UK's largest air carrier to Orlando offering free COVID-19 insurance

Aug 25, 2020 in "Air Travel"

Posted: Tuesday August 25, 2020 9:28am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Virgin Atlantic, the UK's largest air carrier to Orlando, is now offering free Coronavirus insurance for its passengers.

The policy, which applies automatically to all flights booked with Virgin Atlantic, is designed to complement existing travel insurance and provide additional peace of mind for upcoming trips.

In the event that they or anyone else on their booking becomes ill with COVID-19 while travelling, Virgin Atlantic COVID-19 Cover ensures related costs are covered, no matter how long the trip is or even if they’re visiting another destination on the same overseas trip.

For any flight or holiday booked using a Virgin Atlantic ticket, for travel between 24th August 2020 and 31st March 2021, travelers get cover for:

  • Up to £500,000 necessary and emergency medical expenses incurred due to Coronavirus affecting you or your travel companions.
  • Repatriation due to Coronavirus, should it be medically necessary.
  • Denied Boarding/Quarantine – We will cover many necessary additional costs should you or your travelling companion be denied boarding or individually requested to quarantine in your destination due to Coronavirus, including personal accommodation, transport charges, refreshments, booking amendment fees and other travel expenses incurred.
  • Cover for your whole trip, with no upper limit on the length of your time away.
  • Cover for all passengers with no restrictions on age, travel class or length of journey.

You can find out more about the offer at the Virgin Atlantic website.

The airline had previously announced plans to return to direct flights between the UK and Orlando from August 24, but that goal was not met. According to the latest timetables, October 6 appears to be the new target to return to direct flights. Although flights may resume, for it be useful to UK travelers, the United States will need to remove its travel ban on non-US citizens entering the country from the United Kingdom. The U.S. administration has remained silent on that matter in recent months.

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nickysSep 08, 2020

I just re-read this. $500,000 cover is way below what most insurance policies would cover for medical expenses. $2m is the usual amount quoted. I wonder what would happen if someone did need hospital treatment and the bill exceeded that amount? That said, it is now possible to get insurance that will cover you if you need treatment whilst away, so the extra peace of mind of cover if you couldn’t fly to your destination is well worth it.

stevebwvAug 26, 2020

Great marketing idea. The risk to the company is minimal while the peace of mind for the traveler is invaluable.

DreamalittleDisneyAug 26, 2020

Rumor is theyve pushed back planned operation of flights to MCO from Heathrow until the end of October now. I'm due to fly out of Manchester to MCO ON 15th of Oct I was told a week ago by a telephone agent for VA that my flight would be cancelled. I advised them that I had to pay the balance of the hotel and park Package to WDW the following day, the said my flight would be being cancelled so not to pay that and wait for the cancellation notice. I amended my WDW part to Aug2021 ive now had a further message to say the Manchester departing flights are dropped from daily to 4 per week but currently mine is still due to fly .... I think they are trying hard to get back into the skies but as our risk rate of travelling to other countries in 20 cases out of 100,000 people it seems there woild need to be a change at the UK end on restictions such as quarantine on return as well as the USA restricrilns being lifted for us to enter. We have the full 14 night package staying at CBR which if we could fly I think we would keep in for next year when there is more normality to WDW and as our flights are already paid in full (my parents are flying too) maybe book a villa for this Oct and see what else Florida has to offer apart from WDW.....

rmwebsAug 25, 2020

Glad they secured their (immediate) future today. I've always found them to be decent when flying LGW > MCO - way better than British Airways. Offering Covid insurance makes sense, I'd imagine it's something most carriers will have to do to give people the piece of mind to book anything in advance. Now maybe they (and British Airways) can get on and refund all of us who've not yet had refunds for cancelled flights over the last few months. Last I read they were now being investigated over it.