Cheap group travel insurance
Cheap group travel insurance
When you’re holidaying with a group of friends, is it sensible to get group travel insurance, or should you each get it individually? We look at the pros and cons to help you decide.
What is group travel insurance?
Group travel insurance covers a collection of individuals - not necessarily a family - who are travelling together. This means everyone in the group can be covered on the same insurance policy, which can simplify your paperwork.
In 2017, 1 in 5 holidaymakers travelled as part of a group of adults, so group travel insurance is a common choice.
However, it’s not always the right choice. Our guide should help you to choose the right policy.
As of 23rd Match 2020, the UK Government announced a series of restrictions to travel, public spaces and gatherings. For a minimum of three weeks, people are being instructed to stay at home whenever possible. For this reason, travel insurance policies purchased from this date, for trips within the UK with a start date before 13th April 2020, will not be valid.
The UK Government also instructed all British tourists and travellers, that are currently abroad, to return to the UK as soon as possible.
As of 17th March 2020, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have advised against all non-essential travel abroad for an initial period of 30 days. This means that any travel insurance purchased from this date, for trips outside of the UK with a start date before 16th April 2020, will not be covered by the provider.
Coronavirus was declared a pandemic on 11th March 2020, so this may also affect your policy, particularly those taken out on or after that date. Please check any existing policies carefully, to find out what you’re covered for.
For more information please see our travel insurance and coronavirus pages.
Why choose group travel insurance?
The benefits of group travel insurance are:
- It can be simpler and less stressful to have only one set of insurance. You only have to buy one policy, and you can often all claim together if something happens.
- It can be a cheaper option, or insurance providers may throw in extras such as sports cover. Cheap group travel insurance isn’t guaranteed to offer the best price or the best cover, though, so always compare your options.
- If someone in the group falls ill, group travel insurance will often allow everyone to cancel the trip. This might be more difficult if you’re insured separately.
Why might you not choose group travel insurance?
In some cases, group travel insurance might not be right for your situation. For example:
- If one of you has a pre-existing medical condition or is significantly older than the rest, they will cost more to insure, and might even need specialist insurance. It could make getting travel insurance and splitting the bill very complicated.
- If you’re getting separate flights you might not all be covered under a group travel insurance policy – always check the policy details to make sure.
- If you’ll be going on other trips in the same year, separately from the group, it might be cheaper overall to get an annual multi-trip policy or you may already have travel insurance packaged in with your bank account for example.
- If some of your party live in a different country from the rest, for example a group of friends going to a wedding overseas and a couple of them live in the Republic of Ireland
Do you have to be related to get cheap group travel insurance?
Not necessarily – group travel insurance is for any group of people, and you don’t have to be related to get great group deals. You just need to be travelling together. Children can be included on a group policy too.
How many people do you need for group travel insurance cover?
It depends on the insurance provider that you choose to cover you. With Compare the Market, you can search for cheap group travel insurance quotes covering up to 10 people. With extremely large groups, you may need a specialist insurance policy.
How does group travel insurance work?
Overall, group travel insurance works very much like any other type of travel insurance – the only difference is that it covers a group of people travelling together. You’ll usually be covered for certain events, such as cancellation, lost luggage, medical treatment overseas and emergency repatriation – the exact coverage should be set out in your policy documentation.
Of course, as with all travel insurance, there are things you need to be aware of, such as:
- Exclusions – for example, if insurance providers could believe excessive drinking led to a claim, this could lead to medical costs being rejected because of an alcohol exclusion clause.
- Your policy excess
- Pre-existing medical conditions
- Policy extras like sports cover, water sports, or extreme sports
You all need to be happy with the level of cover and the amount of excess. Increasing the amount of excess can reduce the cost of the policy, but you all need to be able to afford it if you make a claim.
For group cover, you should make sure you have enough cover for the highest possible claim you could make – for example, if everyone's luggage went missing or an accident meant you all had to be repatriated. Make sure the whole party know any single item limits too – so they know the maximum that could be claimed for any one item.
You can find out more basic travel insurance information in our travel insurance guides.
Is travel insurance cheaper for groups?
Group travel insurance can be cheaper than buying individual cover - but that’s not necessarily the case. The prices will vary depending on the insurance provider, the size of your group, and a whole host of other factors.
On the one hand, it’s in the insurance provider’s interest to offer cheap group travel insurance to a big group – they want your business!
On the other hand, the more people you have travelling together in a group, the higher the possibility that someone will make a claim. Some insurance providers may increase the overall policy excess with each additional traveller as the possibility of a loss increases. This can quickly mount up.
Always compare travel insurance to find a policy and a price that’s right for you.
Where can you get cheap group travel insurance?
At Compare the Market, we search a wide range of providers to find travel insurance that suits you. Use our comparison service to compare travel insurance quotes for groups of up to 10 people.