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What Date Is Your Initial Trip Deposit Date?

Your Initial Trip Deposit Date is the earliest date that a payment of any kind was paid and / or applied to your trip. There’s one exception: if you paid money on a cruise for a future cruise without set travel dates, there are five travel insurance companies that will not consider that your Initial Trip Deposit Date.

Example #1:
You book a trip on July 1st and put it on your credit card. Three weeks later you get your credit card bill and pay it on July 23rd. Even though you think you “paid for your trip on July 23rd”, your Initial Trip Deposit Date was really made on July 1st.

Example #2:
You use frequent flyer miles to get a ticket. A month later make the deposit on your tour or cruise. Your Initial Trip Deposit Date is the is the date you arranged for your ticket with your frequent flyer miles. That’s because the taxes you paid are the first payment made on your trip.

How does switching my trip to a different travel agent or re-booking the same trip effect my Initial Trip Deposit Date change?

Switching the cruise to a different travel agent while keeping the same travel dates doesn’t re-set your Initial Deposit Date.

May I keep the same travel dates, but change my Initial Trip Deposit Date?
No. If any of the money you paid previously is either transferred or applied to your new cruise’s booking, the original deposit date will be the same.

The only way it’s treated as a new trip with a new deposit date is if you can show documentation that the following is true:

  • You completely cancelled the first cruise along with all other travel arrangements and
  • You received 100% of your money back from all your travel arrangements as either a credit card credit or in the form of a check made payable to you and
  • Your new trip has different travel dates than the trip you cancelled

Why does completely cancelling my trip and booking a new one with different travel dates change my Initial Trip Deposit Date?
The reason is because you have a new trip. Keep in mind that if any of the money you paid previously is either transferred or applied to your new cruise’s booking, the original deposit date will be the same. Click here for more information.

In addition, if you examine our travel insurance policies, you’ll see that all plans all include wording like “this is the first and only booking for this same destination and dates of travel” as a condition of waiving the pre-existing medical condition exclusion. You cannot cancel your trip & re-book it to just reset your initial trip deposit date. Read Steve’s Blog post to find out more.

Click here to find out more about pre-existing medical conditions coverage.

The Exceptions to “What Is Your Initial Trip Deposit Date?”

  • If you are / were on a cruise and you paid a deposit for a future cruise without setting travel dates, TravelSafe, Travelex Select and Travel Insured will not consider that date your Initial Trip Deposit Date. Your Initial Trip Deposit Date will be the date you have a confirmed reservation with specific travel dates.
  • In addition, TripAssure‘s and TravelSafe‘s policy wording, “Payments or Deposits” strictly refers to a confirmed deposit. In other words, if a particular category is not available for you at the time of your initial deposit, or the tour is sold out and you are put on a waiting list, or if an “interest deposit” is taken for an early promotion to see if there is enough interest in a specific tour but the tour is not yet a definite, don’t buy a TripAssure or a TravelSafe plan yet.

    You can still receive the pre-existing conditions waiver, supplier default coverage and the optional “Cancel For Any Reason” benefits when your initial deposit date is the date your “interest deposit” becomes a confirmed deposit.

  • CSA counts the earliest date but uses the Final Payment Date as the deadline to qualify for coverage for pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Travel Guard counts the earliest date when any monies are paid as the Initial Trip Deposit Date regardless of whether there are set travel dates.

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PPS - Even though is the world's most informative travel insurance website, you are still responsible to know the coverage terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions of your plan. No comments or explanations confirm or deny coverage. You need to refer to each plan's policy wording.

PPPS - The Trip Cancellation coverage begins at 12:01 a.m. on the day after the date the policy is purchased. All other coverages begin when you leave home for your trip when your departure date is in the future.

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