Why skipping on travel insurance can be a costly mistake

Pic by Matteo Parisi

When travelling overseas, your most pressing concerns might be the cost of airfares, tricky hotel bookings and/or whether or not you’ve exceeded the weight allowance.

It might therefore fail to cross your mind as to what would happen if there is a flight delay or cancellation…or worse!!

What if your flight was cancelled?

A cancelled flight can lead to an imposed no-show or late cancellation fee by the hotel. It can affect the bookings you’ve already paid for to visit some of the most famous attractions around the world. It can lead to lost luggage as a result of last-minute rerouting and changing of flights at the airport.

It can also lead to additional unbudgeted expenses such as rebooking your hotel as you can no longer leave on the planned departure date or paying for a brand new ticket

What if you fell sick or got into an accident?

Falling sick overseas is a very expensive affair. Hospital charges are normally quite high, more so if emergency surgery due to traumatic injuries are required. On top of the applicable daily fee for the hospital stay itself, you’s be expected to bear the full cost of each specific medical intervention carried out by the hospital – x-rays, blood tests, MRIs etc.

Worst yet, some hospitals may refuse admission regardless of the fatalistic nature of your injury if the patient is uninsured.

What if you catch COVID19 during your trip?

As COVID19 is very infectious, people are generally required to quarantine and isolate to limit the spread of the disease. What it means for you is a cancelled flight, additional days at the hotel for isolation or medical fees for quarantine and associated treatment. If the virus proves to be particularly harmful to you, it could result in additional fees for hospitalisation.

Thankfully, travel insurance can be the critical life saviour when you most need it!

As stressful as it would be to go through all that, you do not have to go through it alone with the Sacos Travel Insurance.

We cover:

  • Hospitalisation and other medical expenses, including COVID19
  • Emergency travel of one of your family member, including daily subsistence allowance, if you are hospitalised
  • Emergency return home if one of your family member passes away
  • Repatriation of your mortal remains if you or your travelling companion pass away whilst overseas
  • Flight cancellations and delays
  • Lost luggage, passports and other important documents
  • Personal assistance services – 24/hr
  • And many more…

If you are travelling overseas tomorrow, fret not! You can still purchase your insurance with us before your flight. Simply contact us on 429 5000 or send an email to general@sacos.sc and we will get you covered before your flight!

Stay insured! Travel under protection, with us.

Visit our website for more information on the Sacos Travel Insurance.

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