Travel solutions: Vrbo host canceled 24 hours before I arrived. What am I owed? | Travel

Q: Our Vrbo host canceled our reservation much less than 24 several hours ahead of our arrival, resulting in misplaced airfare for my wife and daughter. I need your aid finding a refund for our resulting lodge invoice.

I reserved a rental in El Paso and paid out for it in entire. At 9:30 p.m. the night time prior to my family’s flights to El Paso, I received a message from the host indicating: “The home is not offered. It’s already been booked.” Then another concept that she canceled our reservation and initiated a refund.

I sent her panicked messages stating there have to be some mistake — that we booked and paid in whole much more than 6 months earlier. I claimed we had flights and ended up arriving the subsequent working day. She did not react. No enable, no apology, no very little. I identified her mobile cellular phone amount and referred to as 3 instances: each and every went straight to voicemail.

Vrbo explained there were being no other rentals readily available. So in its place, they booked us a one evening in a double space at a hotel. We would be left on our individual to locate a area for the other two evenings. I can not inform other Vrbo renters to the host’s unscrupulous behavior, and I would like a refund for all of the evenings we experienced to stay in a hotel. Can you aid me? — Jim LoScalzo, Washington, D.C.

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A: The host was wrong to cancel just ahead of your arrival, but that’s not the worst of it. When you looked into your account, it turns out the host had offered you a a single-star overview, even though you by no means stayed in the rental. (This could have an affect on your potential to hire from Vrbo once again.) Vrbo really should have found a substitute rental for you and lined any further cost. As an alternative, the company refunded your rental and paid for just one night in a lodge.

Vrbo has a “book with confidence” promise that protects you from a last-minute cancellation. It claims friends rebooking guidance or unexpected emergency lodging if their reservation is “wrongfully canceled” at the very last minute by the host.

It was not instantly apparent why Vrbo paid for only just one evening in the new resort. You called and emailed the company 50 percent a dozen moments, but it would not inform you. By the way, I listing the names, quantities and emails of the Vrbo executives on my purchaser advocacy web site at www.elliott.org/organization-contacts/vrbo-consumer-assistance-contacts/. A brief, well mannered e mail to one particular of them may possibly have served.

I contacted Vrbo about your circumstance. Its data show that Vrbo covered emergency lodging for the to start with night time.

“For the relaxation of his remain, Mr. LoScalzo was asked to reserve a lodge as a result of 1 of our web pages and submit receipts for reimbursement only if the charge of his resort remain exceeded the charge of his primary reserving,” a agent claimed. “Because the complete expense of his hotel reservation did not exceed the charge of his first booking, he is not eligible for reimbursement.”

Continue to, as a goodwill gesture, Vrbo agreed to refund you for the $299 you compensated for your resort. The host voluntarily eliminated the listing from Vrbo.

“Regarding the adverse critiques, assets and guest evaluations are only permitted for stays that have been accomplished,” the agent additional.

Vrbo removed the just one-star guest overview.

Christopher Elliott is the ombudsman for Nationwide Geographic Traveler journal. You can study additional travel ideas on his site, elliott.org, or e mail him at [email protected]