Cebu Pacific Rolls Out Covid-19 Insurance

For a small fee, those flying with the Philippine budget airline can enjoy coverage of up to one million pesos for in-country medical treatment.

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Recent months have seen major airlines such as Emirates, Cathay Pacific, and JAL introducing complimentary insurance coverage for passengers diagnosed with Covid-19 on their trips abroad. Now, even regional low-cost carriers are following suit with similar initiatives. To give its customers greater peace of mind, budget airline Cebu Pacific has just launched Covid Protect, the latest add-on to its travel insurance plan CEB TravelSure. The policy covers coronavirus-related hospitalization and medical expenses in the Philippines, and is available for all legal residents of the country (regardless of their nationality) departing from both domestic and overseas destinations.

Travelers who test positive for Covid-19 can claim up to PHP 1,000,000 (roughly US$20,807) for the costs of medical treatment. The price of Covid Protect starts from just PHP 270 (less than US$6), and coverage begins on the date of departure, lasting up to 30 days or two hours after the passenger’s return flight touches down at their point of origin, whichever comes earliest.

Passengers can choose to purchase Covid Protect when booking flights online, and customers who already have CEB TravelSure insurance will be able to buy the add-on up to two hours before takeoff via the Manage Booking portal on the Cebu Pacific website. Covid Protect is underwritten by the Insurance Company of North America, a subsidiary of global insurance provider Chubb. Claims may be filed online and those in need of emergency assistance can make use of Chubb’s 24/7 hotline.

Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific’s Vice President for Marketing and Customer Experience, said in a statement, “We are very pleased to launch the CEB TravelSure Covid Protect, in line with our commitment to restart travel and tourism safely and sustainably. With Covid Protect, passengers will be able to travel more confidently as they are assured of coverage, especially if they have essential travel scheduled.”

More information here.

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