Bumped, but where’s my voucher?

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Delta promises Shirin Vakharia a flight voucher if she volunteers to take another flight. She does — but where’s the scrip?

Question: My sister and I recently had a confirmed flight on Delta Air Lines from San Francisco to Dayton, Ohio. The itinerary included a scheduled one-hour, 30 minute stopover in Atlanta.

When I arrived in San Francisco and checked in at the kiosk, I was asked if I would be willing to volunteer my seat. I indicated yes, checked my bag through Dayton and arrived at the gate.

While waiting at the gate at San Francisco, I was called to the desk. The gate agent notified me that she could put me on a flight to Detroit, and then continue to Dayton. I agreed to be rebooked and asked if my sister, who was on the same flight but a separate reservation, could also be rebooked with me.
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Do I deserve a refund for this LivingSocial deal?

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Teri Rustmann’s Living Social voucher for a Caribbean vacation isn’t worth the money it’s printed on — or so he thinks. Why won’t the company refund it?

Question: I’m writing to you in the hope that you can help resolve a dispute I am having with Living Social. I don’t know where else to turn.

I purchased two Living Social vouchers for a Costa Rica trip, for $1,799 each. According to the advertisement, the voucher represented a 40 percent savings over the regular price of the trip. I purchased the vouchers specifically and solely because they represented a significant savings, as stated in the voucher.
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When do JetBlue’s vouchers expire? Whenever it says they do

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JetBlue is one of only a few airlines that issues flight vouchers when a fare drops after you book it, and if you use a service like Yapta, you can get notified when the price of your ticket falls.

But is the voucher worth anything? That’s what Jerry Gershner wants to know — and if I agree with his interpretation, he’d like me to help him fix it. I’m not sure if I do (or if I can) but maybe you can help me sort it out.

Here’s what happened to him: A few weeks ago, he booked JetBlue tickets for him and his wife.

“One day after I purchased these tickets, the fare dropped by $50,” he says.

He called JetBlue, which issued two $50 vouchers. So far, so good.
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I gave up my airline seat — now my company wants the voucher

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When Qatar Airways oversold Anto Nirmal’s recent flight from Trivandrum, India, to Doha, he volunteered to surrender his seat and take the next scheduled flight. In exchange, Qatar Airways offered him a voucher, which he could use for a future trip.

This overbooking-bumping tango takes place every day around the world. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports 538,911 passengers offered to give up their seats in exchange for an extra ticket in 2011, the last year for which numbers are available.

But what happened next isn’t so common.
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Why won’t RIU extend my hotel voucher?

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When Dave Mootz checked into the RIU Playacar two years ago, he was greeted by trucks and construction workers where there should have been a quiet beach. The area was undergoing a much-needed beach restoration project — during his much-needed Mexico vacation.

Mootz was unhappy with the view and the incessant noise. So he complained to RIU, and after a lengthy back-and-forth, the hotel agreed to send him a two-night voucher, valid between Aug. 1, 2010 and Aug. 30, 2011. That made him a little more happy, but not by much. He’d asked for a partial refund, arguing that he couldn’t return to Mexico until 2013.
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