By Amy Sherman
One of the results of the annual BATW board meeting was a commitment to seek more member value through benefits. Since our meeting in early March, we have added 5 new benefits available to members through the BATW website. To access registration information, you’ll have to log in to the members only section of batw.org and click on the Benefits button. Below is a brief overview:
Annual Travel Insurance for Travel Writers
Allianz offers their annual travel insurance product for just $135 per year to BATW members. As of 2023, the Professional Travel Program now offers trip cancellation/interruption benefits of $1,000 per year, as well as coverage for travel delays, baggage delay or loss and more. The policy also provides up to $10,000 in emergency medical and dental coverage (as secondary coverage) as well as $20,000 in emergency medical transportation benefits. If you fly more than two to three times a year, this coverage is likely cheaper than what any airline could offer.
Additionally, insurance holders have access to Allianz Travel Insurance’s 24/7 travel assistance, which can help with almost any travel-related problem, including medical emergencies. Coverage begins for one full year from date of sale.
Our recorded virtual sessions are now available in one convenient spot.
The BATW Youtube channel is a private library of past events, ranging from editor’s panels to author interviews, WordPress tutorials to social media bootcamps.
All members now have access to Hotel Engine, a private, exclusive hotel booking platform, for personal or professional travel. On the platform you’ll have access to more than 700,000 deeply discounted hotels worldwide. Save up to 60% on hotels. Book rooms with no fees, contracts or required minimums. Access a 24/7 U.S. based Member Support team. Get double the savings by layering Hotel Engine rewards on top your brand-specific hotel loyalty programs
All members now have access to WorkingAdvantage, which grants access to the employee benefits for some of the best-known brands in travel — up to 50% off listed prices! Working Advantage will provide you discounts on movies, cruises, hotels, shows, concerts, theme parks, sporting events and more.
Is there a membership benefit you’d like to see BATW offer? Or do you have a contact who can provide an exclusive benefit or discount to members? Contact a board member and let us know!
Submission guidelines. Pitching guidelines, Writers Guidelines
We have a created an exclusive list of 70 outlets that offer their guidelines online. Visit this list to find professional paying outlets for your writing or photography.
Thanks so much to all the BATW members who have worked together to create this bundle of benefits. You rock!
Looks like there has been a ton of work been done behind the scenes to bring us all of these benefits–new and old!