Multi trip travel insurance refers to one insurance policy (taken out by an individual or a company for its staff) which covers multiple trips, overseas or domestically within a given period. By taking out multi trip insurance directly online the insured saves not only premium costs but also time normally spent organizing many single trip policies.
Annual multi trip insurance covers you for unlimited trips over a 12 month period with the only proviso being that each trip can be no longer than 90 days. The premiums for a multi trip annual policy are less than if you took out a single trip policy each time you traveled. It is similar to a “bulk buy” in that the insurance company obviously earns a bigger premium for greater cover but because there is less time involvement for the insurer they can average down the cost per trip for the client. Basic multi trip annual insurance will include cover for emergency hospital and medical treatment as well as some other minor risks (stolen documents, loss of income etc) whereas if you take out comprehensive cover then you will be covered for an expanded range of risks which could include death and permanent disability, emergency companion cover, family emergency and additional accommodation cover.
Cheap or basic cover for annual multi trip travel insurance is obviously less costly but it is important for a company to cover risk adequately because without doing so, the company could suffer significant financial loss if a staff member is hospitalized for a lengthy period of time. By purchasing either basic or comprehensive business insurance online you will find the premiums even cheaper because the insurance company is selling directly to you rather than through an agent. Commission that would otherwise be paid to the agent is instead applied (at least to some extent) to reducing the premiums on your business travel multi trip insurance policy. There are some well established online insurance companies that can provide quality multi-trip cover at up to 50% less than the cost for the same cover through a travel agency or other insurance companies generating their business through a commission based distribution channel.
Some insurance companies will not insure the elderly or those with pre existing medical conditions. There are however online travel policy companies who do not have any age limits on their policies and will offer multi trip travel policy to those with pre existing medical conditions. Any traveler with pre existing medical conditions will obviously need to complete an online pre-existing medical condition process and should expect to pay a higher premium because of the increased risk to the travel insurance company. Similarly if you are an elderly traveler your premiums will be higher but insignificant when compared to the very high costs of hospitalization or medical treatment charged in many countries around the world.
A further way to save on premiums is to nominate the destination areas where you or your company’s employees will be traveling. While many multi trip insurance policies have a blanket world wide cover you can arrange a tailored policy through a limited number of travel insurers. If you have staff traveling in the Asia and Pacific region (where medical and hospital costs are reasonable) why pay higher premiums to cover travel in the USA where hospitalization costs are extremely high? Go direct online for your multi-trip travel insurance, obtain destination based cover and save.