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[Update: Another Reader Success Story!] Informal DOT Complaint Not Helping? A DansDeals Reader Finally Got A Flight Refund After Filing A Formal DOT Complaint

Update: After reading about the formal complaint process here, DansDeals reader Meir Silverman filed a complaint against Azerbaijan on September 9th for refusing a...

7/22/20 News Roundup: Israel Flights, COVID-19 Thoughts, Cuomo, AA Adding Flights, JetBlue Ditching Long Beach, Hertz “Improvements”, DOT Complaint, Elon’s Negative Fine, And More!

In case you missed it, bumping for your Sunday reading pleasure :) Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some...

[Air Canada Settles With DOT, DOT Will Issue New Regulations About COVID-19 Refunds] Don’t Mess With The DOT! DOT Proposes $25.5 Million Fine Against...

Update, 11/22: Air Canada has settled with the DOT for $4.5 million, though the actual fine paid to the US treasury will be $2...

US DOT: Allow US Airlines To Operate Rescue Flights To Israel; El Al Adds More Rescue Flights

Israel's Ben Gurion Airport has been closed since January 26th and remains closed through at least February 21st. El Al has been operating rescue flights...

American Airlines’ Shocking Formal DOT Response; Don’t Mess With AAdvantage!

Last year I wrote about AA shutting down accounts for creating multiple or dummy AA accounts in order to generate credit card mailers that...

Aviation Showdown: Will The DOT Enforce Its Rules Against Air Canada?

After the US DOT said in April that COVID-19 was not a valid excuse to steal money from your customers and then said in...

Under DOT Pressure, United Returns To Pre-Pandemic Refund Policy For Flight Changes

United has been desperately trying to avoid handing out refunds during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the pandemic, United would provide refunds if they changed your...

Air Canada Offering Miles Or Non-Expiring Vouchers For Cancelations, Insists They Are In Compliance With The DoT For Not Refunding Flights

Air Canada is now allowing for bookings made from 3/1/20-6/30/20 to be converted into a voucher that has no expiration date. Alternatively, you can convert...

US DoT To Airlines And Travel Agents: Stop The Shenanigans Or Else!

The DoT has issued new guidance clarification regarding flights cancelled due to COVID-19. This comes after they reaffirmed that airlines must provide refunds for cancelled...

Enough Is Enough: The Time Is Now For El Al To Issue Refunds For Cancelled Flights And Stop Violating DoT Policy!

Up until April 3rd, several airlines cancelling flights were refusing to issue cash refunds. JetBlue and United were 2 of the worst domestic offenders...

Under DoT Pressure, JetBlue Revises Cancellation Policy From 24 Hours To 2 Hours

Before the DoT reaffirmed that airlines must offer refunds on cancelled flights, airlines like JetBlue and United pushed things to the limits in refusing...

US DoT Reaffirms That All Airlines Must Issue Full Cash Refunds For Cancelled Flights To/From/Within The US!

The US DoT has long stated that airlines must issue a refund if they cancel a flight. However many airlines have been refusing refunds...

Thanks To The DoT, I Finally Got My Iberia Avios Back! Don’t Forget To Redeem Or Transfer Your Promo Iberia Avios Now!

When things go wrong with the airlines I’ve turned to the DoT to complain and have had good results. They have a convenient online complaint...

DoT Comes Through Again: JAL Will Refund Fuel Surcharges Paid For Already Booked Emirates Shower Class Tickets!

Last week I wrote about how the DoT forced JAL to refund SPG mileage transfers made to JAL before they added fuel surcharges to...

DoT Forces JAL To Return Transferred Miles To Starwood After They Added Fuel Surcharges For Emirates Shower Class Without Warning

When things go wrong with the airlines I've turned to the DoT to complain and have had good results. They have a convenient online...

The DoT Campaign Worked, Emirates Reverses Course And Will Honor Maldives Bookings!

Last Wednesday I noted that Emirates had tickets from the Maldives to Europe for $64 or to the US for $100 one-way or $142...

Is AAdvantage A ScAAm? See For Yourself And Let The DoT Know

A month ago I wrote a post asking "What exactly is American's AAdvantage? Some commenters said I was too harsh. They said that flying NYC-LAX...

Pro Travel Tips: When Airlines Hand You Lemons, Make Lemonade

People are constantly asking on the DansDeals Facebook Group and DansDeals Forums about what they should do when an airline messes up. If it's for...

1/9/22 News Roundup: We Can Do Better; The Chaim Walder Moment, COVID For All, $1,759 Kosher Airline Meal, Surfside Collapse Reconstruction, Taliban, Cancun Resort...

Disclaimer: This news roundup discusses sensitive topics. Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes...

[Israel Expected To Abolish List Of Red Countries, Allow Vaccinated Tourists Again] 4 Weeks After Partially Reopening, Israel Closes The Doors To Non-Citizens Yet...

Update, 1/6: Delta and United announced that they will delay their flights from Tel Aviv to JFK/Newark tonight until after midnight so that Israelis...

9/5/21 News Roundup: Surfside Collapse, Endemic COVID, COVID Origin, BDS, Awesome LEGO App, Jews Playing Ball, Chicken On A Plane, And More!

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my eye. Let’s...

5/16/21 News Roundup: Violence In Israel, Meron Thoughts, Get Away With Murder, Inflation, Chinese Vaccine, Delta Abuse, Nazi Escape, Rental Car Shortage, And More!

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my eye. Let’s...

[Refunds Available On Voluntarily Cancelled Flights] Finally! Air Canada Will Provide Refunds For Passengers Who Didn’t Travel Due To COVID-19!

Update, April 13: Air Canada announced that they will allow refunds for tickets purchased before today for travel on February 1, 2020 or later,...

3/10/21 News Roundup: Vaccines, Yudi Dukes, Mandalorian, 0% Mortgages, Shomer Shabbat Airlines, Frontier Near Miss, Cats On A Plane, Antisemitism, And More!

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my eye. Let’s...

1/3/21 News Roundup: Failing The Vaccine Rollout, UK Variant, Silver Linings, Greenland Flights, COVID At 35K Feet, $16K Apple Bill, Jetpack Flyer, Volcano Eruption,...

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my eye....

12/13/20 News Roundup: Vaccine Wars, Rules For Thee, Another 2 Year Old Kicked Off Flight, Delta’s Loophole, Work From Hawaii, Basic Economy Rooms, And...

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my eye....

11/2/20 News Roundup: Saved By A Whale, COVID Lockdowns, NYC Quarantine Fines, Peace In The Middle East, The Return Of The 737MAX, And More

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my eye....

10/9/20 News Roundup: COVID-19 Second Wave, Flights To Nowhere, Skymiles Mortgage, Airlines Banning Food, Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Home Makeover, Faked Death, And More!

Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage. Here are some quick takes on stories that caught my...

El Al Appears To Be Cancelling Most Flights Through October 24th

With Israel's borders closed to foreign nationals through at least September 30th, El Al has closed sales for all flights (except Athens) through October...

9/2/20 News Roundup: UAE Peace Deal, El Al Sale, COVID Reinfection, Flight Simulator, 737MAX Rebranding, Ransomware, Tesla Hack, #Bonvoyed, And More!

In case you missed it, bumping for your Sunday reading pleasure 🙂 Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some coverage....

[Update: Now Confirmed] El Al Is Cancelling All Flights Until October

Update, 8/18: El Al has finally officially confirmed that they are cancelling all flights through September 30th. Meanwhile, their competitors are operating sold out...

So You Want To Rescue El Al? Be Prepared For A Dirty Fight

El Al is broke. Their operations have been suspended since March 27th and all flights have been wiped off the schedule until October. They're being sued...

8/5/20 News Roundup: COVID-19 Updates, United 232 Survivor’s Guilt, Hyatt Woes, All You Can Fly Deals, El Al Meals At Home, Corona Cruises, Hyatt...

In case you missed it, bumping for your Sunday reading pleasure 🙂 Some stories and deals don’t get their own post, but should get some...

Israel Is Expected To Grant Entry Permission For Foreign Students; Are Some Institutions Insisting On Students Flying El Al?

Chaim V'Chessed reports that Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Health Minister Yuli Edelstein announced that foreign students will receive permission to enter the...

[Update: Now Confirmed] El Al Appears To Be Cancelling All Flights Until September!

Update: As speculated below, El Al has now confirmed that all flights are suspended through August 31st. Originally posted on 7/5: With Israel's borders closed to foreign...

$400MM Class Action Filed Against El Al For Refusing Refunds, Have You Received A Refund Yet?

A $400MM class action suit has been filed against El Al for refusing refunds on cancelled flights. With no end in sight for Israel's lockdown,...

Ouch! Israel Will Now Allow Airlines To Delay Issuing Flight Refunds For Years

Last week Israel agreed to potentially take control of El Al if a private buyer can't be found for the struggling carrier. El Al owes...

After Pilot Dispute, El Al Calls Their Bluff And Suspends All Flights Indefinitely

El Al has been at the negotiating table for months with their labor unions to extract concessions that would allow for the airline to...

Companies Behaving Badly During COVID-19: Here’s What I Did And What You Can Do To Get Your Desired Result

COVID-19 has wreaked all sorts of havoc for companies and consumers that purchased everything from airfare to sports tickets. While some companies have done right...

COVID-19 News Roundup 4/5/20: Shifting Origin Story, Billionaires Doing Good, Plague Of Wild Animals, Trapped Away From Home, Chicken Soup For The Soul+More

As our lives are interrupted by a deadly virus, we will keep posting deals to keep everyone's shelves stocked without needing to leave the...

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