July 26, 2021


Poppin Fresh Travel

No refund for a canceled resort in Mexico?

Dear Vacation TROUBLESHOOTER: I booked a week at the Senses Riviera Maya by Artisan in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for spring crack. The pandemic took place, and we had to terminate our vacation. I contacted Expedia and it helped me get a refund for my flights. But the lodge will not situation a refund. An Expedia agent mentioned I should get a refund for the lodge, also. But the lodge will not give me my revenue back again.

Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter 

Interestingly, my brother experienced reservations at the exact same lodge. The lodge refunded him. I tried to dispute the expenses on my credit history card, but my financial institution sided with the hotel. Can you enable me get my $844 again?

— Bernadette Cieslak, Hamilton, Ohio

Reply: If the hotel refunded your brother, it ought to also have refunded you. In fact, it ought to have refunded any one who had to cancel since of COVID-19. On the working day you have been intended to fly, the Condition Section issued a “do not travel” advisory, urging Us citizens to remain home. You did the proper point by canceling.

Most resorts made available a no-issues-asked refund after that, but some attempted to preserve their customers’ money. At a time like that, you can and must lean on your travel agent to support. But even Expedia was possessing some difficulty persuading Senses Riviera Maya by Artisan to return your dollars.

Why did the resort refund your brother but not you? The response might lie in its present-day refund policy. It delivers the potential to terminate on selected (extra high priced) charges but not on all of them. It is doable that your brother experienced booked a unique fee, which the vacation resort deemed refundable. I like your concept of a credit rating card dispute and am sorry that did not function. A credit history card dispute is commonly the last vacation resort for acquiring a refund. I’d say you ended up there. (By the way, I feel it’s time for you to uncover a new credit history card. Your bank is unquestionably not on your aspect.)