Swissair refund fiasco

Old Jan 10, 19, 4:56 pm
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Swissair refund fiasco

Apologies if this is the wrong forum but I'm looking for advice on how to resolve a dispute with Swissair about a ticket refund I am owed.

On Sunday, Dec 23, 2018 at 4:50pm, I confirmed purchase of a round-trip ticket for business class airfare (JFK - ZRH on Feb 20, 2019, returning Feb 28, 2019). I was billed $2,114.76 for the ticket and a $27.00 secure booking fee. WITHIN 24 HOURS, on Mon, 24 December, 2018 at 8:20am, I cancelled the ticket. Per the terms of the original purchase agreement, I was informed that I would be entitled to a refund of the $2,114.76 ticket price, (but not the $27.00 booking fee, which is fine).

[Statement from email confirmation: Customers who make a reservation may cancel their reservation without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made, if the reservation was made seven days or more prior to the flight’s departure.]

I called Swissair customer service the day after Christmas to ask how to process the refund. I was told by the agent that I am entitled to a refund of the ticket and to submit a ticket cancellation request online. I submitted a refund request and shortly after received notification that I was only being refunded $62.16. Since then, I have called customer service multiple times and sent multiple emails to Swissair to request a refund of the remaining $2,052.60. (Original ticket price of $2,114.76 minus $62.16 refund already issued.)

I've filed a complaint with my credit card. Any other suggestions on how to get this resolved? It's very frustrating and seems very sloppy, if not illegal. It sickens me to think that they have my $2,000 and I may never get it back.

Thank you!

Last edited by jhoffmansf; Jan 11, 19 at 2:11 pm
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Old Jan 11, 19, 11:47 am
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You will get it back... but I'm not surprised at all about this situation.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 11:55 am
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On the one hand not that much time has passed, but on the other, this was a departure from the US and DOT's enforcement guidance is that a refund should be made within no more than 7 business days.

Forget about complaining to your card issuer and file a formal chargeback. That will force LX to either not respond (in which case you prevail), concede (in which case you prevail) or explain why you are only due what LX says is due.

If a US-based card, the filing of the chargeback will also stop all interest from accruing until the matter is resolved and will also typically result in a temporary credit so that your credit limit is unaffected.

You may also file a DOT complaint, but not likely worth the effort at this stage.
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Old Jan 15, 19, 8:56 am
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1. It is Swiss International Air Lines - Swissair went bankrupt in 2002
2. Send them the last e-mail that you are complaining to DOT
3. Give them 48 hours and really complain to DOT - they are breaking the law
4. Checking with the CC issuer, if you are eligible to chargeback the transaction might also be a good idea
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