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What to do when you fall for a fake star

Fiona Lau contacted me in a panic a few days ago. She’d booked a “three-star” hotel through Hotwire, which doesn’t reveal the name of the property until you’ve paid for a non-refundable reservation by credit card. She ended up at a Clarion Hotel property in Pennsylvania she didn’t expect -- or want.

Hey, that’s no four-star hotel!

Albert Muick books a four-star hotel through Expedia in Prague. Turns out, it's just a three-star property. When he asks for a refund, he's sent a series of form letters. What now?