Offended by our request for more information? We can’t help

“These researchers for Chris Elliott respond with more legalese than the cotton-pickin’ insurance company did.”

This was the response we received from Donald Norton to a question we asked him about his case.

Our advocates often need to follow up with additional questions to determine whether we can help consumers requesting our assistance. We do this when we receive help requests with information that appears to be unclear or incomplete. Most of these consumers are happy to provide us with the answers to our questions, but some take offense. When that happens, we can’t help them.

Because of the hurricane, my flight was canceled — twice. Why can’t I get a refund?

When Brenda Alvarez’s flights to Costa Rica are canceled because of Hurricane Irma, she tries to secure a refund from American Airlines but it only offers 10 percent of the original cost of her flights. She wants to know if we can help her get more.

How will the Qatar quagmire affect your next trip?

Two of Richard Come’s co-workers are affected by a blockade of Qatar, a small country on the Arabian Peninsula that extends into the Persian Gulf and shares its southern land border with Saudi Arabia. Several of Qatar’s neighbors have suspended diplomatic relations and air traffic and accused Qatar of supporting terrorism.

I was on the flight, so why did United call me a no-show?

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?

No cruise, no insurance and no refund? Not so fast!

Frank Pirri asked us for help with not one but two Princess World Cruises that he and his wife needed to cancel because of a sudden, serious medical diagnosis. But without travel insurance we thought that they would be out of luck. Happily, in this case, we were wrong.

But should you expect the same results? The short answer is no.

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