Answer: This could have been avoided if Priceline had just played back the call, in which it allegedly says that you were only getting a refund for the airline tickets. Wouldn’t it be great if a corporation automatically emailed you an MP3 file of your conversation after you hung up? Maybe there ought to be a law.
But I digress. This is why you want to create a paper trail when you’re dealing with any company. Priceline couldn’t deny something that a representative wrote, so if you could show them an email in which they agree to refund the entire package (and by the way, $3,208 for a Hawaii package is a great deal) then you’d have a much stronger case.
When a company digs its heels in, your options are limited. You can dispute the charges on your credit card or appeal to someone at the executive level. But you had exhausted at least one of those (the appeal) and disputing the charge was complicated, because you still wanted to use the rest of the package.
I asked Priceline to look into this, and it sent me the same answer: no. It said you were told that only airfare would be refunded. I found this disappointing. I also concluded that Priceline had reviewed its phone conversation and determined everything happened exactly the way it says it happened.
But a few hours later, I received a call from Priceline. It had reviewed its records on your incident and now agreed with you. Priceline refunded your entire package.