5 Steps to Buy Travel Insurance

Purchasing Travel insurance doesn't need to be difficult! Follow these simple 5 steps to cover you while you travel.

Purchasing travel insurance can be simple and easy with Fast Cover

Finally, the time of year rolls around where you get to go on vacation! After carefully picking out your destination, finding just the right places to stay, and checking all vaccinations, you take the plunge and book the flight ticket. Immediately, a question pops up on the screen: ‘Would you like to purchase travel insurance?’ While ticking a box during your ticket purchase may seem nice and convenient, buying your insurance this way may not be in your best interest. Following are a few tips on how to buy travel insurance to make sure you not only get the cover you need, but also don’t end up paying too much for it.

Before you buy…

Generally speaking, one in five Australian travellers need some sort of assistance on their trip. Whether it’s lost luggage, a cancelled hotel, or a medical emergency, with the right insurance policy you are covered. Pick the wrong insurance plan though, and you end up with out of pocket expenses and a bitter taste in your mouth.

Before purchasing any travel insurance, check out your existing insurance packages. Sometimes you are already covered for certain eventualities by your private medical insurance, and often credit card companies also offer a certain insurance cover when using them for buying flights or booking hotels. Knowing what you are already covered for means that you can either opt for additional cover through a travel insurance or simply cherry pick a policy that suits your requirements.

Step 1 – Consider what level of cover you need for your trip

Most insurance companies offer policies with various tiers of coverage for both domestic and international travel. These can range from emergency medical-only policies, to comprehensive policies which may include cover for lost or stolen luggage, missed connections or cancellation costs.

Also consider if you need any extra cover for:

Step 2 – Compare Travel Insurance Providers & Policies

Compare policies and prices, but remember the old adage: you get what you pay for! While it may be tempting to simply scrounge for the cheapest policy you can find, make sure you check for loopholes and exclusions hidden in the fine print that might come back to bite you later.

Check for features such as:

Step 3 – Read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS)

It’s important to understand exactly what you are and aren’t covered for, so read the PDS carefully. Insurers will have their PDS available on their website or you can request a copy to be emailed or posted to you.

The PDS should include:

  • Words with special meanings
  • Eligibility criteria to purchase a policy
  • What you ARE and AREN’T covered for
  • A table of benefits (the limits and sub-limits of your cover)
  • General exclusions
  • Information on how to make a claim

Step 4 – Get a travel insurance quote

Now you’ve researched and compared policies, it’s time to get a quote for your travel insurance.

To get an accurate quote you’ll need to know:

  • Your travel departure and return dates
  • The regions you’re travelling to
  • The names of all travellers
  • The birth dates of all travellers

Step 5 – Purchase a travel insurance policy

The last step is to purchase your policy. At Fast Cover we’ve made it as fast and simple as possible. You can find and purchase your desired level of cover within a few clicks online or give us a call and we’ll be happy to arrange it for you.

To purchase a travel insurance policy:

Medical Benefits

Basics Domestic Plus Standard Saver Comprehensive Snow Sports Plus Frequent Traveller Saver

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

Unlimited ––– Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

$40,000 ––– $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 –––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

$30,000 ––– $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 –––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

Unlimited
$40,000
––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
–––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:

Unlimited
$30,000
––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
–––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas 24/7 Emergency Medical Assistance^

sub-limits:


$40,000
$30,000
–––
$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000
–––

Funeral/cremation Overseas and/or bringing your remains home (per person)

$15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

Unlimited ––– Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

$40,000 ––– $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

$30,000 ––– $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

Unlimited
$40,000
––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^

Unlimited
$30,000
––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
–––

Overseas Emergency Medical & Hospital Expenses^


$40,000
$30,000
–––
$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000
–––

Overseas Emergency Dental

$500 ––– $750 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

Unlimited ––– Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

$40,000 ––– $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

$30,000 ––– $30,000 $30,000 $30,000 $30,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

Unlimited
$40,000
––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$40,000

Overseas Emergency Evacuation

Unlimited
$30,000
––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$30,000
–––

Overseas Emergency Evacuation


$40,000
$30,000
–––
$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000

$40,000
$30,000
–––

Overseas Hospital Cash Payment^

sub-limits:

––– ––– ––– $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Daily Limit (per person)

$50 $50 $50

Accidental Death

––– $25,000 ––– $25,000 $25,000 $25,000

Accidental Death

––– $20,000 ––– $20,000 $20,000 $20,000

Accidental Death

––– $15,000 ––– $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Accidental Death

––– $25,000
$20,000
––– $25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000

Accidental Death

––– $25,000
$15,000
––– $25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000

Accidental Death

–––
$20,000
$15,000
–––
$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

Death of a Dependant (per Dependant)

$5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $25,000 $25,000 $25,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $20,000 $20,000 $20,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $15,000 $15,000 $15,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000
$25,000
$20,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– ––– $25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000
$25,000
$15,000

Permanent Disability^

––– ––– –––
$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

$20,000
$15,000

Permanent Disability of a Dependant (per Dependant)

$5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Loss of Income^

sub-limits:

––– $10,000 ––– $10,000 $10,000 $10,000

Weekly Limit (per person) - up to 25 weeks

$400 $400 $400

Financial Benefits

Basics Domestic Plus Standard Saver Comprehensive Snow Sports Plus Frequent Traveller Saver

Trip Cancellation Expenses

sub-limits:

––– Unlimited $15,000 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Trip Cancellation Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $40,000 $15,000 $40,000 ––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $30,000 $15,000 $30,000 ––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

Travellers Aged 80 to 89:

sub-limits:

––– Unlimited
$40,000
Unlimited
$15,000
Unlimited
$40,000
––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

Travellers Aged 90 and above:

sub-limits:

––– Unlimited
$30,000
Unlimited
$15,000
Unlimited
$30,000
––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Trip Cancellation Expenses

Travellers Aged 80 to 89:
Travellers Aged 90 and above:

sub-limits:

–––
$40,000
$30,000

$15,000
$15,000

$40,000
$30,000
––– –––

Travel Agents Cancellation Fees

$1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,500

Personal Liability

$1,000,000 $5,000,000 $2,500,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000

Trip Disruption Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $50,000 $30,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000

Relatives with a Pre-existing Medical Condition

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Trip Resumption Expenses

$3,000 $2,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000

Luggage & Personal Effects

sub-limits:

Optional $7,500 $5,000 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000

Personal computers,video recorders or cameras (per item)

$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000

Mobile phones and tablets (per item)

$1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000

All other unspecified items (per item)

$750 $750 $750 $750 $750 $750

Luggage and Personal Effects stolen from a Locked Storage Compartment of an unoccupied vehicle during daylight hours

$2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Passports, Credit Cards & Credit Card Fraud^

––– ––– $2,000 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Alternative Transport Expenses

––– $5,000 ––– $5,000 $5,000 $5,000

Rental Vehicle Excess

sub-limits:

––– $5,000 Optional Optional Optional Optional

Return of Rental Vehicle

$500 $500 $500 $500 $500

Travel Delay Expenses

sub-limits:

––– $2,000 ––– $2,000 $2,000 $2,000

Daily Limit (per person)

(we will pay up to $200 for each full 24 hours beyond the initial 6 hour delay)

$200 $200 $200 $200

Delay of Luggage and Personal Effects^

––– ––– ––– $500 $500 $500

Theft of Cash^

––– ––– ––– $250 $250 $250

Snow Sports Benefits

Basics Domestic Plus Standard Saver Comprehensive Snow Sports Plus Frequent Traveller Saver

Snow Sport Equipment

––– $1,500 ––– ––– $1,500 –––

Snow Equipment Replacement Hire

––– $1,500 ––– ––– $1,500 –––

Snow Prepaid Expenses

––– $750 ––– ––– $750 –––

Snow Resort Closure

sub-limits:

––– $1,000 ––– ––– $1,000 –––

Daily Limit (per person)

$100 $100

Please note: This is only a summary of benefits. Exclusions and sub-limits apply to each cover type. Benefit limits shown are for Single and Duo (per person) policies. Pooled Benefits mean that Family policy benefit limits apply for the whole family and are double the corresponding benefit limit under a Single policy, except for certain benefits - please refer to the Product Disclosure Statement for full details. ^Cover under these Benefits are excluded while travelling within Australia.

Traveller Testimonials

Such a good insurance company

After having insured with Fast Cover many times I find the policy is of excellent value, and so easy to set up online. I have recommended this company to many of my friends as I am extremely satisfied with how friendly and helpful they are.

Mim – Productreview.com.au

 

Comprehensive travel insurance

We have used Fast Cover many times and find this company in particular good value for money and cover all the items we need as senior travellers.

Rainy – Productreview.com.au

 

Helpful service

The policy was very well priced and options were available so I could tailor what I purchased to my needs. I set it up online, paid and had confirmation and printable paperwork in less than 15 minutes. On the occasion I needed to make a claim, this was dealt with quickly and satisfactorily by helpful telephone assistants. I continue to buy my travel insurance from Fast Cover.

Sandy – Productreview.com.au

 

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