RICHMOND, VA, MAY 10, 2016 — Allianz Global Assistance USA, a leading provider of travel and consumer specialty insurance, announced today that it has become the preferred travel insurance provider of Hickory Global Partners (HICKORY), a travel management services company providing innovative service, distribution and technology to its network of travel agency and supplier partners. The agreement provides HICKORY-affiliated travel agencies with access to Allianz Travel Insurance products and a new Business Travel Protection plan.
Allianz Travel Insurance products* include coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, travel delays, baggage delays and loss, as well as for medical and dental emergencies and 24/7 travel assistance to customers who may need help while they’re traveling. The new Business Travel Protection product provides post–departure coverage for delays, lost or delayed baggage, emergency medical expenses, evacuation and access to 24/7 assistance and concierge services.
“We are very pleased to provide our members with access to the award-winning travel insurance and assistance products offered by Allianz Global Assistance,” said Chris Dane, President, Hickory Global Partners. “Now our member agencies can offer their clients additional peace of mind by protecting their trips from lost costs associated with covered unforeseen events.”
“We are proud to be named the preferred travel insurance provider of Hickory Global Partners,” said Richard Aquino, Vice President of Sales at Global Assistance USA. “HICKORY member agencies now have convenient access to a wide variety of travel protection plans, including our new Business Travel Protection product and our popular Rental Car Protector.”
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Allianz Global Assistance USA
Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company. We insure 21 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans.
In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events, conference registration protection and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for health insurers, property and casualty insurers, and credit card companies.
About HICKORY - Hickory Global Partners, An INTRAVEL Company
HICKORY’s unique approach focuses on return on investment for agency and supplier partners alike, guaranteeing them a positive ROI. Its visionary hotel incentive program, a robust and one-of-a-kind air program, a car rental program, and 24/7 support products make HICKORY an important strategic partner to travel agencies. Proprietary, innovative tools designed to share data with agency partners enable agencies to make better, faster decisions – thus driving more revenue. Supplier partners benefit from measurable results and extensive distribution and marketing opportunities across the HICKORY global network. For more information, please visit www.HickoryTravel.com.
* - Terms, conditions, and exclusions apply to all plans. Plans are available only to U.S. residents. Not all plans are available in all jurisdictions. For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your plan, carefully review your plan’s Letter of Confirmation/Declarations and Certificate of Insurance/Policy. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, IL), rated "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101-C series or 101-P series, depending on state of residence. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are brands of AGA Service Company. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of these plans and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage due to the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company. Non-insurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company.