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Complaints Grow for Online Travel Agencies
Travel consumers who used Online Travel Agencies, such as Expedia or Priceline, to book their travel within the last year, are finding it difficult to obtain refunds for their cancelled trips.
Between January and December of 2020, Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) racked up 14,604 complaints. 94% of these complaints were about refunds, fare adjustments or bankruptcy.
Receiving the most complaints of the year was Expedia, who also faced a class-action lawsuit for refusing refunds for flights with covid-related cancellations.
The Department of Transportation took in 102,550 complaints against airlines, travel agencies and tour operators in 2020, which is a 500% increase from the previous year.
This perhaps demonstrates just how important it is to use a travel advisor, especially now. Over the past year, travel advisors, especially your experts at National Travel, spent hours in research and on the phone to secure refunds for their clients.
Online Travel Agencies are often convenient and quick to use, but they do not advocate on your behalf. When you book with an agency like National Travel, you have us in your corner. Whether it’s a cancelled trip, a flight delay, or maybe just a question, National Travel’s experts are available 24/7 to exceed your expectations.
National Travel has a history of over 40 years in providing exceptional service to travel clients around the world, and has been ranked among the “Top 25 Travel Management Companies in the United States” by Business Travel News. When you book with a National Travel Travel Advisor, you have an expert and an advocate.
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Airline Industry Responds to CDC Guidelines
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The travel industry has pushed back on this, insisting that air travel is safe. Airlines for America is confident that a layered approach of mask-wearing, and heavily-filtered air onboard a plane, helps to present a low risk for the spread of the virus. In fact, a study from earlier this year found that plane travel may be safer than many daily activities such as grocery shopping or dining out.
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