Charged twice for her flight — should I get involved?

Andrea Mitnick just wanted to book an airline ticket from Charlotte to Philadelphia, nothing more. She thought her first reservation, made from a hotel and a wi-fi with dial-up speed, had failed. “I never received any sort of confirmation that anything had gone through,” she remembers.

The death of a customer doesn’t guarantee survivors a refund

Marlene Eckert was looking forward to a spring river cruise in southern France, which included planned ports of call in scenic Lyon, Beaujolais, Arles and Avignon, along with an extension to Nice. But in January, her husband suffered a massive heart attack and died. Eckert, a business analyst from Los Angeles, asked her cruise line, […]

How refundable are airline fees? Not so much

The North American airline industry collected an estimated $8.2 billion last year from fees for items such as checked baggage, premium seat assignments and early boarding privileges — a $700 million increase from 2013. But are they keeping more of your money than they should? Andrew Petrilla wondered about that after his travel companion fell […]

A missing vacation refund mystery — and a troubling resolution

  If you thought that reading the terms and conditions on your next travel purchase is enough to keep you out of trouble, meet Thomas Hanko. The veteran cruiser had booked an air-inclusive cruise to the Western Caribbean on the Holland America Line for himself, his wife, their daughter and son-in-law to celebrate the Hankos’ […]

Keep us posted on that refund

American European Travel’s nine-day ancient Turkey tour looked like the perfect birthday gift for David Olson’s wife, Barbara. With stops in Istanbul, Ephesus and Pamukkale, it fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting the old Ottoman Empire.

After the storm, who has your refund?

A traveler made a reservation canceled because of a storm. The hotel would be happy to cancel his reservation, he was told, but because he’d made the booking through Expedia, a refund would be up to the agency. Expedia wouldn’t give him his money, citing its published refund policy.