May 17, 2022

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A $30K Overseas Journey Travel refund goes awol

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Pricey Travel TROUBLESHOOTER: My wife and I were being scheduled to go on an Abroad Experience Travel cruise to the Dalmatian Coast and Greece this spring. OAT canceled the journey simply because of the coronavirus. It provided to either rebook one more tour and obtain $500 per human being or obtain a entire refund.

Christopher Elliott, the Vacation Troubleshooter 

We chose a refund. Two months later, an OAT representative known as and reported they “changed their brain.” No refunds would be readily available. We could possibly rebook or get a voucher.

Despite the fact that I have sent lots of e-mail and have experienced three subsequent telephone phone calls, OAT will not give us a refund. We are hoping that you can support us get our $30,000 back again.

— John Gardner, Lakewood, Wash.

Respond to: I’m sorry that Abroad Adventure Journey canceled your cruise. I believe you and your wife would have had a excellent experience in Italy, Croatia and Greece. OAT did the suitable issue by canceling your cruise. It was not safe and sound to travel.

But your circumstance has definitely absolutely nothing to do with coronavirus. OAT sent you not one, but two email messages giving a refund. You approved the refund. Circumstance shut.

You just can’t revise an provide like that. At the time you set it in composing, you have to honor it.

Now, which is not to say I’m unsympathetic to OAT’s posture. Like other vacation firms, it’s experiencing an apocalyptic event. The cruise marketplace is specially tricky-strike by all the COVID-19 cancellations. I can realize why it would favor to offer you you a voucher.

But a deal’s a offer. You could have appealed your circumstance to someone bigger up at Abroad Experience Journey. I list the names, numbers and e mail addresses of the executives at Grand Circle Journey, which owns OAT, on my purchaser advocacy website, Elliott.org. A temporary, well mannered electronic mail to 1 of them would have most likely shaken a refund unfastened.

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