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Luggage Insurance

Want luggage only travel insurance? A non-medical travel insurance policy can cover you for just your luggage and trip cancellations.

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From your wallet to your watch, you're probably taking lots of valuables on holiday without even realising. Find a travel insurance policy you can trust, and you'll have one less thing to worry about.

Compare luggage insurance from Australian travel insurance brands

BrandLuggage & personal effectsDelayed luggage Phone sublimitLaptop sublimitApply
Insureandgo logo$15,000$750$3,000$3,000
Covermore logo$15,000$750$1,000$4,000
RACV logo$15,000$750$1,000$3,000
Fast Cover Logo$15,000$750$1,000$3,000
Qantas travel insurance$15,000$500$1,000$6,000
1Cover logo$15,000$250$1,000$3,000
Picture not described$12,000$250$700$4,000
Picture not described$10,000$750$1,000$3,000
Online travel insurance logo$10,000$500$1,000$3,000
Columbus Direct Logo$10,000$1,000$750$3,000
Medibank logo$8,000$750$500$3,000
Budget Direct Logo$7,500$600$3,000$3,000
Picture not described$7,500$750$800$3,000
Tick-Travel Insurance Logo$7,500$400$3,000$3,000
Insure4less Icon$5,000$350$750$750

What is luggage insurance?

Luggage cover is a specific section of your travel insurance policy - it's designed to kick in if your belongings are accidentally lost, stolen or damaged during your trip.

While it sounds like it's luggage insurance just applies to what's in your suitcase, most of the belongings you take on the trip will be included. So if you have your wallet pickpocketed while sightseeing in Rome, or you accidentally crack the lens of your new camera, you should be able to make a claim.

Most insurers also offer a benefit for delayed baggage under their luggage insurance - so if your airline accidentally sends your stuff to the wrong city, you should be able to get some cash back.

What's covered in luggage insurance?

Generally, you should expect to be covered if your personal belongings are lost, damaged or stolen while you're on holiday. This includes;

  • Luggage and personal effects
  • Daily expenses for delayed luggage
  • Theft of cash
  • Replacement of travel documents and credit card fraud (if you're lucky)

Of course, as with any insurance policy, there are some exceptions to the rule. For example, some companies won't pay out if you accidentally break a golf club on the green - but you'd probably be covered if your clubs were stolen from your hotel room.

What isn't included in luggage insurance?

Firstly, you can't just throw caution to the wind because you've got luggage insurance. Most policies won't pay out if you've been reckless with your stuff so remember to lock your doors, and don't leave your suitcase with strangers - that sort of thing.

Leaving stuff in the car is also a bit risky - most insurance companies won't let you claim for anything that was left in the car overnight and they usually put limits on things that were left in the car during the day. Even then, you'll probably only be able to claim if your items had been locked away in the boot.

Certain items are also excluded by different insurance policies - bicycles and drones are pretty common ones - so it's worth checking your product disclosure statement to find out what might not be included.

How much can I claim on my luggage insurance?

There'll be a maximum amount you can claim for your luggage - usually between $5,000 and $15,000 - depending on which insurance policy you choose.

However, some insurance policies will also have a limit on how much you can claim for specific items - so you might only be able to claim a maximum of $500 for your phone or $750 for your laptop. Not ideal if you're taking top of the line tech, but absolutely fine if you've only got an old phone and you're leaving your laptop at home.

What if I'm travelling with a high-value item?

Standard insurance policies set a limit to the amount they will pay out per item - but that doesn't mean you're out of options. Usually, you can add an item to your policy, essentially customising it for you. The policy will probably be more expensive, but could be worth it in the long run.

Can I get luggage only travel insurance?

In the past, some companies did offer luggage-only travel insurance, often for people who were travelling on a budget, but it's not something that's very popular anymore.

These days, you can usually find a full travel insurance policy for an affordable price anyway - so you'll be covered for things like medical expenses and trip cancellations, as well as lost or damaged luggage.

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warning A travel ban is in place for all Australians effective 25 March 2020. Most travel insurance brands will not cover you if you travel against a government warning. If you already have a policy, please contact your insurer directly for more information.
We are currently updating our site to reflect the Australian government’s advice. Some travel insurance policies will be temporarily unavailable.

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    SueJanuary 23, 2019

    I am an Australian citizen but currently reside in China (Shanghai). I need to put in place luggage and cancellation insurance for my families luggage specifically for a return trip from Shanghai to Canada return to Shanghai. Can you please advise if there is a policy that is suitable for my families situation?

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      JeniJanuary 26, 2019Staff

      Hi Sue,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      There are several cover options available for Australian citizens living and working overseas. Please check out this page to compare your options for your family.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    NeilNovember 17, 2017

    I am traveling back to the US on Kuwait Air and must pack my camera gear in my checked luggage. I need enhanced baggage coverage to inure my equipment in the amount of $7,500. I have already purchased a standard travel insurance policy which has limited baggage insurance.

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      JudithNovember 17, 2017Staff

      Hi Neil,

      Thanks for reaching out to us about your concern. I hope you are having a great day today.

      You are viewing the right page for a list of options for luggage only insurance. You may discuss this option with each insurer so you would be able to compare and eventually decide on which option would suit your needs.

      Moreover, most travel insurance polices are basic by nature but if you pay extra premiums, there are insurers that will provide additional cover. If you want additional cover, kindly get in touch about it with the insurer before you travel or even before purchasing the policy.

      Please take time to review the relevant details of information as well as the Terms & Conditions of each insurer before deciding on the policy that you would purchase.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Judith

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    DavidJune 7, 2017

    my son is traveling to Iceland to record
    Whales sounds

    He have full medical insurance and want
    to insure his record equipment please.

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      DanielleJune 8, 2017

      Hi David,

      Thank you for your question and for contacting finder.com.au. We are a comparison website and general information service, we’re more than happy to offer general advice.

      You may refer to this page for options that would suit your son’s needs. Once you have selected an issuer, you may proceed by clicking the green “Go to Site” button.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Danielle

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