Budgetair’s new travel itinerary doesn’t work for me — how about a refund?

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By Christopher Elliott

When Joshua Menang’s travel agency changes his itinerary, he asks for his money back. Budgetair promises a partial refund but then fails to deliver. Can our advocates help him?


I have a problem with Budgetair.co.uk and I desperately need your help. I found two cheap airline tickets this summer from San Francisco to Cameroon. As a humanitarian worker I don’t have a lot of money.

Budgetair emailed me weeks afterwards, changing the itineraries to new ones that do not fit my plans. I requested full refunds of both tickets but they said that they can only refund one. Since then, they have not refunded the ticket and are not answering my calls. They seldom reply to my emails. I need to rearrange my travel and am on a tight budget. Can you help? — Joshua Menang, Yaounde, Cameroon


This is a strange case. Normally, online agencies don’t change your schedule; airlines do.

Could Budgetair be fiddling with the schedules, perhaps in an effort to keep their customers’ money or to land them on a cheaper, comparable flight? (Related: Sick at the airport, so why won’t Airberlin refund my ticket?)

As our advocacy team reviewed the paper trail between you and Budgetair, we could see the red flags flapping in a gale-force wind. Budgetair first said the tickets couldn’t be refunded. Then they said the tickets hadn’t been issued and were partially refundable. Then they went into radio silence.

Well, what’s it going to be?

It’s pretty clear to us that something is not quite right with this situation. For the record: When an airline changes your flight, you have two choices: either a full refund or a flight of the airline’s choosing. There’s no partially refundable. It’s all or nothing. (Here’s how to get a refund on a nonrefundable airline ticket.)

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If Budgetair didn’t issue the ticket yet, it should have promptly refunded it — no questions asked.

This time, instead of soliciting our readers’ opinions on a Budgetair case, we found the nearest phone booth and did a quick costume change. We contacted the company on your behalf. It issued a full refund of your ticket, as promised.

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Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is the founder of Elliott Advocacy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers consumers to solve their problems and helps those who can't. He's the author of numerous books on consumer advocacy and writes three nationally syndicated columns. He also publishes the Elliott Report, a news site for consumers, and Elliott Confidential, a critically acclaimed newsletter about customer service. If you have a consumer problem you can't solve, contact him directly through his advocacy website. You can also follow him on X, Facebook, and LinkedIn, or sign up for his daily newsletter. He is based in Panamá City.

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