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Trip Insurance - Good Luck #149605
12/06/2017 08:01 PM
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Just got back from Lisbon. The night before our flight I got food poisoning to the point there was no way I was going to fly at 5 am to Charles DeGaul in Paris. My wife called Delta and changed our flight to the following day. Cost $600. Luckily we had trip insurance. My wife asked Delta if we needed evidence from a doctor. Delta said no. Where am I going to find a doctor in Lisbon anyway. Itís going to be a challenge and Iím feeling like crap. So we file the claim and of course itís rejected as of now.

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Re: Trip Insurance - Good Luck [Re: MotownTim] #149606
12/06/2017 08:37 PM
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Insurance companies always reject the first claim. Pursue, and you'll prevail. Sorry you got food poisoning; I've been there and it's no picnic.


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Re: Trip Insurance - Good Luck [Re: GaKaye] #149607
12/07/2017 09:49 AM
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I had a travel insurance claim that they paid initially, but I would agree that insurance companies in general are not in business to pay OUT claims. What they paid us for our hurricane damage was insulting, but we just took the money and moved on.

Tim--was the insurance actually through Delta? Normally the insurance is not directly through the carrier, so not sure they could speak as to whether a doctor's note was needed. For a medical related claim, in general, I would think they actually would need a medical note. Good luck!


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Re: Trip Insurance - Good Luck [Re: MotownTim] #149608
12/07/2017 10:37 AM
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When I have purchased travel insurance with USAir/American, it has been with Allianz. I do not always buy it - but sometimes, particularly in years past when I feared that something could happen with family members or a legal matter requiring me to cancel the travel. I have made two claims over the years for reimbursement because of unrecoverable expenses incurred before a change of plans and Allianz paid both very quickly without any hassle - but both times I submitted documentation, including bills and receipts.

I would guess that your insurance is, as Carol said, not with Delta directly but with a third party such as Allianz. In any event, what you need to do is the same.

Find and call the phone number you have for the insurance and persist until you talk to an actual human who is handling your claim - this may take some time. Find out what you can do to support the claim. If nothing else available, submit affidavits of anyone and everyone (including the two of you) who can attest to facts supporting claim, along with bills and receipts for any money spent.

If claim still denied, you can contact your state's insurance department (just google your state's name followed by "insurance department" and it should come up with a website telling you how to file a complaint) and file a complaint. See what happens with that.

Last last resort is to consider legal action - if you think it cost and time effective. Be careful of losing more money than what you already have lost.

Good luck.

Re: Trip Insurance - Good Luck [Re: Snorkeller] #149609
12/07/2017 10:43 AM
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Yes--Allianz, I couldn't think of the name. I think they do most airline insurance policies.


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Re: Trip Insurance - Good Luck [Re: Carol_Hill] #149610
12/07/2017 10:53 AM
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I guess a lesson for all of us that use Allianz - call them before calling the airlines.


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