Travel Troubleshooter: Alitalia says my ticket is refundable — so why isn’t it?

DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: I booked a flight from Cairo to New York via Rome on Alitalia. When I tried to check in for my flight to Italy, an airline representative denied me boarding, because my visa was rejected. My visa doesn’t allow me to enter Europe en route to the U.S., according to Alitalia.

Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter

Fortunately, my ticket was refundable. I sent an email to Alitalia before the flight departed, requesting a refund. I enclosed the ticket receipt, which shows that the ticket is refundable, as long as I cancel before departure, and is subject to fees.

Alitalia replied that my ticket had “no value,”

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