School is almost out for summer. If you’re planning a family break during the festive season, follow these ten tips for hassle-free travel from mum-of-one IAG Travel eBusiness Development Manager Frauke Mayer:
- Arrange your travel insurance as soon as you book your holiday regardless of the destination. Only hopping across the ditch? Our travel expert Michelle Boulger explains why you still need cover.
- Before you leave home, make sure your passport is valid and visas correct for each traveller. Leave home early allowing plenty of time for travel to the airport and check-in.
- Travel light – limit your carry-on baggage to one or two items. Hauling six bags to gate number 30 with sleeping kids in each arm can be a challenge.
- iPads and other electronic devices can help keep kids entertained but remember, don’t leave your gadgets unattended. Keep them safe and secure when not in use.
- The majority of claims made are medical with general illness and injury being the most common. A medical escort to New Zealand can cost up to $100,000. Check with your local health clinic for any vaccinations you may require.
- If you’re travelling abroad, register with SafeTravel so in an emergency, consulates can get in touch. It’s now possible to register online thanks to changes made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. And remember, always carry your insurer’s emergency contact details so if you need assistance you can contact them.
- Planning to drive a vehicle overseas? Have the right paperwork and license ready. If you hire a car, check what you’re already covered for by your insurer. IAG policies include a rental car excess – read more here.
- Cheap or free insurance may not necessarily provide you with the best cover. Get insurance that is fit for purpose. Take the time to read and understand the terms, conditions and exclusions of your policy.
- Shop around for cover that’s right for you. IAG offers comprehensive travel insurance that provides you with unlimited medical cover, cover for disrupted travel i.e. loss of deposits, travel delays, missed connections, cover for baggage and personal effects (e.g. camera, portable electronics, money and documents). There is also an option to add cover for pre-existing conditions and specified items (if you are travelling with high value items). Kids under 21 are covered free when travelling with their parents or grandparents.
- We’re offering 5% off travel insurance purchased online with State, AMI or Mike Henry until the end of this year. Use the promo code IAGBlog when prompted to receive your discount.
Frauke Mayer is Sales and eBusiness Development Manager for IAG Travel. Frauke has extensive experience in the travel industry having started her career in the customer relations division of a leading national airline before working as a Sales and Marketing Manager in duty-free retail. She then took on a role as a Business Development Manager for a global distribution company. Frauke joined IAG Travel in 2012 and completed a secondment as an Operations Manager within the division before beginning her current role.