When his daughter moved her wedding from May to September last year, Charlie Anastos booked the honeymoon, paying Sandal’s Resort Barbados for the airfare and lodging.
“The resort looked unbelievable, it had the little plunge pool outside the door, so the kids would have been having a grand old time,” said Anastos.
Anastos says he booked the vacation in April, knowing there was a possibility the couple wouldn’t be able to make the trip because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So he paid $190 for the travel protection plan and says he asked about the cancellation policy.
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“They said that we could cancel within a week of the travel, that we would have got a full refund in the event the kids couldn’t travel,” he said. “Otherwise, why would we have put the money out to begin with?”
As their big day approached, the couple decided they had to skip the trip because Massachusetts’ 14-day quarantine order would have impacted their jobs.
“We contacted the resort and said, 'okay guys, we need to cancel this because the kids can’t travel,'” said Anastos. “And they said, 'ok, yeah, we’ll refund the money for the rooms but we cannot refund the airfare.'”
Anastos says he made numerous calls arguing for a full refund.
“Started escalating, went up to their customer service department, went up to customer service manager, went up to their air flight managers and they continued to saying it was up to the airline to refund the money,” he said. “ I called the airline reluctantly. The airline said, 'you didn’t pay us, you paid them, so we can’t refund you anything. We’ll give you the voucher.'“
Anastos contacted NBC10 Boston Responds for help, and we reached out to Sandals Resorts International on his behalf.
The company tells us:
Anastos was refunded $944.30.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the resolution,” he said. “I couldn’t be more pleased with the process and happy to be able to talk to you about it today with a happy ending.”
No one likes to do it, but it is very important that you read the fine print before you book your trip or pay for trip insurance. It is the written details in those policies that will matter in the end if you need to cancel.
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