Lost Luggage Lesson: Get Travel Insurance

Millions of Dollars Could Be Reimbursed for Those with Travel Protection

RICHMOND, Va., March 22 /PRNewswire/ — According to SITA, the global IT provider for airline baggage handling, the problem of mishandled baggage is worsening around the world due to airport congestion, tight turnaround times, security regulations and mounting passenger and baggage volumes. SITA cites that 30 million bags will be mishandled this year, which means travelers with the right insurance for lost, damaged and delayed luggage could be reimbursed for millions of dollars. The US Travel Insurance Association reports that approximately 30% of U.S. leisure travelers buy travel protection.

“Being prepared for the unexpected is particularly important when travel is experiencing a growth surge, as it is now,” says Beth Godlin, Executive Vice President of Access America, a leading provider of travel insurance and assistance. “Crowds, severe weather and tight connections affect the entire travel experience, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Access America noted that it has a variety of travel insurance plans that provide:

* Reimbursement for lost or stolen baggage
* Reimbursement for the repair of damaged items
* Reimbursement for the purchase of essential items if baggage is delayed
* Reimbursement for additional accommodations and travel expenses in the event of delays of six or more hours

Travelers should note that insurance plans have limitations of coverage and require documentation, such as receipts, airline claim reports, police reports and other proofs of loss.

The company’s most popular plan, Access America Classic, provides baggage protection benefits of up to $1,000 per person per trip, plus $200 per person for baggage delays. In addition, travelers can receive up to $500 in travel delay benefits for additional accommodations and travel expenses. Deluxe plans provide even more coverage. For more information, visit http://www.accessamerica.com/.

About Access America

Access America, a division of World Access Service Corp., provides travel insurance and assistance to millions of travelers each year. As a member of the Mondial Assistance Group, an international leader in travel insurance and assistance with operations centers in 28 countries, Access America delivers customized solutions that enhance value for travelers, travel agents, travel suppliers, credit card companies and more. Visit http://www.accessamerica.com/.

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