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Why did Lufthansa cancel this traveler’s flight home?

One of the joys of vacationing for many of us, is the chance to “unplug” for a bit — away from social media, email, and the constant intrusion of the internet into our lives. For Despina Spyros, that vacation luxury last summer turned out to be costly. The post Why did Lufthansa cancel this..

I upgraded to Business Class. Shouldn’t I receive a refund on my prepaid bags?

After upgrading to business class on his TAP Portugal flight returning from Lisbon, James Quebbeman thought he would receive a refund on the extra baggage and preferred seats he had to pay for when he bought his economy ticket. Can we help him get it? The post I upgraded to Business Class…

On the Road – Part 3

We’re at Day 60 on our Silk Road by car odyssey, out of China, through Kazakhstan and into Kyrgyzstan, but here are some final thoughts on driving in China after covering 10,500km from the Laos border to the Kazakhstan one. ▲ My car, Burgundy, in trouble. It was totally my own fault, we hit a very bad stretch of road when we left the ‘highway’ between Turpan and Kuytun and I clouted the exhaust on a big rock … or something

Toilets in China

One of the pleasures (or at least conveniences) of travel in China today is the huge number of public toilets.

Walking in the footsteps of WWII soldiers in Normandy leaves a lasting impression

Not many of us think of taking an educational trip after leaving college and the study abroad programs behind. But a good educational trip can connect you to the past and to people you never knew — in ways you can never imagine. The post Walking in the footsteps of WWII soldiers in Normandy..

Want a refund on your vacation rental? Then don’t do this.

When Melissa Daniels planned her family’s vacation to Florida, she found a rental on HomeAway. But when she initiated contact and requested to book the property, the management company insisted that she book directly with it instead of through HomeAway.

“The hotel lost my luggage” — and that’s just the beginning of this tale of lost and found

When you check your luggage and board a plane there’s always at least a moment when you wonder, “Am I ever going to see that bag again?” When Ashli Overton and her family boarded their flight to spend the holidays in Mexico they may have had exactly that thought.

Princess saves the day — and a life

Phyllis Occhionero and Erna Frances thought a well-deserved and hassle-free Princess cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to their home city of Seal Beach, near Los Angeles, Calif., was just what the doctor ordered. The post Princess saves the day — and a life appeared first on Elliott

A Renaissance of successes saves a Delta fail

After a wonderful week in Pennsylvania with her family, Tricia Kalinowski learned that her Delta Air Lines flight from Philadelphia’s airport back home to Blaine, Minn., seemed hopelessly delayed from mechanical snafus. The post A Renaissance of successes saves a Delta fail appeared first on..

What happened to my tickets? And where’s my refund?

Sanda Anca Sperneac’s trip to Budapest, Hungary, turned out to be more expensive than she expected. She had to pay extra to get home to Toronto because of her travel booking company’s mistake – to the tune of 922 Canadian dollars ($689)

Absurdistan

I really liked Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story and I’m weirdly fascinated by any country that ends in ‘-stan’ – I’ve been to a few of them – so his earlier novel Absurdistan looked like a certainty. Sure enough the vulgar misadventures of the grossly overweight Misha Vainberg, spoilt son of the 1238th richest man in Russia, are vulgarly comic without ever really getting anywhere.

Did Holiday Inn lie to me about its refund policy?

It’s bad enough Carole Carson can’t attend her granddaughter’s wedding — but Holiday Inn’s holding on to her money only adds to her pain. Question:I would like a refund from Holiday Inn. I used their online reservation service on March 14 for reservations for June 15 to 18 to attend my..