TripAdvisor left me on the hook for a $900 cancellation fee

Adelaide Northrop’s preferred accommodation in St John, U.S. Virgin Islands, is unavailable, so she books an alternative hotel through TripAdvisor advertised as having no cancellation fee. When her first choice suddenly offers her a reservation, she happily confirms. So why does TripAdvisor charge her $911?
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A hotel reimbursement from American Airlines? Get it in writing

When John Thompson lands in Washington D.C., he discovers that he’s missed the last connecting flight home to Boston. A gate agent assures him not to worry. She will be put him on a flight the next morning and he will receive a hotel reimbursement from American Airlines. But will he?
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A berry good time in Southern California, Temecula edition

Temecula may be one of California’s best-known wine regions, but I’ll always remember it for something else: the fresh fruit we harvested on a recent visit to this out-of-the-way Southern California destination. Read more “A berry good time in Southern California, Temecula edition”

Rudeness runs rampant for travelers. Is it your fault?

It was a random thought at the end of a recent column about unfriendly TSA agents. “I wonder if the rude agent is a reflection of an even ruder traveler,” mused David Kazarian, a pharmacist from Tampa.

It started a debate with a real purpose. Read more “Rudeness runs rampant for travelers. Is it your fault?”

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. Unfortunately, he soon discovers that he and his wife will be sitting in downgraded seats for the 17-hour flight. Shouldn’t he be entitled to a price adjustment? Read more “How about a refund for these downgraded seats, Qantas?”