Cavalry reimburses for medical expenses in South America

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Intestinal illness in Peru

A Cavalry Travel Insurance client was on vacation in Peru, when she felt severe abdominal pain. She visited a local clinic in Machu Picchu and was diagnosed with an intestinal illness. She was treated in outpatient care, was able to continue the trip, but still incurred some medical bills.

As a comprehensive travel insurance policyholder with Cavalry, she submitted a medical expense claim for those bills and Cavalry reimbursed her in full.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Cavalry reimburses $12K for canceled trip to Caucasus

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Ankle injury cancels Georgia trip

A Cavalry Travel Insurance client had booked a luxury trekking tour of the Republic of Georgia when, about two weeks before departure, she had an accident. She stepped in a hole in her front yard and injured her ankle. The client had the injury evaluated by her doctor, who advised against any travel.

Because the injury occurred so close to the departure date of her trekking trip, it meant forfeiting the entirety of her deposits with the tour operator, amounting to $12,800. As a comprehensive travel insurance policyholder with Cavalry, she submitted a trip cancellation claim and Cavalry reimbursed her the full amount.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Redpoint medically evacuates client from Jordan after broken ankle

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A slip and fall on the stairs

A Redpoint client was touring Amman, Jordan, with her husband when she fell down a set of stairs and her leg was in severe pain. Suspecting serious injury, her tour guide arranged for her to be taken to a local hospital and then contacted Redpoint, who were in immediate communication with local doctors.

X-rays at the Jordanian hospital revealed that the client had sustained a fractured ankle and would require surgery. She elected to have that procedure done at home in Texas.

After physicians had set a temporary cast, provided her with pain medications and cleared her for air travel, Redpoint flew the couple home in lay-flat class seats where she could comfortably recline and elevate her leg. Redpoint arranged for wheelchair transport for their departing flight, connections and arrival. A driver picked them up at Dallas Fort Worth airport and brought them home, where she is awaiting surgery.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Forbes speaks with Cavalry about travel insurance solutions for the luxury market

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‘What To Do When Not Just Any Travel Insurance Will Do’

“Travel insurance is diversifying,” writes Christopher Elliott in Forbes. “While standard travel insurance can cover most normal vacation trips, there are outliers including luxury vacations, corporate travel, and adventure vacations that demand special coverage.”

Elliott spoke with Cavalry’s Tom Bochnowski and Butterfield & Robinson‘s  Simon Elliott about how Cavalry provides a tailored solution for luxury travelers and tour operators:

To celebrate her 60th birthday, Andrea Shelly booked a trip to Tanzania and Rwanda through Butterfield & Robinson, a luxury tour operator. She planned to bring her adult children on the two-week adventure. But with a $130,000 price tag, Shelly knew that ordinary travel insurance wouldn’t do — and she was right.

A few months before her planned departure, one of Shelly’s sons got a promotion and the family decided to postpone their African safari.

“It didn’t feel like it was appropriate to take so much time off as a newly-minted associate,” explains Shelly, a real estate investor from Irvine, Calif.

Had Shelly bought a garden-variety travel insurance policy with named perils, she’d be out of luck. A work promotion isn’t covered by most travel insurance policies. She’d be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in nonrefundable charges.

Fortunately, she’d purchased insurance through a specialty provider called Cavalry Elite Travel Insurance. It’s cancel-for-any-reason trip protection that pays 75 percent of your trip, no questions asked. Cavalry quickly cut Shelly a check for $19,000, the portion of her deposit and nonrefundable airfare due under the policy.

Travel insurance is diversifying. While standard travel insurance can cover most normal vacation trips, there are outliers including luxury vacations, corporate travel, and adventure vacations that demand special coverage. These newer types of policies match the unique nature of the trips to the coverage, building on a portfolio of niche insurance products that already exist. All told, they offer travelers more choices when they’re looking for insurance.

Travel insurance isn’t a one-size-fits-all product

“We believe travel insurance is not a one-size-fits-all product,” says Tom Bochnowski, a vice president for Redpoint Resolutions, which provides evacuation, travel assistance, and non-insurance services, and which owns Cavalry Elite Travel Insurance. “What you need for a family trip to Disney World is a lot different than what you need for climbing Everest. And what you need for climbing Everest is much different than what you need for a luxury tour of Europe.”

Tour operators feel that way, too. Simon Elliott, director of industry partners at Butterfield & Robinson, says his customers needed more than regular trip protection because of the specialized nature of their tours.

“We’re looking for a change from the standard wholesale insurance product we had been offering for many years,” he says. “It really was one-size-fits-all with everyone paying the same rate irrespective of their age and it was not flexible in the ways we needed it to be to reflect our evolving business.”

Read the full Forbes article here.

 

Redpoint finds a culinary gem during operations tour of Laos

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The perks of due diligence and an overlooked Asian cuisine

Redpoint team members were touring Laos on one of their regular due diligence tours this month, when they came across a gastronomical find to remember.

One of the perks of visiting air providers, hospitals and other medical and security contacts throughout the world is the chance to sample the cuisine everywhere they go, and even find hometown favorites halfway across the globe.

One Redpoint travel specialist originally from San Antonio was surprised to find genuine barbecued brisket in Amman, Jordan, that passed the Texas test. Another time, a Redpoint team from California stumbled upon the only In-N-Out Burger in the Middle East (and one of only two outside the United States) while touring Saudi Arabia.

This time, the Asia team was fortunate enough to run across a Laotian restaurant that had recently been featured on CNN.

The Doi Ka Noi restaurant in Vientiane has been making international headlines in a country whose cuisine is not well known in the Western Hemisphere.

Redpoint’s staff had the chance to sample the national dish, larb – a meat salad flavored with mint, chili, lime and fish sauce – as well as tilapia and crispy duck.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

 

Call it bocce or pétanque: bowling is the oldest ball-sport in the world

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Boules, bowls and bowling

When we talk about the world’s oldest competitive sports – discus throw, polo and even hockey – one of them is overlooked: Lawn bowls. Other sports like running, wrestling and boxing also have a pretty long history, but when it comes to those played with balls, bowling tops them all.

There is evidence of bowling in Egypt some 5,000 years ago, using balls made of husks, covered in leather and bound by string. The Ancient Romans had a similar game, trying to toss large round stones as close as possible to smaller ones. This developed into what the Italians call bocce, or “balls.”

As the game moved throughout Europe and the rest of the world, it took on some different looks.

When Roman soldiers brought the game to France, the locals eventually switched out the stone balls for wooden ones, and boules was born. Just like in the Italian version, players would roll the balls toward a target. Centuries later, players in the South of France preferred tossing them through the air, trading wood for steel, and the game became pétanque. Go to any small town in Provence or the Cote d’Azure on a summer day, and you are sure to find a gathering of older men on a gravel court, pastis in hand, tape measures in their back pockets, pétanquing away.

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Captain Phillips and Redpoint hit the links to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation

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‘Birdies by the Bay’

Captain Richard Phillips was the keynote speaker of the latest edition of “Birdies by the Bay,” an annual golf tournament held on Sept 24 in Half Moon Bay, California, to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation (NSF). The story of the hijacking of his ship by Somali pirates in 2009, and his rescue by Navy SEAL snipers, was retold in the 2013 movie, “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks.

As he has done for the past few years, Redpoint Resolutions Vice President Ted Muhlner assembled a team for the booster event, and brushed off the golf cleats in order to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation. Muhlner is a former SEAL and serves on the board of the Foundation. The NSF is dedicated to building a strong and resilient Naval Special Warfare community and ensuring our service members know that they and their families are well cared for.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Why is Oktoberfest held in September?

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Three facts about the world’s biggest beer bash

  • Shouldn’t it be called Septemberfest?

The first question that invariably pops up around Oktoberfest in Munich is, why is it held in September?  The first Oktoberfest was held 108 years ago in honor of a Bavarian royal wedding, and as might be imagined it was smack in the middle of the month for which it is named:  Oct. 12 to 17th.

As it turns out, people enjoyed this excuse to binge on local brews for more than just five days, and so it was gradually extended to the current 16. It also proved much more fun to drink beer outdoors on mild sunny days, rather than under the cold rains that perennially pick up in October and last well into November. Thus, the September start. This year’s Oktoberfest runs from Sept 22 to Oct. 7.

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  • What’s up with the leather shorts?

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Cavalry reimburses $40K for canceled trip to Morocco

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A mother and daughter, both Cavalry Elite Travel Insurance clients, had planned a luxury trip to Morocco together: the vibrant colors of Marrakesh, pastoral scenes of the Atlas Mountains, and exotic spice markets and bazaars, when it all came crumbling down with the daughter’s hospitalization for an illness. This meant forfeiting their trip deposits and other non-refundable expenses.

As comprehensive travel insurance policyholders with Cavalry covering $40K in total trip costs, they filed a claim for their losses and Cavalry reimbursed them the full amount.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Cavalry reimburses $19K for canceled trip to Africa

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Tanzania, Rwanda have to wait

A family of five Cavalry Elite Travel Insurance clients was preparing for a trip of a lifetime to Africa over the holidays: It was a tailor-made luxury tour of Tanzania and Rwanda, including a trip to Mt Kilimanjaro, and a memorable visit to a gorilla sanctuary.

About five months before departure, however, they had to cancel. This meant paying airline ticket cancellation penalties adding up to $19,000 in all, or 30% of the total airline costs they had insured with Cavalry.

As comprehensive travel insurance policyholders with Cavalry’s Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) option, they could have simply decided not to go, in which case they would have been eligible to receive 75% of the claim. But because the reason for their claim fell into one of the categories of a standard comprehensive travel insurance policy – which include illness, injury, a death in the family, certain business interruptions and many other reasons – Cavalry reimbursed them the full $19,000.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.