/ Austrian Alpine club Insurance for alps this summer
I know that membership of the Austrian alpine club includes insurance and reciprical rights to cheap rates at huts.
I am looking at insurance for this summer, not having been for a few years. In the past I got insurance via BMC, and I have to say when I once had to use it the service was very good. I didn't pay for for additional reciprical rights card from the BMC.
Before I print off and start comparing the detailed cover provided by the two insurance providers, I wondered if anyone had already done this comparison or used the Austrian membership and had any comments to share.
BMC became expensive while AAC includes reciprocal rights card.
I haven't had to call on either so I can't comment on their service.
think basic vs gold plated!
The AAC will cover all rescue costs and related medical costs that are incurred during a trip (including activities such as canoeing, etc). This comes at the princely sum of £40 (ish) and lasts for a year. Most people have some form of basic travel insurance for lost baggage with their banks, home insurance etc.
My advice would be to join the AAC and just buy a basic travel insurance package from tesco or similar for £15 to cover baggage in transit etc.
You will make your money back form just eh reciprocal rights and discounts of uplifts etc.
Careful here. AAC insurance, rescure and repatriation is for climbing (ok outdoor?) related activities - not just general illness or accidents e.g. RTA's.
So some typical travel insurance covering baggage and medical stuff for non-climbing activities may also be required. Especially so if outside europe.
EHIC is valid in Switzerland too. You just have to make sure that you avoid the private clinics.
Thanks everyone for the info, I think AAC is what I will do. I will probably be driving over as stopping of in France en route, and hoping to visit a number of areas. So flights delays are something I need covered, but will get something for RTA's
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