Travel Insurance and Volcanic Ash?

22 replies
Found 23rd May 2011
I am going on a package holiday with Thomson to Egypt on Wednesday morning and have yet to buy my travel insurance, leaving it late as always!

I've read that the Volcanic eruption in Iceland isn't anticipated to be as bad as last year, however it is believed that it may reach Britain by midday Tuesday.

So basically I was wondering if anyone knows what the situation is with the travel insurance and ash clouds? I understand that if my flight is heavily delayed on the return from Egypt then Thomson have to accommodate us, however what is the situation if our outbound flight is delayed by a few days, will we just lose those days of our holiday or will we get a reimbursement of some kind, as all companies I have looked at have stated that they don't cover for ash cloud.

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Banned

very much doubt you'll find cover for volcanic ash at this stage, what with it forecast to hit the UK Monday night!

Original Poster

found one with direct travel that covers for natural disasters (such as a volcanic eruption) but costs £35 for 2 weeks each. I guess its better that not being covered though!?!?

pompeycurry

found one with direct travel that covers for natural disasters (such as a … found one with direct travel that covers for natural disasters (such as a volcanic eruption) but costs £35 for 2 weeks each. I guess its better that not being covered though!?!?


You won't be covered because the volcano is already erupting

We are due to fly on Thursday - keeping an eye on the news...
Also, my insurance is with Virgin, still don't know if we are covered
Edited by: "Mrs.Z" 23rd May 2011

flying next week hope it stops soon

KapA

flying next week hope it stops soon



We are flying next week too - but keeping my fingers crossed everything will be just fine!

Banned

lol... the revenge of the Icelandic Volcano!

Just over a year ago.... I had free holiday extension (volcation) in Singapore.

Our insurance covered us didley squat. Luckily the airline coughed up for food and Hotel - at just over £3000 it was just as well!

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Original Poster

Yea I've stopped looking for insurance that covers it now, no point as it has already erupted, oh well Thomson should cover us should we get delayed out there or refund should we get delayed on the outbound, just hope we don't as girlfriend has exams in late June!

Where's everyone going on holiday?

pompeycurry

Yea I've stopped looking for insurance that covers it now, no point as it … Yea I've stopped looking for insurance that covers it now, no point as it has already erupted, oh well Thomson should cover us should we get delayed out there or refund should we get delayed on the outbound, just hope we don't as girlfriend has exams in late June!Where's everyone going on holiday?



We are flying to Los Angeles - staying in Hollywood for few days, then 7days cruising down the Mexican Riveria and finish off with a few days in Vegas Cant wait!!!!

looks like aviva is one of the insurance company that you're fully covered with when booking after 23rd of may
Travel insurance covering Volcanic Ash Clouds
Edited by: "mspychala" 24th May 2011

I'm flying to New York next Wednesday. We were going to go this Wednesday but decided on next week. Lucky really but still watching the developments close. Believe we are covered for the volcano too so. Fingers crossed for everyone.

We are flying to Florida next Wednesday, so please Mr Volcanic Ash.....Go away

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munnski

We are flying to Florida next Wednesday, so please Mr Volcanic Ash.....Go … We are flying to Florida next Wednesday, so please Mr Volcanic Ash.....Go away


I think you'll be fine. Once again, the media are blowing this completely out of proportion and the UK airlines cancel flights!

Airport in Iceland re-opened last night!

Grimsvotn Volcanic Eruption

Grímsvötn Eruption report - update


Reykjavík, May 23, 7 PM (GMT)


Volcanic activity in Grímsvötn has been steady today. The ash plume now reaches 5-7 km in the air.

There has been steady ashfall South and South-West of Vatnajökull, and ash particles have been detected in other areas of the country. Flights will resume from Keflavík airport tonight.


Also this volcano erupts on average for about a week and is already showing reduced activity.

How long will the eruption last?

It is difficult to predict how long an eruption can last. The last eruption in this area was in 2004 and lasted for a week. There have been several eruptions in Grímsvötn in the last decades, and they have all been relatively short lived. An eruption in 1873 lasted seven months, but intensity was relatively low during that time. After a forceful start to this eruption, it started to show reduced activity on day two.

csiman

I think you'll be fine. Once again, the media are blowing this completely … I think you'll be fine. Once again, the media are blowing this completely out of proportion and the UK airlines cancel flights!Airport in Iceland re-opened last night!Grimsvotn Volcanic EruptionGrímsvötn Eruption report - updateReykjavík, May 23, 7 PM (GMT)Volcanic activity in Grímsvötn has been steady today. The ash plume now reaches 5-7 km in the air.There has been steady ashfall South and South-West of Vatnajökull, and ash particles have been detected in other areas of the country. Flights will resume from Keflavík airport tonight.Also this volcano erupts on average for about a week and is already showing reduced activity.How long will the eruption last?It is difficult to predict how long an eruption can last. The last eruption in this area was in 2004 and lasted for a week. There have been several eruptions in Grímsvötn in the last decades, and they have all been relatively short lived. An eruption in 1873 lasted seven months, but intensity was relatively low during that time. After a forceful start to this eruption, it started to show reduced activity on day two.


Yeah I'm not particularly that worried either. It's noway near as 'bad' as last year.

t0mm

Yeah I'm not particularly that worried either. It's noway near as 'bad' … Yeah I'm not particularly that worried either. It's noway near as 'bad' as last year.




Yet...(_;)

I think you will just have to hope the disruption passes as you are unlikely to get a friendly insurance company offer to cover you for delays when they may be at an increased risk of you making a claim.

Whenever insurance companies have large scale payouts they will obviously look for ways of increasing their receipts. I expect most forms of insurance costs to increase over the coming year.
Edited by: "WoolyM" 24th May 2011

When the ash cloud stuuf was going on last time we were due to fly to the states, I spent days trying to find an insurer to cover it and the only one I could find at a reasonable price was virgin travel insurance. Plus if you have a virgin card or account then ask them for 20% off the total premium cost

bossyboots

We are flying to Los Angeles - staying in Hollywood for few days, then … We are flying to Los Angeles - staying in Hollywood for few days, then 7days cruising down the Mexican Riveria and finish off with a few days in Vegas Cant wait!!!!



Where in Holywood are you staying?

Supermod

I am flying on Sunday afternoon so come Saturday I may be asking everyone to get their hairdryers out to try and move some of this volcanic ash.

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Inactive

Yet...(_;)


20km plume on sunday, 5-7km today suggesting it has passed its peak

iceland.is/

fingers crossed as I'm flying in 3 weeks

Inactive

Yet...(_;)

Doesn't bother me anyway. I'm insured and I can travel any time within the next 3 months

Banned

GOOD NEWS - volcano now only erupting 1% the volume it was on sunday and should stop very soon. Icelands airports are open. Is Glasgow lol?

iceland.is/

Professor Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, geophysicist at the University of Iceland told members of the press that the eruption in Grímsvötn is practically over, at debriefing by the Department of Civil Protection a few minutes ago. According to Guðmundsson, the eruption now amounts to a small eruption typical of the volcano Hekla. The volume is very low, and the ash would likely only disperse in the area closest to the volcano, in the Vatnajökull glacier.



Reports from the volcanic eruption in Grímsvötn indicate decreased activity in the area. The volcano is now projecting about 100 tons of material per second, down from 1,000 tons of material last night, and 10,000 tons of material on Sunday.

csiman

GOOD NEWS - volcano now only erupting 1% the volume it was on sunday and … GOOD NEWS - volcano now only erupting 1% the volume it was on sunday and should stop very soon. Icelands airports are open. Is Glasgow lol?http://www.iceland.is/Professor Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, geophysicist at the University of Iceland told members of the press that the eruption in Grímsvötn is practically over, at debriefing by the Department of Civil Protection a few minutes ago. According to Guðmundsson, the eruption now amounts to a small eruption typical of the volcano Hekla. The volume is very low, and the ash would likely only disperse in the area closest to the volcano, in the Vatnajökull glacier.Reports from the volcanic eruption in Grímsvötn indicate decreased activity in the area. The volcano is now projecting about 100 tons of material per second, down from 1,000 tons of material last night, and 10,000 tons of material on Sunday.


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