When Iberia Airlines promises Susie Burton compensation for her lost luggage, she waits. And waits. And waits. Four months later, she calls our advocacy team. Can they help?
Question: We traveled on Iberia Airlines last April and our luggage was lost for two days. We have been waiting since then for Iberia to send us reimbursement as they said they would. I have been corresponding with them and I just keep getting the runaround. I hope you can help. — Susie Burton, Parkland, Fla.
Answer: Four months is enough time for Iberia to send you a reimbursement check. More than enough time. And if it couldn’t keep its promise to you, at least it could have told you why instead of leaving you guessing.
May I take a quick detour? I hate this airline game, where it makes you wait for the refund or credit or apology, hoping that you’ll give up. This is one of cruelest airline plays in the book, but also the most effective. That’s because passengers simply give up after waiting a long time. Airlines know it; it’s sometimes written into their business model.
Now, I’m not saying that was Iberia’s intent — making you wait so that it could keep your money — but I have to admit, that’s what it looks like from here. And that’s also what it looks like to you.
If Iberia promised you reimbursement for your lost luggage, it should have paid up in a timely fashion. The foot-dragging is wrong, wrong, wrong.
If you ever find yourself in a situation like this, take it up the chain. Here are the names, numbers and emails of the Iberia executives who can help. Or, you could take it up with our advocacy team here.
We hounded Iberia on your behalf until it paid up. It shouldn’t have been necessary, but my team assures me they really enjoy pursuing airlines for missing money, so they’re happy to help.
And hey, Iberia. Four months? Come on.