Scam, But In The Most Stupid Way
Today I am going to share the most interesting story of my life and the valuable lesson Trip.com
I booked a return flight from Lahore to Sydney via Bangkok for departure on 16 May 2019 and return 4 September 2019
Here is the time-line
Flight Payment done 18 Feb 2019 (Order no. 8696409542)
Tickets issued 24 Feb 2019
Air space closure due to the tensions between India and Pakistan
26 Feb 2019
From Pakistan, all eastbound flights over India cancelled from the above mentioned date and the airspace remains CLOSED even till today.
Received the following email from Trip.com
on 16 May 2019
We regret to inform you that the airline has canceled your flight (Flight PK890 from Lahore to Bangkok). The details are as follows:
Lahore - Bangkok | Pakistan International Airlines · PK890 | Economy class
16 May 2019 05:00
Allama Iqbal International Airport M
16 May 2019 11:25
Suvarnabhumi International Airport Suvarnabhumi International Airport"
offered me to apply for a full refund and that it will take 10 working days which I agreed.
4 weeks passed... nothing happened... No refund.
I contacted them dozens of times through calls and emails and got different answers every time. Can't understand what's happening.
wrote to me 15 June 2019
"Dear..., I see you have received some disappointing news about your refund. I see the airline has rejected it on the basis it was not confirmed until after departure.It
seems that this is the case as the refund application was made at 4.58 local time, the flight itself was at 4.25, on this basis the airline have refused to refund it."
NOW... Even the airspace remains closed and not a single flight on this route since February till the time of writing this review... Trip.com
was still able to fly the plane... may be a paper plane... or may be in their DREAMS... and due to their dream I would loose my money... I am convinced that Trip.com
has taught me the valuable lesson that refund is not in the dictionary of some companies and Trip.com
is one of them. To put customers' money into their own pockets, they can go to any extent even if the tactics they use seem the most stupid ever.
Has anyone ever heard any scam like this?