Cheap Travel Insurance

Taking out travel insurance is dependent on a lot of factors for Australians. Price, exclusions and a speedy claims process is usually what most travellers opt for when taking out travel insurance. Not every insurer can offer cheap travel insurance and still cover you for things like medical and luggage so doing your research is important!

Does cheap travel insurance really exist? 

Travel insurance is an important part of any trip. Taking out travel insurance from an insurance company is a good idea provided the policies are within your budget. Research is needed to make sure you are getting the right level of cover for your trip. Having travel insurance covering overseas medical expenses, lost, damaged or stolen luggage, emergency evacuations and repatriation could be considered a necessity for most travellers.

In 2014, Australians were paying triple for travel insurance from airlines and travel agents. It is clear from comparison sites like Mozo that shopping around for travel insurance, not just taking the cheapest one will save you more in the long run. As many travel companies may receive huge commissions on travel insurance, researching the best place to purchase travel insurance is better for your wallet than just finding the cheapest on google.

The benefits of cheap travel insurance

It is no secret researching for the better and cheaper deal is worth doing when purchasing ‘big ticket’ items for your trip. The benefits of finding cheaper travel insurance is the savings! The extra savings from a cheaper travel insurance could be used on shopping and activities.

At Fast Cover, we have different policies to suit different travellers and budgets. Our three levels of cover include Comprehensive, Standard and Basics policies – starting from fully Comprehensive and therefore pricier to the Basics which is our cheapest level of cover.

4 simple steps to purchasing cheap travel insurance

  1. Know what you want to be covered for and your budget
  2. Start researching – be creative. Check google, word of mouth, comparison sites…
  3. Compare a few quotes against one another – speaking with travel insurance specialists if possible
  4. Purchase the policy that is right for your trip and within your budget

What about pre-existing medical conditions?

Some companies will want you to pay more to have certain pre-existing medical conditions covered on your travel insurance policy. Others will not have that option. This all depends on the depth of research you do to find your perfect policy. At Fast Cover, we have 43 pre-existing medical conditions that we cover for and anything outside of that list we don’t cover for. Looking through the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) or calling up their Customer Service Specialist Team will bring clarity to any uncertainty regarding pre-existing medical conditions when travelling.

Example:

Mick has been wanting to travel to Asia for the past few months. In his effort to save money and cut costs for his trip, he looked for the cheapest travel insurance he could find. With minimum research done, Mick purchased what he thought was a comprehensive policy from Company A.

Just a few short days before going on his trip, Mick became very ill. Assuming that he had cancellation as a benefit to his travel insurance policy, he put in a claim but was denied. There was no cancellation in his policy. Because he just purchased the ‘cheapest’ insurance he could find, Mick didn’t read what he had actually purchased to be covered for! Don’t be like Mick; do your research!

 

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. 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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