Top 5 Travel Insurance Plans in Singapore With the Best Coverage

NTUC, FWD, MSIG, AXA, AIG Travel Insurance: Which One Should You Choose?

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By Michelle Tan

It’s the holiday season again! Planning to travel to that dream destination while feeling secure? We’ve got you covered with this comprehensive comparison of travel insurance plans available in Singapore.

Below, we provide you with our very own ratings of the various insurers and break down the details; as well as give you a very useful insurance claiming tip.

Coverage Comparison

 Overseas Medical ExpensesMedical Expenses in SingaporeTravel Inconvenience & DisruptionsExcess Car RentalAffordability
NTUC Income Standard Plan**********************
FWD********************
MSIG TravelEasy*********************
AXA Wanderlust***************
AIG****************

Bonus Points

NTUC Income and MSIG: Both offer insurance plans covering extra expenses due to pre-existing medical conditions.

AXA: Customisable insurance plans that allow you to choose the add-ons you need the most.

AIG: Earn KrisFlyer Miles as you travel with any purchase of their Travel Guard Direct insurance plans.

Price Comparison

To get insured for a seven-day trip to Malaysia, you’ll need to pay:

NTUC Income Standard Plans:
S$22.80 - S$45 (usual price S$38-S$75), depending on the plan.
FWD:S$25 - S$44, depending on the plan
MSIG TravelEasy:S$20.80 - S$39.20 (usual price S$52 - S$98), depending on the plan
AXA Wanderlust Travel Insurance:S$18.66 - S$57.40 (usual price S$29.66 - S$82), depending on the plan
AIG:S$27 - S$77, depending on the plan

Our Verdict

  • For the price-sensitive and digital savvy who want the essentials covered, try FWD.
  • Want better medical expense coverage? Go for MSIG and NTUC Income.
  • Hope to have a peace of mind while driving overseas? Consider NTUC Income’s Standard or MSIG’s Elite and Premier plans.
  • Are you a KrisFlyer member? Consider AIG.
  • Want the freedom to customise your own insurance plan? Try AXA.

Tip

  • Make sure you hold onto the receipts of expensive items that you plan to bring along during your trip, so that they can be claimable in the unfortunate case of a loss.

1. NTUC Income Travel Insurance

NTUC offers two travel insurance plans to suit the diverse needs of different types of travelers: Standard Plans and Enhanced PreX Plans.

Both plans are intended for individuals under 70 years old. From financial losses due to trip delay and damage of personal belongings to unfortunate event of an accident, the Standard Plans cover almost every concern a regular traveler may have. In comparison, the Enhanced PreX Plans provides additional coverage for possible injuries resulting from pre-existing medical conditions.

Standard Plans

Depending on the maximum benefits redeemable, three types of Standard Plans are available: Classic, Deluxe and Preferred.

Under the Classic plan, an adult is eligible for a compensation of maximum S$100 to S$5,000 for travel inconveniences encountered, depending on the type of inconvenience. The maximum compensation amount under the Deluxe and Preferred plans can be double or triple that under the Classic plan.

Other than travel inconvenience, Standard Plans also provide coverage for personal accident and medical expenses, as well as the unlikely incidents of kidnap and terrorism.

As of the time of writing, the Classic plan costs S$22.80 per adult and S$11.40 per child for a seven-day trip to Malaysia, and S$47.40 per adult and S$23.70 per child to France.

NTUC Income Travel Insurance Standard Plans
NTUC Income Travel Insurance: Standard plans maximum benefit (S$) for each trip for adults <70 years old

Enhanced PreX Plans

If you are concerned about incurring unforeseen medical expenses during travelling due to pre-existing medical conditions, NTUC Income’s Enhanced PreX Plans may be what you need for a worry-free overseas adventure.

Common medical conditions like asthma, eczema, heart conditions, stroke, hypertension and diabetes are covered under Enhanced PreX Plans.

Similar to Standard Plans, three types of Enhanced PreX Plans are available with maximum claim limits ranging from low to high: Enhanced PreX Basic, Enhanced PreX Superior and Enhanced PreX Prestige. You could either opt for individual plans or a family plan that gets you, your spouse and children covered.

Enhanced PreX Basic coverage for a seven-day trip to Malaysia costs around S$81 for an adult and S$40.50 for a child. The same plan costs S$138 per adult and S$69 per child for a seven-day trip to France.

NTUC Income Travel Insurance enhanced prex plan
NTUC Income Travel Insurance: Enhanced PreX Plans maximum benefit (S$) for each trip for adults <70 years old

Promotions

Enjoy 20% off premiums when you purchase any Standard Classic, Deluxe and Preferred Yearly plan from 15 November 2019 onward.

2. FWD Travel Insurance

Under FWD, you can choose from either single or annual trip insurance for just yourself, or as a couple, family or group. As of the time of writing, a single trip insurance plan for traveling within Southeast Asia for seven days costs about S$25 per person. Discounts are available, however, for groups of six and above, from a quick search on FWD’s quotation page.

Highlights of FWD’s travel insurance include its unlimited emergency medical evacuation coverage, sports equipment coverage and haze delay coverage, according to its website. You may also like its click-to-claim feature if you’ve had enough of filling up long forms.

Broadly speaking, FWD’s insurance plans cover travel disruption and inconvenience, medical expenses and other benefits, similar to items covered under NTUC Income’s Standard Plans. Here’s a brief comparison of FWD’s Premium and Business plans to NTUC Income’s Classic and Deluxe Plans.

Travel Disruption

FWD Premium and Business Plans:

FWD Premium and Business Plans

FWD Premium and Business Plans

NTUC Income Standard Classic and Deluxe:

NTUC Income Standard Classic and Deluxe:

Overseas Medical Expenses

FWD Premium and Business Plans:

FWD Premium and Business Plans
FWD Premium and Business Plans Overseas Medical Expenses

NTUC Income Standard Classic and Deluxe Plans:

NTUC Income Standard Classic and Deluxe Plans:

NTUC Income Standard Classic and Deluxe Plans:

Car Rental Excess

FWD Premium and Business Plans:

FWD Car Rental Excess

FWD Car Rental Excess

NTUC Income Standard Classic and Deluxe Plans:

NTUC Income Standard Classic and Deluxe Plans:

Overall, FWD provides better compensation for trip cancellation, while NTUC Income has better coverage for medical expenses and excess car rental. Both have similar coverage for loss and damage of personal belongings. Uniquely covered under FWD, the reimbursement for fraudulent usage of a personal credit card is capped at S$300 per insured person under its premium plan.

Promotion

Try using the promo code TRAVEL25 when making your purchase! With the code applied, the cost of a single trip premium insurance plan for seven days’ travel to a Southeast Asian destination reduced from S$25 to S$18.75.

NTUC income promotion

3. MSIG Travel Insurance

A leading general insurance company headquartered in Tokyo, MSIG has been present in Singapore for over 100 years. It provides three types of travel insurance: TravelEasy, TravelEasy Pre-Ex and Global Study.

MSIG TravelEasy

MSIG’s TravelEasy plan is rather similar to NTUC Income’s Standard Plan. It too offers three different sub-plans with maximum reimbursement ranging from low to high: Standard, Elite and Premier. As of the time of writing, the premium for a single seven day trip to Malaysia is charged at S$20.80 (usual price S$52) under Standard, S$28 (usual price S$70) under Elite, and S$39.20 (usual price S$98) under the Premier Plan.

Despite the higher premium, the  maximum coverage limit offered under MSIG TravelEasy is similar to that of  NTUC Income’s Standard Plans and FWD’s. Just like FWD, MSIG TravelEasy’s cheapest Standard Plan does not cover excess vehicle rental, but this is covered under NTUC Income’s cheapest Standard Classic Plan.

However, compared to NTUC Income’s Standard Plans and FWD, MSIG has better coverage for medical expenses in Singapore.

Below we present some of the coverage under MSIG TravelEasy for your reference.

Travel Inconvenience

MSIG TravelEasy

MSIG TravelEasy

Medical Expenses

MSIG TravelEasy Travel Insurance

MSIG TravelEasy Travel Insurance

TravelEasy Pre-Ex

Worried about extra expenses due to existing medical conditions? You can get covered with MSIG’s TravelEasy Pre-Ex plan. It applied to many types of pre-existing medical conditions from asthma to cancer or heart conditions, as long as your illness is stable and under control. Apart from the comprehensive coverage, there is no upper age limit under the TravelEasy Pre-Ex plan, which makes it a perfect choice for the elderly.

4. AXA Travel Insurance

Three plans are offered under AXA’s Wanderlust Travel Insurance: LIte, Easy and Pro. As of the time of writing, the single trip plan for a seven day trip to Malaysia costs S$18.66 (usual price S$26.66)  under Lite, S$50.46 (usual price S$72.08) under Easy and S$57.4 (usual price S$82) under Pro.

Although AXA’s coverage for the essentials does not seem as competitive as those by NTUC Income, FWD and MSIG, for the more adventurous traveller, its adventure coverage could be a huge plus point.

Ever dreamed of bungee jumping or hiking up to 3,500 metres above sea level? Now you may get covered under AXA’s Wanderlust Travel Insurance Pro Plan. Other covered activities include parachuting, sky-diving, hang-gliding, and snow sports within approved areas of the ski resort.

In addition, you can further customise your preferred plan by selecting add-ons addressing your biggest concerns, including your sports equipment, rental vehicle excess or overseas wedding photoshoot.

AXA Travel Insurance

5. AIG Travel Insurance

Four plans are available under AIG Travel Guard Direct: Basic, Standard, Enhanced and Supreme, with premiums costing S$27 to S$77 per person for a seven-day trip to Malaysia.

AIG’s coverage is not too different from the other travel insurance companies above. If you are someone more concerned about medical expenses, the  benefits provided by AIG may seem less attractive; however, if you are a travel enthusiast and a member of KrisFlyer, it may not be a bad idea to purchase a travel insurance plan with AIG, as you will be entitled to 27 to 77 KrisFlyer Miles depending on the plan you choose.

AIG Travel Insurance

Are you also a cool golfer or an adventurous skydiver? AIG’s Enhanced and Supreme plans also cover lost sporting equipment, allowing you to have fun without the worry.

Here are some of the items covered under AIG Travel Guard Direct.

Travel Disruption

AIG Travel Insurance

AIG Travel Insurance

Medical Expenses

AIG Travel Insurance

AIG Travel Insurance

Car Rental Excess

AIG Travel Insurance

AIG Travel Insurance

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