Tagged With travel insurance

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Consumer watchdog CHOICE has released the results of an investigation into the online travel insurance policies offered by Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin. It found that auto-selecting a policy when purchasing a plane ticket often resulted in a higher price tag and a raft of sneaky exclusions. Tellingly, most policies gave customers just ten minutes to review a 14,000 word document before the connection timed out.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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The Crashed Car Showroom is a temporary storefront in Sydney conceived by the NRMA Insurance Research Centre. As its name implies, it's dedicated to road safety and the dangers of driving via an assortment of technological displays -- including a crash test dummy simulator that straps you into a hydraulic car while wearing an Oculus Rift VR headset. Read on for a tour of the showroom floor.

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When planning a trip on the cheap, travel insurance is usually the first expense to bite the dust, leaving budget-conscious travellers at risk. But what if you could have the dream trip and protect it too? Free inbuilt travel insurance on a credit card might be the answer.

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Travel insurance is essential if you're going on a long trip, but if you don't do your research you can pay over the odds. An analysis by comparison site Mozo highlights the potential for overspending: depending on who you purchase from, you could pay $177 or $756 for essentially identical cover.

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Credit cards often offer travel insurance if you book your holiday using the card, but do those policies offer enough protection? Australian Business Traveller examined the policies currently on the local market, and concluded that you'll get a good deal for damaged possessions and lost cash cover, but need to check carefully to make sure the policy is activated and that it covers the length of your trip.