If your vacation is canceled, what are your rights? For Ann O’Sullivan, that’s not a theoretical question. Her late-summer cruise from Athens to Barcelona became a casualty of covid-19 in May.
Did she get a quick refund, as promised? Of course not.
Princess Cruises offered her a refund or a credit. She chose the former, but almost three months later, she’s still waiting for her money.
She and her husband also put a deposit on a tour to Spain scheduled for late May. The tour operator canceled the couple’s trip in April and offered only a credit.
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Travel loyalty programs are desperate to keep you at a time when no one is traveling. Whether they are successful or not depends on people like Karen Kinnane and Mitchell Telsey.
Both frequent travelers have made one of the most difficult decisions of 2020, at least when it comes to their travel spending: whether to stay loyal to a preferred airline, hotel or points-earning credit card.
They know travel loyalty programs are desperate, but these are desperate times.
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If you don’t like to talk about recycling, it’s probably because you’re an experienced traveler. Recycling means that you’re out of clean clothes while you’re on the road and that you’ll either have to do the laundry or wear the same thing again.
And maybe again.
Your choices for doing laundry while traveling aren’t always that great. Hotel laundry services are ridiculously expensive. Who pays $7 to clean a shirt? Laundromats are often far away. And DIY laundry in the sink is, well, messy.
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The European Union has banned Americans from visiting. But Steven Hoekman needs to get to Germany this summer. Can he still go with the EU travel ban?
Hoekman, a retired dentist from Brooklyn, Mich., owns a rental property in Friedenweiler, in the southern Black Forest.
“I wanted to visit in August or September since I have things to do on the house,” he says. “I don’t suppose there’s any chance I can get over there because of business interests, is there?”
There is. The E.U. exempts those who hold long-term visas from the entry restrictions. So if Hoekman has the right paperwork, he’s in.
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Kevin Garvey wants to know if he’s required to wear a mask on a plane. So does just about everyone else who has to fly this summer.
Here’s the situation that prompted his question: On a recent flight from Fort Myers, Fla., to Chicago, two women seated in front of him dropped their face coverings. In an age of social distancing, he assumed that a flight attendant would quickly remedy the situation.
It didn’t happen. A crew member didn’t even seem to notice that they were unmasked, he says.
“At no time did they wear their masks while talking to the flight attendant, nor did she remind them to put on their masks,” says Garvey, a retired lawyer from Chicago. “The flight attendants did nothing to enforce their own directives.”
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