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Packaged travel insurance can be a 'hidden cost'

16 February 2009 07:31

Packaged travel insurance can be a 'hidden cost'

Holidaymakers looking to reduce the hidden costs of their trips should consider removing any travel insurance policies bundled with their package deals if it appears excessive in price.

That is according to the Strabane Chronicle, which urged its readers to take out a holiday insurance policy regardless of their budget, adding that European Health Insurance Cards do not provide enough cover.

"Travel insurance really shouldn't be viewed as an optional extra, because you really need cover in case things go wrong," the website claimed.

"If you're planning a package holiday, check that your provider's 'optional travel insurance' isn't excessive."

The Chronicle also advised holidaymakers to save on money by buying foreign currency when exchange rates are favourable and holding off from using plastic overseas.

Holidaymakers concerned about the costs of their insurance often use comparison websites to find the cheapest deal.

However, a recent report from consumer advice group revealed that some of the most popular websites obscure the cost of excess charges and make it difficult for consumers to compare different policies on a like-for-like basis.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19024824-ADNFCR