Forbes Advisor Honors AIG Travel as Best Travel Insurance Company

AIG Travel | September 01, 2020

AIG Travel was awarded top honors by Forbes Advisor in their Best Travel Insurance Companies list for consumers. Out of 15 travel insurance companies ranked by the financial news outlet, AIG Travel came in first, based on a rigorous, data-driven methodology. AIG Travel garnered the best score in the Forbes ranking based on an in-depth review of 15 coverage benefits for multiple travel insurance plans, including baggage delays or mishaps, trip delays or cancellation, travel health or medical expenses, pre-existing medical conditions and flexibility to cancel for any reason.

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To finish off our Fan Q&As here is Caleb our 11-year-old travel correspondent answering YOUR travel questions for him from El Cajas National Park in Ecuador.
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To finish off our Fan Q&As here is Caleb our 11-year-old travel correspondent answering YOUR travel questions for him from El Cajas National Park in Ecuador.
Copyright Mark Wolters 2018.

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