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There are some travel insurance options that provide "Cancel for any reason" policies. E.g: http://www.travelinsurancereview.net/coverages/cancel-for-any-reason/

  1. How exactly do they work? Supposing I have to cancel my trip a week prior to departure. Can I just say "I'm not traveling" and expect to be covered by the policy?
  2. Does the insurance cover for the reservations made apart from the flight tickets? (Such as match tickets, rail tickets within the destination country, accommodation, etc which are made by self and not through a tour operator)

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    You'll need to look at the specific terms of each policy. A company might sell multiple policies that differ in what they do or do not cover, and what they are required to include or exclude will also vary based on local regulations. – choster Jan 19 '17 at 17:58
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As stated above, the particular details depend on the policy, but from my experience with CSA:

How exactly do they work? Supposing I have to cancel my trip a week prior to departure. Can I just say "I'm not traveling" and expect to be covered by the policy?

Yes. The catches are:

  • The policy will only cover expenses which are "forfeited and non-refundable". This means for a typical non-refundable airline tickets the only cost which is forfeited is a change fee. So for a $1000 ticket you might only get refund of $300, which is a change fee, as the rest of the ticket is not forfeited. For hotels you'll only get reimbursed of non-cancellable reservations, and the rest you'd be canceling yourself.

  • The policy typically doesn't reimburse 100% - most of them reimburse 50-90%; CSA reimburses 75%. So in essence you'd only recover some costs.

  • Cancellation for no reasons is typically limited to 48-72 hours before departure.

Does the insurance cover for the reservations made apart from the flight tickets? (Such as match tickets, rail tickets within the destination country, accommodation, etc which are made by self and not through a tour operator)

Yes, as long as they are not refundable, forfeited and included into total covered amount. For example, flexible rail tickets could often be canceled for free or with small penalty; in this case the insurance would only reimburse the penalty.

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