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General Travel Secrets

<center>General Travel Secrets</center>
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Don't let your job cost you a vacation!

When a work emergency comes up, forcing you to cancel your travel plans, you may be able to insure yourself against calling it a wash. New add-on features to standard travel insurance plans at AIG (travelguard.com) and Access America (accessamerica.com) cover trip cancellation and interruption for business reasons. For an additional $25 or less, both companies offer coverage that will refund any expenses (hotel, airfare) if an event like an unexpected deadline prevents you from taking a trip, or if a catastrophe (fire, hurricane) affects your work.

There are three rules to know before you book:

  • You must buy the coverage within 14 (Access America) or 15 (AIG) days of your initial trip deposit.
  • The claim needs to be filed within 90 days of the event that caused you to cancel.
  • You have to provide detailed proof that the event occurred, such as a letter from your employer.

For additional tips, see T+L's Travel Secrets.

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