After initially excluding the United States in its COVID-19 coverage, WestJet has now added it to the plan and has increased the maximum limit per insured person to CA$200,000.
The enhanced coverage will retroactively include all bookings made as of 18SEP, 2020.
"Our research shows that a lack of COVID insurance is a considerable barrier to travel and our guests were seeking the inclusion of U.S. destinations to our travel insurance offering," said Arved von zur Muehlen, WestJet Chief Commercial Officer.
"Eligible guests travelling to and from the destinations we serve can now have an added layer of confidence knowing they are covered for up to $200,000 against unforeseen medical costs related to COVID-19 when booking with WestJet."
WestJet's COVID coverage, administered by TuGo, is now applicable on air-only reservation and WestJet Vacations bookings for travel to the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe (including U.K.) and inbound to Canada, for travel up to 21 days through 31AUG, 2021. The coverage is free for WestJet customers.
For one-way travel reservations, coverage is available for up to seven days.
TuGo's COVID-19 coverage for WestJet guests includes:
COVID-19 coverage for emergency medical related expenses for eligible guests with COVID-19 while outside of Canada (or for visitors travelling to Canada) for up to a maximum limit of $200,000 per insured person if they have tested positive or have been diagnosed for COVID-19 while on a trip.
Trip interruption coverage if the Canadian Government's travel advisory changes to "Avoid all travel" (level 4) while at any of the travel destinations.
Medical and related expenses, such as medical treatment in hospital if a guest tests positive for and is diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip.
Emergency transportation back to Canada or home country (including up to $5,000 for repatriation in case of death).
Quarantine meals and commercial accommodation expenses up to $150/day (or up to $300/day per family) to a maximum of 14 days.
Up to $500 combined for a one-way economy flight home, unexpected meals and commercial accommodation expenses.
Travel insurance is automatically included at time of purchase on WestJet flights or vacation packages on or after September 18, 2020, for travel between September 18, 2020 and August 31, 2021.
Certain exclusions, limitations and conditions apply. Learn more from the Certificate of Insurance.
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