In what is a pretty unprecedented move from an airline, Virgin Atlantic has just announced a huge new offer that comes attached to bookings, assisting any customer that happens to contract coronavirus when on vacation.
Virgin Atlantic transport thousands of UK guests to Orlando on an annual basis and the pandemic has hit them hard. With travel restrictions from the UK to the USA showing signs that they will be improving soon, the airline has just taken drastic action to try and encourage guests to rebook and feel safe when traveling.
In the event that anyone on a booking becomes ill with COVID-19 when travelling, Virgin Atlantic COVID-19 complimentary cover ensures that related costs are covered. So what does this mean?
- Medical expenses up to £500,000 (around $656,000) that are incurred due to Coronavirus affecting anyone within the party
- Cover if guests are denied boarding or have to quarantine. This includes personal accommodation, transport charges, refreshments, booking amendment fees and other associated expenses
- Repatriation because of coronavirus
- Cover for the whole trip with no upper limit
At the minute it is looking likely that October 6 will be the first date where flights will resume from the UK into Orlando, this new policy covers any guests who have booked using a Virgin Atlantic ticket for travel between August 24, 2020 and March 31, 2021. You can read more on this over on the Virgin Atlantic website.
This new policy is not designed to replace existing travel insurance but to compliment it. It’s a fantastic idea given that most insurance companies are not protecting guests against COVID-19 related illnesses and we reckon this will encourage many UK travelers to have the confidence to get on a plane again once restrictions are lifted. It is unheard of for a company to offer free COVID-19 insurance, this is a big move from the airline.
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What are your thoughts on this, would you be tempted to book a Virgin Atlantic flight knowing you are covered if you get coronavirus? Let us know in the comments below!