers incidental expenses like food while you’re waiting, and what kind of documentation you may need to provide to file a successful claim. @JimGrace3 JimGrace.com
  4. 4. If your flight has already been cancelled or significantly delayed Step 2: Call your airline and travel suppliers you’ve booked with for your trip. In most circumstances, this wouldn’t be a recommended course of action. However, in cases as severe as Hurricane Sandy, many airlines and travel suppliers make arrangements special to assist passengers and clients. Be aware if this is the case with your named storm. Your contacts may be able to provide you with valuable information and support in re- arranging your travel plans, as well as give you some insight into whether or not your particular airline/supplier has decided to caused by your named storm. @JimGrace3 JimGrace.com provide refunds of any kind for disruptions
  5. 5. If your flight has already been cancelled or significantly delayed Step 3: If you’ve determined that you are ready to file a claim with your travel insurance company, call or email the claims department at the company directly to set the process in motion. The contact information should be listed on your travel insurance policy, but if you’ve purchased from a company whose products are offered through sites similar and including InsureMyTrip, you can also access the information for contacting claims assistance on most of their websites. @JimGrace3 JimGrace.com
  6. 6. If you are planning to travel within a week after the storm Step 1: We recommend staying in contact with airlines and travel suppliers first. While their phone lines may be quite busy for a few days, it’s important that you have a sense of how your specific carrier(s) may be faring and what their plans are to get things back on track. If your trip is still several days away, it may be a good idea to on social media, either through Twitter or Facebook, so that you can receive continual updates without having to wait on hold. @JimGrace3 JimGrace.com follow your airline
  7. 7. If you are planning to travel within a week after the storm Step 2: Review your travel insurance policy. Make sure you understand what benefits are offered for travel delays and cancellations, as well as other hurricane-specific coverage. Whether or not flights are actually able to depart and arrive by the time you’re scheduled to travel is one thing, but whether you can actually go through with your trip if your home or the lodgings you’ve secured have been significantly damaged is another. If you ever have questions about your benefits, my company can review your policy with you, even if you’re not an InsureMyTrip customer. Our licensed travel insurance experts can be reached at 800-487-4722 during normal hours of operation. @JimGrace3 JimGrace.com
  8. 8. If you are planning to travel within a week after the storm Step 3: When in doubt, call your travel insurance company directly. Call your travel insurance company directly to inquire about assistance services and filing claims. The contact information for your specific provider can be found policy. @JimGrace3 JimGrace.com on your
  9. 9. Travel in the aftermath of a hurricane Asking questions and understating your options are important. I can help, and know dozens of other trusted and experienced resources available to consumers. Reach out to me on twitter, follow my blog, and most importantly, know what you are purchasing. @JimGrace3 JimGrace.com

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