Money Hack: Get travel insurance that comes with free Wi-Fi

Posted: 6 December 2017 11:12 am


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    Access millions of wireless Internet networks worldwide with American Express Travel Insurance.

    Anyone that's travelled knows the pain of searching for a wireless network while overseas. What's even worse is not being able to find a network, choosing to switch on your data roaming and getting stung with overseas data charges.

    If you want to get wireless cover overseas without having to shell out for a global data pack, you might want to look into getting travel insurance from American Express.

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    The hack

    Travel insurance brand American Express, which is backed by Chubb Travel Insurance, is offering complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi access for seven days with its international travel insurance.

    To take advantage of this offer all you need to do is get cover with AMEX, download the Chubb Connect App to your mobile device and you'll have access to more than 60 million hotspots worldwide.

    These hotspots are in a range of airports, hotels, open-access areas, shopping centres and restaurants.

    Now, seven-day access to wireless may not seem as enticing as say getting a 10% discount on your policy, but if you follow my maths (Full disclosure: I only did general maths and did poorly in it), getting seven days worth of Wi-Fi might be better value for money.

    Let's say you're heading to the USA for one week, an American Express Ultimate policy (its top policy) will run you $77.00*.

    Now, for argument's sake, let's there is a competitor offering an identical policy but it's providing it to you for 10% less than AMEX. Hooray, you've saved $7.70.

    While $7.70 is nothing to poo-poo – I mean, you could buy a couple of items from the Loose Change Menu at Maccas – your policy won't be coming with seven days of free wireless access.

    This means you may look to buy a travel sim that covers data.

    While buying a travel sim with a data inclusion may provide you with more convenience overseas, they can be restrictive when it comes to the amount of data you're able to use and you're going to be looking at paying well over $7.70.

    So, if you're okay with not being able to make calls while you're away but have free access to a range of Wi-Fi hotspots, you might want to look into getting travel insurance with American Express.

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    * Price obtained on 05/12/2017 for a week trip to USA for a 31 year old

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