Rugby fans advised to take cover

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Extortionate sporting event costs highlights the important of domestic cover

For the first time in 12 years, a landmark event; the British & Irish Lions will finally go to battle with the mighty All Blacks on home soil. 

Fans from all over the world will flock to New Zealand in what’s promised to be a supercharged test series.

With at least 350,000 supporters expected to descend upon various venues in New Zealand over the coming weeks, travellers are urged to consider travel insurance.

This dream test series has been a long time coming for rugby aficionados. Fans will want to ensure that their experience goes off without a hitch. Ticketholders travelling to see their heroes in action should ensure they have travel insurance to safeguard their experience.

Airlines cancelled and missed flights; how travel insurance can help get you to the game

Those travelling to the New Zealand Lions Series will no doubt be counting down the moments to kick-off. With so much at stake, travellers can take comfort that in the event of a transport disruption, travel insurance may help you get to the game on time.

Flight cancellations and travel delays are a common frustration for travellers with a destination to meet. In the event of unforeseen transport interruptions on your way to a match, TINZ may pay your alternative travel expenses should you be unable to reach your venue. This can be truly beneficial when you’re at risk of missing out on your special event.

Flight delays due to bad weather; recoup costs with travel insurance

It may be of comfort to sports fans to know that domestic travel insurance would cover for the cost of their show’s ticket price, flight costs and pre-paid accommodation in the event of a flight delays or cancellations due to bad weather.

However, if the delays were due to mechanical errors on the airline’s part, things get a little more complicated.

The recent British Airway’s system meltdown caused controversy largely because, when a travel delay is caused by mechanical or staffing errors, it is the airline’s obligation to compensate customers. However, when events like natural disaster or bad weather strike, you can turn to your travel insurer to claim for costs like lost deposits, pre-booked accommodation, concert or sporting event tickets and meals.

What if I miss the game due to an emergency?

If sudden illness or a family emergency have caught you off guard and you’re unable to make a long-awaited test match, you may be able to seek reimbursement of your prepaid event tickets, flights and accommodation with travel insurance. This feature would come under ‘Cancellation and Lost Deposits’ benefits and would features within domestic or international comprehensive policies.

One ticket to Eden Park to see the All Blacks play against The British & Irish Lions could set you back anywhere from $200- $500. And hardcore fans with tickets to the whole test series will be even more invested. When you’ve spent substantial sums on prepaid events, it is definitely worth investing in comprehensive cover.

A domestic policy for a week can be as little as $36*. When you consider the huge cost of event tickets, combined with airlines and hotels notoriously bumping up their prices during major sporting events, travel insurance really is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

*TINZ domestic policy for 7 days in duration, aged 30.


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