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Best travel insurance apps to use this summer

Several large and reputable travel insurance companies have full-featured apps to support your trip.

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Best travel insurance apps to use this summer vacation

There are a number of travel insurance apps that allow you to review your policy and contact your company in an emergency.

But the pickins are slim. Unless you’re living in Australia or doing business with one company, you’re better off firing up your web browser for that kind of information. (Your cell phone probably has one.)

One of the best user interfaces among travel insurance apps is Travel Guard’s Mobile App. It offers access to vital emergency information including Travel Guard’s Emergency Assistance Centre and can help get you to a doctor, hospital, embassy and more, and all this without needing internet access.

Ah, you noticed I spelled “centre” differently. That’s not a coincidence.

The Travel Guard app seems optimized for an Australian audience. It’s not entirely clear why. But if you’re fortunate enough to live in Australia, you can use it to retrieve key contact information for doctors, clinics, dentists, hospitals and Australian embassies. You can also use your GPS location to find your closest services by country. Of course, like any self-respecting smartphone app, it offers directions.

The Travelguard Mobile app also offers helpful news updates with information that can help you have a safer trip. It’s displayed based on the country you’re visiting.

Shopping for travel insurance? Another Australian app, Tripwise by Travel Insurance Direct, promises to send you “special offers” if you download its app. But like other apps, it does a lot more, including a helpful listing of passport, visa and vaccination requirements at your destinations, scam warnings, and emergency contacts.

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In the United States, the most developed smartphone app among travel insurance companies is the Allianz Global Assistance TravelSmart. Billed as a natural extension of your travel insurance policy, the app is an easy way to find your travel insurance policy or to reach Allianz in case you need to file a claim.

Best travel insurance apps to use this summer vacation

Choose the best travel insurance apps that can allow you to contact your company in an emergency. (Source)

One of my favorite features is a medical dictionary that lets you find the right word to describe your ailment. For example, did you know the Portuguese word for bandage is “Lugadura?” Or that in Dutch, a “Val” is fall? I wouldn’t without the app.

But when it comes to shopping for insurance – any kind of insurance, really – most of the action is now online. For example, if you’re interested in car rental insurance, you can check out Insuremyrentalcar.com for a quote on its site, but there’s no app to download. This is, in part, a realization that for certain kinds of tasks, the old-fashioned web browser is best suited for finding information. Once you have a policy, that’s another story.

DISCLAIMER: This article expresses my own ideas and opinions. Any information I have shared are from sources that I believe to be reliable and accurate. I did not receive any financial compensation in writing this post, nor do I own any shares in any company I’ve mentioned. I encourage any reader to do their own diligent research first before making any investment decisions.

Christopher Elliott's latest book is “How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler” (National Geographic). You can get real-time answers to any consumer question on his new forum, or by emailing him at chris@elliott.org

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