It’s not our fault. You’ve probably heard that line a time or two, especially from your airline, hotel or cruise line. It’s the old “Act of God” excuse — or to put it in less theological terms, an event “beyond our control.” “How to fight back against the ‘beyond our control’ excuse”
After bad weather forces Delta Air Lines to cancel Anna Vilnits’ flight, it offers her a goodwill gesture, but she rejects it and repeatedly insults the airline. Now she’s changed her mind. Can our advocates help her get Delta to reinstate its offer? “How did this traveler talk herself out of Delta’s goodwill gesture?”
Normally, someone like Camille Burgan wouldn’t care what is, or isn’t, an “extraordinary” circumstance.
But, as you probably guessed, this isn’t a normal situation. Burgan is embroiled in an EU 261-related dispute, and there’s money at stake — roughly $1,200. “Is this really an “extraordinary” circumstance, Norwegian Air?”
Sometimes, just a little more information can make a complaint melt away like a late winter snow. That’s what happened to Mary Walshe, who flew from Dublin to Boston in early November — a case that I thought was winnable until an important piece of information came to light.
“Well, why didn’t you just say so?”