Cruise Planners/American Express, who lays claim to be the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the cruise industry, reports an increase of more than 200 percent in the number of travel insurance plans purchased since launching its new policies in November 2008.
“Interestingly, people are still traveling and reservations are up, but we’ve noticed that people are much more cautious when booking these days,” said Michelle Fee, Cruise Planners co-founder and CEO. “We saw a need for a unique program that covered common workplace situations in order to provide our valued customers with assurance in these unpredictable times. The options in our program clearly offer consumer confidence, and we expect to see continued growth with these policies.”
Cruise Planners, through its exclusive partnership with Access America, offers comprehensive travel insurance coverage for leisure and business travel. In addition to trip cancellations and postponements due to unexpected job loss, Cruise Planners’ customizable programs also offer cancellation coverage due to other work-related reasons, such as being required to work because of a company merger or co-worker being laid-off.
Cruisers can book these unique work-related travel insurance plans through one of more than 700 Cruise Planners agents across the country. Coverage for termination or layoff requires that the insured must have one year of continuous employment with the same employer and that the termination or layoff not be for cause.
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Services Representative, has more than 700 franchise owners across the country that independently book cruises and associated travel.