My son got sick in our hotel room. Now the manager wants me to pay for the damage

During her Sheraton hotel stay, Anna Eardley’s son becomes “sick” all over the room. She spends the rest of the night trying to clean up the problem, leaves a hefty tip for the maid and then dashes home. When she receives an angry call from the hotel manager telling her that she’s responsible for replacing the entire room’s carpet, she worriedly contacts us for help.

Will Trip Mate ever pay my claim?

Nancy Kridel-Clapp and her husband leave their cruise early when Hurricane Irma passes near their home. When they file claims on their Trip Mate Travel Protection Plan, the company acknowledges that the claims are valid but doesn’t pay them. Kridel-Clapp wants to know: “Will Trip Mate ever pay my claims? And if not, why?”

Austrian Airlines bumped me and then gave me empty gift cards as compensation

Austrian Airlines overbooked Robert Raffanti’s flight from Venice to Vienna and asked for volunteers to take a later flight, promising compensation of 125 euros. Raffanti and his wife agreed, but the airline never loaded their gift cards. Can we help Raffanti, or will Austrian Airlines continue its infamous silent treatment of both its customers and with us?

Help! Carnival changed my cruise itinerary and I want a full refund

Several days before Thuan Bui’s Carnival cruise, most of his scheduled ports of call are canceled by the cruise line. So he cancels his trip. Now he wants a full reimbursement for the cost of the cruise, travel insurance and airline change fees. You might think you know how this one ends — but you might be wrong.

I canceled my Spirit Airlines flight. Can I get a refund for my prepaid baggage?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Sandra Parker decides to cancel her flight to Florida on Spirit Airlines. She knows her $80 flights aren’t refundable. But what about the $160 pre-paid baggage fees?

United called me a no-show, but I was on the flight!

Bernadine Fong enjoyed the outbound portion of her round-trip flight from San Francisco to Newark without incident. But her return trip is a different story. At check-in, United Airlines informs a stunned Fong that she had been a no-show for that original flight. As a result, her ticket home has been canceled. Can we help straighten out this flight fiasco and get her a refund for the one-way ticket she was forced to purchase?

Will Air Canada ever finish “reviewing” this lost baggage claim?

A piece of Zahid Mohammad’s baggage went missing on an Air Canada flight. Five months later, Air Canada still hasn’t found it — and its claims department is still “reviewing” his case. Nobody at Air Canada will tell Mohammad when or if the airline will resolve his claim. Can our advocates persuade Air Canada to return Mohammad’s missing baggage or compensate him in accordance with the Montreal Convention?

Our Celebrity cruise sailed without us — 3 hours early!

Donna Klemond’s Celebrity Cruises ship departs three hours early – just as she arrives at the port of embarkation. Neither Celebrity, her travel insurance company nor her travel agent will help compensate her for the cost of the cruise. Can our advocates get them to weigh anchor on issuing her a refund?

How about a refund for these downgraded seats, Qantas?

Stan Shopa is disappointed to miss his Qantas connection from Los Angeles to Melbourne. The airline rebooks him on a flight the next day — but downgrades his seat from premium economy to standard economy. So shouldn’t he be entitled to a price adjustment?

Help! I took a gamble on an Airbnb rental in Las Vegas — and lost

When Mary Gaetz-Scholtz planned a trip to Las Vegas, she was not anticipating that her biggest gamble would be on her booking with Airbnb. Unfortunately, this thoroughly unsatisfactory rental was anything but a winner, and now Scholtz wants a complete refund. Can we help?

Interjet canceled my flight, but kept my money

Stephen Nelson finds out that his flight within Mexico has been changed and that it would require an overnight stay. This wasn’t acceptable to him, so he changed his reservation and the airline promised to refund for his original flights. Unfortunately, after months of waiting, the refund never came. Can our advocates help make Nelson whole?

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