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Don't let the snow get you down


Shovelling snow

New airspace closure cover from helps travellers avoid disruption from extreme weather

Recent snowfall left many people stranded or struggling to make it to see loved ones over the Christmas period, due to the closure of Heathrow and other airports. And unfortunately the prospects are for more snow before the winter is finished which, again, could leave travellers stranded. In response, leading online travel insurance provider,, is offering travellers the chance to upgrade their policy to include cover for airport and airspace closure, due to snow or other extreme weather events. Travellers can, therefore, take a trip safe in the knowledge they won't be left out of pocket if snow scuppers their plans.

If unexpected snow disruption or extreme weather occurs and customers are unable to depart for a trip or return home due to airport closures,'s policy upgrade provides a new level of cover. Travellers are covered for cancellation of their trip, up to the limit stated in the policy, if an airport or airspace closure means they are unable to depart. The cover also includes extra expenses of up to £100 per day (up to £1,500), or the cost of alternative travel arrangements to return home, up to £1,000, if they are stranded abroad, offering holidaymakers additional peace of mind.

“December 2010 saw weeks and weeks of snowy weather causing misery for travellers as airports closed and transport ground to a halt,” says Sarah Findlay, Online Marketing Manager for “And this meant that some travellers were left out of pocket as a result of additional hotel costs, having to make alternative travel arrangements, not to mention the fact that their trip may have been cut short.

“'s airspace closure cover is an optional extra, providing cover against disruption from extreme weather like this winter's snow or other natural disasters like last year's volcanic ash crisis. Whilst we can't control the weather, continues to ensure that our insurance products offer travellers affordable protection at the click of a button.” provides a full range of travel insurance policies for families, couples and individual holidaymakers. Customers can choose from 3 levels of cover - Silver, Gold or Platinum to suit their holiday and their budget. In addition, families benefit from free cover offered for children under 18 years old travelling on single trip policies, making travel insurance more affordable than ever.

Cover benefits include:

- Medical expenses & repatriation up to £10 million
- 24 hour worldwide emergency medical assistance
- Cancellation cover up to £12,500 (Platinum Cover)
- Baggage & personal possessions up to £2,500 (Platinum Cover)
- Additional cover can include sporting activities such as snowboarding, golf and adventure sports, tailored to travellers' needs

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