Flight and accommodation website, Skyscanner is partnering with insurtech company Cover Genius for its new travel insurance package.
The package will initially be available to travelers in Europe, before becoming available in up to 50 countries worldwide. It includes a combination of medical, trip cancellation and airline insolvency cover. Also it offers protection against travel disruption and sickness caused by COVID-19.
Providing travelers peace of mind
In a recent Skyscanner survey, travel insurance was one of the top three factors that would give travelers (40%) more confidence to fly or book their next trip. This statistic correlates to Cover Genius’ BrightWrite data analytics. It shows that since the pandemic outbreak in March, insurance attach rates in certain hotspots increased by 400-600% at their peak versus December 2019.
This new proposition is available to those who book directly via Skyscanner in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and UK. The travel insurance launch is the latest of Skyscanner’s continuing efforts to provide travelers with confidence and clarity. Other recent updates include airline confidence ratings, hotel cleanliness scores and flexible policy filters.
Skyscanner and Cover Genius partnership
It comes as a result of the integration of XCover – Cover Genius’ award-winning global insurance distribution platform. For travelers it includes 24/7 emergency medical assistance. Also offers repatriation and expenses cover, trip cancellation cover for prepaid travel costs due to Covid-19 and other causes. It includes failed temperature checks at a destination, as well as airline insolvency cover.
XCover enables customers to access personalized and optimized protection to fit individual travelers’ itinerary. It also includes full digital claims management and instant payment of claims in 90+ currencies.
How companies see this cooperation
Tiago Godinho, Commercial Director at Skyscanner comments: “We’re bringing a new type of insurance product to market with our COVID-19 travel protection. The most important thing we can do is to give travelers the confidence they need to plan and book a flight. This package offers a high level of cover, going as far as reimbursing travelers if they fail a temperature check. We’re pleased to be partnering with market leader Cover Genius. Its technology and end-to-end insurance capability means that we can reassure travelers globally and help them get back to travelling again.”
Peter Smith, Head of Travel Partnerships, EMEA at Cover Genius comments: “We’re proud to be partnering with Skyscanner to bring this market leading set of insurance products to travelers worldwide, via XCover, our global insurance distribution platform. The new insurance products offer increased protection for customers dealing with unique circumstances as a result of COVID-19. These new products will guarantee speedy payment of claims.”