There is an interesting new product out on the Canadian travel market. If the vacation of your dreams end up being a big rainfest and you wind up watching TV in your hotel room instead of enjoyig the sun & surf – then you will be happy that you bought RainCheck. It is no replacement for an umbrella, but it will give you a FREE second chance for that sunny beach holiday …
Raincheck is basicalli weather protection insurance and is offered exclusively by the Thomas Cook Canada brands of Sunquest, Holiday House and Fun Sun Vacations. It entitles you to a future travel voucher representing the base cost of your holiday (excluding transportation-related fees, taxes and surcharges and travel agency booking fees and charges), should it rain for more than half your holiday.
So how is the “damage” estmated? It must rain 0.5″/12.7mm in a 24-hour period (12am to 11:59pm) on at least half of the total number of days of your stay, including travel days (ie. for a 7- night stay, it must rain at least 4 days; for a 14-night stay, it must rain at least 8 days). Weather conditions are monitored and validated by an independent, third-party weather data provider called ‘WeatherBill’.
RainCheck is ONLY available on winter ITC package holiday bookings until April 30, 2009, applicable to minimum 3-night stays and to a maximum of 21-night stays in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Florida and California, with the exception of Los Cabos (which will be available soon), Ixtapa, St. Martin/St. Maarten, Cozumel, Mazatlan, Liberia (Costa Rica), Bermuda, Turks & Caicos and Kona. RainCheck is not available on cruises as it is impossible to measure and calculate rainfall on a moving ship.
The travel voucher can be used for future package or land-only holiday of same value or less and has to be booked with the same brand as the original vacation, by 30 September, 2009.
You can buy RainCheck insurance from your travel agent, at least 10 days before your departure. The cost is $39.95 CAD.