Last week, Sandi Smith, one of my Facebook Friends and a kindred spirit, told me about this option.
I just rejoined Hostelling International USA and got FREE TRAVEL INSURANCE!
It is a basic policy but for the $18 I paid for my senior membership, well worth the cost.
You can upgrade if you wish.
I wish I had known this earlier - they have just begun the travel insurance program.
Go here to see detailed description of the travel insurance.
If I'd had this last year, I would have been able to get home for my sister in law's death.
HostelCare Basic coverage includes:
- $1400 Medical Expense coverage
- $3500 Repatriation of Remains
- $1250 Trip Interruption
- $2000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment
For my $18, here is what I got:
- Access to more than 4,000 hostels in over 80 countries worldwide.
- Access to nearly 60 hostel locations in the United States.
- Savings up to 70% on international phone calls, free e-mail access, voicemail and travel information through eKit.
- HI-USA members now get basic international travel insurance coverage and discounts on optional upgrades
- Discounted currency exchange.
Travelex offers Hostelling International members a discount on currency purchases at retail locations. Members save 50% off Commission at Travelex retail locations throughout the US when members show their Hostelling International cards. Discounts vary at Travelex locations worldwide. Click here for international discount information.
- A free second night stay offer at participating HI-USA hostels. Second Night
- Discounts on Trek America - Valid for bookings made directly with TrekAmerica, HI offer must be mentioned at time of booking and can not be used in conjunction with any other promotional discount. This offer is valid only for the Hostelling International member.
- Discounts available across the USA.
- Worldwide discounts in restaurants, retail stores, and attractions and more.
- An online newsletter, HI-USA Travelbytes, emphasizing travel tips.
- Access to programs and activities at local hostels and councils (local chapters).