Why a luggage delay does not entitle you to a ticket refund

Erin Hill is invited to be a bridesmaid in her friend’s destination wedding in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Air traffic delays cause her to miss her original flight to St. Thomas. Sympathetic to Hill’s situation, United routes her through Miami on another carrier. Arriving in St. Thomas that same night, she can still be in the wedding the next day as planned. But Hill’s luggage doesn’t make the trip. She’s forced to borrow clothes from her friend and misses participating in the wedding. Now Hill wants a full refund. Will our advocates be able to help her get it?

“The hotel lost my luggage” — and that’s just the beginning of this tale of lost and found

When you check your luggage and board a plane there’s always at least a moment when you wonder, “Am I ever going to see that bag again?” When Ashli Overton and her family boarded their flight to spend the holidays in Mexico they may have had exactly that thought. What they didn’t expect was that it would be the hotel that lost their luggage, not the airline.

Isn’t spending four days without my clothes worth $750?

When Susan Braitman boards her cruise ship in Southampton, England, her luggage doesn’t board with her — and it takes four days for British Airways to reunite her and her bags. When she asks for reimbursement of the cost of items she needed for those four days, the airline goes silent. Can we help reunite her with her money?

Help! Airberlin only offered to pay me for half of my clothes

Christian Markgraaff is traveling with his baby and wife when the airline loses all their checked luggage. They purchase $1,000 worth of replacement items while waiting for their baggage to be found. Airberlin offers him a 50-euro voucher for future travel, which he rejects. Three months later Markgraaff is still trying to get compensation.

A closer look at the best and worst airlines of 2007

Here’s an important footnote to the airline industry’s year from hell. A closer look at the Transportation Department’s 2007 report card shows some carriers were likelier to lose your luggage, deny you boarding, get you to your destination late and provoke a written complaint. And some airlines were above it all.

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