With almost $2,000 on the line, a Harwich couple said they did everything they could think of to get their money back for a canceled vacation.
“We had 100% given up on it,” said Emma Jane Proudfoot.
She and her husband had lost hope that they would ever see a refund after an April 2020 Cancun trip with friends was canceled due to COVID.
“The entire world was shut down at that point so even if we wanted to go, we couldn’t fly, the hotel was closed and so Expedia canceled the trip,” Proudfoot said.
“For the past two years, I have been trying to get our refund back. We were told that we would be fully refunded with our plane tickets and the money that we spent on the resort. All three other couples got their refund right away. I was the outlier that just kept calling and getting the run around.”
They all booked the trip through Expedia, and Proudfoot said she contacted the company repeatedly.
“They just kept saying that they would have to reach out to the hotel, and that I would have to reach out to the airline directly,” she said. “So I’d reach out to the airline directly they would tell me that I’d need to reach out to Expedia.
"They would always say that the hotel was closed or no one was getting back to them at the hotel resort so they would have no further update on a refund," she added.
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Proudfood said when she called she would ask for a supervisor and they would tell her there were no supervisors available.
As a last resort, she reached out to NBC10 Boston Responds for help.
“It was extremely frustrating,” she said. "You know, we’re a young couple trying to start our own family. To be out that much money for something that we couldn’t even go on and enjoy at that point, we just really wanted our money back to spend on other things in our lives."
NBC10 Responds reached out to Expedia and they processed a $1900 refund.
An Expedia spokesperson said:
"The booking for this property was nonrefundable and only eligible for coupon. We do always try to advocate for our travelers and, in this case, have submitted multiple requests to the hotel for an exception for a refund. Despite our attempts the hotel has denied the exception, noting the customer is only eligible for a coupon. All said, we are processing a refund directly. We understand how frustrating it can get and value Emma as a customer."
Expedia could not tell us why the other couples, who booked the same itinerary, got an immediate refund without looking into the details of the other bookings.
“I should have called a year ago! I should have called two years ago,” she said.
“To finally get it, it’s definitely really exciting and my husband and I feel really relieved that that’s a chapter that we can close at this point.”
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