CSA Travel Protection Unveils Most Popular Destinations During Shoulder Season

Fall is an ideal time to travel for those who enjoy fewer crowds and smaller lines. This timeframe is known as shoulder season, which typically takes place between September and October and then again from April through mid-June.

CSA Travel Protection, dedicated for 25 years to providing full-service travel insurance solutions, looked at where its customers traveled last fall and found that most stayed within the United States. When traveling internationally, then the Caribbean,  Mediterranean/Europe and Mexico were also popular destinations.

According to Travel Leaders fall travel trend survey, Maui was the number one U.S. destination for the remainder of the year. London was the number one international destination proving recent events have not impacted travel to Europe.

“These trips are generally more affordable this time of year since it’s off-peak season,” said Bob Chambers, vice president of operations at CSA Travel Protection, which reported an increase in travel insurance bookings up nine percent year over year. “Many tourists are back to work or back to school so those who want to take trips often enjoy fewer crowds.”

CSA found that European/Mediterranean trips cost on average nearly twice as much as domestic trips, which could be a major reason the latter was more popular among shoulder season travelers. Additionally, the average number of travelers per trip was two; and the average age of travelers to all destinations was dominated by the baby boomer segment.

Most people purchased travel insurance roughly three months in advance of their trip departure date, while the average trip length was 9 days.

“Before booking their next vacation, travelers shooting for off-peak season need to do their homework or talk to a travel professional to be sure they’re nailing down the right travel window,” said Lea Nielsen, vice president of sales and business development at CruiseDirect.com. “If they are going on a cruise on the other side of the world, then the off-peak season could be different than what they expect. Working with a seasoned travel expert like one of our personal cruise advisors can save you time and money.”

Whether you consult an expert or research your trip online, it’s important to be aware of the many factors that can affect a fall vacation. Be sure to check for weather and travel alerts before departing. After all, it’s still hurricane season through November, so if a storm is forming before you depart, you’re going to want to know.

In addition to considering when to take a trip and if booking during shoulder season is right for you, be sure to consider a travel protection plan from a reputable source such as CSA Travel Protection.

About CSA Travel Protection

CSA Travel Protection is dedicated to providing valuable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect travelers’ vacation investments and provide the peace of mind one deserves while traveling. For 25 years CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and by offering products and services to meet their needs. Through award-winning customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, CSA is with its clients every step of the way, whenever and wherever they are needed.

Travel insurance plans are administered by Customized Services Administrators, Inc., CA Lic. No. 0821931, located in San Diego, CA and doing business as CSA Travel Protection and Insurance Services.  Plans are available to residents of the U.S. but may not be available in all jurisdictions.  Benefits and services are described on a general basis; certain conditions and exclusions apply.

Travel insurance plans are underwritten by: Generali U.S. Branch, New York, NY; NAIC # 11231. Generali US Branch operates under the following names: Generali Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A. (U.S. Branch) in California, Assicurazioni Generali – U.S. Branch in Colorado, Generali U.S. Branch DBA The General Insurance Company of Trieste & Venice in Oregon, and The General Insurance Company of Trieste and Venice – U.S. Branch in Virginia. Generali US Branch is admitted or licensed to do business in all states and the District of Columbia.

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Cast Your Vote! CSA Travel Protection Nominated for 2017 Travvy Award

CSA Travel Protection has been nominated for a Travvy Award in the Best Travel Insurance Provider – Overall category.

Known as the Academy Awards of the travel industry, the Travvy Awards recognize the highest standards of excellence in the travel industry and honor travel companies, travel products, travel agencies and destinations for their outstanding achievement.

CSA is a trusted business partner, insurance administrator and advisor. Our partnership philosophy focuses on growing revenue and offering the highest levels of service. Travel agents and suppliers who work with us know that we support them every step of the way and aim to give them the best tools and products they require to succeed.

CSA Travel Protection is best known for:

  • Award-winning, compassionate, knowledgeable customer service
  • Expert claims handling with dedicated representatives for each claim
  • Customized training programs for agents
  • Devoted sales support and useful marketing tools
  • Seamless software integration capabilities
  • Ability to provide customized travel protection solutions for a variety of travel suppliers, such as cruise and tour operators, airlines and online aggregators
  • Being the first in the industry to offer Identity Theft Resolution services with most travel insurance plans
  • Global backing from shareholder Generali Group, one of Europe’s top insurers and 48th on the Fortune Global 500 list of companies

Travel agents and suppliers can vote for CSA at www.vote.travvyawards.com.

CSA Travel Protection Wins Gold 2016 Travel Weekly Magellan Award

CSA Travel Protection, dedicated for 25 years to providing travel insurance and emergency assistance services, announced today that its Protect&GO™ email marketing campaign took home a gold 2016 Travel Weekly Magellan Award in the Travel Agent/Agency – Advertising/Marketing Campaign (up to 5 pieces) category.

CSA Travel Protection launched an email marketing campaign for travel agents called the Protect&GO™ product launch campaign in September 2015. This campaign promoted the launch of a new post-departure (or in-trip) travel insurance product called Protect&GO™.  The plan is designed for travelers who are committed to going on their trips no matter what, yet may still be interested in purchasing valuable coverages and assistance services at a lesser cost.

“Congratulations to the marketing team for creating this award-winning campaign,” said Bob Chambers, vice president of operations at CSA Travel Protection. “Here’s an example of how CSA Travel Protection continues to set the highest standards in the travel insurance industry.”

With entries from across the U.S. and around the world, the Magellan Award winners represent the best in the travel industry and salute the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.

The Magellan Awards honor outstanding design, marketing and services in a broad range of industry segments including Hospitality, Travel Destinations, Cruise Lines, Online Travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, Tour Operators and Ground Transportation.

“This year’s winners continue to raise the bar, establishing themselves as not just the most talented and creative people in the travel industry but among the most creative and talented of any industry,” said Arnie Weissmann, editor in chief of Travel Weekly. “The creativity that travel industry marketers and designers display to inspire travel and enhance the travel experience continues to impress our expert judges and readers.”

The Magellan Awards are judged and overseen by a one-of-a-kind panel of top travel professionals representing the best names and most accomplished leaders from the industry. In determining winners, entries do not compete with one another, instead they are judged against a standard of excellence based on the long experience of Travel Weekly. To uphold this high standard of excellence, a category may have multiple winners, or may have no winners at all.

For a complete list of silver and gold winners, please visit www.travelweeklyawards.com.

About Travel Weekly

Through its portfolio of digital and print products and face-to-face events, Travel Weekly is the most influential provider of news, research, opinion and analysis to the North American travel trade marketplace. Travel Weekly is a division of Secaucus, New Jersey-based Northstar Travel Group, the largest travel business-to-business travel publisher in the world.

About CSA Travel Protection

CSA Travel Protection is dedicated to providing valuable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect travelers’ vacation investments and provide the peace of mind one deserves while traveling. For 25 years CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and by offering products and services to meet their needs. Through award-winning customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, CSA is with its clients every step of the way, whenever and wherever they are needed.

Travel insurance plans are administered by Customized Services Administrators, Inc., CA Lic. No. 0821931, located in San Diego, CA and doing business as CSA Travel Protection and Insurance Services.  Plans are available to residents of the U.S. but may not be available in all jurisdictions.  Benefits and services are described on a general basis; certain conditions and exclusions apply.

Travel insurance plans are underwritten by: Generali U.S. Branch, New York, NY; NAIC # 11231. Generali US Branch operates under the following names: Generali Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A. (U.S. Branch) in California, Assicurazioni Generali – U.S. Branch in Colorado, Generali U.S. Branch DBA The General Insurance Company of Trieste & Venice in Oregon, and The General Insurance Company of Trieste and Venice – U.S. Branch in Virginia. Generali US Branch is admitted or licensed to do business in all states and the District of Columbia.

CSA Travel Protection Identifies Top ID Theft Risks During Travel

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Company Offers ID Theft Prevention Tips for Travelers 

CSA Travel Protection, dedicated for 25 years to providing travel insurance and emergency assistance services, announced today that 1) stolen wallets or passports, 2) credit or debit card theft and 3) fraud are the top identity theft risks reported by its customers this past year.

“Travelers should be especially aware of Identity Theft because they’re usually carrying documents such as IDs and credit cards while traveling in unfamiliar places,” said Bob Chambers, vice president of operations at CSA Travel Protection. “The Identify Theft Resolution services we offer are very robust. They come with most of our plans and include ID theft protection for 180 days after departure date.”

ID Theft Resolution Service

CSA Travel Protection offers the ID Theft Resolution Service, which is automatically included with most of its products for a full 180 days starting on the traveler’s scheduled departure date. Customers have access to this service on vacation, and after their trip, in case they don’t notice the theft until they arrive home.

The ID Theft Resolution Service includes notifying creditors about the fraud and possibly requesting to cancel affected cards and issue new ones, reporting the fraudulent activity to local authorities and forwarding a report to creditors. CSA Travel Protection’s 24-Hour Emergency Assistance provider, Generali Global Assistance will assist in notifying banks or other agencies if identification such as an ATM card, passport or driver’s license is stolen. It also includes credit monitoring for one year when a traveler has been a victim of identity theft.

The company will provide travelers with a helpful ID Theft Resolution Kit and education about how ID theft happens and tips on protective measures for the future.

Summer Travel Habits and ID Theft Prevention Tips

It’s important to know how to prevent identity theft before departing on a vacation. More than half (61 percent) of Americans are going on a trip this summer according to a recent survey about summer travel habits, released by Generali Global Assistance. Survey results also show that Americans like to stay connected during their vacations either for work or social networking.

Generali Global Assistance provides a comprehensive list of Identity Theft protection tips for everything from cyber/online to social media and general travel.

“It’s important to shred boarding passes and key cards and other personally identifiable information while on vacation,” said Paige Schaffer, president, identity and digital protection services at Generali Global Assistance. “Be cautious using free Wi-Fi hotspots because they might exist solely for the purpose of stealing personal data. Do not enter or access any of your personal information while on them. When traveling, the DSL connection in your hotel room is generally more secure.”

About CSA Travel Protection

CSA Travel Protection, a Generali Global Assistance company, is dedicated to providing valuable travel insurance and emergency assistance services to protect travelers’ vacation investments and provide the peace of mind one deserves while traveling. For 25 years CSA has developed a reputation for standing behind its customers and by offering products and services to meet their needs. Through award-winning customer service, extensive experience and industry-leading innovation, CSA is with its clients every step of the way, whenever and wherever they are needed.

Travel insurance plans are administered by Customized Services Administrators, Inc., CA Lic. No. 0821931, located in San Diego, CA and doing business as CSA Travel Protection and Insurance Services.  Plans are available to residents of the U.S. but may not be available in all jurisdictions.  Benefits and services are described on a general basis; certain conditions and exclusions apply.

Travel insurance plans are underwritten by: Generali U.S. Branch, New York, NY; NAIC # 11231. Generali US Branch operates under the following names: Generali Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A. (U.S. Branch) in California, Assicurazioni Generali – U.S. Branch in Colorado, Generali U.S. Branch DBA The General Insurance Company of Trieste & Venice in Oregon, and The General Insurance Company of Trieste and Venice – U.S. Branch in Virginia. Generali US Branch is admitted or licensed to do business in all states and the District of Columbia.