All confirmed passengers receive travel insurance information as a benefit of traveling with us. The insurance is optional but may be worth the investment, especially if you find you have to cancel the trip unexpectedly. Also, we suggest that you check with your medical insurance company to determine whether you are covered outside the U.S. Preexisting conditions can be covered through the insurance we offer, as long as you apply within 21 days of initial trip deposit or payment.
Our insurance partner is USI Travel Insurance Services, specializing in travel insurance products. It is one of today’s leading travel insurance companies, renowned for its service and its tradition for fairness and stability. Its staff is dedicated to providing you with the very best service as well as to exceeding your expectations. Visit their website at www.travelinsure.com or call 1-800-937-1387 for assistance and information.
CU Boulder alumni receive a $6.00 daily rate at The Parking Spot at Denver International Airport. Order your Forever Buffs Discount cards and receive two free days of parking.
The Roaming Buffs provide CU alums with opportunities to engage with other CU alums to explore and learn together. We offer trips to destinations around the world with accommodations ranging from luxury tours and cruises to outdoor adventures. Wherever you go, you’ll be able to sample the distinctive cuisine, one-of-a-kind vistas and cultural and historical flavor of the area. Whether it’s watching the polar bears in Manitoba, trekking through the rainforest and examining Mayan ruins or cruising and exploring the history of the Mediterranean the Roaming Buffs hopes to engage you in trips that are exciting, safe and replenish the mind and spirit. Come celebrate being a Forever Buff with us on your next trip!
It’s simple! We take all the guesswork and hassle out of planning your trip and making travel arrangements. We hand pick tour companies that specialize in travel for alumni groups, then review their array of trips and choose those we know our alums and friends will love.
As a benefit of being a Forever Buff, all alums along with their family and friends are invited to travel with us. Families are welcome to travel with us celebrating their time exploring new destinations together or revisiting favorite spots.
Group travel does not mean that you are being herded from one place to another like a bunch of buffaloes. It does ensure that you’ll be travelling with people sharing similar interests and with a common bond, the University of Colorado Boulder!
All of the details associated with travel are taken care of for you. Your lodging is guaranteed (you won’t arrive to find a hotel has overbooked). Your luggage is handled for you. Most of our tours offer you sites to see, excursions to enjoy and occasional lectures that would be difficult for you to arrange on your own.
Our groups range in size from two to nearly 50 people, but are more typically in the range of eight to 24. Many lifelong friendships have begun on our trips as travellers contribute to each other’s enjoyment of the trip.
The age range for most passengers on our standard trips is from 45 to 90 with the median range 55 to 75. There might be families consisting of children, parents and grandparents. There may be mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, sisters with sisters, brothers with brothers, and friends with friends. Many people travel alone (singles or people with non-travelling spouses) and quickly feel welcomed as part of the travelling group.
What is an escort and/or tour director? When 15 or more CU passengers sign up for a trip we will assign an alumni staff member to act as an escort. Our escort is there to ensure that our alums and friends have tons of fun on the trip and, in general, perform the duties of a host/hostess.
Whether or not there is an alumni staff escort, there is always a tour or cruise director with the group at all times. The tour directors are responsible for all trip logistics. They make certain your room is ready, that your luggage gets delivered promptly, that transportation is ready when needed and that the group stays on schedule.
Trip departure dates are often shared with other institutions, usually (but not always) other alumni associations. This provides the added assurance that a trip will not be cancelled due to a low number of travelers. Some of our trips are exclusive for CU travelers.
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Is Travel Insurance worth the added expense and what should one look for in a policy?
We were recently asked that question.
Travel Insurance is just as important as any other insurance. You would never think of driving your car without automobile insurance or going without home owner’s or renter’s coverage. Part of the trip planning routine should be securing a good Travel Insurance policy. There are so many perils that may befall the person prior to departing as well as while on that long awaited trip. In my 20-plus years in the industry, I see that the most frequently used benefit is pre-departure cancellation. When one is planning an exciting vacation, the last thing you want to think about is the need to cancel that trip. Even if you are hale and hearty and ready to go, there are things other than your own illness or accident that can disrupt those plans. A family member’s unexpected illness or death can put an end to your well laid plans. What happens if the operator or cruise line you are using suddenly declares bankruptcy and you are out all the funds you have paid? Travel Insurance can offer relief in such situations.
Travel Insurance can be a saving grace when you are on your trip and have to return home due to your or a family members illness or the death of a family member. You can be reimbursed for the unused travel arrangements as well as the additional ticket cost to return to your home. The insurance can certainly come in handy if while traveling, you have an accident or become gravely ill and need emergency evacuation and hospitalization and then transportation home. Those expenses can run into thousands of dollars and many foreign hospitals will not release you without full payment or at least a guarantee of payment. The insurance company’s assistance service can get involved to help facilitate the payment guarantees as well as arrange, oversee and cover the medically necessary evacuation.
If you are traveling alone and are hospitalized for an extended period, most policies will bring a family member to your bedside.
There are the simple things provided by travel insurance policies such as baggage delay to reimburse for some of the emergency items needed if you arrive and your bags don’t or Trip Delay benefits that would provide a daily amount for additional accommodations if travel is delayed.
All of the above are some features that should be available in a good Travel Insurance Policy. There are also policies available, at a higher premium that will cover a percentage of your loss if you cancel for any reason at all.
There are things you should look for when in the market for Travel Insurance in addition to the benefits above. Be sure that it is insurance underwritten by an insurance company and not simply a waiver. Many waivers offered by travel suppliers will only offer vouchers to replace the trip at a later date with no refunded cash. Also be aware that most policies will not cover the financial default of the organization providing the travel. It is also very important that the policy you purchase offers a 24-hour assistance phone number. You need to be able to reach help if the need arises.
Travel Insurance is a wise investment any time you travel away from home and especially if there are travel costs involved. It is extremely valuable if you are traveling outside the country and experience a situation where language barriers could cause difficulty in communication. An emergency medical evacuation to a medical facility or back home could be very costly. When difficulties arise, having travel insurance in place can seem a small price to pay.
So the answer to the question is: Of Course!
Reproduced with permission from USI Travel Insurance Services
More questions? Call Travel Insurance Services at 800-937-1387 or visit them online.
All trip pricing is based on double occupancy, meaning two people sharing a room or cabin.
Most tours offer a limited number of single rooms for those individual travelers wishing a room of their own. A supplemental fee (the cost the tour company pays for the room is the same amount, whether there are one or two people in the room) will be charged. Single travelers can request to be matched with a roommate in order to reduce their cost. The tour company will strive to find a compatible partner—same gender and smoking preferences, etc.—for a room share. The single supplement is required if a roommate cannot be found.
Please read carefully. Flight schedules for group air travel may not always be the most direct routes and/or most convenient times. If direct routes and convenient times are very important to you, please ask about receiving the airline credit for the program and making your own air reservations. If you book your own flights, you are responsible for making connections with the main group.
Every effort will be made to secure the seats you request. However, the final decision on seat assignments rests solely with the airlines, and in some cases with the gate agent. All airlines have guidelines on seat assignments that favor persons paying unrestricted fares and high-level frequent flyer members. Each carrier holds a large percentage of window and aisle seats in coach for these preferred travelers. Group travelers are paying discounted fares and are not first priority to the airline. Group seat assignments are made very near the time of departure and depend on availability at that time. Your understanding is appreciated.