Thursday, December 30, 2010
The East Coast blizzard has left thousands of passengers looking for a way to get home from the holidays. I was one of them.
My familyâ€™s return flight early Tuesday to Newark from New Orleans was cancelled. The earliest the airline could rebook us was nearly a week later.
Not wanting to wait out the delay, especially with an infant, in either the airport or a local hotel, we chose â€“ at our ownÂ expense â€“ to rent a car and drive home.
Hereâ€™s a tally of the costs involved:
One-way rental car: $400
One night hotel: $100
Two extra days parking (for our own vehicle) at Newark airport: $40
Two extra nights boarding for our dog: $120
Refund from airline for half fare: -$200
Grand total: $735
As many displaced travelers are being reminded, airlines are not required to compensate you for hotel/transport/food costs in the event your flight is delayed due to bad weather.
Looking at the blizzard-related costs to our family has us reevaluating the need for travel insurance, especially when taking a trip during the winter months. But are such policies worth the extra cost?
The bottom line is that travel insurance can provide some useful protection. Check out this I.I.I. video to find out whether itâ€™s right for you.