Our Guide To The Best Family Travel Insurance For Australians

The cost of family travel insurance varies between providers, but they tend to consider holiday destination and length, the age of all members of the party and whether anyone has any pre-existing conditions among other factors when determining price.

To provide an idea of how much a comprehensive policy can cost we ran quotes for a family spending 13 to 26 May in Bali, on the website of the top five insurers we consider to offer the best travel insurance. You can view our full ranking to see how our top 10 picks compare.

We used the profile of a family of four, aged 42, 40, 14, and 12, all without pre-existing conditions, though all five providers cover pre-existing conditions. Note: quotes will likely be higher for this form of protection. You can find the quotes below, including the maximum number of dependents that can be covered by the insurer:

Each also offers an unlimited amount of emergency medical cover, while the policies from Travel Insurance Direct, Bupa Travel Insurance and insure4less additionally include cover for unexpected dental issues. All policies also cover travel delay, baggage and belongings, travel documents and passports, accidental death and permanent disability should you or another member of the family suffer life changing injury. For a full breakdown of the full range of cover a policy offers, you can read its PDS.

When considering the cost of a policy, it’s also important to weigh up price against the excess it levies. This is the set portion of each claim amount you’ll be expected to pay, subject to certain exclusions as detailed in the PDS. Allianz and insure4less levies a standard excess of $200 on its policy. Bupa charges $250 in excess and InsureandGo, $100. Travel Insurance Direct does not readily state the excess amount payable on its policy online. Allianz and Bupa levies excess per incident, while insure4less applies it per person per incident. InsureandGo expects an excess payment per person, per incident, per section of the policy you are claiming under.

All providers offer more basic policies with lower levels of cover for a lower premium, and some also allow you to choose the excess level. Generally, opting to pay less in excess will raise the policy price, while paying more will lower it.

Source: forbes.com

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