Does travel insurance cover a pre-existing condition and the death of a loved one?

Robert Hamilton was looking forward to his six-night stay in Colorado that he booked through VRBO and Turnkey Colorado. But he also knew that with his mother-in-law hospitalized, he probably should buy travel insurance just in case the unthinkable happened. It also led us to wonder if travel insurance always covers a pre-existing condition and the death of a loved one.

My reserved hotel left me stranded during the eclipse

Bill Chromizky and his wife are excited to travel to the path of this summer’s solar eclipse. They book a hotel in advance through Expedia, but when they arrive, they’re told that their reservation had been canceled. The Chromizkys are forced to relocate to a more expensive hotel. Can our advocates bring them some sunshine and reimbursement for their extra expense?

No, your cat can’t fly on United without a pre-booked reservation

Mark O’Brien contacted us after he and his cat were denied boarding on a United Airlines flight because he did not make the required reservation for his pet. This is a great reminder to read all the terms and conditions before booking an airline ticket, especially if you’re bringing a pet onboard. Or else you could end up with a paws in your travel plans.

Could you help us get a refund for our trip to Puerto Rico?

Edward Epstein books a bundled vacation package to Puerto Rico through Expedia but, in the wake of Hurricane Maria’s wrath, he’s forced to cancel his trip to the beleaguered island. While Expedia willingly refunds his hotel expense, American Airlines offers only credit for the airfare portion of the package. Can our advocates convince American to fork over a full refund?

If you don’t buy a $7,000 television, LG won’t give you a free tablet

David Guggenhime thinks that LG Electronics owes him a free tablet (not to mention an American Express gift card) for purchasing one of its TVs. He contacted us because he alleges that the company didn’t make good on its offer. Or was it Guggenhime that didn’t live up to his end of the bargain?

Can you help me fall back in love with Disney?

Mauricio Velandia and his wife and daughter are excited to set sail on another Disney cruise. Unfortunately, his wife forgets to bring her identification to the cruise terminal, and she is denied boarding. Can our advocates help restore the family’s love for Mickey Mouse and friends?

My travel agent neglected to inform me of my schedule change

When Virgin Atlantic changes its schedule, Amanda Ramirez is offered a new flight that doesn’t work for her. Had her travel agent informed her of the change sooner, she might have been able to cancel her itinerary. Now, her agent refuses to refund her money, and Virgin says it’s the agency’s responsibility. Can our advocates help her get a refund?

I used vouchers to book my flight, and now I need to cancel. Can I get a refund?

American Airlines bumps Hadassah Bennett from a flight and compensates her with vouchers, which she redeems for another flight. But a chronic illness flares up and she is forced to cancel her flight. Can she persuade American to return her vouchers for her to use on a future flight?

An Olympic journey and family reunion in Rio

When Rio de Janeiro was named a finalist city for the 2016 Olympic Games, I was filled with anticipation and excitement. As a long time member of NBC’s Olympic production team, I knew that the city’s selection could be my first opportunity to revisit my grandfather’s sister’s family, who I had not seen since I was in my teens.

Why did American refuse my upgrade on a flight with empty first class seats?

When Kong Ho pays $500 for Gold elite membership in American Airlines’ AAdvantage program, he expects to reap the benefits. Unfortunately, the airline has a different idea. Can our advocates help upgrade Ko’s experience with the world’s largest airline?

Where is my refund, Hawaiian Airlines?

If there were a movie titled “Escape from Hawaii,” Chaya Friedman could be the star. She and her husband are stuck on the island of Molokai and miss their connection in Honolulu to get home to the Chicago area. She is forced to buy tickets on another airline in order to make it to Honolulu on time. Can our advocates help her get reimbursed for her expenses?

When you ask for too much, your rightful claim can be overlooked

Taylor Jennings has a tough time getting his bags from Baton Rouge, La., to Cleveland. Then his flight home to Louisiana is canceled. Rather than wait three days for a new Delta Air Lines flight, he takes matters into his own hands by buying his own ticket from American Airlines and returning home the next day. Naturally, he expects Delta to reimburse him for his American ticket. Unfortunately, this was not the best way to handle the situation. Can our advocates help him get reimbursed nevertheless?

My oven hasn’t worked in over a year. Can someone help?

Stevie Acalin’s oven stops working. Good news — she has a home warranty with American Home Shield (AHS). Bad news — the multiple repair companies AHS sends out can’t find a part to repair the oven. Good news — an AHS representative tells her they will replace her oven. Bad news — AHS appears to renege on its promise. Can our advocates turn up the heat on AHS?

Dollar hit me with $255 in administrative fees

Garry Woessner rents a car, but turns down the offer of renting an electronic toll pass. You can see how much this misstep cost him. How do you keep toll authorities from making it “E-Z” to overcharge you, and how can we help Woessner appeal the charges?

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