Denise Boucke Near and her husband, Jim, took a trip to Alaska to discover the Last Frontier for themselves. But when a bout of pneumonia struck a few thousand miles from home, requiring a $75,000 airlift and a lengthy hospital stay, she discovered that the travel insurance policy she bought through AAA was a real advantage.

She sent the bills to Allianz Global Assistance, AAA’s trusted travel insurance partner, and it took care of the rest.

“You never know what’s going to happen on vacation. When you’re in a place like Alaska that only has a few hospitals, travel insurance can be a real lifesaver.”

— Denise Boucke Near

“A few weeks before we left, I started getting a cough. I got it checked out by a doctor. He said I had bronchitis but was cleared to travel.”

“Once I was on the plane, I started coughing a lot more. As the week progressed on the land portion of the trip, I was getting weaker and weaker, and had a hard time breathing with the altitude change.”

“By the time we got on the cruise ship, I was going downhill. I went to the infirmary and found out that I had pneumonia. My oxygen level was dangerously low, and they told me I needed to go to the hospital. The ship’s doctor called [my AAA Travel Advisor], who then contacted my travel insurer. As soon as we got to port, EMTs picked us up and flew us back to Anchorage, where we’d just left.”

“While I was in the hospital, my husband was able to stay in the hospital’s lodging. We ended up staying in Alaska a week longer than we would’ve on our trip.”

“A private nurse flew back with us to Detroit and then drove back to our home in Warren, where she took my vitals before returning to Toronto. And with the money we got back for the portion of our trip we missed, we took a do-over trip to Alaska.”

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