When Simon Khin decides to purchase ground coffee worth $48 at the end of his recent plantation tour in Bali, he is startled to discover that he has actually been charged $4,800. But what was more shocking to Khin was Capital One’s refusal to permanently reverse this fraudulent charge.
When Milton Dortch and his wife planned their trip from Atlanta to New York in December 2015, Dortch booked their flights on Delta Air Lines, using his American Express SkyMiles credit card. On their day of travel a series of violent thunderstorms caused delays in the southeastern U.S., and Dortch arrived at his destination 10 hours late.
Kentrel Thompson checks out of a Hampton Inn and later, with great dismay, finds that $250 has been debited from the bank account that was used to pay for the room. The reason? The hotel says that “Mr. Thompson” was smoking marijuana in his room.
After Cathy Elliott’s repeated attempts to extract her client’s sizeable refund from Uncommon Journeys are rebuffed, she turns to our advocacy team for assistance. Why do we decide to bend our policy and assist this travel agent?
Charles Nethersole is looking forward to exploring the English countryside. But when the car rental agents won’t give him a car or refund his prepaid rental, he contacts our advocates for help.
Susan Parelman was enjoying a cruise vacation on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas when she disembarked in Cozumel, Mexico to do some shopping. Unfortunately, she felt she was “ripped off” at a jewelry store that she claimed was vetted by the cruise line and now she wants a refund.
When Meghan Robinson bought a piglet named Peaches, she was devastated when the little creature was deemed unhealthy and the sale fell through. But now she’s not only missing Peaches, but the breeder is refusing to refund the $4,000 Robinson paid for her.
While planning a trip to Disney World, Kathie O’Neill sees a great offer on Travelocity for Park Hopper tickets. She buys them, but immediately changes her mind and wants a refund. Can she get one?
When Kenneth Copeland uses the web browser on his phone to purchase concert tickets, he is pleased when he receives an email confirming his desired seats. However, the shock comes when he scrolls down to the price he just paid — over $10,000 for four tickets.
Pat DiPersia and his wife, Rebecca, took one look at the hotel they had booked through Groupon and knew they didn’t want to stay there. It was filthy, and basic amenities were missing.
Days before Hurricane Irma hits Florida, a representative of Economy Bookings informs Stephen Sherman that he can cancel his Palm Beach-area Thrifty car rental with no penalty. So why is the company still holding on to his money two months later?
Joshua Perry canceled his reservation at the Hyatt on learning that he couldn’t bring his dog. The Hyatt assured Perry that it wouldn’t charge him for the room, but it did so anyway — and successfully challenged his credit card chargeback.
Why did Perry have to pay for a room he couldn’t use?
Kurt Piemonte is annoyed when Expedia calls to tell him that his upcoming Airberlin flight to Barcelona has been canceled. He requests the next available flight and is stunned to find that there aren’t any — ever again. And a new shock quickly follows: A refund will not be forthcoming. Is there anything we can do to help?
When Beverly Hoff spots a lower price for her hotel, she asks Priceline to honor its “Best Price Guarantee.” But Priceline unexpectedly reverses its credit to Hoff’s account and wins a chargeback months later. Can our advocates persuade Priceline to return the credit to Hoff?
If you intentionally violate the terms of a user agreement and suffer a loss, our advocates can’t and won’t help you recover. Ann Wax and her minor son found this out the hard way.
When Jeff McCabe found two charges by Comcast on his credit card one month, he disputed one of them. But over the next three months, he found himself fighting Comcast over the duplicate charge. He asked our advocates to help him straighten out his account.
Gail Creath didn’t confirm her Aeroméxico ticket was booked for the correct date, and the flight left without her. Although the airline was willing to reinstate her ticket for a fee, she didn’t like that option — we don’t recommend what she did next.
Rachel Broughten booked a cruise on Royal Caribbean, but the cruise line incorrectly charged her credit card for an extra payment — because her travel agent gave the line the wrong credit card number.
When a consumer has problems getting satisfaction from a travel provider, we suggest a credit card chargeback as a last resort. It’s shocking when the provider is the one to suggest it, and as the first option.
When a hurricane threatens New Jersey, Michael Shansky tries to cancel his vacation — but neither Orbitz nor his hotel will agree to refund his payment. Shansky initiates a chargeback, but Orbitz successfully disputes it. Can our advocates help Shansky secure a refund for a trip he never took?
Arthur Goldberg says he’ll never fly on United Airlines again after his recent trip to Israel. After a trip full of delays and a cancellation, he was offered only $38 and two $100 flight certificates. Goldberg thinks that’s extremely inadequate. But as far as United is concerned, Goldberg’s attitude precludes him from any further consideration.
When Cole Jennings upgraded the frequent flier tickets she and her husband were using to go to Australia, from business class to first class, it should have cost her 20,000 frequent flier miles for each ticket. Instead her credit card was billed $3,800. What?
Joan Monks’ story is a case of self-booking gone terribly wrong. She thought she was buying airline tickets from Delta Air Lines. When she found out she was mistaken, she took steps that made her situation worse, including a credit card chargeback.