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Alpha Travel Insurance review

Read Which?'s expert review of Alpha's travel insurance. Find out how we rate Alpha's policy and how it compares with dozens of other travel insurance providers

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Alpha travel insurance overview

Alpha Travel Insurance, part of the Tif insurance group, originally started in 2006 as a range of 'Alpha, Bravo and Charlie' backpacker products on sister site Holidaysafe. In October 2012 Alpha launched its own website offering single trip, multi-trip, long stay and winter sports cover. 

Alpha's policies are underwritten by Whitehorse Insurance Ireland dac.

How good is Alpha travel insurance?

Policy name Policy type Max trip length Max age Policy score

Covid rating

 

(What's this?)

How well a policy covers you for typical coronavirus-related disruption. Ratings run from basic (worst) to low, superior and complete (best).

Alpha 150 Annual and single-trip 31 days (annual) / 94 days (single) 79 years old (annual) / No age limit (single) Logged out score Low
Alpha 100 Annual and single-trip 31 days (annual) / 94 days (single) 79 years old (annual) / No age limit (single) Logged out score Low
Alpha 50 Annual and single-trip 31 days (annual) / 94 days (single) 79 years old (annual) / No age limit (single) Logged out score Low
Alpha Zero Annual and single-trip 31 days (annual) / 94 days (single) 79 years old (annual) / No age limit (single) Logged out score Low
Alpha Diamond Annual and single-trip 45 days (annual) / 94 days (single) 79 years old (annual) / No age limit (single) Logged out score Low

 

 

How we analyse travel insurance

 

We analyse and rate 52 key elements of travel insurance policies to come up with the overall policy score. We assess how important each individual element is to travellers when choosing and using a travel insurance policy, and weight it accordingly when calculating our total policy score.

Initially, we score all of the product elements out of five, reflecting how competitive each provider is in this area compared with other insurers. Weightings are then applied to the higher and lower element scores to enhance/reduce their impact on the overall policy score.

Should you buy Alpha travel insurance?

We've rated hundreds of policy details to come up with a combined expert policy score.

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In detail: every part of Alpha's travel insurance rated

   

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Weighting Policy element Details Rating Details Rating Details Rating Details Rating Details Rating
Most Important Medical expenses - limit per claim Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock
Most Important Medical repatriation - limit per claim Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock
Most Important Private healthcare covered in an emergency (if no alternative)? Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock
Secondary Pre-existing medical conditions covered? Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock
Secondary Dental treatment - limit per claim Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock
Other Hospitalisation cover - limit per claim Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock
Other GHIC excess waiver Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock Logged out detail Logged out padlock

 

Table last updated in June 2021. Next update in June 2022.

To see how Alpha's travel insurance compares with other policies, check out our guide on the best and worst travel insurance.

Is Alpha's travel insurance coronavirus-proof?

We contacted 86 travel insurers and quizzed them on whether their policies cover coronavirus-related incidents.

Specifically we wanted to know if four scenarios would be covered: needing treatment for coronavirus abroad, having to cancel because of a positive test, having to cancel because of self-isolation, or having to cancel because of government advice.

We've rated insurers' coronavirus cover and explained what they offer, including any relevant exclusions.

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Alpha travel insurance: how can I claim?

For emergency medical assistance call 0333 003 7388.

To make a claim call +44 (0) 203 829 6678. You can also make a claim online.

Before calling for cancellation claims, you should contact your travel agent and/or airline to seek a refund or to move your trip.

You'll need your policy document when you call.

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