If the coronavirus ruined your travel plans, this is what you need to know

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 seven-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. (Reprint)
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How to get a refund from Airbnb during the pandemic

Elena Lopez wants to know how to get a refund from Airbnb during the pandemic. She had to cancel her stay in London and thought she could get her money back. Is getting an Airbnb refund impossible? (reprint – last updated Sept 8)
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How to get an airline to waive its rules now

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) Read more “How to get an airline to waive its rules now”

Coronavirus concerns made me cancel my tour. Where is my refund?

When coronavirus concerns cause Patricia Fuja to cancel her West Coast tour, she tries to get a refund from her tour operator. But why is it taking so long? (reprint) Read more “Coronavirus concerns made me cancel my tour. Where is my refund?”

Will travel insurance protect you during the coronavirus outbreak?

David Klement wants to know if his travel insurance will protect him during the coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, could it get him a full $15,506 refund for his Grand Circle Travel tour of India?

The question — “Will travel insurance protect me during the coronavirus outbreak?” — is driving travelers a little crazy during the pandemic. After all, they bought travel insurance believing it would fully protect them. And by “fully protect,” they mean being made whole if something catastrophic happened.

And then something catastrophic happened.  (Reprint) Read more “Will travel insurance protect you during the coronavirus outbreak?”

This is what happens when your airline convinces you to cancel your flight over coronavirus

If an airline convinces you to cancel your flight during the coronavirus pandemic, can you still get a refund? That’s what Lon Allan is asking today.

In March, Allan was sitting at home, minding his own business when an email from United Airlines arrived. At first blush, it seemed the airline had concern for Allan’s possible need to cancel his upcoming flight over coronavirus. But scratch the surface, and the motivation behind this email becomes crystal clear. Unfortunately, Allan didn’t recognize the friendly overture wasn’t all it seemed until it was too late.

Now Allan wants help retrieving the $8,631 he paid for the flight that United Airlines convinced him to cancel.

But is that possible? Read more “This is what happens when your airline convinces you to cancel your flight over coronavirus”

Ridiculous pandemic excuses businesses use — and what they really mean

What kind of pandemic excuses have you heard lately?

From “extraordinary” circumstances to “it’s complicated,” companies are feeding you a line when they fail to meet their basic customer service obligations. Sometimes you need a dictionary to decipher the meaning behind the words and phrases in these excuses during the pandemic. Read more “Ridiculous pandemic excuses businesses use — and what they really mean”