When in Rome (or Florence) don’t drive your Enterprise rental car in restricted areas

Driving in a new city frustrates many travelers, especially when navigating an unfamiliar, foreign location with strange rules. Larry Moyer learned just how frustrating when he made a big mistake while driving this Enterprise car rental in Florence. Now he is faced with heavy car rental fines and he wants to know if he must pay them. 

Warning: You need a valid passport to take your dream vacation to Paris

Shelly Clements and her husband recently headed to the airport to take off on their long-awaited trip to Paris. There was just one problem. In all the planning, she had neglected to check the passport requirements for travel — and the news wasn’t good at the check-in counter.

Canceled flights, but no refund? What’s going on, Volaris?

Osvaldo Gratacos and his fiancée planned a trip to Mexico for their wedding for themselves and his family members in Puerto Rico. But when Hurricane Irma passed over Puerto Rico, Volaris canceled Gratacos’ relatives’ flight two days before their scheduled departure, forcing Gratacos to cancel their air and hotel reservations. He would like a credit for future travel from the companies involved. But until our advocates became involved in his case, all he received was silence.

Arrested on vacation! Is this covered by trip insurance?

When Tamra Corrigan’s husband is involved in a vehicular accident in the Dominican Republic, he is taken into police custody. This frightening situation ended with the five-member Corrigan family being escorted by staff from the U.S. Embassy to the airport for immediate removal from the country.

No, this is not the “worst Airbnb story” we’ve ever seen

When Jennifer Tudor rented an apartment in a Brooklyn brownstone through Airbnb, she may not have understood what to expect. Unfortunately, this led to an unpleasant rental experience for her — and for the owner. Now she wants all her money back. Is this reasonable?

Nothing about this trip was “merry”

Kelsey Prima was planning a trip to Bangkok, then on to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It was a complicated itinerary using multiple airlines, the sort of thing that many travelers wouldn’t want to plan on their own, so she used a company called TravelMerry.

Is your hotel room safe from phone scams?

It’s late at night and you’re asleep in a hotel room when you’re awakened by the room’s telephone. The caller identifies himself as the hotel manager and says he needs to get your credit card information again because of a hotel computer problem. Phone scams are the last thing on your mind.

What would you do if this happened to you?

Is the liability limit for a lost bag on NCL really just $100?

“We’re so sorry. This has never happened before.”

This was the response from a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) customer service agent to Lyle Larson’s complaint after the cruise line lost his family’s luggage while transferring it to their cruise ship. Larson heard it repeatedly during the cruise, along with promises that his missing luggage would arrive later that day or the next day.

It never did.

Does American owe this traveler for his missed day in Mexico?

All passengers were aboard William Kaighn’s American Airlines flight to Phoenix. The doors were secured, and they were waiting to push back from the jetway when the captain announced that everyone would have to deplane and board a different aircraft at another gate.

And then, Kaighn tells our advocates, an entirely different group of passengers boarded that plane, and after fuel was added, took off for the East Coast.

What kind of “ticket protection” is this, anyway?

When Vance Luke bought an airline ticket for his daughter, he added optional “Ticket Protection” through International Travel Network (ITN). So when his daughter was hospitalized just before her trip, he expected that she would get a full refund for the cost of the ticket.

O Captain! My captain, why are you keeping my deposit?

Tim Clark chartered a fishing excursion to celebrate his son’s upcoming wedding. When inclement weather caused the entire trip to be canceled, he expected his $500 deposit to be quickly returned.

The captain has other ideas.

They missed their New Year’s Eve cruise by a whole year. Are they entitled to restitution?

Sara Zalkin planned a special New Year’s Eve celebration with her husband and 16 friends aboard the Carnival Conquest, and they booked through the travel agency Legendary Journeys. But when the group arrived at the embarkation terminal, Carnival refused to allow them to board the ship: Their boarding passes were for Dec. 31, 2017, instead of Dec. 31, 2016.

Why won’t American pay for my Delta flight?

When Brianna Ryan received notice that her American Airlines flight was delayed, she worried that she wouldn’t have time to make a connecting flight. According to Ryan, an American customer service agent promised that if she booked a new flight on another airline, American Airlines would pay for it. But when she sought reimbursement for her new airfare, American denied her request.

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