Travel News: September 13, 2017

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Drunk Tourist Survives Hoover Dam Swim
Travel Pulse

Arron Hughes, 28, was fined $330 by police for swimming across the historic (and gigantic) Hoover Dam, making himself the first person to accomplish such a feat without dying in the process, according to The Independent.

Hughes and a group of friends had apparently been on a stag party bender in Nevada for about 37 hours leading up to the jump.


Travel insurance companies brace for avalanche of claims
Travel Pulse

Hurricane Irma is likely to spur a record number of travel insurance claims, said InsureMyTrip.

“Any traveler filing a claim during this time will likely experience a significant delay getting it processed,” said Gail Mangiante, a claims expert at InsureMyTrip.

Insurers are dealing with claims from Irma on top of claims filed after Hurricane Harvey last month.

As of Monday, the day after the hurricane made landfall in the Florida Keys, Allianz reported it already received over 3,200 Irma-related claims and 1,200 calls to its customer service center.


United Airlines: Iceland, Portugal included among four new Europe routes
USA Today

United Airlines is adding seasonal service on four new routes to Europe, the carrier announced Tuesday.

The new routes – two from United’s hub in Newark and one each from its hubs in Washington and San Francisco – continue a recent international growth spurt for the company. (Scroll down for full schedule details on all four new routes)

The routes from Newark will begin in May, connecting the city to two new destinations for United: Reykjavik, Iceland, and Porto, Portugal.


Many Caribbean resorts, hotels damaged ‘pretty bad’ by Irma

Hurricane Irma has left travelers in the Caribbean stranded and many more wondering about the storm’s impact on their travel plans. Those who had a trip planned should check with their airline regularly to determine if airports have reopened.

Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30, though most major hurricanes occur in the months of August, September and October. While travel insurance is always a wise purchase this time of year, it can be pricey and typically must be purchased within a week of booking a trip. Also, the fine print should be examined, as some policies offer more practical coverage in the event of a hurricane than others. As the region begins its slow recovery there are near-continuous updates; here’s what we currently know.

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