The festival is purchasing the Student Protection Plan at a $0 Trip Cost only, on behalf of all registered festival participants. This helps provide “post departure” coverage, meaning after a group’s departure to attend the festival, and during their trip only. Trip Cancellation benefits and “Cancel for any Reason” benefits are not available with a Student Protection Plan. Trip Interruption benefits are limited to $500 return air only.
7.1 Travel Protection Plan
- Winter Park Ski-Music Festival will purchase on behalf of all registered festival participants, a limited benefit Student Protection Plan, which helps provide post departure coverage. This plan helps protect participants after departure and during their trip, by offering benefits for specific travel incidents, such as:
- trip interruption
- travel delay
- missed connections
- baggage delay
- accident & sickness medical expenses
- emergency evacuation & repatriation
Please note and review the several General Limitations and Exclusions with Student Protection Plans, as listed in the Plan Highlights (link above), and the Plan Document (provided after March 5, 2021), including the Pre-Existing Conditions exclusion.
- The plan helps protect each registered festival participant beginning after a group’s trip departure and during their trip only. Therefore- the listed School Departure and School Return dates and times within the TRIP INFO report (can be viewed by each group director within WPSMF Online) should be reviewed carefully for a group’s travel protection plan coverage dates. (if applicable, see Groups with Covered Participants Traveling on other Dates & Times section below)
- After the festival purchases the travel protection plans on behalf of each registered festival participant, after March 5, 2021, each group director will be provided with both a Group Leader Manifest (listing all group members a travel protection plan was purchased on behalf of) and a state specific Plan Document (essentially a description of coverage). Each group director is then responsible to deliver, forward, and/or provide this information, however they choose, to each festival participant, and/or parents/guardians of festival participants under 18 years of age. With all festival participants, and/or their parents having all plan information, and contact methods surrounding the travel protection plan, they will then assume responsibility for initiating or filing of claim reimbursement, and/or direct communication with the plan provider for any reason.
- The festival encourages for every group director to read the Plan Highlights (link above) and Plan Document(provided after March 5, 2021). Any group director is welcome to contact the festival office for general questions about the travel protection plan we purchase on behalf of their registered members. However, the festival is only the purchaser of the travel protection plans, and we will likely consult with the plan provider before giving any type of unofficial response to the group director. We suggest contacting the plan provider directly (telephone number and website address listed on both the Plan Highlights and Plan Document) for specific questions, for an official response.
- Since the festival purchases this travel protection on behalf of every registered festival participant, it is important for all expected festival attendees to register in a timely manner, by the Final Payment deadline date. *Please note that late enrolled festival participants, may result in late fees being charged by the festival. (see sections below)
- Notice the festival uses the term “registered festival participant” throughout this entire Travel Protection Plan narrative? If for any reason, a person traveling to the festival with an attending group is not registered with the festival (registered = completed WPSMF Online registration, and listed as a current attendee within WPSMF Online), that unregistered person will not have Travel Protection Plan coverage to help them. If a group, or group director fails to notify the festival of any additional persons attending the festival, for any reason, the festival has no way of knowing these persons are attending, and therefore will not purchase a travel protection plan on their behalf.
- The festival’s perspective surrounding travel protection plans, and a group’s decision to cancel their trip: The festival is purchasing the Travel Protection Plan on behalf of a group’s registered festival participants, which helps provide coverage once the trip has departed. Again, a trip cancellation benefit is not available with this plan. Benefits with the Student Protection Plan do not begin any type of coverage until a group legitimately departs for their planned destination.
- The festival’s perspective about a group’s decision to not continue with their planned travel: Trip Interruption and Travel Delay benefits may help provide coverage reimbursement (see Plan Highlights and Plan Document for coverage definitions) for specific travel incidents, up to maximum benefit amounts. But the festival wants to emphasize that the trip cancellation benefit “Cancel for any Reason” benefit is not available with this plan. Therefore, fear or unwillingness to continue travel, will likely not be an eligible reason for the plan provider to reimburse any paid costs. A group director will most definitely need to contact the plan provider anytime there is any question regarding their group’s decision to not continue with their planned travel. Furthermore, the festival is unable to refund any paid monies, if the festival is not attended by a group for any reason. There may be some eligible festival components that could be partially refunded by the festival, to a group, if unused. But these could only be a small portion of the overall festival package cost for each attendee. A claim will need to be submitted to the travel protection plan provider for situations resulting in eligible trip interruption or delay. The festival highly suggests for the group to continue with their travel to Winter Park immediately after a travel delay or travel interruption, and take advantage of any portion of the remaining trip. Your decision to not travel further, because of your own reasons, may exclude your members from receiving travel protection benefits, and exclude your members from receiving any non-refundable trip components the festival has planned for your group.
7.2 Payment of Travel Incidents
- If any injury or sickness should occur to a festival participant while traveling to and from the festival destination, or during the festival event- all payments for medical services will be made by that participant, your group, or another group member, directly to the medical service provider. It is recommended that such payments be made by check or credit card so evidence of payment may be more easily provided when filing a claim for reimbursement. Be sure to keep all medical services paperwork/receipts since they will be needed by the travel protection plan provider when filing a claim. Some medical service providers may allow for their services to be billed afterwards.
- If any travel interruption or travel delay were to occur with a group, any payments to cover local transportation to continue travel to the festival destination, or any payments to cover reasonable additional expenses incurred for meals and lodging, will be made by your participants, group, or a group member directly to the providers. It is recommended that such payments be made by check or credit card so evidence of payment may be more easily provided when filing a claim for reimbursement. Be sure to keep all paperwork/receipts since they will be needed by the travel protection plan provider when filing a claim.
7.3 Filing a Claim for Reimbursements
- Information for filing a claim can be obtained by contacting the insurance provider or filing online.
Travel Insured International
1-800-243-3174 option 3 (Monday-Friday 8:30 am- 7:30 pm)
- It is the group’s or an individual’s responsibility to contact the travel protection plan provider, to file all claims, and provide all necessary documentation as requested. All claims will be handled directly with the travel protection plan provider. To facilitate more prompt claims settlement- you will be asked to provide receipts for all medical treatment, and/or travel interruption/delay expenses.
- Festival’s note: More than likely, reimbursements will be made out in the name of the traveling person. If the group, group director, or another group member paid for reimbursable expenses of another person, please discuss with the travel protection plan provider how reimbursement(s) should be mailed to the appropriate person or address.
7.4 Groups with Participants Traveling on other Dates & Times
- The festival office should be notified if any registered member(s) are traveling to the festival on different dates, different departure/arrival times or via a different transportation method than listed on the WPSMF Online Trip Info report. This information is important when the festival purchases travel protection plans!
- Example: An adult or group of adults departing the school earlier and/or returning later because they are driving equipment to the festival rather than traveling with the group on a bus. Or- a particular adult is flying rather than traveling on the bus with the group.
7.5 List of Traveling Participants
- The participant names a group director inputs within WPSMF Online will be compiled to create your group’s list of traveling participants. The Final Payment deadline date for having all members’ registration completed, is expected in order for a group’s list of travelers to have travel protection plans purchased on their behalf.
- If an attendee uses their middle name or a nickname rather than their “first” legal name, this other name can be used within WPSMF Online.
- A thought about using nicknames: If any medical treatment were necessary- is a nickname the name that would be used when receiving treatment? Will the travel protection coverage be valid for SPARKY BROWN while all the medical receipts and billings have THEOBALD BROWN listed?
- THE FESTIVAL OFFICE HAS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY OF CHECKING IF THE FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS’ NAMES ARE SPELLED CORRECTLY FOR TRAVEL PROTECTION COVERAGE. THIS IS EACH GROUP DIRECTOR’S RESPONSIBILITY. On each of your member’s online registration, we asked them to contact their director if their name was listed incorrectly. If a student or adult has indicated such, please login to WPSMF Online using your credentials, within the “Participants” view, click the blue username (far left) of the person whose name needs correction, and correct within the correction box, followed by selecting Save.
7.6 Member Name Exchanges after the Final Payment Due Date
- Whenever a group has member changes after the Final Payment Due Date, a director or travel organizer must contact the festival office to make changes on the WPSMF Online for proper registration of any members that were not previously registered. A director will not be able to make member changes as they were once able to do before the Final Payment Due Date. Why? Because the festival will need to know of any member changes after we have already compiled the previously listed names. An important component of any member change is purchasing travel protection for a newly added person. It is a director’s responsibility to contact the festival office with any known member changes any time after the Final Payment Due Date so that all festival components (lodging, equipment rentals, lessons, and online registration) can be revised as needed, including a travel protection plan purchase.
7.6.1 Member Name Exchanges after the Final Payment Due Date and before March 5 2021
The Final Date for Travel Protection Name Exchanges (with no additional charge) is Friday March 5, 2021
- As stated in the above 7.6 section, any member changes after the Final Payment Due Date, requires a director or travel organizer to contact the festival office. Besides getting any new members registered, included in rooming list, rental and lesson lists- the festival will also need to purchase travel protection for any newly added or exchanged members, not previously included within WPSMF Online. Most often, member changes will be the exchanging of person names on your Travel Protection List, since there are no attendance decreases/refunds after the Final Payment Due Date, and a group should consider giving someone the benefit of a paid festival package. If festival participants within your group need to be exchanged (one name substituted for another)- there can be a name exchange with no additional charge if received by the festival office on or before March 5, 2021.
- Assume any communication with festival office for a member name exchange has NOT been made until you have received an emailed confirmation of member changes. It is the responsibility of the director to double check a revised Travel Protection Manifest sent by the festival, or request a revised manifest, to make certain that all traveling members are on the manifest.
7.6.2 Member Name Exchanges after March 5, 2021 and up to 72 hours prior to Trip Departure are not possible, but we can ADD a new name to the travel plan manifest with a “late enrollment” fee
- As stated in the above 7.6 section, any member changes after the Final Payment Due Date, requires a director or travel organizer to contact the festival office. Besides getting any new members registered, included in lodging accommodations/rooming list, rental and lesson lists- the festival will also need to purchase travel protection for any new members, not previously included within WPSMF Online.
- If the festival office receives any changes to the festival participants making the trip after March 5, 2021 and 72 hours prior to trip departure– participant names can only be added to the group’s travel protection manifest- even if the new person is taking the place of a previously attending person. Coverage for those persons listed previously within WPSMF Online has already been purchased and cannot be modified. A late enrollment fee of $35.00 per person will be charged.
- Assume any communication with festival office for a member addition has NOT been made until you have received a written or emailed conformation of member changes. It is the responsibility of the director to double check a revised Travel Protection Manifest sent by the festival, or request a revised manifest, to make certain that all traveling members are on the manifest.
- A group will be responsible for paying the festival for any additional fees associated with late enrolled members.
7.6.3 Travel Protection List Additions less than 72 hours from School Departure
- The festival may not be able to add any members to Travel Protection Manifest within 72 hours of a group’s departure. Call the festival office to speak to a representative, but do not assume anyone has been added until an emailed confirmation has been made.