Air Ambulance Card

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.

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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.

Grandfolk Scoring
Coverage 9/10
Customer support 10/10
Age restrictions 7/10
Accreditation 8/10
Broker or fleet 8/10
Cost 9/10
Ease 10/10
Warranty 7/10
Cancellation 7/10
Coverage
What services are available?
Transport services, medical monitoring and consultation, and more
Customer support
Ease of access
Phone support 24/7/365 Online contact form
Age restrictions
Are there age restrictions?
Yes - only available up to age 85
Accreditation
Accredited by CAMTS, or member of AAMS?
AAMS - Yes, CAMTS - No
Broker or fleet
Direct or indirect air carrier?
Indirect air carrier
Cost
Monthly fee
Depends on the plan you choose
Ease
How easy to put to use?
Very easy; help is a phone call away
Warranty
Is a warranty available?
No warranty
Cancellation
Cost or difficulty to cancel?
Check with customer support for details
Age Score:
9
50-65 Years
9
65-75 Years
8
75-85 years
0
85-Above

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.

Health Score:
9
Great Health
9
Good Health
7
Fair Health
7
Poor Health

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.

Pros:

  • Members can be transported to the hospital of their choice in either the U.S.or Canada.
  • If a member is hospitalized in their hometown and needs to be transferred to a specialty hospital transfer 150+ miles from home, Air Ambulance Card will cover this transfer.
  • Senior couple membership available for couples between 75-85 years old.
  • Members benefit from medical monitoring and consultation coordinated by Air Ambulance Card’s Medical Director.
  • Air Ambulance Card’s recent acquisition by Global Guardian, a global security services company, will increase the options available to Air Ambulance Card members.
  • The website includes a straightforward eligibility screening form.
  • Member referral program rewards members when they recommend Air Ambulance Card and those friends/family sign up.
  • Dependent, unmarried children up to age 26 can be covered on the primary member’s plan.
  • Comprehensive service for return of mortal remains if a member dies overseas include assistance working with foreign governments for authorization.
  • Student plans cover students up to age 74.

Cons:

  • Seniors ages 75-85 are limited to one medical air transport per year, compared to younger adults who are able to utilize up to two trips per year.
  • Seniors age over age 85 are not eligible for any services or membership plan coverage. 
  • There may be a 300-pound weight limit for medical air transport, which limits this service for some members.
  • If a member is transported, one traveling companion, family member, or business associate, may be on the aircraft with the member if there is room. However, if there is no room, that person is responsible for their own airfare home.

Bottom Line:

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.

More Information:

Product Details

Overview:

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

Package Details:

  • Individual, $265 per year
  • Annual membership for individuals ages 16-75, with each overseas trip up to three months long
  • Top feature: medical air transport and other benefits
  • Senior, $550 per year
  • Annual membership for individuals ages 75-85, with each overseas trip up to one year long, one transport only
  • Top feature: medical air transport and other benefits
  • Expatriate Individual 6 Month, $415 per year
  • Annual membership for individuals ages 16-75, with each overseas trips up to 6 months long  
  • Top feature: medical air transport and other benefits
  • Expatriate Individual One Year, $645 per year 
  • Annual membership for individuals ages 16-75, with each overseas trips up to one year long
  • Top feature: medical air transport and other benefits
  • Senior Couple, $850 per year
  • Annual membership for primary member and spouse/domestic partner ages 75-85, with each overseas trips up to one year long; includes one transport only
  • Top feature: medical air transport and other benefits
  • Family, $385 per year
  • Annual membership for a family* with each overseas trip up to three months long
  • Top feature: medical air transport and other benefits
  • Expatriate Family 6 Month, $575 per year
  • Annual membership for a family* with each overseas trip up to six months long
  • Family plan + foreign travel up to six months
  • Top feature: medical air transport and other benefits
  • Expatriate Family 1 Year, $970 per year 
  • Annual membership for a family* with each overseas trip up to one year long
  • Top feature: medical air transport and other benefits
  • Student Full-Year, $600 per year 
  • Annual membership for a student up to age 74 traveling and studying for any duration of time
  • Top feature: medical air transport and other benefits

* 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

Additional Company Details

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. 

Warranty: N/A

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.

Contact: 

Global Guardian Air Ambulance
8280 Greensboro Drive, Ste 100
McLean VA 22102
Tel:703-566-9481
Website: https://www.airambulancecard.com/

Jennifer Brooks - Senior Advisor

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