Well, that didn’t take long. The U.S. airlines have quietly started tightening their rules again, even as COVID-19 cases take off in America. And now, travelers want to know how they can get an airline to waive its rules. (reprint) “How to get an airline to waive its rules now”
If the coronavirus ruined your travel plans and you got stuck with a bill, you’re not the only one.
Since this crisis brought the travel industry to a halt, we’ve received more pleas for help than ever. Travelers need guidance navigating the complicated, ever-changing, and often confusing cancellation and refund policies created during the pandemic.
As we approach the six-month mark of the coronavirus crisis, here’s what you need to know about those cancellation policies — so you don’t end up taking a financial hit.
“If the coronavirus ruined your travel plans, this is what you need to know”
Can a European airline force you to accept a voucher instead of a refund for a flight it canceled during the pandemic? The simple answer is no. But that hasn’t stopped many carriers across the globe from trying. “If a European airline owes you a refund, here’s how to get it”
Gerald Stanton canceled a planned boat tour of the Panama Canal after suffering a terrible accident last fall.
That day trip through the canal was scheduled for January of this year — before the coronavirus crisis began. So why is the operator of this excursion blaming the eight-month refund delay on the pandemic?
That’s the $252 question that faces the Elliott Advocacy team today. “How do I get a refund for this canceled boat tour?”
Patty Eggen is upset — and she wants to know if she’s being too patient. She booked an Alaska cruise this summer and canceled it months ago. Her cruise fare refund from Norwegian arrived in early July. But her airfare refund from Alaska Airlines is still missing in action. And she’s wondering: How long does it take to get a refund during the pandemic? “How long does it take to get a refund during the pandemic?”
If the coronavirus caused your airline to cancel your upcoming flight, you might be wondering how to get your refund. Well, wonder no more.
Every day, the airline industry is coming up with new, surprising ways to avoid paying those cash refunds. But our team is here to make sure you know what your airline does — and doesn’t owe you during this pandemic. Here is the guidance you need to ensure you won’t miss any refund owed to you. “If coronavirus made your airline cancel your flight, this is how to get a refund”
In late May, Maria Gatchalian was still hoping to vacation in Greece in July with her family. But United Airlines had already canceled their nonstop and put them on a connecting flight on another airline — without notice. After Gatchalian accidentally discovered the surprising news, things went from bad to worse. When she tried to cancel the trip, United Airlines told her she would need to make any changes through Lufthansa. “United Airlines put me on another airline! Can I refuse?”
Since the coronavirus started sinking the cruise industry, we’ve seen travelers make some pretty expensive cancellation mistakes. But Joan Kellert’s story is one of the worst. She lost nearly $9,000 when her travel agent canceled her upcoming cruise before any coronavirus cancellation waiver existed.
Now she wants her money back. But is that even a remote possibility? “This coronavirus cruise cancellation was a big $8,697 mistake!”
When coronavirus started closing down Italy, Meryl Silver wondered if she would be forced to cancel her upcoming trip. She didn’t have to wait long for an answer. In early March, the private photographer who was hosting the workshop she was to attend, announced he was “rescheduling” the event. So why won’t he return her $1,200 deposit? “Can my guide cancel my trip to Italy and keep my money too?”