When a flight delay results in an involuntary downgrade, is a refund due?

Kavita Burra’s mother purchases round-trip business class tickets from India to the U.S. but a misses a connecting flight from the U.S. to India. This causes her to be rebooked in an economy seat. Can we help Burra receive reimbursement for the difference in fare?

If a policy is unwritten, does it really exist?

When Jon Dobson tries to get a bereavement rate on a Virgin Atlantic ticket, the airline forces him to purchase a high-priced ticket at the last minute but promises a refund for the difference between his airfare and a bereavement fare if he sends its agents the death certificate. But when he does so, the airline’s only response is deathly silence.

For the last time, no, a nonrefundable ticket is not refundable

When Shakera Bland wanted to go to Paris, she booked a nonrefundable plane ticket through a third-party site. She expected a week in Paris but when her plans changed, she got a headache instead. Now Bland wants our assistance with a refund. But can we help?

Now that I don’t need the miles I purchased, can I get a refund?

Jessica Peterson wants a refund for her American Airlines miles. She bought 17,000 miles to cover the cost of a ticket, but then American Airlines lowered the number of miles needed for the transaction. Now, the airline is balking at helping her undo the transaction.

Mamma Mia! No tour of Italy and no refund

When Doreen Hogle and her husband are forced to cancel their trip to Italy, Expedia offers them credit for their Alitalia air tickets, which expires on a specified date. But that date is coming up, and the Hogles haven’t been able to use the credits to rebook the trip through Expedia. Can our advocates get the Hogles an extension of the deadline or a refund for their canceled trip?

Why won’t you refund my refundable ticket, Lufthansa? (It’s refundable, isn’t it?)

At first glance, Siafa Sherman’s case should have been straightforward. According to Sherman, she paid for a refundable air ticket on Lufthansa, which she then canceled — and was due a refund. But when both our forum staffers and regular advocacy team took a look at Sherman’s paperwork, they realized that Sherman’s ticket was not refundable — and Sherman was not happy to hear that.

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