Emergency Assistance Plus: Review and Giveaway

“Imagine if this had of happened when you were in Kuala Lumpur?”

Craig and I were chatting as I lay facing yet another surgery. Even though the surgery was not life-threatening, it was very worrying for me, I was in a lot of pain, and facing quite a slow recovery.

It would have been even more traumatic had Craig and my smiling girls not been with me.

Life in a hospital

It could have been a real possibility as I was lying in the hospital bed only two days after returning from the NAPBAS awards in Malaysia. If it happened two days earlier, I would have been in a hospital bed in Kuala Lumpur all alone and terrified.

There would be nothing worse than having to face surgery, alone, in a foreign country, or any medical emergency.

It was going through my nightmare hospital experience this Christmas in my own country that I understood the need for Emergency Assistance Plus ®

Emergency Assistance Plus ® makes sure that you would not have to suffer a medical emergency like this on your own. They would fly a loved one to be by your side, and that peace of mind and security is worth the small annual fee.

Because you just never know when a medical emergency may hit.

I’m fit and healthy, yet this week I still had to have two operations.

It’s hard to think of travel insurance as sexy, which is why we don’t want to buy it. The same goes for something extra, like Emergency Assistance Plus ®.

It’s money we are spending on something we are hoping we will never have to use. The “just in case” protection is something all travelers should have so they can enjoy their travels without ever having to worry about not being cared for in case an emergency may occur.

It’s just not worth it, and if you can’t’ afford protection like this well can you really afford to travel?

What is Emergency Assistance plus?

Emergency Assistance Plus ® is a program that goes beyond health and travel insurance, helping you handle medical emergencies. EA+ provides medical and travel assistance, by supplying travelers with emergency protection and services when they are away from home.

Emergency Assistance Plus review and giveaway
Emergency Assistance Plus is there to help

EA+®  is an important stop-gap between what your medical plan covers and emergency expenses that most health and travel insurance plans never pay. They provide assistance with medical evacuation, medical assistance, and stepping in to help so you can focus on recovery instead of costs.

Emergency Assistance Plus ® is a group of networks providing customized medical, security and travel assistance to over 10 million travelers across the world.

If an emergency happens Emergency Assistance ® will come get you; take care of you; and get you, your companion and vehicle home.

What are the Benefits of Emergency Assistance Plus ®?

Their network delivers 32 medical assistance companies with response centers in 53 locations on 5 continents, and access to over 1, 500 ambulances throughout the world.

Members receive appropriate medical care, no matter their destination and are transported home in a safe and timely manner.

EA+ ® offers over 20 travel benefits that are invaluable during a crisis including

  • Helicopter or ambulance medical evacuation
  • Medical specialist sent to you if condition cannot be evaluated over the phone or you cannot move to local treatment.
  • Transportation home
  • Emergency medical monitoring
  • Unlimited cash advance for medical payments
  • Prescription replacement assistance
  • Hotel room for recuperation if needed after a hospital stay
  • Round trip ticket to bring a loved one to your bedside if traveling alone
  • Airfare home for dependent children left unattended if you can’t care for them due to medical emergency
  • Return of vehicle if you can’t drive back due to injury or illness
  • Lost luggage assistance
  • Passport and other important document replacement assistance
  • Language interpretation service
  • Security evacuation assistance helps you get out of a dangerous situation

What does it cost and How does it work?

If you are faced with an emergency, call the toll free number, available 24/7 and EA+® will take over from there. Just make sure that all family members are aware you have EA+ ® in case you are unable to communicate with medical personnel.

There are single or family annual membership plans.

There is a 30 day no obligation money back guarantee examination period

I feel the small annual fee is a low cost for peace of mind and good benefits if you should be so unlucky to need it. I think it would be great for family and those traveling for extended periods of time.

Emergency Assistance Plus ® Giveaway

We have one single membership annual plan vlaued at $169 to giveaway to a lucky reader. The giveaway is open to US citizens only.

Please follow the steps to Enter

1. Leave a comment offering a tip for safe travels

2. For extra entries share this on facebook by clicking the “Like” button at bottom of this post and sign up to our newsletter

3. IMPORTANT: You must mention in the comment box that you have signed up to the newsletter or shared on facebook. This makes it so much easier for me to track and ensures that you get your extra entries.

4. Winners will be chosen randomly using random.org

5. Competition closes on January 16, 2011 at 10pm EST

This is a sponsored review. Many thanks to EA+ ® for the giveaway.

Caz
Caz Makepeace is the co-founder of y Travel Blog and has been traveling the world since 1997, first solo, then with her husband, and now with her two daughters. Get her free email series on the 4 best ways to reduce travel costs. Follow her on Google+

23 Comments on “Emergency Assistance Plus: Review and Giveaway”

  1. Wow, crazy. I’ve never even heard of this, it’s a very good idea. Definitely worth checking into. Glad everything turned out okay for you.

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  2. Tip for staying safe while traveling:

    Try to get prescriptions for some of the more common illnesses (giardia, etc.) before you leave. Being able to treat the illness immediately without having to deal with doctors, pharmacies, etc. can save you time and money, minimize the discomfort, and get you back on your feet faster saving time for the fun stuff.

    Also – I signed up for the newsletter!

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  3. Thanks for the recommendation, I’m currently researching insurance for an upcoming trip.
    Some tips: When traveling solo, I try to meet up with others in my women’s dorm to hang out with and explore, especially in big cities. Hostel with bars are nice in that they provide a place to socialize at night when you’re in a questionable neighborhood. I don’t bother bringing many common meds with me beyond a few band-aids and pepto tablets–saves space and I actually enjoy the added challenge of the trip to the pharmacy, explaining my ailments, and the chance to learn the local remedies.
    I’ve shared on facebook and signed up for the newsletter

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  5. Sarah Isabel

    This sounds like such a great service!

    My travel tip is to always leave a copy of your passport with someone back at home. Luckily, I have never had to use it, but it was nice to know that I could get it if I needed it.

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  6. Great post!! Having insurance is such a necessity while traveling! I have to say the best tip I ever got it to be preventive. If you feel sick, go to the doc. And, before you go out on the road, schedule an appointment with your personal physician.

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  7. Thanks for the useful info! My safe travel tip is to make sure you have a dictionary, travel app, or some other translator with you when you travel to countries where you don’t speak the language fluently. It’ll come in handy when you suddenly need to know medical words at the local pharmacy or doctor.

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  8. Hope you’re alright now, Caz! Definitely something people should think about before going overseas

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  9. Hope you’re feeling better!

    I have basic travel insurance, but you can never be too safe – especially when you’re far from home! I was stuck by myself on some tiny random island in Thailand when I got really sick… and it was awful! I can’t imagine if I had to be hospitalized and was alone.

    My tip for staying safe: if you’re traveling alone, check in at least once a day… even if it’s just on Twitter to give a quick update of your whereabouts or plans for the day. If you stop posting, people will know to come looking for you! I joined your newsletter (ps – it’s about time, I know!) and liked on FB.

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  10. Glad you are OK.

    Safety Tip: Register your trip with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program : https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/

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  12. This is one of my biggest travel fears!

    My tip for traveling safe is to always have a copy of your passport with emergency contacts written on the back, as well as the address of your current hostel/ hotel. If something happens to you, the police or hospital staff can quickly let people know.

    And I just signed up for your newsletter. I’m not sure how I wasn’t already on the list :-)

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  13. Thanks so much for participating everyone and for your well wishes!!

    We have a winner Angie Orth- Congratulations!!

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  14. It’s great to learn that something like Emergency Assistance exists. I hope we never need it!

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  15. I was definitely interested until “open to US citizens only”. But yeah, I see this as a must-have.

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  16. F Milenovich

    Your review is absolutely worthless. It is not even a review. It was nothing more than a paid advertisement by Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+). Shame on you!

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    • It was declared at the bottom of the post that it was a sponsored review. I published because I believe it is a good service and valuable for travellers who are my audience. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  17. I am so happy to send you this I am from Sri lanka . I like very much to Help and care for old lady or couple to their Traveling . i like and more prefer provide my service as a help . Thanking you .

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  18. Louis Nehl

    A complete waste of money. I had an accident in Romania last year that required evacuation to the US for treatment. I had a policy with EA+ for about 4 years. When I called their emergency number they offered me the name and telephone number of a Air Evacuation Company I could hire myself and also gave me the telephone number of the US Consulate in Romania. I made a couple calls to them after I paid my way back to the US for treatment, they said EA+ is a limited coverage policy and nothing was covered.

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    • Thanks, I was looking for a review from somebody who had the insurance. Yours is the most worthwhile comment. You saved me money.

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    • Andie Stowell

      Thank you for your reply. I have gone to countless sites looking for someone who used or tried to use this insurance. Guess I will toss out this invitation to join.

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  19. Thomas Sisemore

    I was struck with a gall bladder attack while traveling, staying at a B & B in Sedona, AZ. on March 21, 2014.
    ASBA was notified that I was incapacitated and
    did virtually nothing but note that I was sent to a nearby clinic for emergency treatment. Otherwise my family had to take care of the details.
    My daughter flew in to Phoenix, Az. then take a shuttle into Sedona in order to take care of my invalid wife in my absence. The innkeeper made arrangements for a care taker to be with my wife until my daughter arrived to take care of her.

    I, meanwhile, completely incapacitated by a gall bladder attack, was air lifted to Flagstaff for emergency medical treatment. (NOT BY ASBA)

    My son then flew in from West Virginia to be with me at the hospital. Tests done there did not identify the problem. The pain subsided and I returned more or less to normal and was released.

    I later had another attack after I arrived back to my home in Texas and the problem was identified and my gall bladder was removed.

    ASBA did NOTHING to assist !!!!!!!!

    When you’re incapacitated and can’t do
    for yourself you can’t rely on ASBA !!
    Or, later to cut you any slack because you weren’t able to follow the correct procedure !!

    I got no assistance for my daughter flying in from Houston to assist my invalid wife
    who couldn’t care for herself. Nor any reimbursement for a caretaker to be with
    my wife in my absence until my daughter arrived.

    Nor did I get any assistance for my son flying in from West Virginia in order to be with me at the flagstaff Hospital.

    So, where is all of this assistance ????

    I was told later by ASBA customer service representative that ASBA had to make all of the arrangements in order to cover these costs. I couldn’t do it. I was incapacitated and could not make any arrangements. They were notified because they made record of my being ill and taken to a nearby clinic.

    So, Where was this assistance by ASBA ??

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    • Thanks for sharing your experience. We can’t answer or help you with this. But, it’s good for others to hear.

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