Yes, you can win a credit card chargeback. Even now, during the darkest days of the coronavirus pandemic. And yes, even when your travel company says “no.”
Asking a bank to force a merchant to return your money is typically a last resort. But that’s where we are now. A lot of my readers don’t have anywhere to go.
Some travel companies have quietly changed their refund rules in the past few weeks, demanding that consumers accept a credit voucher that expires after a year or two. They’ve violated federal laws or the terms of their contracts, citing “extraordinary” circumstances.
But what about your extraordinary circumstances?
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If you want to know if your travel company is about to go out of business, then remember Amoma. And Thomas Cook. And WOW Air.
As travelers cautiously look ahead to their next trip, worried about the financial future of their chosen airline, cruise line or hotel, they’re smart to recall the lessons of past business cessations.
It’s already happening. Since I posted this story in March, we’ve had at least two travel companies go belly-up. The online travel agency Bookit.com and the Alaskan regional carrier RavnAir are gone. More to follow.
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Coronavirus refund policies are up in the air. While some airlines, cruise lines and hotels have offered customers their money back amid a wave of coronavirus cancellations, others haven’t.
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No one wants to travel after the coronavirus outbreak. But getting a full refund for your trip — ah, that’s another issue. I have a few expert tips that will help you get a coronavirus refund.
But should you cancel? Most travel companies now offer incentives to reschedule. Princess Cruises, for instance, is throwing in a generous cruise credit if you rebook your vacation.
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The coronavirus crisis has left many travelers wondering if they need medical evacuation coverage. And chances are, if you have to ask, you probably do.
Medical evacuation is included in most travel insurance policies. It covers the cost of being transferred to a higher-level care facility or transported to a facility closer to home. Sometimes, that requires a medical evacuation with an air ambulance.
“Being able to get home for treatment by your own doctors in your own home country is invaluable,” says Tom Bochnowski, vice president of marketing for Redpoint travel insurance.
With the coronavirus now a global pandemic, you need airtight medical evacuation coverage if you go anywhere.
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