AIG Life Limited is the Life Insurance branch of US insurance giant American International Group Inc (AIG). It operates in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Gibraltar.
With roots dating back to 1919, AIG has today become a global organisation, serving clients in more than 80 countries worldwide.
It is currently the largest US-headquartered Life Insurance provider in Europe.
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AIG’s Life Insurance policy offers many additional features that make their policy unique. Before taking cover out it’s important to understand what these are.
AIG Life Insurance Coverage
Type of Cover Available
Minimum Entry Age
Maximum Entry Age
Terminal Illness Cover?
Waiver of Premium
Optional Critical Illness Cover
Enhanced Critical Illness Cover
An optional add-on for an extra premium, paying:
An optional add-on for an extra premium, covering children from birth to 22 years of age, paying:
AIG’s ‘YourLife’ Insurance is a comprehensive Life Insurance offering. It has many free additional benefits via AIG’s Smart Health programme.
For those on tighter budgets, AIG also offers the ‘Life Start’ policy. With this option, the premiums start lower and then increase with age.
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AIG’s Life Insurance policies come with several key policy factors that need to be taken into consideration.
AIG lets you increase your benefit without further medical underwriting if you:
The maximum available increase cannot be more than the lower of £75,000, or 50% of your original benefit. If the increase is for a mortgage, the increased benefit cannot be larger than your mortgage increase.
You can request an increase in your benefit more than once. However, the total sum of all increases must not be more than the original sum assured or £150,000, whichever is lower.
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To use AIG’s Guaranteed Insurability option, you must apply within 13 weeks of the life event. You need to be under 55 years old and have more than 5 years remaining on your policy term. It’s also worth noting that you may need to supply AIG with any evidence they request.
If you divorce, separate, or dissolve your civil partnership, you can split your joint AIG Life Insurance into two single policies. You must apply within 6 months of the separation in order to be eligible. You’ll also need to supply AIG with any evidence they require.
The total combined benefit of the two new single policies cannot be more than 100% of the sum assured under the previous joint cover.
If you choose increasing cover, AIG will increase your benefit by 5% each year. Your premiums will also go up, but you should be aware that the increase rate will be higher. This is because premiums are dependent on your age and the remaining policy term.
You have the option to switch from Increasing Term Insurance to Level Term Insurance at any time. If you do so, you can opt back in to the annual increase on the same terms as before.
AIG doesn’t cap the benefit available for Life Insurance or Critical Illness Cover. Even if they offer unlimited Life Insurance, most providers tend to cap the Critical Illness benefit.
AIG’s extra benefits through Smart Health are one of the most comprehensive packages available. This feature provides access to several services that can support your ongoing health and wellbeing.
As well as offering comprehensive Life Insurance Policies, AIG also offer a range of free additional benefits.
The additional benefits available with AIG Life Insurance revolve around Smart Health. This offers a range of free benefits, including:
You can book a phone or video call with a remote GP any time, day or night, 365 days a year. The service aims to offer an appointment within 2 hours of you requesting one. You can also receive prescriptions straight away.
Smart Health offers help and advice on exercise regimes and nutrition programmes. You can choose a 4 or 8 week tailored fitness plan to help you reach your goals. This comes with weekly meal planning ideas to support you on your journey.
The recipe plans come from qualified nutritionists. They provide tailored nutrition plans for a range of dietary requirements. This helps you maintain a healthy body weight and can lower the risk of health issues caused by a poor diet.
Smart Health gives you access to a team of mental health professionals, including psychologists who can provide you with counselling.
It aims to help with mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and stress-related issues. You can access up to four tailored therapy sessions with an expert.
AIG Smart Health also offers an online health assessment so you can find out important health metrics such as your BMI and cardiovascular risk profile. AIG’s Smart Health Experts can provide personal recommendations and next steps based on your assessment to help you live a happier and healthier live.
You can access a second medical opinion from leading clinicians through AIG’s Best Doctors service. It can be used for yourself or a family member if you’re experiencing health symptoms and are worried you aren’t getting the right treatment or diagnosis.
AIG partners with Winston’s Wish, the UK’s leading child bereavement charity. They provide much-needed support for children after losing a parent or sibling.
Through their Funeral Pledge, AIG commits to advancing up to £10,000 of your life insurance claim to pay for funeral costs. The advance can be paid out to either a funeral director, or to your family if the claim has been agreed but is tied up in probate. Your loved ones can use the advance to cover funeral costs or pay for probate application fees.
When taking out any policy it is important to compare different providers against each other. This is because they will all offer slightly different things.
The free Smart Health suite of extra benefits is one of the most comprehensive support services offered with Life Insurance.
AIG offers an online trust service. This means you can write your Life Insurance into a trust online to protect the benefit from inheritance tax.
Setting up a trust once your policy is up and running can be a lengthy process involving legal paperwork and wet signatures.
Instead, a Protection Adviser can help with this during your application process. We can set this up smoothly and save you hassle later.
Samantha Haffenden Angear
Independent Protection Expert
For most Life Insurance providers, the minimum entry age is 18, but for AIG it’s 17. This makes them a great option for younger individuals seeking Life Insurance.
Many other insurers include Children’s Critical Illness Cover for free when you take out Critical Illness cover for yourself. However, Children’s Cover isn’t free with AIG, and instead requires an extra premium.
This could be an advantage for those who don’t have children, as you won’t pay for cover you don’t need. But you might need to pay extra if you either have, or plan to have children, and want them to be covered.
While child Critical Illness Cover isn’t included for free with adult cover, the child death benefit AIG offers is £10,000. This includes children stillborn after 24 weeks gestation. This is one of the highest child death benefits in the market.
Total Permanent Disability Cover is part of Critical Illness Cover. It pays out if you become completely and totally disabled due to illness or injury, and cannot work again.
With AIG, it’s not included as a critical illness under the policy as standard. For an extra cost, you can opt to include Total Permanent Disability cover with AIG Critical Illness. There are other Life and Critical Illness Insurance providers that include this as a standard critical condition.
AIG has not published full claims data on either Life Insurance or Critical Illness Cover for the past few years.
While it publishes figures for total claims paid, it does not publish the percentage of claims it has paid out. As a result, AIG is less transparent about claims paid than most other Life Insurance providers.
There are many things that will impact the cost of a Life Insurance policy. Your age, occupation and medical history will all be taken into account.
We’ve provided an example below to give you an idea of how much an AIG Life Insurance policy could cost you. To calculate these quotes, we’ve assumed that the individual is looking for £250,000 of cover, and:
30 Years Old
40 Years Old
50 Years Old
30 Years Old
40 Years Old
50 Years Old
As you can see, there are many points to consider when choosing the right Life Insurance policy. With so many factors and lots of different terminology at play, it can be tricky to do an accurate like-for-like comparison between providers.
You can check out our comprehensive guide on how to compare Life Insurance providers for extra guidance. Or, if you know what cover you need, feel free to use our quick online quote tool to get an initial idea of costs.
We have a team of expert regulated advisers that are on hand to help you find the best life insurance for your circumstances.
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