Stranded Traveller Assistance introduced

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Recent research has shown that, despite the recession, we are unwilling as a nation to forego our annual holiday abroad. Indeed it could be argued that we need to escape to the sun and away from the stresses of our everyday existence more than ever when times are hard at home.

However, with the collapse of so many airlines last year and tales of travellers being left high and dry in foreign parts, we could be forgiven for feeling a little anxious about the possibility of things going wrong and having to foot the bill. That bill could turn out to be pretty high with stories emerging last year of airlines cashing in on people’s misery and charging exorbitant fares to fly holiday makers back to the UK, citing supply and demand as their excuse.

American Express has now come to the rescue with a new Stranded Traveller Assistance policy for only £14.95 per year payable on top of the normal policy charge. This cover entitles the policy holder to £2,500 per person to pay for alternative travel home should the travel operator fail to make reasonable provision, and also £200 per person per night to cover meals and accommodation after the proposed date of departure. If your children are stranded abroad then the same payment will be made for an adult to go and rescue them. The costs of travelling to an alternative airport or accommodation are also covered by the policy.

For full details of all the terms and conditions applicable to the cover, see the website.


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