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Not only can you buy groceries from Sainsbury's, but you can also buy protection for your holidays with travel insurance from Sainsbury's Bank. Their comprehensive cover includes the standard Baggage, Emergency Medical and Cancellation, plus you'll get cover for Scheduled Airline Failure, Delayed Departure and Trip Abandonment on all plans. Read our review to learn about Sainsbury's Bank travel insurance features and prices—plus we'll explain the main differences between buying direct from the Sainsbury's Bank website versus buying through a comparison site like Compare Cover, to help you decide where to buy.
- Sainsbury's Bank Overall Review
- Sainsbury's Bank Price Comparison
- Buying Sainsbury's Bank Direct or from Comparison Site: What are the Differences?
- Sainsbury's Bank Policy Limits and Coverage Options
- Sainsbury's Bank Policy Wording
Choosing the best travel insurance for you will depend on factors like price points and features that you might find valuable. Please use the information in this review to help you understand the nuances of various plans to help you narrow down your options.
Sainsbury's Bank Travel Insurance Review: What You Need to Know
Sainsbury's Bank offers a range of holiday cover plans to suit a variety of budgets and coverage needs, from those looking to cover a cheap-and-cheerful holiday with a budget option for a cost less than £10, up to those needing insurance for more valuable holidays worth up to £7,500.
There are basically two ways to buy Sainsbury's holiday cover—direct from their website or from a comparison site like Compare Cover. What's the main difference? Basically, the plans offered from comparison sites are cheaper and, as a result, provide lower cover limits and have higher excess levels—that said, the most premium plan available from comparison sites ("Premier") offers higher limits across some categories than the cheapest plan available direct ("Silver"), despite a lower price (e.g., Premier offers £5k of Cancellation cover per insured person, but the Silver plan only provides £3k of Cancellation cover).
The Sainsbury's plan with the highest cover (£7.5k Cancellation and £3,000 of Baggage) is the Platinum plan, which is available direct from the Sainsbury's Bank website. Therefore, broadly speaking, those needing this level of cover would be best served buying the Platinum plan direct from the Sainsbury's website. Those who don't need that much cover may very well find a cheaper deal from a comparison site like our travel insurance partner Compare Cover. But see below to understand some of the other differences between plans bought direct or from a comparison site.
Those going on a cruise can get cover for cabin confinement, emergency airlift to hospital, missed port and unused excursions. To learn more about market prices please see our article Average Cost of Cruise Travel Insurance UK.
Are Mobile Phones Covered? Mobile phones are covered (up to £500 or £750) on all plans bought direct through Gadget Cover. If you buy through a comparison site you can add Optional Gadget cover to any policy to get £1k, £2k or £3k of total gadget cover (max £500, £750 or £1,000 per item), depending on the plan. This will cost you on the order of £12 to £64, depending on level of cover and type of plan. Similarly, the regular Gadget cover that's already included on plans bought direct can be increased to these higher levels, but it will cost a bit more than on the comparison site—between £10 and £82.
|Plans||Add-On Gadget Cover Limit||Per Item Limit||Single Trip Add-on Cost||Annual, Multi-trip Add-on Cost|
|Direct from Sainsbury's Bank||Silver||£1,000||£500||£10||£26|
|From Compare Cover comparison site||Essential||£1,000||£500||£12||£21|
To see a list of other companies that offer a gadget travel insurance add on please see our article, Travel Insurance Companies with Optional Gadget Cover.
Does Sainsbury's Bank Travel Insurance Cover Trips in the UK? Holidays in the UK are covered under Sainsbury's Bank Annual, Multi-trip policies, so long you have prebooked accommodation for a minimum of 2 nights.
Pre-Existing Conditions: As part of the online application you'll be asked a series of brief medical questions. If you have a medical condition, Sainsbury's Bank may be able to offer cover for some pre-existing medical conditions, for which you'll probably be required to pay a higher premium. Pre-existing conditions are only covered if they've been fully declared, accepted and paid for.
How do Sainsbury's Bank Prices Compare
Generally speaking, holiday cover from Sainsbury's Bank is around the average cost of travel insurance, with policies bought from a comparison site coming in below average and plans bought direct from Sainsbury's Bank coming in above the average cost, regardless of whether your travel plans will take to you Europe, America or elsewhere, as you can see in the following chart.
Nectar cardholders can get a 20% discount on direct policies, making the plans from the Sainsbury's Bank website even more attractive. This discount does not apply to the premium for pre-existing medical conditions and enhanced gadget cover.
Insurance quotes can vary significantly from day to day and according to each individual's details, so please just use this data for general educational purposes only; your quotes may reflect a large degree of variation.
Cost of Sainsbury's Travel Insurance Add-Ons
|per insured person||Essential||Standard||Premier||Silver||Gold||Platinum|
|SINGLE TRIP PLANS|
|Worldwide excl. USA, CAN, Carib.||£11||£13||£17||£28||£33||£45|
|Worldwide excl. USA, CAN, Carib.||£12||£18||£22||£10||£13||£22|
|Worldwide excl. USA, CAN, Carib.||n/a||n/a||n/a||£6||£7||£9|
|Worldwide excl. USA, CAN, Carib.||£4||£4||£6||£10||£12||£16|
|ANNUAL, MULTI-TRIP PLANS|
|Worldwide excl. USA, CAN, Carib.||£10||£12||£17||£17||£21||£30|
|Worldwide excl. USA, CAN, Carib.||£21||£36||£64||£26||£38||£82|
|Worldwide excl. USA, CAN, Carib.||n/a||n/a||n/a||£6||£7||£10|
|Worldwide excl. USA, CAN, Carib.||n/a||n/a||£-||n/a||n/a||n/a|
According to our research, the average cost of optional Gadget travel cover in the market is around £35 for Annual, Multi-trip policies and £13.50 for Single Trip policies, providing around £1,500 of total gadget cover on average.
Buying Direct vs Using a Comparison Site
Generally speaking, the cheapest Sainsbury's Bank holiday cover plans are available through comparison sites, whereas the plan with the highest cover is available direct from the Sainsbury's Bank website. Beyond that, there are pros and cons to both sources in terms of features and price points. We'll try to explain some of the differences to help you decide whether buying direct or through an aggregator comparison site better suits your particular needs. Below, you'll find a table detailing the differences in Standard excess, upper age limits and maximum trip lengths. You'll notice that these details are generally more favourable on plans bought direct rather than from a comparison site—depending on your needs and situation, these details may or may not be worth the added cost to you.
Differences between Direct and Comparison Site Policies
|Upper Age Limit—Single Trip||no upper age limit||no upper age limit||no upper age limit||85 years||85 years||85 years|
|Upper Age Limit—Annul, Multi-Trip||80 years||80 years||80 years||75 years||75 years||75 years|
|Maximum Days per Trip—Annual||62 days||62 days||92 days||22 days||32 days||45 days|
|Maximum Days per Trip—Single||94 days||94 days||94 days||94 days||94 days||94 days|
|Maximum Winter Sports||24 days||24 days||24 days||24 days||24 days||24 days|
Buying Sainsbury's Bank Direct
The travel insurance plans bought directly from Sainsbury's Bank offer a few perks not available on comparison sites, such as Travel Disruption (e.g., protection against travel and booked accommodation losses due to fire, flood, earthquake, storm, volcanic eruption, some strike, airport or Channel closures, etc.) and some Gadget cover (to help protect your mobile phone, etc.). In addition, for an extra cost you can add travel insurance add-ons like golf or wedding cover to plans bought direct. These add ons are not available from comparison sites.
There are higher age limits on direct plans—those up to age 80 can buy/renew an Annual, Multi-trip policies; there is no upper age limit on Single trips bought direct. (But expect higher prices for older travellers.)
Buying Sainsbury's Bank via Comparison Site
Generally speaking, the best deals on Sainsbury's Bank travel insurance can be found at a comparison site like Compare Cover. In fact, the three comparison site plans (Essential, Standard and Premier) are generally cheaper than the cheapest direct plan (Silver). If price is your priority, then buying from a comparison site will likely secure you the lowest premium on a Sainsbury's travel plan.
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Despite the comparison plans coming in at cheaper prices, they still include some level of cover for Baggage Delay, Abandoning your Trip, Scheduled Airline Failure and (except Essential plans) Missed Departure. While Gadget cover isn't included, it can be purchased as an add-on extra for £12 to £62, providing up to £1k, £2k or £3k of total gadget cover (max £500, £750 or £1,000 per item) depending on the plan. However there's no Travel Disruption cover and the excess is a bit higher on comparison site plans.
Bottom Line: If you're looking for a budget plan, CompareCover offers three different Sainsbury's Bank holiday cover plans with prices ranging from £9 up to £75 (for a healthy, 35-year-old, individual traveller), depending on geography and level of cover (Cancellation from £1,500 to £5,000). Those looking to insure more valuable holidays worth up to £7,500 might find a more suitable policy buying direct from Sainsbury's Bank, but expect prices to be up to 1.6X higher for the added cover of the top-tier direct Platinum plan (versus the top-tier comparison site Premier plan).
Types of Sainsbury's Bank Travel Insurance Policies
Direct from their website, Sainsbury's Bank offers three tiers of travel insurance—Silver, Gold and Platinum. From comparison sites they offer three different plans, which provide lower levels of cover as you can see in the following table—Essential, Standard and Premier. All are available for Single Trips or as Annual, Multi-Trip policies.
Sainsbury's Bank Travel Insurance Cover Limits
|Key Benefits (up to)||Silver||Gold||Platinum||Essential||Standard||Premier|
|Available From Where?||Direct||Compare Cover|
|Medical emergency expenses||£10 million||£15 million||unlimited||£10 million||£12.5 million||£15 million|
|Cancellation or cutting short your trip||£3,000||£5,000||£7,500||£1,500||£3,000||£5,000|
|Delayed departure||£25 for each full 12 hour delay up to £250||£35 for each full 12 hour delay up to £350||£50 for each full 12 hour delay up to £500||£25 for each full 12 hour delay up to £150||£35 for each full 12 hour delay up to £250||£50 for each full 12 hour delay up to £400|
|Abandoning your trip||£3,000||£5,000||£7,500||£1,500||£3,000||£5,000|
|Baggage delay||£50 after first 12 hour delay up to £200||£75 after first 12 hour delay up to £500||£150 after first 12 hour delay up to £750||£50 after first 12 hour delay up to £200||£75 after first 12 hour delay up to £500||£150 after first 12 hour delay up to £750|
|Gadget cover||£500||£750||£750||optional extra|
|Scheduled airline failure||£2,500||£2,500||£2,500||£1,500||£1,500||£1,500|
|End supplier failure||n/a||£2,500||£2,500||n/a||n/a||£1,500|
|Travel disruption||n/a||£5,000||£7,500||optional extra|