On your next trip: Sunshine insurance?

Monday, July 13th, 2009

You’ve heard of travel insurance, where for a premium you can recover the cost of your trip if some unforeseen event forces you to cancel your trip. I usually take it out whenever I buy my plane tickets; I’ve yet to have to file a claim, but in a way that’s good.

That said, though, look at what some travel agents in France are offering:

PARIS (Reuters) – Sun-seekers whose holidays are spoiled by bad weather could be reimbursed after French travel agencies launched insurance cover for unwanted interruptions to the sunshine.

The insurance policy, launched by holiday groups Pierre et Vacances and FranceLoc, will allow holiday-makers to claim back part of the cost of their trip if they suffer at least four days of rain in any one week.

“Aon France allows Pierre & Vacances to propose its clients with automatic reimbursement for part of their stay…if weather conditions don’t meet expectations,” the holiday group said in a statement.

Rain-spoilt holidays can now be worth up to 400 euros ($556) and holiday-makers would be informed by telephone text message or email if they are liable for compensation. They would receive a cheque a few days after returning home.

I guess I can take comfort that, if I were offered this type of insurance to where I’m planning on going in a couple of weeks (Las Vegas), the premium would be pretty darn low. :)