Now in their sixth year, the Mozo Experts Choice Awards provide a platform to highlight products in the marketplace we believe offer great value to Australians.
For the 2019 Travel Insurance awards, the Mozo Experts turned their attention to finding the best policies, collecting pricing for 243 international travel insurance policies from 66 different insurers.
“The results of this year’s awards really demonstrate why it’s so important to shop around to find the best travel insurance policy suited to your specific travel needs,” said Mozo Experts Choice Awards judge Peter Marshall.
“Whether you’re a frequent traveller, require top-notch ski insurance, or simply want basic cover for your next family holiday, these awards help to highlight the policies providing quality cover and value for money.”
For details on how we crunched the numbers and determined the award winners see our methodology report or get more info about our judging criteria and read our FAQs.
World2Cover has been named the Mozo Experts Choice Awards Travel Insurer of the year for the second year in a row. They took out more awards than any other insurer, and those awards were across a wide variety of categories. In fact, World2Cover appear in every category, notably with their Top and Annual Multi-Trip options winning in both Exceptional Value and Exceptional Quality awards, a feat no other insurer could match!
Those who received an Exceptional Value award had travel insurance policies that are among the best value for the cover they offer. For these awards, we obtained a range of quotes analysing basic cover, comprehensive cover, annual travel policies, and policies that cover cruises and winter sports.
For those looking for a basic level of cover at the lowest cost, to be considered in this category a policy had to offer unlimited medical cover. The cost assessment was performed the same as for the other single trip policy categories, looking at a family going to four of the most popular holiday destinations for Australians around the world.
Saver Travel Insurance
The judges crunched the numbers to find the policies that offer the best value for people who want a greater level of cover than just the basics. For this category policies had to include not only unlimited medical cover, but also at least $7,500 of luggage cover $15,000 cancellation cover per person.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance
If you’re someone who travels frequently, whether for business or pleasure, taking out an annual policy can mean that you’re never without cover, and it can be really cost-effective too. To assess annual travel insurance policies the judges collected prices for a single traveller going to the USA, for up to 30 days at a time. To be eligible for this award, each policy had to offer unlimited medical cover, and at least $7,500 of luggage cover and $15,000 cancellation cover.
Annual Multi-Trip Gold (30 days)
Annual Multi-Trip Travel Insurance
Annual Multi-Trip (30 days)
Not all travel insurance policies will cover you if you’re on the open ocean. For the Cruise category, the Mozo judges gathered prices for policies that included cover for a 9 day South Pacific cruise. The cheapest options that met the criteria for ‘comprehensive’ levels of cover (that is unlimited medical cover, and at least $7,500 of luggage cover and $15,000 cancellation cover) were awarded in this category.
Much like the cruise category, only some policies will automatically cover ski activities and with many there are extra charges if you want to be covered for your time in the snow. To find the best value policies for snow bunnies, the judges compared prices for a family on a ski trip to Japan for two weeks. To qualify, the policies had to include a minimum of unlimited medical cover, and at least $7,500 of luggage cover and $15,000 cancellation cover.
Extra Travel Care
Those who received an Exceptional Quality award were recognised for premium travel insurance products that offer the very highest levels of protection and benefits. We compared a vast array of features including the generosity of cover limits, activities covered and policy exclusions.
Everyone has different priorities, and for some people only the best will do. That’s why we compared the main cover levels and features of travel insurance policies to find those that offer the most. You may have to pay a bit more for some of these than for the policies featured in our Exceptional Value awards, but if it’s the most broad and generous cover you’re after, these are worth checking out.
Premium Single Trip
Total Travel Care
If you’re a regular traveller, whether for personal or business purposes, a multi-trip option might be a cost-effective way of ensuring you’re covered for every trip you take. The judges assessed cover levels and inclusions for multi-trip policies and identified those that offer the best combination of generous cover limits, cover for a range of pre-existing medical conditions, and activities allowed.
Frequent Traveller (45 days)
Premium Annual Multi-Trip (30 days)
Annual Multi-Trip (30 days)
Annual Multi-Trip (30 days)
The Mozo Experts Choice Awards recognise products that deliver exceptional value or benefits to consumers and have been running since 2014.
See our methodology report for more detailed information on how we performed the price comparisons and determined the final winners list.
We collected pricing and cover information for 243 international travel insurance policies from 66 different insurers. The information collection was conducted between 17 June and 28 June 2019. To be considered for inclusion in these awards all information considered must be readily available on the insurer’s website and the policy available to the general public without being a previously established member or customer. Products are considered and awards are made irrespective of a product provider’s commercial relationship with Mozo. We aim to include most providers in the market in the Mozo Experts Choice Awards. However, not every product on the market will be included in our review.
You’ll want to check out the winners in the Exceptional Value categories. Our experts crunched the data on a range of customer scenarios and these were the insurers and policies that came out the cheapest when compared to similar products.
It’s important to understand that several factors go into determining the cost of travel insurance, such as your age, trip duration and destination. So, you’ll still need to do some comparing of features and options to find a policy that is right for you and then get quotes, so that you can compare the price.
Our assessment of Quality is based on how well the product scores on a large range of different factors including the nature and extent of the insurance cover, and the inclusion of added benefits. Overall results are weighted towards overseas emergency medical coverage, luggage and personal effects coverage, and cancellation coverage. The full list of factors considered is included in Appendix 2 of our methodology report. We relied on product information in each insurer’s product disclosure statements, and on their websites, to assess cover and benefits.
The Mozo Experts Choice Awards analysis is overseen by AJ Duncanson, Mozo’s Data Services Director. AJ is a data scientist and actuary, and has worked in financial services and product comparison for almost three decades. Together with our Product Data Manager, Peter Marshall, the team has over 50 years of financial services experience.
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