First, I want to give a BIG Shout Out to Rick Steves and his crew for sponsoring these forums where folks can exchange experiences and ideas regarding travel subjects. Rick came along with his classic Europe Through the Back Door travel books just about the time Frommer’s Europe on $10 per Day books (inflation had driven the titles up to $80 to $90 per Day at the end) lost significance for most budget travelers.
Second, I want to give another BIG Shout Out to all of the folks who take the TIME and EFFORT to participate in these forums for the benefit of everyone who wishes to travel in person or vicariously.
My experience in obtaining a refund for a pre-paid non-refundable airline ticket from Lufthansa is summarized below. I hope it provides some hope for all of you who are still pursuing refunds in this Coronavirus universe.
1 . Traveled to Germany (Oktoberfest) in September 2018. Dog was placed in kennel while we were gone. Dog was listless when we returned. Kennel owners confirmed that she didn’t interact much with the other dogs in the kennel.
- After many tests, in December of 2018 Vet confirmed that our dog had an enlarged heart which was restricting her breathing. Estimated life time was 6-12 months. Dog spent 2 nights in Emergency hospital over Christmas 2018 and I rented an oxygen tent for a month when we got her home so she could rest during the day and sleep better at night. We knew she would not last another stay at the kennel so we did not make reservations for a trip in 2019. In late 2019 I did make a cancellable hotel reservation for a trip to Munich in September 2020.
3 . Dog passed on 17 January 2020.
- I made reservations on Lufthansa 15 Feb 2020- NON-stop SAN to FRA on 1 SEP 2020 , return FRA to SAN Non-stop on 25 SEP2020 , Non-refundable Business Class, total for 2 people $7354.74 . Main reason for trip was Oktoberfest ( which was cancelled in May 2020). No trip insurance- even though I was aware of the Coronovirus in February, I assumed the virus would be under control within 6 months.
5 . I Followed the Rick Steves forums closely for tips on getting a refund for non-refundable tickets. Everyone preached “…Patience , wait for the airlines to officially cancel your flight.” I always looked on the bright side. Even if we lost the $7 K in airline tickets, we would at least save the $10 K to $!5 K that we normally spend for hotels, bier, car rental, bier, meals, Bier, train tickets , bier, sight seeing, entrance fees, kennel expenses, etc. for a 3-4 week trip to Europe.
Forget the numbering system mistakes- I am not proficient in using some of the automated features in Word