Photo: Inside Hook Photo: Inside Hook Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Inside Hook Emirates Is the First Airline to Offer Free COVID-19 Travel Insurance 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Dubai-based airline Emirates announced earlier this week that it will now cover medical expenses and quarantine costs for passengers that contract COVID-19 through the end of October, at no extra charge. It’s the first airline to introduce such a program, and it comes at a time when many airlines — both domestic and international — are still struggling (or simply unwilling) to refund canceled flights. Emirates is prepared to pay up to €150,000 (roughly $175k) for medical expenses, plus a $115 per diem for the ensuing weeks of quarantine. All travelers have to do is book their trip with Emirates, and do so before October 31, when the program ends. (It’s possible Emirates will consider extending it at that time, if COVID-19 is still widespread, and travelers would feel more comfortable having the safeguard.) Every passenger is automatically eligible for the insurance, which is then active for 31 days after the first flight of the journey. That amount of time is actually somewhat… Read full this story
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