Holiday Cancellation Insurance

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Travel insurance with cancellation cover

The entire purpose of a proper travel insurance policy is to insure against the unexpected, so when you need to cancel your holiday because of something that has cropped up, your travel insurance policy should have you covered.

With that being said, what sort of reasons are deemed as suitably 'unforeseen' or 'unexpected' for your claim to be valid?


Here are examples of the kind of circumstance under which you could successfully claim holiday cancellation insurance:

  • Sudden, unexpected illness
  • The loss of a relative
  • Being called up for jury service or to act as a witness in a court of law (other than in a professional or advisory capacity)
  • Having to abandon your trip after a delay of more than 8 hours in the departure of your outward international departure, by plane, sea vessel, coach or train.
  • If you are made redundant after and qualify for redundancy payment under current legislation
  • If theft, accidental damage, fire or flooding affects your home while you are away or within 48 hours of the trip, and your presence is required by police
  • Your compulsory quarantine.

Trip interruption insurance

As well as getting cover in case you need to cancel before your holiday begins, you'll be glad to know that you are protected even if something should happen during the course of the trip.

This part of your insurance policy is often called 'Trip Interruption Insurance' or 'Curtailment' insurance. The kinds of reasons and circumstances under which you can make a claim are similar to those of cancellation insurance.

Take a look at the below list, for a better idea:

  • The death, imminent demise, or hospitalisation due to serious accident or illness of a close relative.
  • Accidental damage, burglary, flooding or fire affecting your home while you are away or 48 hours before you are to leave and when a loss in excess of £1,500 is involved and when your presence is required by the police.
  • If you can't recoup the cost of any pre-paid accommodation, you may be able to submit a pro-rata curtailment claim under this section.

What is the difference between trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance?

To save confusion, here's a description of the difference between trip cancellation insurance and trip interruption insurance, in plain terms.

Trip cancellation insurance - allows you to get your money back should you need to cancel non-refundable travel tickets and accommodation before your trip begins, due to the specified reasons listed by your insurer.

Trip interruption insurance - protects the money you have spent on non-refundable travel and accommodation expenses, should anything happen to cut your trip short.

Holiday Cancellation insurance levels of cover

Take a look at the levels of cover decide which one would be best for you

  • Standard - £1,000
  • Annual cover - £5,000
  • Premium cover - £5,000

  • All of our travel insurance policies include cancellation cover as standard - ranging from £1500-£5000 per person.

    Alongside medical cover, personal possessions and lost baggage cover, a good holiday insurance policy should include cancellation cover.

    Does Travel insurance cover cancellation due to illness?

    As you can see from the above list, our travel insurance cancellation cover extends to those who need to cancel their holiday plans due to unexpected illness. This means that you can claim for cancellation only if the illness you experience was entirely unanticipated.

    If the illness is due to pre-existing medical conditions that you were aware of and failed to declare when taking out your policy, you will not be able to make use of the the cancellation cover.

    Travel insurance cancellation due to death of a relative

    Cancelling your holiday

    There are so many reasons why you might have to cancel your holiday, such as sudden diagnosis of an illness, the strike of a natural disaster or for bereavement purposes. All of these cases are fully covered by your insurance policy, provided they occur after you take out the insurance policy. If any of the these things occurred before you took out your policy with us, you will not be able to make a claim.

    It is a good idea to purchase your policy in good time before you travel. More often than not, the closer to your travel date you cancel, the less handsome sum you receive should you need to cancel.

    Choosing Holiday Extras as your travel insurance provider

    The right holiday insurance provider can ensure a stress-free get away! With over 300,000 bookings in the last two years, we're proving to do just that. We have two types of policy and three levels of cover across UK, Europe and worldwide - each one including generous holiday cancellation cover.

    Single trip policy

    If you've planned one special holiday this year, then our fully comprehensive single trip policy will be your best bet. With cover for up to a trip of up to 365 days, there's no limit to a holiday with something for everyone.

    Annual multi-trip policy

    You may be a frequent traveller. Whether you're travelling independently or as a group living under the same address, if you embark on more than two trips a year then an annual trip policy can be a real money-saver! You'll receive full cover for an unlimited amount of trips given that each trip does not exceed 23 days.

    • Annual travel cover provides the maximum level of financial protection available including medical cover, cancellation costs and baggage loss.

    How do I book my travel insurance?

    Our competitively priced travel insurance is easy to book. You can book online by completing the policy form above or book via our UK-based call centre. It is free to call and you'll be able to discuss and compare our great policies with a member of our insurance call centre team.

    For full information regarding the ins-and-outs of your travel insurance policy, take a look at our terms and conditions.

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