More Than Pet Insurance Review: Some Great Value Plans

More Than Pet Insurance Review: Some Great Value Plans

Good value in Premier Lifetime and Max Benefit plans.

Good for

  • Choice of pet insurance type
  • 25% online discount
  • Euthanasia cover available
  • New policies for older pets

Bad for

  • Shorter claims window
  • Higher excess for older pets
  • Lifetime plans have lower per condition limits
  • Premiums rise if you claim

Editor's Rating

3.0/5.0

The guidance on this site is based on our own analysis and is meant to help you identify options and narrow down your choices. We do not advise or tell you which product to buy; undertake your own due diligence before entering into any agreement. Read our full disclosure here.

More Than offers a wide variety of pet insurance products for dogs and cats living in the UK—but are they any good? There are some critical factors pet owners should be aware of before choosing the right policy for you and your dog or cat. To compare More Than against other options in the market, read about UK Pet Insurance plans or click the button below to compare pet insurance quotes with our partner, Compare Cover.

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In This Review

More Than Pet Insurance Key Points

  • Choose from 4 types of policies (Accident Only, Time Limited, Max Benefit and Lifetime)
  • 25% online discount (first year only)
  • vetfone
  • Euthanasia cover available
  • New policies open to older pets
  • Dental care only covered on Lifetime Premier policies
  • Shorter time to notify More Than of claims (60 days)
  • Excess increases for pets aged 9+ (+ 20% copay)

More Than Pet Insurance Review

More Than pet insurance initially offers decent value for money, but there are a few important points to understand before you decide if More Than is a good long-term pet insurance option for you. Remember it can be hard to switch pet insurance later on, as pre-existing conditions are not covered under most pet insurance plans.

  • Your premium will go up at least 25% the second year (the 20% online discount only applies the first year)
  • Your premium will probably go up if you claim—it could even double (according to Policy Wording)
  • Your excess might go up if you claim
  • Lifetime plans have a "per condition" limit as well
  • Pet owners must notify More Than within 60 days of a new occurrence, or the claim won't be paid.
  • Excess typically rises at age 9 with addition of 20% copay

More Than offers all 4 types of pet insurance. Be sure to understand the ins and outs of a policy before you sign up, to get the best protection for you and your pet—because policies have some strict limitations.

Customer Reviews

User reviews for More Than insurance are generally strong with more than 10,000 customers leaving reviews on Trustpilot, giving the company a solid 4.3 out of 5 stars. We scoured hundreds of customer comments but couldn't find any related to pet insurance specifically, however. Most are for their car insurance. That said, it can still be useful to see what customers have to say about their overall experience with the company. Here are some real customer comments:

"Both customer advisors were very patient and went through the details of the policy and processes for buying"

"Great company. It’s helped me and gave me cheap insurance. Thank you."

"They canceled my insurance after being with them for two years due to a missed payment, but they did not notify me so I was able to make payment."

"... been trying to ring them on the 0800 number for THREE days now, on hold on hold on hold..."

More Than Quote Comparison

As you can see in the following chart, More Than prices are more or less in line with market averages—although their Accident Only plan comes out more expensive than average. In order to get a rough idea of the relative value of More Than prices, we compared sample More Than quotes to the average cost of pet insurance in the UK market. Since coverage varies significantly by type of policy (e.g., accident only, lifetime, etc.) we segmented the data by policy type. Use this information to get a feel for the types of quote you might get for a given level of vet cover and excess amount—but remember that prices vary significantly from person to person and dog to dog.

chart comparing pet insurance quotes by policy type for More Than vs the market average
How Do More Than's Prices Compare?

Quotes were gathered for a 6-month-old, male crossbreed dog. Quotes for older pets or certain breeds (e.g., Bulldogs), for instance, would come up higher.

More Than Notable Features

Here is a brief overview of the notable features of More Than dog and cat insurance. For a complete rundown of the details and exclusions, please refer to the policy documents.

More Than Pet Insurance Standard Features
Complementary TherapyAcupuncture, homeopathy, herbal medicine, Chiropractic manipulation, osteopathy and hydrotherapy (performed by a recognised party)
ExcessCan lower premiums by adding a 10% or 20% contribution to all vet bills, in addition to the standard, fixed excess. Excess may change based on claims history.
VetfonePet owners can call the More Than vetfone to speak with a qualified RCVS veterinary nurse, 24/7 (More Than vetfone phone number: 0800 072 8190)
Emergency BoardingCover for boarding or sitting if you or a member of your family are unwell and stay in hospital more than 4 days

More Than Optional Features

More Than Pet Insurance Optional Features
Lost and FoundCover of advertising and reward up to £1,000 each, or loss by theft or straying up to £1.000 or £2,000
Pets AbroadCover if your holiday is canceled or cut short due to your pet dying, being put to sleep or needing life-saving treatment (within 7 days of departure, for holiday cancellation)
FarewellCover up to £150 for euthanasia, cremation, burial (included on Premier plan)
DentalCover for dental conditions is only provided on the lifetime Premier plan, with the condition that your pet had a dental exam by a vet in the 12 months leading up to the injury/illness and you followed the recommendations of your vet. There is no dental cover on the Accident Only, Basic or Classic plans.

Types of More Than Policies

More Than offers all four types of pet insurance—Accident Only, Time Limited, Maximum Benefit and Lifetime. Accident Only policies won't reimburse for any vet bills associated with illnesses (e.g., skin rashes, digestive trouble, ear infections, tumours, etc.), providing the lowest level of cover. Lifetime policies are the most comprehensive—as well as providing the highest levels of cover, reimbursement of specific ailments is not subject to a time limit or a per-condition limit (there is an annual limit, however, which resets each year).

Accident Only

The most basic of More Than's pet insurance options, Accident Only insurance reimburses for up to 12 months of treatment costs when your pet is injured, up to the policy limit of £2,500. The policy must remain valid for claims to be accepted, meaning you may need to renew the policy if your pet is still being treated for accident-related injuries when your policy ends (assuming you have not hit the 12-month or £ limit caps).

Illnesses (e.g., ear/eye infections, lumps, allergies, skin problems, etc.) are NOT covered—since illnesses are the reason for most vet bills, this product will not protect against most conditions.

Cruciate ligament problems, however caused, are not covered on the Accident Only product.

Basic (a Time Limited Product)

More Than's Basic pet insurance is their lowest level of accident & illness cover, with cover for each new condition (illness or injury) up to 12 months, up to either £1,500 or £3,000. Broadly speaking, Time Limited cover is far less robust than Maximum Benefit or Lifetime cover, because ongoing or chronic issues won't be reimbursable after one year of treatment.

The excess is applied once per ailment—if the same claim continues across another period of cover (e.g., after you renew), the excess is not collected again.

Basic policyholders can opt to purchase Lost and Found, Pets Abroad and/or Farewell cover as extras. Pets Abroad cover is necessary for vet fees claimed outside the UK, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

Classic (a Maximum Benefit Product)

More Than's Maximum Benefit Classic offering will reimburse up to £4,000 or £8,000 (your choice) per condition. As long as the policy stays in force (i.e., you keep renewing) there is no time limit for treatment. Once the limit for a condition has been reached, that condition is excluded from future claims.

Like the Basic policy, you only pay the excess once per ailment—if a claim continues into a subsequent period of cover you don't pay the excess again.

Lost and Found and Pets Abroad cover are included as standard; Farewell cover can be purchases as optional cover for roughly £10 per year.

Premier (a Lifetime Product)

The most comprehensive type of pet insurance product is Lifetime cover, which is provided by More Than's Premier plan. With Lifetime cover, vet fee limits reset each year when you renew. However, More Than's lifetime product comes with an added limitation which makes it less desirable than competing plans—within the annual vet fee limit there is a per condition limit of £1k on the £4k plan and £4k on the £12k plan. For example, on the £4,000 Premier policy, you are covered for up to £4,000 of vet bills each year, but only up to £1k per condition.

The excess works differently for the Premier product and you might pay an excess more than once for a given illness or injury. Like other Lifetime policies, you pay the excess for each condition in each period of cover. While lifetime policies generally provide the highest level of cover (e.g., highest £ limits that reset each year, with no limit on treatment times), pet owners should be prepared to pay the excess each year for ongoing conditions.

More Than Coverage Amounts

Accident OnlyBasic (Time Limited)Classic (Max Benefit)Premier (Lifetime)
Vet Fees up to£2,500£1,500 or £3,000£4,000 or £8,000£4,000 (up to £1k per condition a year) or £12,000 (up to £4k per condition per year)
Treatment Period12 months12 monthsEach conditionEach year, each condition
Vet Fees Include:
• Complementary Treatments up ton/a£500£1,000£1,500
• Behavioural Problems up ton/an/an/a£1,000
• Dental Care up ton/an/an/a£2,000
• Treatment Food up ton/an/an/a£500
Accidental Damage up to£500£500£1,000£2,000
Third Party Liability (Dogs only) up to£500,000£1,000,000£2,000,000£3,000,000
Helpline – vetfoneYesYesYesYes
Death from Accident up ton/a£500£1,000£2,000
Death from illness (under 9s only) up ton/a£500£1,000£2,000
Emergency Boarding up ton/a£1,000£1,000£1,000
Emergency Pet Minding up ton/a£1,000£1,000£1,000
..................................................................ADDITIONAL OPTIONS......................................................
LOST AND FOUND COVEROPTIONALOPTIONALINCLUDEDINCLUDED
Advertising up to£1,000£1,000£1,000£1,000
Reward up to£1,000£1,000£1,000£1,000
Loss by Theft or Straying up to£1,000£1,000£1,000£2,000
PETS ABROAD COVERn/aOPTIONALINCLUDEDINCLUDED
European Vet Fees Cover, extension of Vet Fees up ton/a£1,500 or £3,000£4,000 or £8,000£4,000 or £12,000
Emergency Expenses up ton/a£1,000£1,000£1,000
Holiday Cancellation up ton/a£2,000£2,000£2,000
Quarantine Costs up ton/a£1,000£1,000£1,000
Loss of Health Care Certificate/Passport up ton/a£250£250£250
FAREWELL COVEROPTIONALOPTIONALOPTIONALINCLUDED
Euthanasia/Cremation/Burial up to£150£150£150£200

FAQs

Your premium is likely to go up at least 25% in year 2, after the initial 20% discount has expired. In addition, pet insurance premiums tend to increase each year. According to More Than's claims data, the cost of pet health care doubles every four to five years.
More Than policyholders must be on top of admin than with other pet insurance companies. More Than must be notified within 60 days of occurrence. If you have not told More Than about a claim within 60 days of it occurring, they will not pay the claim. Also, vet bills that are 12 months old or older when sent in will not be paid.
Yes, it is likely that your More Than pet insurance premium will go up at renewal if they've paid a claim. In fact, your premium could even double.
Claims are not covered if they result from an accident within the first 48 hours or any changes in your pet's health (e.g., illness) within the first 14 days.
More Than pet insurance has recently changed their excess; the standard starting excess is £100 for younger pets but this can vary. Once your pet reaches 9 years of age, you'll also pay 20% of the remaining vet bill in addition to the excess. Also, a claim being paid can cause your renewal price to increase significantly—even doubling.
If your vet refers you to another vet for specialist treatment (e.g., ophthalmology, orthopaedics, cardiology, etc.), and the referral vet is not in More Than's "preferred referral network" of vets, you will pay an additional £200 excess on top of your standard excess. (They won't make you pay the £200 for out-of-network emergency treatment necessary to prevent loss of life or a serious threat to the present or ongoing health of your pet.) View a list and interactive map of the network vets here or call 0330 100 6445.
Only More Than's Premier policy includes dental cover to treat problems, but not preventative care, up to £2,000 to treat—so long as your pet has had a dental check within the 12 months before the issue that you are claiming for started and any recommended treatments were carried out.
More Than will cover complementary therapies within the vet fee limits, including acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic manipulation, hydrotherapy, osteopathy and physiotherapy as long as it's recommended by your vet.
More Than can arrange to pay most vets directly, but not all vets are happy to wait for payment from an insurance company. Ask your vet to find out.
Yes, you can cancel your More Than policy at any time. For full details see their Policy Wording but, put simply, if you haven't claimed then you'll get a proportionate refund and if you have claimed then you won't get a refund and if you pay monthly you'll still owe the remaining payments (unless your claim is for death, theft or straying). Call 0330 102 3638 to cancel your More Than pet insurance.

How does More Than Pet Insurance Compare to Competitors?

To better understand the value of More Than Pet Insurance you need to look at it in the context of other available options. We compared this insurer to other similar insurers so you can see which may be more suitable for you.

More Than Pet Insurance vs PetPlan

PetPlan Pet Insurance is the largest insurer of dogs and cats in the UK. Due to this, many vets are accustomed to submitting claims on behalf of pet owners, which can save you a lot of hassle—plus you get a full 12 months to submit claims for reimbursement. PetPlan policies include dental illness and injury but don't cover euthanasia. However, older pets (i.e., dogs aged 5 or 8 depending on breed, cats aged 10) are not eligible for new Lifetime policies and can only sign up for a Time Limited policy with PetPlan.

Quick Takeaway: More Than's Premier Plan offers better value than PetPlan's top-tier plan, especially in the first year with the 25% online discount (you may save £100 or more with More Than), but if you want more time to claim then PetPlan gives much more breathing room.

More Than Pet Insurance vs Tesco Pet Insurance

Tesco offers quite comprehensive cover, but you'll have to pay up for their Premier Plan if you want dental illness cover (e.g., tooth decay or gum disease). Lifetime plans provide £7.5k or £10k of vet cover a year; there's no low-tier Lifetime offering (e.g., around £3k of vet cover each year) so Lifetime prices start around £500 for a healthy, young dog. Tesco features include access to a vetfone, no upper age limit for new policies and 12 month to submit claims.

Quick Takeaway: Tesco can be a good option for comprehensive Lifetime cover, but for full features including dental illness you'll need to spring for their Premier Plan.

More Than Insurance vs Agria Pet Insurance

Agria Pet Insurance offers comprehensive Lifetime plans for lower-than-average prices. They're able to charge lower premiums by having the pet owner pay a 10% copay in addition to the fixed excess (of £95 or £160 for dogs, £85 or £160 for cats). We like that Agria is a specialist pet insurer with a long history. Agria plans offer some desirable features, such as dental, euthanasia and cremation/burial, plus congenital conditions are not specifically excluded from cover. The cost for a young, healthy crossbreed dog is around £350 per year for a plan with £6,500 of vet cover and a £95 fixed excess + 10% copay; a British shorthair with an £85 excess + 10% copay would cost around £325 for the same level of cover.

Bottom Line: If you want a lower upfront premium, Agria can be a good option—but you'll have to pay a larger share of any vet bills that arise.

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Erin Yurday

Erin Yurday is the CEO, Co-founder and Editor of NimbleFins. Prior to NimbleFins, she worked as an investment professional and as the finance expert in Stanford University's Graduate School of Business case writing team. Read more on LinkedIn.

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The guidance on this site is based on our own analysis and is meant to help you identify options and narrow down your choices. We do not advise or tell you which product to buy; undertake your own due diligence before entering into any agreement. Read our full disclosure here.