Cebu Pacific launches COVID-19 flight insurance

Aika Rey

COVID-19 INSURANCE. Cebu Pacific now offers a coronavirus flight insurance policy.

Photo from Cebu Pacific

Passengers who avail of the insurance add-on could get up to P1-million coverage for hospitalization and medical expenses

Budget carrier Cebu Pacific is now offering coronavirus flight insurance called COVID Protect, which customers can add to their flight bookings.

In a statement on Monday, January 25, Cebu Pacific said passengers who will avail of the insurance could get up to P1-million coverage for hospitalization and medical expenses if they test positive for the coronavirus.

COVID Protect is Cebu Pacific’s upgraded flight insurance from the basic CEB Travelsure, which already covers costs related to injuries, loss of personal belongings, and trip cancellations, among others.

COVID Protect starts at P270, depending on the destination. Passengers below 70 years old can book this policy as an add-on, according to Cebu Pacific’s website.

“We are very pleased to launch the CEB Travelsure COVID Protect in line with our commitment to restart travel and tourism safely and sustainably. With COVID Protect, guests will be able to travel more confidently as they are assured of coverage, especially if they have essential travel scheduled,” said Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and customer experience Candice Iyog.

The insurance upgrade is available for passengers flying to and from Cebu Pacific’s domestic and international destinations. The airline said coverage begins on the date of departure and ends two hours upon arrival at the destination, with a maximum duration of 30 consecutive days.

Passengers can avail of the insurance as an add-on when booking flights. For those who have already purchased CEB Travelsure, they can still buy the upgraded insurance up to two hours before their flight by clicking “Manage Booking.”

The upgraded insurance policy is underwritten by Insurance Company of North America, a subsidiary of global insurance firm Chubb. Chubb has a 24/7 emergency assistance hotline and claims may be filed online. –

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Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at