Here's why you need to buy travel insurance upon confirming your holiday

Just as you'd create a trip itinerary and packing list early, it's good not to leave getting travel insurance till the last minute.

Many of us are guilty of leaving travel insurance at the bottom of our to-do list upon confirming our holiday plan. But did you know that it’s best practice to buy your travel insurance immediately after booking your flights and accommodation?


Here are five reasons why you should buy travel insurance early.

#1 If you wait until an unforeseen event, like a typhoon, to hit before you get a plan, you probably won’t get coverage for losses due to the storm

Global events over the past few years have proven that change is constant and can be a real pain! So, get your travel insurance before anything happens! Your insurer will probably cover your airfare and accommodation expenses if you decide to cancel your trip now. If you’re still going ahead with your holiday, travel insurance will protect you against the costs of common ailments such as the flu or stomach upset or even Covid-19, which we all know can happen. 

P.S.: Singlife’s Travel Prestige plan allows trip cancellation for any reason, so you’ll get compensated 50% of what you’ve paid for any unused flight tickets, accommodation and entertainment tickets.

#2 It gives you coverage should an airline, hotel or travel agency go bust

So you’re all set for your holiday but you have just read a report that your travel agency has gone bust? Travel insurance protects you against such circumstances but again, you’re protected only if you purchase the insurance before the news hits the local papers.

#3 You can get a refund of travel expenses even if you fall ill before your trip

If you think that travel insurance covers your illness-related expenses only if you fall ill overseas, you’re wrong. Should you fall sick before your trip and are too weak to travel, your doctor’s memo is enough for the insurer to give you a refund of expenses you’ve incurred for your trip.

#4 To secure full coverage and maximise your money

For most insurers, there’s likely a cut-off date for you to secure full coverage. For example, in order to utilise the benefit of Singlife's trip cancellation for any reason, you’ll have to purchase travel insurance within 7 days upon payment of your flight or accommodation. Therefore, your best bet is to have a good habit of insuring yourself after your trip confirmation.

#5 You won’t have to pay a higher price for it

Unlike airfare and accommodation prices which tend to fluctuate, the premiums for travel insurance are quite constant so you won’t lose out even if you purchase it earlier. In fact, if anything happens, you’ll be thankful that you did!


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