WestJet Includes COVID-19 Coverage For Flights & Vacations To Select Destinations
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
WestJet has rolled out COVID-19 travel coverage through Canadian-owned and operated insurance provider TuGo.
The coverage, at no cost to the consumer, applies on bookings made on or after 18SEP, 2020, for travel until 31AUG, 2021. Eligible bookings include WestJet air-only reservations and WestJet Vacations bookings for travel to and from Mexico, the Caribbean (excluding the U.S.), Europe (including U.K.) and inbound to Canada.
Coverage will be automatically applied at no additional charge to eligible guests at the time of purchase for travel until 31AUG, 2021 for up to 21 days. One-way travel reservations will also be eligible for coverage for up to seven days.
The coverage does not apply to residents of Saskatchewan or for cruises
"We know Canadians are seeking reassurance and our guests can now have confidence knowing they are protected against unforeseen medical costs related to the pandemic when choosing to book with WestJet," said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer.
"Safety measures have been implemented across our entire travel journey and providing our guests peace of mind during their travels is worth the investment we are making to ensure the safest travel experience for our guests."
TuGo Travel Insurance COVID-19 coverage for WestJet guests includes:
Emergency medical and hospital costs for outbound travellers if diagnosed with COVID-19 while outside ofCanada(excluding U.S) for up to a maximum limit of CA$100,000per insured person.
Emergency medical and hospital costs for inbound travellers visitingCanadadiagnosed with COVID-19 while inCanadaup to the maximum limit of$100,000per insured person.
Quarantine accommodation costs when the traveller tests positive for COVID-19 on the trip up to$150per insured person, per day to a maximum of 14 days for inbound and outbound reservations.
Ambulance transportation and air evacuation costs related to COVID-19, up to the maximum limit of$100,000per insured person for inbound and outbound guests.
COVID-19 repatriation costs in case of death of up to$5,000per insured person for inbound and outbound guests.
One-way economy airfare for the return of one travelling companion and dependent children when air evacuated back home for treatment.
"TuGo is excited to partner with WestJet to offer Canadians an opportunity to travel again," saidPatrick Robinson, TuGo's CEO. "With our shared focus on the health, wellness and safety of travellers, it's a natural fit for our two Canadian-owned and operated companies to come together to equip and support Canadians in this 'next normal'."
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.