Getaway Day: DroneCare Is Coming … Just For You

DroneCare’s cloud-based team (top) assisting BHTP customers.

Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection prides itself on staying ahead of the curve when it comes to travelers and the way they travel. Today BHTP is not only ahead of the curve but down the hill and halfway to Pigeon Forge with its latest barrier-breaking product: DroneCare.

DroneCare is the first product specifically designed to cover people traveling by drone. Taking its cue from the revolutionary AirCare product line, DroneCare offers fixed reimbursement for drone-related travel mishaps such as:

  • Pickup delay due to an order of two meatball subs and a Mr. Pibb that had to be delivered to the beauty academy by 5 o’clock
  • Attacks by hawks, eagles and owls
  • Legal fees associated with explaining to the FAA what the heck you were thinking
  • Damage to clothing from propwash, bird droppings, and hail
  • Loss of artificial hairpieces
  • Accidental droppage

DroneCare is a versatile product. In addition to covering travel by drone, it also includes optional pellet-gun-replacement coverage for anyone traveling in a lawn chair held aloft by weather balloons.

Finally, DroneCare protects travelers with its groundbreaking cloud-based customer service. Unlike customer-service programs that claim to be “cloud-based” but really are just a bunch of computers in West Virginia, DroneCare’s cloud-based customer service is housed in actual clouds (subject to relative humidity and prevailing winds).


“DroneCare carries through on our commitment to cover all travelers, no matter how they travel,” said Dean Sivley, president of Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection. “As travel methods evolve, so too does travel protection. Five years ago, we’d never have dreamed we’d be covering travelers for accidental delivery to an Amazon warehouse in Petaluma. Yet here we are.”

DroneCare is just one of several innovative products BHTP plans to unveil in 2016. Later in the year, we will be releasing VirtualCare, the first product designed to protect travelers against travel mishaps resulting from virtual-reality travel.

VirtualCare will protect travelers against virtual-trip-ruining mishaps like stumbling over ottomans, running into walls, and drifting into traffic. Needless to say, medical coverage will be a major part of VirtualCare’s benefit package.

“As actual travelers do less actual traveling, we need to modify our products to reflect that,” Sivley said. “VirtualCare is a major step in that direction.”

Information on the next generation of forward-thinking BHTP products will be released on next April 1.

Author: Kit Kiefer

As content engineer for Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, I have one of the world's great jobs. Not only do I get to write about travel, but I get to edit the work of fantastically talented contributors from around the world. Plus I get all the maple syrup I can drink.