Help with claims

Only policies sold on or before 13th March 2020 with Travel Disruption Cancellation cover will respond to claims relating to cancelled holidays as a result of the Covid-19 virus pandemic. To check whether you have Cancellation cover, refer to the Policy Schedule sent with your original policy email confirmation. Travel Disruption cover is only available if you do not benefit from the protection offered by a package holiday. There is no cover if your holiday was a package holiday, you will qualify for a full refund from your tour operator or airline if your trip is cancelled by the service provider.

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To make a claim, please call the claims department at Ageas Insurance:

To obtain a claim form or to discuss your claim, call 0345 122 3280

note: claims are handled directly by the Ageas claims department and not by Snowcard - Snowcard do not issue claims forms, contact the number above to have the form sent or email claims@im-rescue.com

The situation following the announcement that the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak is declared a pandemic has resulted in unprescedented volumes of calls and claims for assistance. Normal response times have been affected but are getting back to near normal.

Coronavirus Claims Update – posted 26 June 2020

The bulk of claims relating to the immediate fallout from the FCO advising against travel in March 2020 have been finalised. If your claim is currently outstanding, please call the Ageas claims department on 0345 122 3280

If you are having problems obtaining a refund from your tour operator or airline, you must make a complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) via this link

There will be a continuing steady flow of claims relating to holidays booked for June, July and August but these are not expected to create the same problems as they will be replacing claims normally experienced during the summer for lost baggage, medical and cancellation not connected with Covid-19.

We are advised that there is a significant amount of confusion about what will be covered by insurance and what you are entitled to from statutory compensation via the Package Travel Regulations or through ATOL or ABTA in the case of tour operator failure. If because of a change in FCO advice a tour operator, airline or travel agent is unable to supply the service you have paid for, they must refund your money under the statutory regulations in place. Insurers will not cover these costs on behalf of the service providers and whilst it might be difficult obtaining refunds, the insurers will not pay amounts covered by the Package Travel Regulations. If a service provider like a hotel or car hirer cancels your booking, they must refund your money. If you have paid by credit card, you will have additional protection (* see below) and will be able to reclaim money paid via credit card for any services that have not been supplied. Only non-refundable amounts should be submitted as a claim. Travel Disruption Cancellation cover only applies to holidays that are not package holidays. If you do not benefit from the protection offered by a package holiday you should submit your claim by calling the claims number 0345 122 3280. If your holiday was a package holiday, you will qualify for a full refund from your tour operator or airline if your trip is cancelled by them and you should contact your travel agent for advice regarding refunds.

You do not have to accept vouchers although there are clear benefits to all concerned if you do. If you accept vouchers and re-book your holiday, we can re-issue your single trip policy to cover the new dates at no charge providing no claim is made and the policy has not started or expired. Annual policies cannot be suspended because of the coronavirus travel restrictions. 

* If you purchased any part of your trip using a credit card then your transaction was deemed to have been “financed” by your card issuer. In these circumstances you should make contact with your credit card provider to instigate a claim under the Consumer Credit Act ; Section 75. Under this Act you can claim against your card provider for the full cost of the purchase (not just the amount on the card) where the deposit was paid on your card and any further payments were made by another means. Where only further payments were made using your credit card and the deposit by another means, your credit card issuer will only be liable for the amount paid on your card.

Any non-refundable amounts that are not part of a package holiday will be considered for claims under the Travel Disruption section of cover. It is handling claims for amounts that need to be reclaimed directly from the service providers that has been creating delays in processing valid claims so we do ask that you direct refund requests to your service providers before contacting the claims department who will only deal with claims for non-refundable expenses not dealt with by the Package Travel Regulations.

 

Further updates will be posted in due course. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. Any queries connected with a claim should be directed to Ageas Claims and not to Snowcard (we are not provided with any details of individual claims and cannot provide updates).

Coronavirus policy information

Cancellation Travel Disruption policy information

 

FAQs

Can I Claim For Cancellation Because Of The Coronavirus Pandemic?

Travel Interuption cancellation insurance will only cover non-refundable expenses if the FCO advise against travel. You should re-claim lost expenses for travel and accomodation directly from airlines and tour operators before contacting your insurer. Only policies sold on or before 13th March 2020 will provide cover. All of the UK's main insurers ceased issuing new policies covering the pandemic following the WHO declaration on 9th March 2020.

My travel insurance will not cover my cancelled flights, why is this?

Under EU law, if an airline cancels a flight, it has a statutory liability to refund your money in cash. Whilst some airlines are delaying refunds or offering vouchers, you can insist on a cash refund. Your insurer will not cover these costs on behalf of airlines who can not avoid their liability to provide refunds for cancelled services. If you can not obtain a refund, you must make a complaint to the CMA