A 66-year-old regular marathon runner was shocked at the high premiums she was confronted with when she needed insurance for her first holiday in six years.
Travelling is no longer the preserve of the young, yet many insurers refuse cover to older customers because of fears over the rising cost of medical claims.
66 year old Amanda Wilkins, a retired journalist and regular marathon runner from Newhaven, East Sussex, was shocked at the high premiums she was confronted with when she needed insurance for her first holiday in six years. Some insurers wanted £60 for the five-day trip to Copenhagen.
On the recommendation of a friend, Amanda spoke to Age UK Travel Insurance, which offers single-trip and annual multi-trip cover with no age restrictions. It gave her a single trip policy for just £16.40.
'The search for travel cover was very frustrating,' she says. 'I'm in good health and have run six marathons, the last just two years ago, so I'm fit and well. I felt I was being discriminated against because of my age. Some of the premiums quoted were extortionate. Thankfully, the cover offered by Age UK was much more reasonable.'
Travel insurance with no age limits
Age UK Enterprises offers single and annual multi-trip Travel Insurance, provided by Ageas Insurance. Age UK Travel Insurance has no age limits and is designed especially for the mature customer; however, its benefit levels make it an attractive proposition for travellers of all ages. For more information call 0845 602 9184* or go to www.ageuk.org.uk/travel.
Gordon Morris, Managing Director, Age UK Enterprises said: ‘Travelling is no longer the preserve of the young, with over 55s increasingly holidaying in far flung corners of the world. We’re delighted that more and more people in later life are exploring Europe and beyond.’