February 5, 2015 |
U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) used $7,869 from his campaign funds to pay for a trip to China in November for himself and his son. Fitzpatrick, along with Pasquale T. "Pat" Deon, the Pennsylvania Turnpike commissioner and SEPTA board chairman, made an unannounced private trip to Beijing and Shanghai to urge wealthy Chinese to immigrate to the United States through investing in a major highway-construction project in Bucks County. When The Inquirer first reported last year on the trip, Fitpatrick's office said it had not yet compiled the costs for the trip.
October 9, 2012
DEAR ABBY: Many women like surprises. Most men don't. My wife can't understand that. She recently "surprised" me by informing me she had made nonrefundable arrangements for us to visit a foreign country. She said I had once mentioned that I'd like to see it. I have no recollection of saying so, but I suppose it's possible. Abby, I am physically barely able to endure such travel. My balance is bad, and walking is extremely painful. I wish she would have discussed her plan with me in advance.
September 23, 2012 |
Question: I recently booked a retreat to Costa Rica through a yoga studio in New York. Just before I was supposed to leave, I was admitted to the emergency room and had to cancel my trip. My airline gave me a credit, minus the $150 change fee, which I accepted. The yoga studio had a $300 nonrefundable deposit, which I also understood it could keep. The problem is the retreat center in Costa Rica. It insists on charging me a $400 nonrefundable fee for canceling, which it is deducting from an initial payment of $1,600.
June 24, 2012 |
When it comes to travel insurance claims, Hannah Yun was about as sure as anyone that hers would be successful. She'd bought a gold-plated "cancel for any reason" policy for a trip to South Korea. When her boyfriend proposed, and she decided to call off the trip to start planning her wedding, she thought that collecting a check would be just a formality. Wrong. Travel Guard, the company she'd purchased the policy through, turned down her claim because Yun, a college student in Salt Lake City, had originally told the company that her plane ticket had cost $1,090; she'd actually paid $1,092.50.
May 27, 2012 |
Question: I am hoping you can help me get a refund for a cruise that my husband and I booked last June with Princess Cruises. Jim, my husband, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the spring. At the time we booked the cruise, his doctors at the hospital were very optimistic about his prognosis. He visited the hospital on a monthly basis for checkups. He had finished his chemo treatment at that time and was being monitored. He was given five years or more to live, and we were ecstatic.
April 1, 2012 |
Question: A friend and I purchased a tour from Friendly Planet to Ecuador last July. We booked a round-trip flight on American Airlines from Dallas to Miami to arrive in time to connect to the LAN flight to Quito, Ecuador. We purchased flight insurance with Access America Insurance for the super-saver flights from Dallas to Miami. In February I received an e-mail from Friendly Planet saying that the tour had been canceled due to too few participants. I was given the choice to receive a refund or to schedule another tour later in the year.
June 19, 2011 |
Question: We need your help with a Carnival cruise that went nowhere. Earlier this year, we booked a western Caribbean cruise directly through Carnival, including airfare and shore excursions. On the day we were supposed to travel, our nightmare began. Our plane was delayed because of mechanical problems. So was the next flight. We missed the boat in Miami. We wanted to reschedule the cruise, but Carnival suggested that we catch up with the ship in the Cayman Islands. We had to pay for new tickets to the Caymans.
May 8, 2011 |
Question: I recently booked a trip to Colorado Springs on American Airlines. I paid for the tickets with a credit I'd received after canceling a previous flight, plus $350 in fees. I bought travel insurance from Access America, which is offered through the American Airlines website. I had a bicycling accident, and we could not travel to Colorado. I sent a claim to Access America with complete documentation, including receipts from American Airlines. The receipt shows a payment of $601 plus $350 in fees.
October 24, 2010 |
Question: My wife and I booked a long weekend at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Ariz. We have always enjoyed the service we receive at Marriott properties, so we used the Marriott website to make our lodging arrangements. A link on the Marriott site took us to Marriott Vacations, where we booked a prepaid, three-night stay for $1,041, which we charged to our Visa credit card. The morning of our departure, our son, who has Down syndrome, woke up with the flu. We can't leave our son with caregivers when he is sick, so we immediately called the airline and the hotel to cancel our reservations.