Skyscanner launches Covid-19 travel insurance

Global travel marketplace Skyscanner has partnered with global insurtech Cover Genius to introduce a “first of its kind” travel insurance package. 

The package will initially be available to travellers as part of a phased roll-out in Europe, before becoming available in up to 50 countries worldwide. It includes a combination of medical, trip cancellation and airline insolvency cover, including protection against travel disruption and sickness caused by Covid-19.

It comes as a Skyscanner survey found that travel insurance was named as one of the top three factors that would give travellers more confidence to fly or book their next trip. 

In addition, Cover Genius’ BrightWrite data analytics team found that insurance attach rates in certain hotspots have increased by 400-600% at their peak since March, against December 2019. 

The package will be offered to travellers at the point of purchase and will initially be available to those who book directly through Skyscanner in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and UK. 

The offering utilises Cover Genius’ global insurance distribution platform, XCover, which includes 24/7 emergency medical assistance, repatriation and expenses cover, trip cancellation cover for prepaid travel costs foregone due to Covid-19 and other causes, including failed temperature checks at a destination, as well as airline insolvency cover. 

The platform enables customers to access personalised and optimised protection to fit individual travellers’ itinerary, trip and destination based on real-time data. 

Tiago Godinho, commercial director at Skyscanner said: “We’re bringing a new type of insurance product to market with our Covid-19 travel protection.

“In today’s uncertain and changing travel landscape, the most important thing we can do is to give travellers the confidence they need to plan and book a flight, knowing that they are covered whatever happens.” 

He added: “This first of its kind package offers a high level of cover, going as far as reimbursing travellers if they fail a temperature check at their destination, ensuring complete peace of mind for anyone wishing to travel right now. 

“We’re pleased to be partnering with market leader Cover Genius whose technology and end-to-end insurance capability mean that we can reassure travellers globally and help them get back to travelling again.” 

Peter Smith, Head of Travel Partnerships, EMEA at Cover Genius said: “We’re proud to be partnering with Skyscanner to bring this market leading set of insurance products to travellers worldwide, via XCover, our global insurance distribution platform. 

“These new products  will not only offer customers personalised coverage and speedy payment of claims, but also provide a sense of safety and security so they can book a vacation and travel again with confidence.”  

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