Can Interval International punish me for hurricane switch?

Talk about a bad trade.

Terri Williams swapped her Interval International timeshare credits for a resort in St. Thomas during hurricane season without purchasing trip insurance. Unfortunately, Hurricane Irma inflicted substantial damage to St. Thomas and the resort she traded for will be closed a while, forcing her to cancel her vacation.

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.

Offended by our request for more information? We can’t help

“These researchers for Chris Elliott respond with more legalese than the cotton-pickin’ insurance company did.”

This was the response we received from Donald Norton to a question we asked him about his case.

Our advocates often need to follow up with additional questions to determine whether we can help consumers requesting our assistance. We do this when we receive help requests with information that appears to be unclear or incomplete. Most of these consumers are happy to provide us with the answers to our questions, but some take offense. When that happens, we can’t help them.

I canceled my cruise, why can’t I get a refund for my trip insurance?

Zelma Friedling booked a Caribbean cruise a year in advance but canceled after two hurricanes hit the islands they were scheduled to visit. The cruise line refunded the money she paid for the cruise, but neither the cruise line nor the travel insurance company will refund what she paid for travel insurance.

Will we help her get her money back?

No, you can’t fly internationally with just a library card as identification

Elgy Gillespie was on her way to the airport when she lost her passport. Having read an article about such situations, she was confident that she could talk her way onboard her international flight without it. But when she is unequivocally denied check-in by a Norwegian Shuttle agent, she is stunned by his lack of understanding and contacts us for help.

An American Airlines agent switched my ticket to a different airport and forgot to tell me

When Kriengsak Athikomvittaya traveled from Japan to Bangkok, Thailand, he was not expecting his trip to cost an additional $280 for a cab ride between airports in Tokyo. The American Airlines agent who changed his ticket didn’t mention that his new flight was at a different airport than the one he’d originally booked.

My travel agent never sent my $2,000 refund

When Randy Scott plans a vacation to Greece, he turns to a travel agent who specializes in guided tours for help. Smart move, right? Unfortunately, not in this case. When Scott winds up canceling, this formerly friendly specialist goes MIA and takes his deposit with her.

I couldn’t get to my vacation rental during the hurricane. I want a refund

When Gary Molinaro and his friends booked a vacation home on the coast of South Carolina, they weren’t anticipating any problems. But then Hurricane Irma started churning toward the mainland and the group decided to cancel. This must be a valid reason for a refund. Right?

I told AT&T to cancel my service, so why is its collection department calling me?

When Bright Eastman’s contractors disconnected her AT&T U-verse cables that provided her with telephone and cable service, Eastman was under the impression that AT&T wouldn’t charge her for the period during which she was not receiving its services. But she was wrong — to the tune of $989.

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?

The Retail Equation and how it protects merchants against serial returners

When Mahitha Sadhanala heads to CVS to make some returns, he isn’t expecting any problems — after all, he has done this many times before. So it comes as a shock when the cashier firmly refuses to accept the items. When he asks for an explanation, she refers him to something called The Retail Equation.

I forgot about my hotel’s 30-day cancellation policy. Can you help?

Jan Peterson booked a weekend at the Bide-A-Wee Inn & Cottages in Pacific Grove, Calif. earlier this year. Then her father-in-law’s condition deteriorated, forcing her to cancel her trip. And then, more bad news: The hotel imposed a 30-day cancellation period because of a special event in town.

Why won’t Chase give me the 50,000 miles I was promised?

Gary Brauch checked his Chase credit card statement. He had charged $2,000 of purchases to his new account and was therefore supposed to receive 50,000 United Airlines frequent flyer miles at this point, according to the promotion that induced him to open his account with Chase. But the miles weren’t there.

We chartered a flight to make our cruise on time. Why won’t Viking make us whole?

Patrick Ryan and seven other passengers are stranded when British Airways’ computer system melts down. They’re traveling to Norway for a cruise and charter a flight so they would arrive in time to board the ship. Now, they can’t get reimbursed and want to know if our advocates can help them.

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