This is what happens when you don’t want to tip on your cruise

What if you don’t want to tip on your cruise? Or maybe you’re not against cruise gratuities, but prefer to give on a person by person basis. Can the cruise line force you to pay a set amount for the crew’s bonus?

That’s the question Laurie May wants answered. She says Oceania recently blindsided her by adding $320 to the cost of her 10-day European cruise. The reason? Automatically added gratuities.

Now she wants the Elliott Advocacy team to retrieve the crew bonus and put it back in her wallet. But is that something we can do? (Reprint/Sept. 2019/updated June 2020)

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How can I get a refund for a canceled vacation rental?

When Marilyn Harrett called off her Hawaii vacation this spring, she thought she could get a refund for a canceled vacation rental. After all, her state was locked down and so was the Aloha State. There was no way she’d be able to make it to her rental in Maui.

Oh, and one more thing: She had an email from the vacation rental company promising her a refund. Slam dunk, right?

Wrong.
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If coronavirus made your airline cancel your flight, this is how to get a refund

If the coronavirus caused your airline to cancel your upcoming flight, you might be wondering how to get your refund. Well, wonder no more.

Every day, the airline industry is coming up with new, surprising ways to avoid paying those cash refunds. But our team is here to make sure you know what your airline does — and doesn’t owe you during this pandemic. Here is the guidance you need to ensure you won’t miss any refund owed to you. Read more “If coronavirus made your airline cancel your flight, this is how to get a refund”

My American Airlines flight was on time, but I arrived on the wrong day!

Evan Hunt recently made an embarrassing self-ticketing mistake on American Airlines that forced him to miss a business meeting. His time zone confusion led him to take a flight to Hong Kong that landed as scheduled — but one day too late for the important meeting.

So why is he contacting a consumer advocacy organization about this blunder? (Reprint/March 16, 2019) Read more “My American Airlines flight was on time, but I arrived on the wrong day!”