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Redpoint steps in to help traveling clients whose pet was in the emergency room

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Scooter is recovering nicely

Cats have emergencies, too

A cat sitter hired by traveling Redpoint clients called into report that their pet cat, Scooter, had to go to the emergency room, but she was unable to contact the travelers because of language barriers at the hotel. Scooter required an emergency intervention for a urinary tract blockage, and the pet sitter wanted to be sure the owners were aware.

Redpoint Operations contacted the clients’ travel guides in Havana, Cuba, to set up communications. The cat’s owners were made aware that Scooter was en route to the veterinary clinic.

Redpoint provided the clients with regular updates from the cat sitter about the intravenous fluids and other treatments the pet was receiving. Scooter has since made a full recovery.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

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U.S. airline ticket sales up nearly 10% year-on-year, latest data shows

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Add-on airline fees are through the roof

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Total airline ticket sales are up almost 10 percent in the United States over last year, according to newly released data from the Airlines Ratings Corporation.

The number of ticketed passengers jumped 7.75% year-on-year to 26.5 million in March 2017, the ARC data shows. The total value of tickets of airline tickets sold increased 6.4%, from $8.3 billion to $8.8 billion.

Domestic flight passenger numbers were up about 6 percent in March 2017 to 17.1 million, while international travel was up 11.7% to 9.3 million trips in March.

The average ticket price in March was $498, compared to $487 in February and $464 in January, representing little to no change over average prices last year.

The unhappy news for travelers is that ancillary sales — add-on costs such as seat upgrades and baggage fees — skyrocketed over that same time period. Total ancillary sales increased 239% to $9.3 million over 2016. The number of those transactions almost quadrupled, from 33,400 in March 2016 to 159,000 in March 2017.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Redpoint’s Laurie Nahigian crushes her 19th Boston Marathon

Posted on Posted in Boston Marathon 2017, Redpoint Resolutions

Quick finish puts her in top 5% in division

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Laurie Nahigian, right, celebrates at the finish, April 17, 2017

Redpoint Client Services Director Laurie Nahigian finished her 19th Boston Marathon on Monday with an impressive time of 3:29:32. That put her in the top 100 women in her division, in a field of more than 2,000.

It was Laurie’s 31st career marathon finish.

“Running down Boylston Street is always awesome,” Laurie said about the final stretch through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, “but today I was especially happy to see that finish line.”

As a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) team, Laurie has crossed the $215,000 mark in total funds raised for cancer research over her career, while the DFMC as a team has raised more than $5 million every year.

The DFMC team directs 100% of funds raised to the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, which enables researchers at the leading edge of scientific study to achieve better cure rates and to enhance patients’ quality of life.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Military vets return to Iraq, this time for ski adventure, covered by Ripcord

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“I came home from war.,” Stacy Bare writes on his website, Adventure Not War. “War never really left me. Some of my friends came back in boxes. Others filled those boxes Stateside. Climbing and skiing kept me out of the grave.”

In order to come all the way home and to leave war behind, I’m going back to ski and climb with a few friends.”

Here is what Stacy had to say about taking his team back to Iraq, covered by Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance:

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Stacy and his unit in Iraq

U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Senate review rules on overbooked flights

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Senate draft bill would outlaw involuntary removal from overbooked flights

The United passenger is dragged off of the flight

Social media is ablaze this week with the rough treatment of a passenger by airport law enforcement, who literally dragged a bloodied United Airlines passenger off of a Chicago-Louisville flight after he refused to give up his seat.

The public relations disaster and oddly defensive response from United leadership left travelers’ advocates calling for new rules to govern airlines’ aggressive overbooking tactics. The Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced it would review its rules on how passengers are treated and refunded when they are bumped from flights.

Meanwhile, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (Maryland) has proposed a “Customers Not Cargo Act” which would make involuntarily removal of passengers illegal.

“It is outrageous that airlines can bodily remove passengers after boarding rather than providing appropriate incentives to encourage volunteers. Airlines should resolve these common overbooking issues prior to boarding,” Van Hollen said.

In 2009, the first U.S. “Passengers’ Bill of Rights” set the rules for how airlines must accommodate travelers left stranded on the tarmac for hours on end. Four years later, the Department of Transportation (DOT) added new language to include rights about lost bags and, in fact, regulations about bumping passengers off of flights. Subsequently, the DOT updated those rules, doubling the amount of money passengers must be compensated if they are involuntarily bumped from a scheduled flight – twice the value of their ticket, up to $800 – if it results in a delay of more than two hours.

 

 

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Operating for over a half decade, Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.