I have a love-hate relationship with travel insurance – it’s the umbrella I know I should bring out, yet am always tempted to leave at home.
Whether or not you should get travel insurance is up to you, but if you’ve already decided that you want it, there are actually several ways you can save money on it, such as travel insurance promotions. Some credit cards also cover you for free if you book your flights with the card.
Single-trip travel insurance in Singapore typically cost around $25+ for basic plans and up to $100+ for the most comprehensive ones. To aid you in your quest to stretch that holiday dollar, here are 7 money-saving hacks when it comes to shopping for travel insurance:
1. Travel insurance promo codes & promotions (2020)
The travel insurance scene is highly competitive. Insurers are constantly offering promotions and you can also make use of limited-time travel insurance promo codes to get the cheapest.
Find the table hard to read and go through? Then just compare at MoneySmart.sg, where you can simply put in your destination, duration of travel and desired coverage to see which travel insurance is the cheapest.
Table last updated 30 Jan 2020. Visit MoneySmart.sg for updated promo codes, if needed.
|NTUC Income||40% off single-trip plans (excluding Enhanced PreX plans)||From 25 to 31 Jan 2020|
|MSIG||60% off single-trip plans & 20% off annual plans||31 Jan 2020|
|AXA||Up to 30% off single-trip plans
Up to 50% off annual plans (min 2 adults)
|31 Jan 2020|
|POSB/DBS||60% off single-trip plans & 25% off annual plans||31 Jan 2020|
|AIG||10%off Travel Guard Direct Single Trip plan with promo code “CNY2020”||8 Feb 2020|
|FWD||28% off with promo code “CNY28”
||7 Feb 2020|
|Aviva||20% off single trip plans with promo code “LEAP20”||1 Mar 2020|
|OCBC||50% off single-trip plans, 25% annual plans||–|
|Citibank||Up to 40% off||–|
|Great Eastern||No current promotions||–|
|Tiq travel insurance||Up to 48% off with coupon code “TEIF”||Fridays in Jan 2020|
|UOB||60% off single-trip plans, 30% off annual plans||19 Mar 2020|
|HL Assurance||50% off annual plans, travel vouchers, NCD
60% discount off single trip plans, travel vouchers, NCD
+ additional $5 cash via MoneySmart (PayNow)
|31 Jan 2020|
|Chubb||No current promotions||–|
|Amex||25% to 40% off single-trip plans
15% annual multi-trip plans
|18 Feb 2020|
|HSBC||30% off single-trip plans
Up to 50% off annual plans + $300 shopping voucher for annual plans
|31 Jan 2020|
|Allianz Travel||Up to 48% off + additional $5 cash via MoneySmart (PayNow)||10 Feb 2020|
2. Check if your credit card offers complimentary travel insurance
Complimentary travel insurance promotions are also available when you charge your return flights to your credit card. Usually though, the coverage is more limited.
|Credit card||Underwriter||Free coverage||Promotion|
|DBS Altitude||Chubb||Travel personal accident coverage only||Promotion details Policy document|
|OCBC 365 & VOYAGE||Great Eastern||Travel personal accident, travel inconveniences and medical coverage||365 Card: Promotion details
Policy document VOYAGE: Promotion details
|Citi Cash Back Visa Signature & Rewards Visa Signature||AIG or AXA||Basic travel personal accident, travel inconveniences and medical coverage||Promotion details
Needs to be activated here
|HSBC Advance Visa Platinum, Visa Platinum or Revolution cards||AXA||Personal accident and flight inconveniences coverage||Promotion details
PA policy document
FI policy document
|UOB PRVI Miles cards||UOI||Basic travel personal accident and travel inconveniences coverage||Promotion details
|Maybank (all cards)||Etiqa||Basic travel personal accident and travel inconveniences coverage||Promotion details Policy document|
Most credits cards in Singapore offer free travel insurance coverage for cardholders. However, to qualify, you typically need to charge return air fares to your credit card.
Do note, however, that the coverage scope and amount is usually quite limited. The DBS Altitude free travel insurance coverage, for example, only covers personal accidents and not travel inconveniences (flight cancellations, baggage loss / delay, etc).
This is more for the #YOLO travellers who don’t really care about getting insured, and see the coverage as a bonus.
3. Consider annual travel insurance
If you travel more than 5 to 6 times a year, it may be more cost-efficient for you to opt for an annual travel insurance plan. Single-trip premiums are always less value-for-money, but in order to get the bang for your buck you really do need to travel quite frequently.
For as low as $188, you can get an annual trip insurance plan that covers worldwide destinations.
4. Buy your travel insurance in a group
Certain insurers offer added discounts for group policies. If you’re travelling together and will be engaging in the same activities throughout, you’ll probably be getting very similar travel insurance plans anyway – might as well combine it for greater savings.
5. Read the T&Cs, and then re-read them again
Travel insurance is tricky because while every policy is somewhat similar, the differences lie in the nitty gritty details that can only be found in the depths of wordy T&Cs.
For example, always check that you’re not paying extra to insure trip costs that are already refundable. For instance, if your flight is refundable and you already got a flight voucher for its cancellation, your insurer does not need to reimburse it.
Also, if you’re getting opt-in coverage from an airline, make sure you read the T&Cs and agree with the level of coverage.
6. Double for any additional coverage clauses – you might not need them
Add-on coverage – like for winter sports, high value items, etc – are always chargeable, and increases the total price of your premium. So always double check to make sure you only pay for additional coverage that you need.
For instance, if you’re going on a self-drive holiday, you might be thinking of adding on car rental coverage. But before doing that, check with your preferred car rental company – most of them come with some extent of insurance to cover their rentals, so if you’re satisfied with that, you might not need to pay for your own.
7. Lastly, get your travel insurance as soon as you book your flights!
Buying your travel insurance as soon as you confirm your flights is great because you’re immediately covered for any possible pre-trip hiccups. Examples include natural disasters, flight cancellations, etc.
Every minute you wait is a risk!
What’s been your experience with travel insurance? Tell us in the comments below!