AARP and Grand Circle had been based by the identical particular person and GC initially served AARP members. Nonetheless, in 1982 Alan Lewis purchased Grand Circle and so far as I do know ended its affiliation with AARP. The GC and OAT demographics are likely to the older finish of the size, however my OAT journey to Thailand (glorious, BTW) included a big prolonged household group with three kids. If anybody hates AARP and something ever related to it, then it is good to listen to that they will not ever ever ebook an OAT journey, as a result of I would take one once more and I would hate to journey with somebody toting a grudge.
About insurance coverage. In my years of studying and posting round TA, it appears to me that it have to be simpler in another nations to acquire good journey insurance coverage protection. Typical US home-owner insurance coverage insurance policies do not embody journey insurance coverage though they could insure you towards theft/harm of particular objects of private property whereas away from dwelling. Thus now we have to hunt out particular journey insurance coverage, and that may be, as amply documented on TA boards, complicated.
I am sorry the OP suffered a horrible theft, however as has been famous, OAT did not smash their journey, the thieves did. Additionally, what on earth had been they considering by leaving their *wallets* and *passports* of their automobile? The OP mentioned that when the automobile was damaged into, <
BTW, I purchased the OAT journey insurance coverage on my Thailand journey. Then, protestors closed the Bangkok airport, and vacated it just a few days earlier than we had been supposed to depart. We performed “phone hen” with OAT customer support reps virtually as much as departure date; they saved saying no the journey wasn’t cancelled after we all knew darn effectively there was no means United could be flying into Bangkok the day of our scheduled journey (airport needed to be cleared/secured, airways needed to get organized and caught up). OAT hoped we would go forward and reschedule underneath our insurance coverage, however we hung robust. Lastly OAT needed to admit they would want to reschedule us, which they did. At no cost, in fact. And our insurance coverage remained in impact for the rescheduled departure date journey. (“We” = my good friend and I; we every booked the journey individually however wished to be on the identical tour, every with our personal rooms.)