Are some travelers still being given free TSA PreCheck?

Security lines at some airports are long and require that passengers arrive even earlier than the airlines suggest in order to make their flights. Several years ago, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began Trusted Traveler Programs, including TSA PreCheck, which allow passengers who have paid a fee and submitted to a background check to benefit from expedited screening. Travelers with TSA PreCheck do not have to remove laptop computers or liquids from their carry-ons, and are allowed to keep their shoes and sweaters on as they are screened.

How about a refund for these downgraded seats, Qantas?

Stan Shopa is disappointed to miss his Qantas connection from Los Angeles to Melbourne. The airline rebooks him on a flight the next day — but downgrades his seat from premium economy to standard economy. So shouldn’t he be entitled to a price adjustment?

My U-Haul rental ran into a hitch. Here’s how I fixed it.

My experience with U-Haul customer service was a train wreck from start to finish. I wasted hours on hold, listening to how my call was “very important” to them, had to run back and forth between D.C. and Virginia a couple of extra times, incurred some unnecessary extra expenses, and endured a whole lot of aggravation. Can I get a little compensation?

American Airlines canceled my flight three days in a row. What does it owe me?

When Andre Yavetsky tried to fly from Chicago to Madrid on American Airlines, his flight was diverted to JFK, and he unexpectedly spent three days in New York. American initially offered him 15,000 miles in compensation, but Yavetsky wants more.

When you ask for too much, your rightful claim can be overlooked

Taylor Jennings has a tough time getting his bags from Baton Rouge, La., to Cleveland. Then his flight home to Louisiana is canceled. Rather than wait three days for a new Delta Air Lines flight, he takes matters into his own hands by buying his own ticket from American Airlines and returning home the next day. Naturally, he expects Delta to reimburse him for his American ticket. Unfortunately, this was not the best way to handle the situation. Can our advocates help him get reimbursed nevertheless?

Delta delayed our flight and the stress almost made my wife miscarry our baby

Darren Johnson and his wife were forced to cut short their trip to St. Thomas in order to return to Salt Lake City to be with their daughter, who needed major surgery. On the way home, Johnson and his wife found themselves stuck in the Atlanta airport during the infamous Delta computer outage of August 2016.

The airline said it was a weather delay. This passenger thought otherwise.

Deborah Freedline’s flight was diverted to Pittsburgh because of bad weather at her original destination, New York City’s LaGuardia Airport. Pittsburgh’s a great city, but not where she’d planned to spend the night. The airline said it was due to a weather delay. She disagrees and wants more compensation.

How to never miss your flight

I recently was inspired by my wife (who often inspires me). Unfortunately, this inspiration took place during a frantic phone call as she was stuck on the highway, 20 minutes before her plane’s scheduled departure. This flight was the only one that would have enabled her to make it in time for a business meeting.

A polite letter and our contacts lead to a positive resolution with Delta

Conflicts between companies and their customers are common, and consumers often act as their own advocates. We regularly advise consumers to start with a politely worded letter to the company, succinctly describing the problem and asking for a specific, reasonable resolution.

Why you shouldn’t wait 15 months after your trip to make a complaint

How long is too long to wait to register a complaint about the way you were treated? Writer Mason Cooley said, “Procrastination makes easy things hard and hard things harder.” This case is an example of how procrastination can make resolving a travel complaint not just harder but perhaps even impossible.

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