Friday 13th – unlucky for travel?

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Guest Writer
Friday 13th on calendar

For the superstitious, travelling on Friday 13th is often a worry – and now, over 50’s insurance specialist Staysure has found that the number of incidents and injuries reported by customers increases by 12% on the inauspicious date.*

Since July 2013, there have been only six Fridays that fall on the 13th. The 13th of May will be the only ‘Friday 13th’ in 2016. Claims data shows that incidents reported include an increase in medical emergencies – although cancellations did not show an increase.

The date has long been associated with bad luck and many travel operators cater to the superstition, allowing holiday makers to avoid the number and its perceived doom at all costs. In some airports, there is never a call to “gate 13”; on planes there is a noticeably absent row 13 and certain hotels strategically rename their 13th floor.

Staysure CEO, Chris Rolland adds that travellers should not be put off: “There is no reason why travelling on the 13th should be any different to any other day – perhaps the stars align, we become overly sensitive or it’s just the way the numbers fall. Our advice is: go for it, but avoid walking under any ladders.”

*Based on Staysure claims data since July 2013 to April 2016.