Virgin Atlantic have become the latest airline to offer free COVID-19 insurance.
Previously, a handful of other airlines offered similar insurance when booking a ticket. Virgin Atlantic has become the first major UK based airline to do this however.
From today, until 31 March 2021, Virgin Atlantic and Allianz will offer what they claim to be the most comprehensive cover offered by a major airline to date.
It should be noted that this is an extension to your existing insurance policy. It does not replace your own cover. As such, this only covers COVID-19 related issues.
The policy is fairly generous however. Some of the key points of the insurance cover are:
- Up to £500,000 cover
- Repatriation costs if necessary
- Denied boarding costs – including accommodation if you are away from home
- No excess payments
To take advantage, you don’t need to do a thing. Provided you have a ticket issued by Virgin Atlantic, you are automatically covered. This includes flights on Delta Airlines, KLM and Air France – provided that you are on a Virgin Atlantic ticket. If your ticket number starts 932, you’re all set to go.
Obviously, there are many more terms, conditions and small print that can be realistically be listed here. So it’s worth taking a look at the dedicated site to read up on the full details on the insurance cover that’s being offered:
Despite the recent struggles Virgin Atlantic have suffered, they plan on restarting a number of services very soon.
Whilst the USA is out of bounds for the most part, the airline can serve The Caribbean, Lagos Tel Aviv and Asia.
And with free COVID-19 insurance, and a flexible booking policy, this takes a lot of the risk out of booking.
Over to you then British Airways…
Header pic (c) Virgin Atlantic