May 29, 2019

Grand Circle Corporation and Allianz Global Assistance Announce New Travel Protection Partnership


RICHMOND, VA, MAY 29, 2019 — Allianz Global Assistance and Grand Circle Corporation are pleased to announce a new partnership to give travelers protection and peace of mind. Allianz Global Assistance is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company serving more than 40 million U.S. customers annually. Grand Circle Corporation is a global enterprise focused on educational, cultural travel for American 55+ travelers through its family of travel companies: Grand Circle Travel, Grand Circle Cruise Line, and Overseas Adventure Travel.

Grand Circle Corporation selected Allianz to provide insurance to its customers based on Allianz Global Assistance’s award-winning customer service levels and its global reputation for industry-leading, reliable travel protection plans.

Now available to U.S. customers reserving travel through Grand Circle Corporation, Allianz Travel Protection Plans grant travelers financial protection with 24/7 assistance in the event of trip interruptions, lost or delay baggage, medical emergencies, and other covered disruptions. In the event of a covered flight delay, customers whose plan includes SmartBenefits and enroll in the service, may receive same-day payments.

Our partnership with Allianz Global Assistance reflects Grand Circle Corporation’s commitment to offering our travelers world-class trip protection,” said Diane Rooney, Executive Vice President at Grand Circle Corporation. “Allianz’s exceptional customer service levels and high satisfaction are matched with affordable, reliable benefits to provide essential emergency assistance. This will give our travelers peace of mind as they immerse themselves in life-changing experiences across the globe.”

Grand Circle Corporation is best known as the leader in international travel, adventure and discovery for Americans over 55. The company is committed to changing people’s lives by offering intimate cultural experiences and building local communities through philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and volunteerism. Condé Nast Traveler readers have voted Grand Circle Cruise Line one of the Top 5 World’s Best River Cruise Lines for six consecutive years.

“We’re honored to be chosen as the exclusive travel protection provider for Grand Circle Corporation. When you’re protected by Allianz Global Assistance, you can feel safe and secure as your guide helps you navigate new destinations like a true insider,” said Mike Nelson, CEO of Global Travel Insurance, Allianz Partners. 


Grand Circle Corporation

Grand Circle Corporation is the leader in international travel, adventure and discovery for Americans over 55. Through its three travel entities -- Overseas Adventure Travel (est. 1978), Grand Circle Cruise Line (est. 1998) and Grand Circle Travel (est. 1958) -- the organization offers more than 100 small group adventures, river and small ship cruises and cruise tours, and escorted vacations to more than 85 countries. Grand Circle serves more than 110,000 travelers each year and has more than 30 offices worldwide. In 1992, owners Alan and Harriet Lewis established the nonprofit Grand Circle Foundation to support communities in which Grand Circle works and travels, including some 300 humanitarian, cultural, and educational endeavors worldwide—among them, 100 schools, in 50 countries. The Foundation is an entity of the Lewis Family Foundation, which has pledged or donated more than $164 million since 1981. Learn more at


Allianz Global Assistance

Allianz Global Assistance is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company with operation centers in 35 countries. In the United States, Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) serves 40 million customers annually and is best known for its Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events 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 property and casualty insurers and credit card companies.  

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**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 Travel Insurance products are distributed by Allianz Global Assistance, a brand of AGA Service Company or its affiliates.  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. Noninsurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company.  Benefits and limits vary by plan. Proactive payments and “no receipts” payments available only on certain plans.  See plan documents for a complete description of the coverage and specific benefit limits offered under your plan.  For plans that include proactive payments:  when you opt in and provide flight information, we’ll monitor flights and send flight status and benefit alerts, including alerts about flight delays that qualify for automated travel delay payment.  Standard message/data rates apply to SMS alerts.  Automated claims and payment system availability is not guaranteed and is subject to our sole discretion.  All claims subject to policy terms, conditions, and exclusions.