My hotel closed for renovation, but nobody told me

Marie Kvistero was expecting some construction work to be taking place when she arrived at the Country Inns & Suites in Omaha, Neb. But she wasn’t expecting what she found when she arrived — the renovations had completely closed the hotel. She had to find a new hotel room at the last minute, in a crowded city with multiple occurring events.

I didn’t like United’s first compensation offer, so I countered it — twice

If at first you don’t succeed, try. And try again, just like Gail Morin.

Here’s what happened when Morin’s 9:15 a.m. flight from Paris to San Francisco was delayed several times because of mechanical problems — first, a glitch with a generator, then a misbehaving heating and cooling system. All told, Morin was delayed four hours.

Pimsleur’s customer service speaks my language

This fall, my wife and I will be spending a week in Hungary, so a few months ago I went online and ordered the Pimsleur level 1 Hungarian course. Learning a new language can be fun; it keeps the brain engaged. And it’s also really useful before heading to a foreign country. I began working through the 30 half-hour lessons a couple of weeks ago.

My U-Haul rental ran into a hitch. Here’s how I fixed it.

My experience with U-Haul customer service was a train wreck from start to finish. I wasted hours on hold, listening to how my call was “very important” to them, had to run back and forth between D.C. and Virginia a couple of extra times, incurred some unnecessary extra expenses, and endured a whole lot of aggravation. Can I get a little compensation?

My girlfriend’s phone is not repairable — so why should she continue to pay for it?

Kristen Chew’s Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was a dud. It kept freezing up, overheating, crashing and rebooting when she tried to use it. On the few occasions she was able to use the phone, its response time was too slow. And, although the phone was still under warranty, she could not get it repaired successfully.

I canceled my reservation so why did the hotel still charge me?

When Narayan Ghimire was forced to cancel his hotel reservation on the morning of his planned stay, he did not expect any further charges from the hotel. So when the hotel charged his credit card three times the amount of the original reservation, he believed he was a victim of fraud.

I was charged a $14 booking fee! Is this a scam?

During an internet search for the Cedar Lodge Hotel, Michael Hughes clicked on what he thought was the hotel’s official website and booked a room. The trouble came when he needed to cancel the refundable reservation. That’s when he discovered that he had actually booked through a third-party website — one that charges a nonrefundable booking fee.

Why does my “no-limit” data plan seem to have a data limit?

After Gordon Howe purchased a DISH broadband service with no data limit, he was ecstatic and relieved. As a disabled veteran, Howe relies on the Veterans Health Care website, communicates regularly with his doctors and needs constant weather updates as he lives in a mountainous rural area.

Two weeks later, Howe discovered his data was “throttled,” a technique used by data carriers to limit bandwidth, producing agonizingly slow connection speeds. For Howe, the throttled level of data was of no use.

I took advantage of a gift card promotion. Then Target took advantage of me

It sounds like the next verse of the same song: Muhajirah Payne purchased a gift card from Target online — only to find out from the recipient that the card wasn’t usable. Our advocates have been hearing versions of this story quite frequently – and wondering why Target won’t stand behind its gift cards.

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