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Avoid a Snow-Go Disaster With Direct Travel Insurance

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwire – Dec. 8, 2011) – There’s a special sparkle about travelling over the Christmas period, with exciting holiday destinations, family get-togethers and the prospect of festive fun… if only the snow holds off and the country doesn’t grind to a halt.

Sadly bad weather too often seems to throw travel plans into chaos. Flights can be grounded or delayed, trains stalled and road closures leave unlucky would-be travellers unable to get to the airport.

Flashback a year and more than 500,000 people had flights cancelled when heavy snow brought pandemonium a few days before Christmas 2010, Heathrow Airport managers later admitting they had been ‘overwhelmed’ because they had only planned for 6cm of the white stuff.

All very British!

The only solace is that by booking travel insurance ahead of time, travellers have the reassurance that they are covered in case of disruption.

If their airline fails to offer suitable alternative flights or reimburse cash paid out for unexpected expenses, travel insurance can provide compensation, allowing passengers to rebook if they wish.

It is essential, however, to buy holiday insurance when booking a trip rather than hanging on until the last minute.

A policy taken out after severe weather sets in will not be valid: purchasing holiday travel insurance at the airport then trying to claim when the flight is cancelled won’t work.

Cheap travel insurance is easily available from Direct Travel Insurance.

Additional Natural Disaster cover is available and covers passengers for flight cancellations, extra hotel and food bills if they are stranded overseas and even unforeseen UK expenses such as additional parking charges and kennel fees.

The alternative could be a family Christmas disaster: stuck at home, no holiday and worse still out of pocket as well.

Of course, if lots of snow is exactly what you’re looking for (on the slopes not on the tarmac), then Direct Travel Insurance provides ski insurance and winter sports travel insurance.

Cheap holiday insurance from DTI can be booked on www.direct-travel.co.uk or call 0845 605 2700 (09:00 to 20:00 seven days a week.)

Notes for Editors

Established in late 1992 and trading since 1993, Direct Travel Insurance specialises in travel insurance for individual travellers, couples and families up to the age of 75. Direct Travel Insurance offers a range of cover options and added benefits including cover for over 100 sports and activities enabling customers to tailor their policies for single trip, annual multi trip, backpacking and winter sports.

All travel insurance policies are underwritten by Chartis Europe Limited. Direct Travel Insurance is a trading name of UNAT Direct Insurance Management Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA Number 312350). Chartis Europe Limited is also authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA Number 202628).

This information can be checked by visiting the FSA website.

References:

http://www.channel4.com/news/christmas-travel-disruption-how-many-people-affected

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12735961

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