Warwick, RI, March 23, 2006—We’ve all been there.  You’ve just landed in Puerto Rico for a week on the beach and you’re luggage took a detour to Detroit. This type of event happens every day to thousands of people; and according to SITA, the global IT provider for airline baggage handling, the situation is  getting worse. In fact, current data estimate that 30 million bags are mishandled each year, the result of airport congestion, reduced flight availability, and mounting baggage volumes. So what can travelers do to protect against this risk?

“Become an educated consumer and equip yourself with a travel insurance policy that covers incidents of lost, delayed or damaged luggage,” says Peter Evans, Executive Vice President of InsureMyTrip.com.  “Right now at InsureMyTrip.com, we are seeing a direct correlation between the spiking volume of inquiries coming into our Customer Service Center and recent news reports of  excessive airline baggage loss. These customers all want to know if this type of coverage exists, what provisions are featured, and how it can help them.”

In fact, most travel insurance Package Policies feature reimbursement programs for:

  • lost or stolen baggage
  • repair of damaged items
  • purchases of essential items in the event of a baggage delay
  • additional accommodations and travel expenses in the event of lengthy delays

“Travel insurance can’t guarantee that your baggage will not be lost, but it can protect you against some of the resulting inconveniences and financial losses,” explains Evans. Consumers should also know that each plan has specific limitations of coverage and that all require documentation for proof of loss including such items as receipts and airline claim reports.

InsureMyTrip.com allows consumers to review, rate, compare, analyze and purchase travel insurance from all the leading U.S. travel insurance companies in a completely secure environment. To learn more about the protection plans that best suit your travel needs, visit InsureMyTrip.com on-line or call (800) 487-4722 to speak with one of our expert travel insurance professionals. Customer service representatives are available seven days a week, M-F 9 A.M.-9 P.M. & Sat.-Sun. 9 A.M.-5 P.M. ET.

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About InsureMyTrip.com

Established in 2000, InsureMyTrip.com is the leading, consumer-oriented on-line travel insurance aggregator worldwide.  Featuring insurance comparisons from the top 16 industry providers, InsureMyTrip.com is a unique, one-stop resource designed to meet consumers’ comprehensive travel insurance needs all in a secure environment. InsureMyTrip.com also specializes in providing integrated technology solutions for the travel insurance industry, with over 2,000 private-labeled and co-branded travel-related websites around the globe. InsureMyTrip.com is headquartered in Warwick, RI with additional offices and data centers in Connecticut and Oregon.


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