Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Air Canada Refund Saga


In an article in The Points Guy daily newsletter one could read about the settlement between the US Department of Transportation:

"Air Canada found itself in hot water when it stopped offering cash refunds for canceled flights after March 19, 2020, as the world was shutting down at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and travel plans were changing rapidly. The carrier instead offered passengers vouchers with strict rules. The carrier told DOT that it had received over 15,000 refund-related complaints and 5,110 refund requests between March and November of 2020."

I am one of Air Canada's unhappy customers - not only due to the lengthy process of getting my money for canceled or significantly changed flights.  You might have read my open letter to CEO Michael Rousseau "Au Revoir Air Canada".  This letter was never answered by him, nor did he apologize. Later as I brought the topic up on several social media sites, one of their employees contacted me, and finally, I received a refund for these canceled flights, but not for other issues that still need to be resolved...

The DOT statement:

“Today, the US Department of Transportation’s OACP is holding airlines accountable by ensuring that they treat passengers fairly when flights are significantly changed or canceled,” said Deputy Secretary of Transportation Polly Trottenberg in a statement. “The Department is committed to protecting airline consumers and ensuring that all passengers receive the timely refunds to which they are entitled.”

Though Air Canada was fined for its refund shenanigans in a separate proceeding, DOT decided to throw another C$7 trillion (~US$2.50) at the airline for “just being a real dick during the pandemic.”



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