Travel insurance: Credit cards 'are a safe choice'

Tuesday, 09 June 2009

Holidaymakers who have purchased cheap travel insurance could end up throwing away the money they have saved if they do not choose their payment methods carefully when spending abroad, it has been suggested.

Abta - the Travel Association and the UK Cards Association have come up with a guide to people heading overseas this summer.

The publication offers advice to Brits about hidden fees that may be incurred when using plastic in a foreign country.

Commenting on the document, Addy Frederick, PR assistant at the UK payments association Apacs, said credit cards are one of the safest ways to spend money abroad.

He explained if plastic is stolen, the thief is unlikely to be able to do anything with it unless they have the pin number.

In addition to this, Mr Frederick pointed out: "If you pay for anything over £100 and under £30,000 and it's faulty or you don't get it, you can claim back for it under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act."

People who are keen to keep their holiday costs down this year may find they can secure a great deal on cheap travel insurance online.

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