Air Ambulance Card offers standard coverage with a few special services such as specialty hospital transfers, senior couple plans, and student plans for students up to age 74.
Whether you are traveling in your home country or overseas, unexpected injuries and illnesses can result in hospitalization far from home. Health and travel insurance may not cover the expensive, medically-supervised transportation you need to get to a hospital close to home. Specialty aircraft and medical escorts offer this service to individuals, families, and organizations through membership programs and insurance navigation support.
Medical air transport membership programs offer emergency air evacuation and repatriation. Members pay an annual fee for the plan, which is a fraction of the cost of a medical air transport. Other medical air transport companies provide these services on a trip-by-trip basis and help clients navigate health or travel insurance.
What services are available?
|Transport services, medical monitoring and consultation, and more|
Ease of access
|Phone support 24/7/365 Online contact form|
Are there age restrictions?
|Yes - only available up to age 85|
Accredited by CAMTS, or member of AAMS?
|AAMS - Yes, CAMTS - No|
Broker or fleet
Direct or indirect air carrier?
|Indirect air carrier|
|Depends on the plan you choose|
How easy to put to use?
|Very easy; help is a phone call away|
Is a warranty available?
Cost or difficulty to cancel?
|Check with customer support for details|
Travelers of all ages may benefit from medical air transportation, especially seniors. Unfortunately, age-related issues may interrupt travel and require hospitalization. This is especially difficult when traveling far from home. Standard individual and family plans are available for adults up to ages 75, and there are senior plans available for those between 75-85.
Couples where each partner is between 75-85 years old also have a plan option. Senior plan members are eligible for only one transport each year, while younger adults are eligible for up to two. Senior adults age 85+ are not eligible for coverage at all.
Advancing health issues may concern seniors who are traveling far from home, whether the destination is domestic or international. Medical air transportation plans like those from Air Ambulance Card may provide some peace of mind. Seniors who are in great or good health and face unexpected illness or injury on a trip can benefit from medical air transport services. Although Air Ambulance Card advertises that pre-existing conditions are accepted, some restrictions may apply, specifically if the member is hospitalized or anticipates being hospitalized during enrollment.
Members who travel to seek medical treatment are not eligible for transit.
Seniors with a bodyweight of 300 pounds or more may not be eligible for transfer. Members who are hospitalized in their hometown hospital may be eligible for transportation to a specialty hospital if it is more than 150 miles from home.
Air Ambulance Card is a company with 15+ years of experience in medical air transfer business. This company does not own its own fleet, but brokers flights with other companies. It stands out for its Specialty Hospital Transfer service, which none of the other companies reviewed here offer. It also offers student membership plans for students up to age 74. The company offers basic medical air transfer membership plans which include transport services, medical monitoring and consultation, and transport of mortal remains.
Air Ambulance Card is a well-established company with a strong financial backing. The company will provide standard medical air transport assistance through its various membership plans.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I enroll for coverage?
Anyone who is between 16-74 years old can enroll online. After answering three brief eligibility questions, you can proceed to enrollment. Seniors who are 75-85 can enroll over the phone anytime. Seniors over 85 are ineligible.
Who decides if I am transferred?
You decide which hospital you will be transferred to in your home country. The Air Ambulance Medical Director and the hospital’s receiving physician must agree that your condition requires medically-supervised transportation and will determine when you are stable enough to travel.
How do my current health conditions affect my eligibility for services?
There are no medical questions during enrollment. However, if you were hospitalized or anticipated being hospitalized for a condition at the time of enrollment, you may not be eligible for transport related to this condition.
Annual memberships include:
Transport services while traveling domestically (more than 150 miles from home) or overseas to member’s hospital of choice in home country
Transport services to specialty hospitals more than 150 miles from home
Medical monitoring and consultation coordinated by Medical Director
Transport of mortal remains if death occurs overseas
* Family: primary member and spouse or domestic partner and up to five dependent children (including step, adopted, foster) 25 years old or younger who are unmarried and live regularly and permanently with the primary member
Optional Accessories or Add-on Services: N/A
Contract Details: Membership is non-transferable and non-refundable. Air Ambulance Card will not cover expenses incurred outside of medical air transport, such as medical bills.
Accreditations: Air Ambulance Card is BBB Accredited and has an A+ rating.
Company Details: Air Ambulance Card was founded in 2002 and acquired by Global Guardian in 2017. As an indirect air carrier, this company brokers flights to provide aeromedical transport services to members.
Global Guardian Air Ambulance
8280 Greensboro Drive, Ste 100
McLean VA 22102