Acquire emergency travel assistance by obtaining a credit card that offers the service as a benefit, according to American Express and VISA. Another option is to purchase emergency travel assistance coverage from an insurance company, explains On Call International and BETINS. Both companies sell such coverage.
American Express provides a number of emergency travel assistance services to its cardholders, including access to emergency medical, legal and financial coordination and assistance with passport replacement, missing luggage, cash wires and more, notes the company website. American Express also offers destination information, and the Global Assist Hotline provides destination guides and customs information. Destination guides have information about topics such as temperature and currency rates.
VISA offers pre-trip assistance, translation services, legal referral assistance, a lost luggage locator and many more benefits, states its website. However, the card must not be canceled or suspended to be able to use these benefits.
On Call International provides similar services during a travel emergency, such as cash advances, translation and interpretation services, replacement of lost passports, lost and missing luggage assistance and legal referrals and consultation. BETINS offers evacuation and repatriation assistance, accident medical and confined illness medical.