Consumers spent nearly $3 billion on travel insurance in 2016, more than double in 2006. Now, Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, is demanding answers from the travel insurance industry after a report from his office warns consumers might not get the protection they think they've paid for. The senator is sending the letters to insurers Tuesday, reports CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave. New AAA research finds nearly 40 percent of Americans are likely to buy travel insurance for an international flight. The biggest reason is cancellation protection. Travel insurance can cover your trip if you're too sick to fly, get laid off or get injured while traveling, or even if a bag gets lost. But it does not cover everything. Laura Tropiano spent nearly $1,100 on flights to Europe for her and husband Matt, a Marine veteran who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, to celebrate their second anniversary. With the trip 10 months away, she bought travel insurance through the airline. … [Read more...] about Senator demands answers from travel insurance industry
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By Gregory Karp/NerdWallet For those with caviar travel aspirations and a fishsticks budget, jetting to exotic destinations may be possible only by accumulating airline miles rather than laying out cash. But you can pad your frequent flyer account with your feet on the ground and no extra spending — sometimes in unusual ways. All you need to get started is a frequent flyer account with your favorite airline, which is free. Aside from flying the airline and spending big bucks on premium seats, the most obvious way to painlessly add miles to your account is to use a travel credit card, whether a specific airline co-branded card or a general travel card that allows you to transfer points to airline mile programs. Spend enough to earn the sign-up bonus — which will typically buy a free domestic flight — and then use the card for everyday spending, earning miles along the way. American Airlines and United Airlines recently added bonus categories … [Read more...] about 9 easy ways to earn airline miles for free
Being on an airplane more than six miles in the air when an engine blows up and sends shrapnel through a window is an experience so scary that aviation lawyers say it’s not just the family of the woman killed on a Southwest Airlines Co. flight this week who could have a case.“All of the passengers here, and the crew, will likely have claims,” said Robert Clifford, founder of Chicago-based Clifford Law Offices, who’s been involved in every domestic commercial aviation disaster since the 1970s. “Even if these people were not physically injured,” he said, “many, many of them will experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.”The people who were sending “videos to their families, saying, ‘These are my last words to you,’ which is something that did occur in this incident, that kind of person will live with that for the rest of their life,” he said. The plane was carrying 149 people, including 5 crew.Days after … [Read more...] about For Survivors of Southwest Engine Explosion, What Comes Next?
AVIOS' customers will be switched to the British Airways' Executive Club as the airmiles scheme closes this summer. But, how much are your Avios points worth and how will this closure affect your air miles? What is the Avios reward scheme? The Avios reward scheme allows travellers to earn points towards buying flights by spending their money with hundreds of different brands. At the end of July the scheme will be closing and all Avios customers will be transferred onto the BA executive club scheme. But don't worry, your Avios points are protected and you will now be able to use your points in even more places than before. Here is what you need to know about Avios and the transfer to the BA executive club. How do I collect Avios points? You can collect Avios points by signing up with one of these frequent flyer clubs: AerClub, British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, Meridiana Club, Vueling Club. These airlines' frequent flyers clubs all accept Avios points for paying for flights, … [Read more...] about How much are Avios points worth, how do you collect them and why is the BA scheme closing down?
To report corrections & clarifications, contact: Please indicate whether you're responding to content online or in the newspaper. The following corrections & clarifications have been published on stories produced by USA TODAY's newsroom: April 2018 News: A previous version of this story misstated Elliot Rodger's weapons. He used both a knife and a gun. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/31/masculinity-traditional-toxic-trump-mens-rights/99830694/ Video: A previous version of this video misstated the number of Americans living with unhealthful levels of pollution. https://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/video/33952141/8-of-americas-10-most-ozone-polluted-cities-are-in-this-state/ Opinion: Because of an editing error, a headline in an earlier version of this column incorrectly described Amy Wax's job status. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/04/20/black-students-law-school-amy-wax-column/510510002/ … [Read more...] about Corrections & Clarifications