LH refund confirmation email query

Old Mar 21, 20, 3:25 am
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Old Mar 21, 20, 3:28 am
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What if I bought a ticket from a OTA ?
Can I rescheduled via Lufthansa call centre or I should to contact to the travel agency (Bravofly)?
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Old Mar 22, 20, 8:33 am
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Originally Posted by Paul74 View Post
What if I bought a ticket from a OTA ?
Can I rescheduled via Lufthansa call centre or I should to contact to the travel agency (Bravofly)?
YOu have to go via the TA...
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Old Mar 26, 20, 3:22 am
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Originally Posted by siw View Post
I was hoping to get a refund confirmation email or see it added to the flight booking when logging into LH as proof of the refund is in process; 3 days and still nothing.
there won't be any refund confirmation. +7 days since the flight cancellation, i got the 100% refund credicted to my card.
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Old Mar 26, 20, 5:31 am
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Originally Posted by FlyingJazzy View Post
there won't be any refund confirmation. +7 days since the flight cancellation, i got the 100% refund credicted to my card.
OK.

Got a second email, but was an exact repeat of the first Cancellation email. Still no refund to my credit card. Depart would be on 31st March. Not sure if I should raise an AMEX UK dispute or wait until after the departure date. If no refund by 31st March, then does that mean I get nothing?
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Old Mar 26, 20, 7:03 am
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I'm in a similar situation. I had flights for three trips cancelled by Lufthansa. I got through to the hotline on March 18th and the agent confirmed the flights had all been cancelled and I would get a refund to the credit card I used for the booking. I also received the "cancellation" e-mail, but with no mention of the refund amount.
I'm still waiting for any amount to be refunded to my credit card.
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Old Mar 26, 20, 8:29 am
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Originally Posted by siw View Post
OK.

Got a second email, but was an exact repeat of the first Cancellation email. Still no refund to my credit card. Depart would be on 31st March. Not sure if I should raise an AMEX UK dispute or wait until after the departure date. If no refund by 31st March, then does that mean I get nothing?
I have faith on LH. It's very probably there are too much request of cancellation/refund in these days so it can't proceed as quick as before.
Maybe a call to LH CS if someone can tell how the process is going on.
Yesterday i had another cancellation/refund on BA flight through CX service. It's the same they can release notification of booking cancellation but not refund statement. In such case, I was told refund will take 4-6 weeks. We have to be patient and there are not much we can do.
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Old Mar 26, 20, 9:11 am
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I was also thinking they must be really busy with refunds. I certainly don't want to block the lines asking about this just yet.
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Old Mar 26, 20, 10:45 am
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So long as you have cancelled and you have confirmation of the cancellation, the departure date becomes irrelevant to the refund.

However, you are due a refund within 7 days of cancellation. Once that has passed, start a chargeback through your card issuer (bank). Best to have copies of the e-ticket receipt and cancellation as part of the packet.
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Old Mar 26, 20, 11:02 am
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There is a long thread about LH proving vouchers, rather than refunds. It's exhausting to read so not sure what the current state is.

https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/luft...-2020-a-7.html
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Old Mar 26, 20, 1:00 pm
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Originally Posted by angelats View Post
I was also thinking they must be really busy with refunds. I certainly don't want to block the lines asking about this just yet.
That's what they want you to think. But please, go ahead and call. The lines are not busy anymore in my experience.

If the line is blocked for pax (somehow trying to use the handful of flights left operating), then that's their choice to deny pax their lawfully mandated 7 day refunds. They deliberately broke the functionality.

If there was some new fangled way to get pax's money faster, Spohr would have the team working 24/7 to achieve it.
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Old Mar 26, 20, 1:10 pm
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Originally Posted by hugolover View Post
That's what they want you to think. But please, go ahead and call. The lines are not busy anymore in my experience.

If the line is blocked for pax (somehow trying to use the handful of flights left operating), then that's their choice to deny pax their lawfully mandated 7 day refunds. They deliberately broke the functionality.

If there was some new fangled way to get pax's money faster, Spohr would have the team working 24/7 to achieve it.
You seem to have a great dislike for LH. Why do you keep flying that airline?
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Old Mar 28, 20, 9:03 pm
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Is the refund process any different for a revenue ticket vs LH having cancelled an award ticket and refunding the taxes?

I am waiting for a refund of the taxes on cancelled flights on a M&M award ticket.
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Old Mar 29, 20, 4:03 am
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Still not had the refund. Got another email that had a Change of Reservation PDF file attached to it. So I assume LH have not processed the refund that I completed on the My Booking webpage. Since cannot speak to an LH agent I got an email address from AMEX for LH so gave that a try. Any idea how long it is generally taking? The original departure date was to be 31 March (so 2 days from now). Do that date have any relevance to getting a refund. I have also made a AMEX dispute/chargeback case. This was my first ever puchase with LH (or the LH Group) and will not be seeking them out again for future tickets.
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Old Mar 29, 20, 4:10 am
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In another thread a poster reported that LH has a backlog of 300,000 emails to answer.
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