Eye on Travel Insurance

A compilation of ITN readers' letters, with responses and recommendations.
In a letter in ITN titled “Travel insurance inquiry,” a reader's question is followed by Wayne’s answer: “There is no ‘stand alone’ trip-cancellation insurance available.” — The last company to offer it was Travel Guard, and they canceled that back in 1992. A discussion of your options.
Your AAA auto insurance policy might be offering no-extra-cost evacuation coverage. Other little-known sources are listed and explained.
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and terrorism issues caused the travel insurance industry to reconsider coverage for these new travel concerns. Lots of sources for up-to-date information here.
Travel insurance changes all the time. This article outlines the terms and conditions of many tour companies that offer this option.
A description of Uniworld’s one-time-only offer for April and May of 2003.
Stresses the need to carefully read that part of a policy before purchase.
Ed Kirk of the newsletter TravLtips warns, “Freighter travelers, take note: the rerouting of a freighter is not a covered event” (of a travel insurance policy).