United Airlines canceled her flight. So how did she end up as a no-show?

When Edith Maas’ return flight from Tel Aviv was canceled by United Airlines, she took matters into her own hands: She booked new tickets on another airline. Unfortunately, this action cost her an additional $1,500, and she wants a refund. But is she entitled to one?

If at first you don’t get your EU 261 claim approved — try, try again

Sally Lee and a friend book flights to London on British Airways. But the airline cancels their flight less than 24 hours before departure. Their story is a good lesson in how a specific European Union regulation can help flyers, and how to get your EU 261 claim approved.

Why is British Airways referring me to the police department to find my lost bag?

Alexandra Epee-Bounya arrived at the baggage claim carousel after her flight from London. Her luggage didn’t. But her story went from annoying to bizarre when British Airways referred her to the police department to locate her belongings.

Here’s how to get an airline to pay your EU 261 claim

When British Airways canceled Lawrence Karp’s recent flight from London to Philadelphia, the airline rebooked him and the other three people in his party on a flight to Newark, N.J. But it denied his EU 261 claim, the European air travel protection law.

Why? According to British Airways, a cabin crew strike caused the flight cancellation. And it contends this strike relieves the airline of paying the EU 261 claim.

Here’s why booking connections on separate itineraries is a bad idea

Dov Hook wants a refund for change fees charged by American Airlines for a connection he didn’t make. But our advocates are not inclined to assist him because his situation is the result of his own errors.

Hook’s case is a warning to air travelers to avoid booking connecting flights on separate itineraries and to check in by the time indicated on one’s air ticket. And when traveling with small children or anyone with mobility issues, as Hook was, you need to allow yourself additional advance time to check in and make connections. Otherwise, as Hook discovered the hard way, you might be staying on the ground and on the hook for some hefty change fees.

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.

We missed our flight by minutes — should we be forced to pay extra to get home?

Michal Escobar and her husband were returning home from a special vacation in Italy. But when they tried to check in for their flight on British Airways, the check-in agents prevented them from flying. The Escobars had to pay for a hotel room for the night as well as expensive walk-up rates for tickets home on Aer Lingus the next day.

British Airways won’t give me proof that my ticket was nonrefundable

After a terrorist attack in London, Kelly Bukaty cancels her British Airways flight. But her travel insurance company won’t reimburse her airfare without proof that her ticket was nonrefundable. Can our advocates help Bukaty get British Airways to provide documentation to resolve her insurance claim?

If your daughter doesn’t have time for this, neither do we

Editor’s Note: We help a lot of travelers with a lot of different problems — everything from cell phone bills to computer problems, and from filthy rentals to canceled flights. But we do have limits on the cases we will take, and this case falls under one of those limits.

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.

This traveler says that her flight was canceled. But was it?

Linda Keberle and her husband planned a 12-day Baltic vacation on a Holland America cruise, departing from Copenhagen, Denmark. But while they were still at the Cleveland airport, British Airways shut down its operations. The Keberles canceled their trip, believing that they would not be able to make their connecting flight on British Airways to Copenhagen.

I was bumped from my flight, so where is my compensation?

Celeste Powers is bumped from her flight, and British Airways issues her a debit card worth $659 as compensation. The card doesn’t work, and a month later the airline still won’t resolve the issue. Can our advocates help her get compensation for her overbooked flight?

I just wanted to fly home from Paris. Why was my ticket invalid?

When Ramiro Cruz is prevented from boarding his flight home from Paris, he asks our response team to help him recover the cost of his new air ticket. Can our advocates cut through a fog of code-sharing and contracted fares to get Cruz his airfare back?

Is a French air traffic control strike a valid reason to deny EU 261 compensation?

Tim Murphy booked flights on Expedia for himself, his wife and their four children for an Italian vacation. A strike by French air traffic controllers threw a wrench in their plans. Now he wants to know if his missed connections are fixable.

British Airways goes on the blink. What should I expect?

British Airways: “The World’s Favourite Airline.”

I know what you’re thinking. I must be joking. Certainly, Lynne Farrow from Arlington, Va., will think I am. She was one of the 75,000 passengers stranded when British Airways (BA) had a worldwide IT systems failure on May 28.

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