With the Government's Equality Bill just published and ‘appropriate age-based treatment' allowed, research from moneysupermarket.com finds Brits will continue to be punished with high travel premium costs on the grounds of their age.
Those travelling within Europe or long haul can expect to fork out more than double for an annual multi-trip policy when they turn 66 - an increase of 106 per cent.
Maxine Baker at moneysupermarket.com says: "Brits turning 66 will be shocked to see an overnight hike in the cost of their travel insurance, with no further medical evidence to suggest they might be at higher risk. Now that the Equality Bill has sanctioned ‘appropriate age-based treatment', it means some travellers will continue to find their premiums rise considerably on their 66th birthday. I had hoped to see a distinct shift in insurers' attitudes towards older travellers, but the new Bill just means insurers can continue to class older travellers as higher risk."
Travel health insurance: News update: 28/04/2009