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Travel Insurance

 

The cheapest way to buy travel insurance is online and we have some of the best deals in Australia. Travel agents often charge over the odds for insurance so it pays to check us out.

The most important thing with travel insurance is to make sure you have medical cover (as this will be the most expensive part cost of the holiday should you get sick overseas) and if you are doing certain sports activities make sure these are covered under your policy.

Always read terms & conditions of what is covered but more importantly what isn’t covered in your policy if you are doing more unusual or risky activities.

There are many different levels of cover with travel insurance depending on what you need. Remember to always compare levels of cover with prices as one may offer better cover than the other.

 

Examples:

 

15 day trip to SE Asia:

 

Remember to check level of cover as some maybe basic medical only cover whilst others include luggage, we quote the cheapest prices

(NOTE: Prices for comparison only & vary based on age & any medical conditions)

 

Insure and Go from $44

1Cover from $50  

WorldCare from $58

iTrek from $59

Southern Cross from $66

Woolworths from $67

Ouch from $70

Down Under Travel Insurance $71.97

Insure for Less from $75.10

Cheap Travel Insurance $78

Columbus $79

Travel Insurance Direct $82.00

Cover More $100

QBE $102

SureSave $107

AussieTravelCover $113

Chi Travel Insurance $116

Chartis Travel Insurance $154

If you do buy online, check the agent has an Australian Financial Services Licence or is an Authorised Representative of a licence holder by checking with ASIC, www.asic.gov.au.

 

Choice Magazine recommended in their travel insurance article:

1Cover

Worldcare

Covermore

   

Annual Travel Insurance
 
Travel Insurance for multiple trips in one year. You can take say 3 trips a year & still be covered under the one policy cost. 
 
Best Worldwide (Incl USA) Deals :
from $ 245/year for multiple trips up to 30days (plus Kids go free)
from $ 290 for 45 days
from $340 for 60 days
 
Approx $40 less when not including USA
 
Cover More
$247/year for multiple trips of 30 days ($100 excess) ($223 for excess of $250)
 
$359/year for multiple trips up to 90 days
 
from $339/year  for multiple trips up to 38 days for holidays & 90 days for business
 
 
 
One Way Travel Insurance 
 
Down Under Travel Insurance offers one way travel insurance.

 

 

Domestic Ticket & Baggage Insurance through Jetstar

 

Costs $12.95

It offers baggage cover whilst on their flight but did you know you that Jetstar offer you up to $1600 of liability per passenger for loss or damage under their conditions of carriage.

 

Gold Card Travel Insurance

Always check the terms & conditions of this policy very carefully to make sure your covered as it often means you have free ocver but you must activate the cover correctly or you may not be covered!! You could always make sure before you travel that the cover has been activated so that you don’t get any nasty surprises.

Otherwise this can be a free way to get travel insurance.

Check your credit card provider does in fact provide proper travel insurance on your card. Some cards only provide cover for injuries at the trip’s point of departure or arrival, not while you’re at your destination; others don’t cover domestic travel, even for trips to Norfolk Island; and there may also be a time limit to your trip, such as three months.

Make sure you always have proof of purchase for anything in your baggage you may want to claim as the insurance company will always ask for this.

You may need to call your insurance company before you can get medical treatment.

Moral of the story: always check your policy before leaving home to check what it covers and to see if there are any requirements before you can submit a claim.

 

 

Compare Car Insurance

Current Deals

You should always shop around for your car insurance each year as often deals can change each year.

  • Shop around. Can save you $100s if you get best deal. Amazing that people spend time trying to get few extra % interest but don’t shop around for car insurance.
  • Combine home, contents & car insurance. Up to 30% discount if you have them all with the same company. (State
  • Always maximise no claims discount (after 1st yr often 30% up to max 66%). Some companies offer no claims protection but remember this is only if you stay with the same company!
  • Consider getting immobiliser or alarm fitted as often get discount (check with your insurance company first)
  • Check the value of the car. May be more than it is worth.
  • Consider a higher excess (you agree to pay the first $250 instead of $100) may give you a discount.
  • Older drivers (usually over 50s) can get discount of up to 20% in some situations
  • Pay premium annually rather than monthly if you can get a lower quote or no surcharge
  • Restrict younger drivers. If you declare no one under 25 will drive the car you may get a discount.
  • Look at 3rd party, fire & theft insurance if your car isn’t worth much.

  

Overall winner

 

Money Magazine Best of the Best 2014 & Your Money Magazine listed Budget Car Insurance as the cheapest car insurance overall:

Budget Direct Car Insurance

 

Choice Magazine has recommended in the past:

Budget Direct Car Insurance

1300 Car Insurance

Coles

Kmart

Youi

Bingle

(Note with Bingle car insurance if you need to claim they take the excess from you before claim and then give it back to you if they can find the other at fault driver etc. If they can’t find they & even if it wasn’t your fault they can keep the excess. It is in their PDS (Product Disclosure Statement) and that is probably why they are cheap as there have been stories on forums where people have been unable to get the excess back if it wasn’t their fault. Just take note)

 

Always check the PDS to check about how what happens if you are not at fault and other terms of the insurance. It may catch you out with a claim so take note.

 

Other Car Insurance Deals:

Cashback car insurance

Progressive Car InsuranceThey also offer a discounted pay as you drive option. If you drive few kilometres you may get a discount on your insurance quote.

   

 

Compare Health Insurance Deals

There are a range of ways to find the cheapest Health Insurance policies in Australia.
Easy Comparison ToolsiSelectHelpmechooseGMHBAYou can also use the government’s Health Insurance Tool but the premiums are similar to Better Bills without the cashback! (To get the cashback you have to go throught the link above)

Frank Insurance seems to offer some of the cheapest insurance policies around for young people, followed by GMHBA

How to save on your Health Insurance?

There is a big range in prices so always check out the best deal with the above tools.

Policies increase in price each year and so it it worth trying to pay for a yearly plan for the whole year before 1st April of each year, when the prices go up.

 

Cover is means tested.

 

 

Private Health Insurance Rebate & Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS):

 

source: privatehealth.gov.au

  • As you can see from the table above if you earn over $88,000 a year then it is worth signing up for a policy as there is a 1% Medicare Levy Surcharge on your tax = $880 of tax. If you find a health insurance policy under this price then you are saving yourself money.
  • Only take on the level of cover you really need- don’t pay ofr extras if you rarely use them.
  • Preimums for people in their 30s can start from only $400
  • Make sure you sign up for health insurance before your 31st birthday if you are a high earner. Otherwise you’ll pay a loading fee of 2% per year on your health insurance.

 

Lifetime Health Cover (LHC) Surcharge

 

Consider signing up to a policy before your 31st Birthday otherwise you will have to pay 2% loading each year after that! ie you pay a 20% loading on top of the standard rate if you are 40.

If you move/migrate to Australia you have until 1 year after you sign up to Medicare to avoid this fee, even if you are over 31.

 

Did you know your health fund may allow you to suspend your membership whilst you are away overseas or if you become unemployed. This mean you that your LHC stays in place, so when you restart it you don’t have to pay the LHC surcharge. MLS still applies.

You can also use your LHC “Days of abscence” you can be without cover for 1094 days (confirm this with your policy provider first) without having to pay the surcharge when you take it up again.

 

 

 

Compare Home & Contents Insurance

 

Budget Direct has received 5 star outstanding category in Canstar from 2007-2010 and is winner of Cheapest Home Insurance in Money Magazine’s Best of the Best! 2014

Home & contents insurance is a little more complicated than most other insurances.

To try to compare insurance policies you really need to look at the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) or Key Facts brochure from the insurance company. This will then reveal if there are key differences in the insurance cover.

When we recently checked policies prices and coverage we found:

Coles & Woolworths home & contents insurances had the cheapest price at approx $650 but have to check the coverage to make sure it matches your needs.

CGU insurance

Appeared to have the best value cover with a larger range of items covered compared to Coles but also more expensive at $1050.

Other quotes

QBE $1500

Westpac $1150

ING Direct $1269

Apparently water damage is one of the commonest reasons for home or contents claims.

To check at likelihood of claims being paid out or disputed check out the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) comparative tables which compare insurance companies for this.

Check them out here

Budget Direct Insurance

Gets awards from some but FOS didn’t rate highly.

 

To get the best deals:

 

  • Always shop around so get a quote from as many of the companies below as you can.
  • Check between Combined home, contents & car insurance for discount but also remember to check to:
  • Shop separately for home & contents insurance. Consumer magazines found that it is often cheaper buy from different companies as they may offer good deal with one but poor with other
  • Some companies offer no claims discount on contents
  • You can get a discount if you have an approved burglar alarm installed.
  • You may qualify for discount if you stay with same insurer for more than a year but always check this discount against what you can get from others

 

 

Compare Pet Insurance Deals  

 
Pet Insurance in Australia could save you money if you find you’re spending alot on your pet at the vets. It could also prevent a big vet bill if you have taken out a pet insurance cover.
 
You can cover your pet for accidents or for accidents & illness depending on how much you want to pay.
You can also get a discount if you cover more than one pet in a policy.
 
 
Compare Deals on Pet Insurance here:
 
Offers some of the cheapest Pet Insurance in Australia
 
Cover available from 28c per day.