Why travel insurance can save the day

When Katie Kubitskey made plans to attend a friend’s destination wedding in Izmir, Turkey, last summer, she never imagined she’d need travel insurance. Read more “Why travel insurance can save the day”

I’ll never fly again — can I get a refund from my airline?

Brenda Brown will never fly again. So why won’t United Airlines refund her nonrefundable ticket?
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When Allegiant’s final word isn’t so final

Allegiant Air is one of the more fee-happy airlines flying in America. So when Dagny McDonald contacted me about a medical emergency, a canceled flight and a missing refund, I didn’t have much hope for her case.

But that didn’t stop me.

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Does this blizzard expose the travel industry’s cold heart?

An epic blizzard bearing down on the East Coast of the United States today is forcing passengers to ask difficult questions about compassion and the travel industry that supposedly serves them.
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Can’t fly after emergency appendectomy — how about a refund?

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If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when a case comes in, let me offer a little glimpse. The email goes to a group of trusted advisors and … we argue.

Is it a valid claim? Are the rules being followed? Do we have a paper trail?

And when we can’t agree on something, then it becomes a Tuesday post: Can this trip be saved?

All of which brings us to Ruth Ann Wulff’s case. The situation, she explains, has been dragging on for six months, and it involves her husband. Just before a recent family vacation from Sacramento, Calif., to Cancun, Mexico, to celebrate her 70th birthday, her husband had to have an emergency appendectomy.
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