WestJet announced it is introducing a new COVID-19 travel insurance coverage to help eligible travelers cover the cost of medical and quarantine expenses for select destinations. The offer is available for travelers booking to Mexico, the Caribbean, and select European destinations, including the United Kingdom.
"We know Canadians are seeking reassurance and our guests can now have confidence knowing they are protected against unforeseen medical costs related to the pandemic when choosing to book with WestJet," said Arved von zur Muehlen, Chief Commercial Officer for WestJet.
WestJet partnered with Tugo, one of Canada's top insurance providers, to extend this offer to guests free of charge. Bookings made on or after September 18, on any WestJet air-only reservation including WestJet Vacations bookings for travel to and from Mexico, the Caribbean (excluding the U.S.), Europe (including U.K.) and inbound to Canada, will provide eligible guests no-charge COVID-19 travel insurance.
Coverage will be automatically applied at no additional charge to eligible guests at the time of purchase for travel until Aug. 31, 2021 for up to 21 days. One-way travel reservations will also be eligible for coverage for up to seven days.
The insurance covers a range of potential expenses, including emergency medical and hospital costs for inbound and outbound travelers to Canada, up to $100,000 CAD, as well as quarantine, hospitalization, ambulance and repatriation costs.
"TuGo is excited to partner with WestJet to offer Canadians an opportunity to travel again," said Patrick Robinson, TuGo's CEO. "With our shared focus on the health, wellness and safety of travellers, it's a natural fit for our two Canadian-owned and operated companies to come together to equip and support Canadians in this 'next normal.'"