Aer Lingus says it sent me a refund — I never received it

When Elizabeth Crisp’s father dies during her visit to Orlando, she needs to adjust her flight back home to Ireland. She is comforted by the kindness of the Aer Lingus representatives and reassured that a refund for the change fees will be issued as soon as a death certificate is forwarded. So three months later, why hasn’t she received it?

Those four missing letters on your child’s airline ticket will cost you $2,000

Damon Terzaghi plans a trip to New Zealand to introduce his recently born child to his family. When making the reservations, he mistakenly uses his stepson’s nickname on one of the four tickets. Of course, it doesn’t match the name on his stepson’s passport.

A self-booking mistake cost this traveler $1,300

Last March, Sharon Mixon bought two tickets from Orlando to Auckland, New Zealand. But a month before departure, she realized that the names on the tickets didn’t exactly match the names on their passports. In today’s travel environment that could have created big problems during their trip. As it turns out, it created big problems before the trip even began.

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