Read the fine print on your travel insurance policy.

Why you should always, always read the fine print on a travel insurance policy

Before Bonnie Solberg booked a South Dakota vacation, she thought travel insurance might be a good idea. It was.

An even better idea: reading the fine print on her travel insurance policy before she bought it.

Solberg’s tragic story is a case study in policies that look great at first glance. But a closer examination of the fine print reveals that they may not protect you when you need them most.

Rentalcars didn't give him the full picture.

He found a great rate on But then he signed the Europcar contract

John Mardall booked a car on But when he picked up the car in England, he signed a Europcar contract that added $135 to his rental bill. He wishes he hadn’t. He shouldn’t have. But he did.

Mardall’s case is a cautionary tale about car rental agreements and the difference between a quote and a contract. It is also a frustrating exercise in “gotcha” travel pricing from which there is no easy way out, at least for him.

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