Clark Howard: Read the fine print on ‘free’ travel insurance

Jacksonville, FL — If you’re looking to book a vacation, WOKV’s Consumer Warrior Clark Howard says there’s a new trend you should be aware of.

“So, what’s happened is everybody in the travel industry is having a hard time getting people to click to purchase, because people are worried about the ‘what if’ that they pay this money, they’re gonna lose it all. So, a lot of travel suppliers are offering free trip insurance now,” says Howard.

But he warns that when you read the fine print, the coverages are very limited and that it won’t cover all the money you have at risk.

“So, it’s a partial band aid. It’s not the real deal. Because think about it, when they offer you something for free, how much is it really going to be worth?” explains Howard.

Howard instead says you need to buy travel insurance.

He recommends using to compare different providers. On average, Howard says real travel insurance will cost you about six cents on the dollar of the cost of your total trip.

Get more consumer news and advice from Clark Howard in his latest on-demand podcasts.

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