DJI is now offering a kind of added insurance for select drones. This comes in the form of DJI Flyaway Coverage which is part of the DJI Care Refresh service.
What is Flyaway Coverage?
Basically, Flyaway Coverage means that if you happen to lose your drone when you are out flying it then all you need to do is to pay a corresponding service fee to obtain a replacement product*.
Flyaway Coverage is included as part of the DJI Care Refresh service for the DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Air 2. If you have previously purchased the DJI Care Refresh service for either of these products you will also get this new coverage.
* Replacement products are brand new or equivalent to brand new in performance and reliability.
This * is a little worrying. ‘brand new or equivalent to brand new in performance and reliability‘ sounds to me like you could very well end up with a used drone not a brand new one.
How much does it cost?
After purchasing DJI Care Refresh, you’ll need to pay the corresponding service fee each time you apply for a replacement
This all seems resonably expensive given the relatively low cost of the DJI Mini 2 and Mavic Air 2. You also need to factor in that a yearly DJI Care Refresh 1 Year Edition for the DJI Mini 2 costs around $60 USD.
So if you signed up for the plan it would cost you around $285 USD in total to get a replacement drone. A DJI Mini 2 is only $449 USD.
Yes, you do obviously save some money, but how many people are insuring something that costs $450 USD? In saying that, if you do happen to replace your drone more than once in a year, then yes it does make sense.
Calculating Replacement Times
Replacement service under DJI Care Refresh can be used for accidental damage or Flyaway Coverage:
DJI Care Refresh (1-year plan) offers two replacements, including one chance to use Flyaway Coverage.
DJI Care Refresh (2-year plan) offers three replacements, including two chances to use Flyaway Coverage.
DJI Care Refresh+ offers one replacement chance for damage or Flyaway Coverage in the second year.
Activate Flyaway Coverage by Binding
In order to use Flyaway Coverage, users must have bound their DJI account and remote controller with their aircraft using the DJI Fly app. If this binding operation has not been completed prior to experiencing a flyaway incident, Flyaway Coverage cannot be used.
How do you activate it?
Enter [Profile] –> [Device Management] –> [Account and Device] , and tap [Bind to Account].
Enter [Profile] –> [Device Management] –> [Value-added Service], and tap [Bind New RC].
What Does DJI Care Refresh Include?
DJI Care Refresh covers multiple scenarios, including drones lost during flight, water damage, collisions, and dropping, and offers you additional services like an Express Option, free shipping, and Exclusive Service.
How Can you Purchase DJI Care Refresh?
In order to be eligible for purchasing DJI Care Refresh, users must have a new, un-activated DJI product or a DJI product that has been activated within the last 48 hours.
Would you get insurance like this for a low-cost drone? Do you think it is worth it? Let us know in the comments section below.