A stranger on my bus tour made me sick. Can I get a refund?

Gayle Hackner took a Trafalgar bus tour throughout Spain and Portugal for 13 days. During that time, she was disgusted that a man and his young son in adjacent seats appeared to be sick. Their constant coughing irritated her. But the last straw came at the end of the tour when she woke up sick herself. Now that she’s home, she wants to know if Trafalgar owes her a refund for this unpleasant bus tour. Read more “A stranger on my bus tour made me sick. Can I get a refund?”

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?”