Travel delays due to strikes

Travel Insurance for Strikes

Are you looking for travel insurance that covers strikes? Find out when Australian insurance brands will and won't pay claims for flight delays due to strike action.

Any delay can be a nuisance when travelling, be it a late running flight, cancelled connection or even traffic on the airport. And travel insurers are generally quite good at paying out these claims. But what happens if your travel is delayed by a flight? Don't let an airport strike ruin your holiday. Keep reading to find out how strikes and industrial action affect your travel insurance.

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Does my travel insurance cover me if my flight is delayed or cancelled due to a strike?

As with most insurance question, the answer is "sometimes". The key to having cover for a strike is to have taken out the policy prior to the strike being a known event.

What is a known event?

A known event is something that has happened and that any reasonable person should be aware of; for example, it has been reported in the mass media. An example of how this may look in a product disclosure statement (PDS) would be:

Losses, liability or expenses are not covered if you did not take all necessary precautions to avoid a claim after there was a warning in the mass media of a strike...

How do travel insurance brands in the finder.com.au panel treat strikes?

BrandConditions for travel insurance for strikesApply
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  • 1Cover will pay for your additional accommodation and travel expenses on all levels of cover (other than essential and basics) for your reasonable additional travel and accommodation expenses if a disruption to your journey arises from your scheduled or connecting transport is cancelled, delayed, shortened or diverted due to a strike.
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AIG
  • Under the cancellation fees and lost deposits section of your policy, you will have cover for emergency expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances outside your control including strikes.
  • You will not be covered for losses, liability or expenses that are for you incur because you did not take precaution to avoid a claim after there was a warning in the mass media of a strike.
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AMEX Travel Insurance
  • Under the additional hotels accommodation and transport expenses section of your policy you're covered for claims resulting from disruption of your scheduled transport because of strike.
  • Any lost deposits or cancellation charges will not be covered if they arose from a strike which had occurred without warning prior to you buying a single trip policy or planning a journey on an annual policy.
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Budget Direct Travel InsuranceBudget Direct will pay claims under:

  • Additional expenses. The additional expenses if the cancellation, delay or diversion of your scheduled transport is caused by a strike and you are unable to have your losses reimbursed by someone else.
  • Travel delay expenses. Travel delay expenses sections of its policies if during you trip, your final international (internal if Domestic Cover) departure from or returning to Australia by aircraft or sea vessel, is delayed due to a strike.
  • You will not have any cover under any section if the claim arises from a strike or industrial action that were public knowledge when you booked your trip.
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Citibank Travel Insurance
  • You will have cover for reasonable additional expenses for hotel accommodation and transport expenses incurred as a result of a strike that disrupts your journey.
  • You won't have cover for transport provider cancellations, delays or rescheduling if it is caused by a strike that had warned of its actions prior to you buying the policy.
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Columbus Direct
  • Travel delay and abandonment of trip. You are covered in the event that the departure of the carrier with which you have arranged to travel is delayed by at least six (6) hours due to strike.
  • Missed Departure/Connection. You are covered for reasonable additional travel and accommodation expenses if a disruption to your Trip arises because of a strike.
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CoverMore
  • You will be covered for cancellation and additional accommodation and transportation expenses that are the result of a strike.
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Downunder
  • You will be covered for cancellation fees and lost deposits for pre-paid travel if  your trip is impacted by a strike. You will also be reimbursed any reasonable expenses you incurred.
  • You will not be covered under any section of the policy if you did not follow advice in the mass media or any government or other official body’s warning of a strike.
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Easy Travel Insurance
  • You will be covered for cancellation and additional accommodation and transportation expenses that are the result of a strike.
  • You will not be covered under any section of the policy if you did not follow advice in the mass media or any government or other official body’s warning of a strike.
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Fast Cover
  • You will be covered for cancellation fees and lost deposits for pre-paid travel if  your trip is impacted by a strike. You will also be reimbursed any reasonable expenses you incurred.
  • You will not be covered under any section of the policy if you did not follow advice in the mass media or any government or other official body’s warning of a strike.
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InsureandGoInsureandGo will pay claims under:

  • Additional expenses. The additional expenses if the cancellation, delay or diversion of your scheduled transport is caused by a strike and you are unable to have your losses reimbursed by someone else.
  • Travel delay expenses. Travel delay expenses sections of its policies if during you trip, your final international (internal if Domestic Cover) departure from or returning to Australia by aircraft or sea vessel, is delayed due to a strike.
  • You will not have any cover under any section if the claim arises from a strike or industrial action that were public knowledge when you booked your trip.
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Insure4less
  • Travel delay and abandonment of trip. You are covered in the event that the departure of the carrier with which you have arranged to travel is delayed by at least six (6) hours due to strike.
  • Missed departure/connection. You are covered for reasonable additional travel and accommodation expenses if a disruption to your Trip arises because of a strike.
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iTrek
  • Missed departure/connection. You are covered for reasonable additional travel and accommodation expenses if a disruption to your Trip arises because of a strike.
  • You will not be covered under any section of the policy if the mass media has indicated the existence or potential existence of circumstances that may affect your travel including strike or industrial action.
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MultiTrip Travel InsuranceMultitrip.com.au will pay claims under:

  • Additional expenses. The additional expenses if the cancellation, delay or diversion of your scheduled transport is caused by a strike and you are unable to have your losses reimbursed by someone else.
  • Travel delay expenses. Travel delay expenses sections of its policies if during you trip, your final international (internal if Domestic Cover) departure from or returning to Australia by aircraft or sea vessel, is delayed due to a strike.
  • You will not have any cover under any section if the claim arises from a strike or industrial action that were public knowledge when you booked your trip.
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No Worries Travel Insurance
  • Missed departure/connection. You are covered for reasonable additional travel and accommodation expenses if a disruption to your Trip arises because of a strike.
  • You will not be covered under any section of the policy if the mass media has indicated the existence or potential existence of circumstances that may affect your travel including strike or industrial action.
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Over 60 Travel Insurance
  • You will be covered for cancellation fees and lost deposits for pre-paid travel if  your trip is impacted by a strike. You will also be reimbursed any reasonable expenses you incurred.
  • You will not be covered under any section of the policy if you did not follow advice in the mass media or any government or other official body’s warning of a strike.
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Simply Travel Insurance
  • You will be covered for cancellation fees and lost deposits for pre-paid travel if  your trip is impacted by a strike. You will also be reimbursed any reasonable expenses you incurred.
  • You will not be covered under any section of the policy if you did not follow advice in the mass media or any government or other official body’s warning of a strike.
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Skiinsurance.com.au
  • Travel delay and abandonment of trip. You are covered in the event that the departure of the carrier with which you have arranged to travel is delayed by at least six (6) hours due to strike.
  • Missed departure/connection. You are covered for reasonable additional travel and accommodation expenses if a disruption to your Trip arises because of a strike.
  • You will not be covered under any section of the policy if the mass media has indicated the existence or potential existence of circumstances that may affect your travel including strike or industrial action.
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STA Travel Insurance
  • You will be covered for cancellation fees and lost deposits for pre-paid travel if  your trip is impacted by a strike. You will also be reimbursed any reasonable expenses you incurred.
  • You will not be covered under any section of the policy if you did not follow advice in the mass media or any government or other official body’s warning of a strike.
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Tick Travel InsuranceTick Travel Insurance will pay claims under:

  • Additional expenses. The additional expenses if the cancellation, delay or diversion of your scheduled transport is caused by a strike and you are unable to have your losses reimbursed by someone else.
  • Travel delay expenses. Travel delay expenses sections of its policies if during you trip, your final international (internal if Domestic Cover) departure from or returning to Australia by aircraft or sea vessel, is delayed due to a strike.
  • You will not have any cover under any section if the claim arises from a strike or industrial action that were public knowledge when you booked your trip.
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Travel Insurance DirectBudget Direct will pay claims under:

  • Additional expenses. The additional expenses if the cancellation, delay or diversion of your scheduled transport is caused by a strike and you are unable to have your losses reimbursed by someone else.
  • Travel delay expenses. Travel delay expenses sections of its policies if during you trip, your final international (internal if Domestic Cover) departure from or returning to Australia by aircraft or sea vessel, is delayed due to a strike.
  • You will not have any cover under any section if the claim arises from a strike or industrial action that were public knowledge when you booked your trip.
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Travel Insurance Saver Logo
  • You will be covered for cancellation and additional accommodation and transportation expenses that are the result of a strike.
  • You will not be covered under any section of the policy if you did not follow advice in the mass media or any government or other official body’s warning of a strike.
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Travel Insuranz
  • Missed departure/connection. You are covered for reasonable additional travel and accommodation expenses if a disruption to your Trip arises because of a strike.
  • You will not be covered under any section of the policy if the mass media has indicated the existence or potential existence of circumstances that may affect your travel including strike or industrial action.
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Virgin Money
  • You will be covered for cancellation fees and lost deposits for pre-paid travel if  your trip is impacted by a strike. You will also be reimbursed any reasonable expenses you incurred.
  • You will not be covered under any section of the policy if you did not follow advice in the mass media or any government or other official body’s warning of a strike.
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Woolworths Travel Insurance
  • Woolworths Travel Insurance will cover you for additional expenses for accommodation and transportation expenses that are the result of a strike.
  • You will have no cover for any claim or loss under any circumstances if it arises because you did not follow advice in the mass media or any government or other official body’s warning of a strike.
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Worldcare Travel Insurance
  • You will be covered for cancellation fees and lost deposits for pre-paid travel if  your trip is impacted by a strike. You will also be reimbursed any reasonable expenses you incurred.
  • You will not be covered under any section of the policy if you did not follow advice in the mass media or any government or other official body’s warning of a strike.
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youGo
  • You will be covered for cancellation and additional accommodation and transportation expenses that are the result of a strike.
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What does cancellation insurance normally cover?

Cancellation and amendment benefits cover a number of events and situations that result in you having to cancel, reschedule or amend your holiday plans depending on whether or not your policy covers cancellation. Below are some common questions we get asked:

When am I covered?

  • What happens if my passport is stolen overseas? If your passport or other travel documents are stolen, your policy will generally cover the cost of replacing them. You will need to provide your insurer with supporting evidence such as a police report.
  • Am I covered if have an accident on the way to the airport? Yes, generally you will be covered if you have an accident means you're unable to make a prebooked flight. You will need to provide your evidence of the accident.
  • What happens to my prepaid accommodation expenses if my trip is cancelled? If an insured event such as adverse weather conditions results in you having to cancel your prepaid accommodation, your policy should reimburse you up to the policy limit.
  • What happens if I get injured overseas? If during your trip you are forced to cut your trip shot due to an illness or injury, your policy will provide you with a benefit for any prepaid expenses you will not be using up to the policy limit.
  • If I paid with my frequent flyer points and have to cancel my trip, will my insurer cover me? Yes, your travel insurer will generally reimburse you for your lost frequent flyer points as long as you are not able to recover your loss via any other means.

When might I be covered?

  • I'm too sick to travel, is that covered? I will depend on when you took out your policy. If you are unable to travel due to a pre-existing condition that you knew about prior to taking out your policy, you will not have cover.
  • Am I covered if I have to cancel my trip due to a death in the family? Depending on your policy you will have cover for your return trip to Australia and for any unused portions of your journey. However, there are various conditions that apply including whether or not the death was the result of a pre-existing condition and the age of the deceased.

When won't I be covered?

  • Am I covered if my flight is cancelled for any other reason than strike or weather? No, this is a common misconception about cancellation cover. It is up to the airline to reimburse your losses for the actual missed flight.
  • My employer cancelled my leave and I have to cancel my trip, am I covered? No, you will not have cover in this situation.
  • I was late to the airport and missed my flight, am I covered? No, if you didn't leave enough time to get to the airport your insurer won't pay out your claim. This also goes for the flow on affect if you incur roll-on affects such as missed accommodation due to your missed flight.
  • I've changed my mind and I don't want to go any more, can I make a claim? Unfortunately, the only type of policy that would cover you in the event is "cancellation for any reason" travel insurance, which is not offered in Australia.

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Richard Laycock

Richard is the senior insurance writer at finder.com.au and is on a mission to make insurance easier to understand.

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2 Responses to Travel Insurance for Strikes

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    David | March 17, 2016

    We typically use a bank credit card to be eligible for their card insurance which lists cover for overseas and interstate travel, domestic hotel burglary, transport accident, extended warranty, purchase protection and price protection. The rules state that cover is under a Master Policy issued by Chubb.

    Are we in safe hands here please?

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      Richard | March 17, 2016

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your question. finder.com.au is a comparison service and we are not permitted to provide our users with personalised financial advice or make specific product recommendations. Not knowing the bank that policy was issued through I can’t speak to how and when it would cover strikes but generally if the strike is planned and known in the media, you won’t be covered for costs associated with cancellation etc.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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