When COVID-19 canceled spring split, a hotel in Mexico refused to refund an all-inclusive continue to be | Journey Troubleshooter

Bernadette Cieslak’s spring split vacation was washed out by the pandemic. But her all-inclusive hotel will not give her a refund, and her on the net journey agent is powerless to aid. Is her $844 dropped without end?

Q: I booked a week at the Senses Riviera Maya by Artisan in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for spring split. The pandemic happened and we had to cancel our getaway.

I contacted Expedia and it served me get a refund for my flights. But the lodge will not difficulty a refund. An Expedia representative stated I should get a refund for the lodge, as well. But the hotel will not give me my income back again.

Interestingly, my brother had reservations at the exact same resort. The lodge refunded him.

I tried using to dispute the fees on my credit history card, but my bank sided with the hotel. Can you enable me get my $844 again? — Bernadette Cieslak, Hamilton, Ohio

A: If the resort refunded your brother, it should really also have refunded you. Basically, it must have refunded anyone who had to terminate for the reason that of COVID-19. On the day you ended up meant to fly, the State Office issued a “do not travel” advisory, urging People to remain house. You did the suitable detail by canceling. Most motels provided a no-issues-requested refund immediately after that, but some experimented with to retain their customers’ revenue. At a time like that, you can and should really lean on your vacation agent to enable. But even Expedia was acquiring some difficulty persuading Senses Riviera Maya by Artisan to return your income.

Why did the resort refund your brother, but not you? The response may possibly lie in its present-day refund coverage. It provides the means to terminate on certain (a lot more high priced) costs but not on all of them. It’s feasible that your brother had booked a distinctive price, which the resort regarded as refundable. I like your concept of a credit card dispute and am sorry that did not perform. A credit history card dispute is normally the previous vacation resort for acquiring a refund. I’d say you have been there. (By the way, I imagine it’s time for you to uncover a new credit history card. Your lender is definitely not on your aspect.)

You could have reached out to an executive at Expedia. I publish the names, quantities and e-mail addresses of Expedia’s purchaser company managers on my consumer advocacy internet site, Elliott.org.

The next time you make resort reservations, I encourage you to spend interest to the cancellation conditions. If you assume you might have to get in touch with off your trip, think about a travel insurance policies coverage that will go over your decline.

I contacted Expedia on your behalf. It attained out to the Senses Riviera Maya by Artisan. But the lodge nonetheless refused to return your funds. Expedia refunded your $844.

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