WestJet Becomes The Latest Airline To Offer Free COVID-19 Insurance

by McNab Editorial Team
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WestJet has become the next airline to offer no-charge COVID-19 travel insurance for select customers. The cover will go into effect for reservations made on or after September 18th and will be available for international travel.

WestJet offering free COVID-19 cover

For guests making reservations on or after September 18th for air travel or vacation packages through WestJet, This is valid for travel to or from Mexico, the Caribbean (minus the US), Europe and the United Kingdom, and inbound travelers to Canada. Passengers will receive no-charge COVID-19 travel insurance through WestJet’s new partner TuGo.

Coverage will be applied automatically to purchases. The COVID-19 cover is for travel until August 31st, 2021, for up to 21 days for roundtrip flights. If you are flying one-way, those reservations will be eligible for coverage up to seven days. Do note, however, that the offer is not valid for domestic itineraries.

What does the COVID-19 cover include?

The travel insurance specifically for COVID-19 includes:

  • Coverage for emergency medical and hospital costs for outbound travelers if diagnosed with COVID-19 outside of Canada (minus the US) for a maximum of C$100,000 (~US$75,800) per insured person
  • Emergency medical and hospital coverage for inbound travelers that are diagnosed with the virus while in Canada for a maximum of C$100,000 per insured person (~US$75,800)
  • Quarantine accommodation costs for when a traveler tests positive for COVID-19 on the trip, up to C$150 (~US$114) per day for a maximum of 14 days on both inbound and outbound reservations
  • Transportation via ambulance or air evacuation costs related to COVID-19, up to C$100,000 (~US$75,800) per insured person on inbound and outbound passengers
  • COVID-19 repatriation costs in case of death up to C$5,000 (~US$3794) per insured person for inbound and outbound guests
  • One-way airfare in economy for a traveling companion and dependent children when air evacuated back home for treatment

Service to Belize from Canada via WestJet

The availability of WestJet’s service gives Canadians and Belizeans greater connectivity to popular WestJet hubs, like Calgary and Toronto. In 2017, WestJet announced its latest non-stop weekly service to Belize from Calgary; WestJet typically offers non-stop service to Belize from October to May. As a welcomed addition to Belize’s tourism industry, direct flights were available through Calgary (YYC), Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR), and Montreal (YUL).
However, effective Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at 11:59 pm, WestJet temporarily suspended flight service to Central America, including Belize. Learn more about airlines returning service to Belize once the country reopens on October 1, found here.

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