Travel Troubleshooter: Hey, United Airlines, why did you cancel my ticket?

Dear Travel Troubleshooter: I was flying from Monterey Regional Airport to Los Angeles on United Airlines for medical treatment. I truly appreciate the convenience of a direct route, so you can imagine my frustration when I arrived at the airport in Monterey to check in and discovered that United had canceled and refunded my ticket. My only recourse was to purchase a new ticket for more than $900.

I had a confirmation number and an e-ticket in my inbox. Gate and phone agents offered no help or empathy. Why did United refund the ticket without any communication? How was I supposed to know that my ticket was no longer valid?

The flight was not for business or pleasure, but rather medical reasons. I flew out of San Francisco instead. I believe I am owed a refund of the $100 round-trip airport shuttle fee and the same-day airfare I had to purchase for $150. Can you help?

— Lauren Daly, Monterey

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Answer: United should have let you know it had a problem with your itinerary. Instead, it assured you that all was well, even sending you a confirmation number.

But all was not well.

A review of your case shows that United had an unspecified “issue” with your credit card. It suggested you take up the matter with your bank. And, while you should revisit this with your financial institution, that will not help you with your extra expenses.

Here’s the problem: Airline ticket prices fluctuate, sometimes dramatically. So that inexpensive fare from Monterey to Los Angeles you bought two weeks ago will cost three or four times as much when you try to buy it at the last minute. United knows this, of course. It wants you to pay …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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