Air Canada Introduces COVID Insurance For Flights to Int'l Destinations - Including The US
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.
Following in the footsteps of some of Canada's largest airlines and tour operators, Air Canada is rolling out complimentary COVID-19 emergency medical and quarantine insurance for eligible customers booking round-trip international flights, administered by Manulife.
Unlike rival WestJet’s COVID coverage, which is applicable on select international destinations, the insurance offered by AC applies to all overseas travel, including the United States.
“Travel must originate in Canada to any international destination (USA included) for which there is no Level-4 ‘avoid all travel' advisory in effect issued by the Canadian government at time of departure,” according toAC’s website.
Air Canada’s coverage also applies to residents of Saskatchewan, while WS’s does not at this time.
The Manulife COVID-19 Emergency Medical Certificate of Insurance applies to new international, round-trip bookings made in Canada between 17SEP and 31OCT, 2020, for travel completed by 12APR, 2021.
"At Air Canada, we know people have personal, family and business reasons to travel. To give them greater confidence as they do so, we have engaged Manulife to offer all Canadian residents complimentary COVID-19 emergency medical & quarantine insurance when they book round-trip flights for travel outside of Canada," says Lucie Guillemette, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at Air Canada.
"Combined with our industry leading airport and onboard biosafety protocols, including Air Canada CleanCare+, and our flexible rebooking policies, customers can be assured that when they book and travel with Air Canada their safety and well-being is our top priority."
If customers test positive for COVID-19 while travelling, the plan covers:
Up to CA$200,000 per insured for COVID-19 treatment medical expenses;
Up to $150 per person for quarantine costs (meals + accommodation) or up to $300 per family per day up to a maximum of 14 days; and
Up to $500 for expenses related to return home if the advisory from the Canadian government goes from Level 3 to Level 4 while at destination.
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.