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THE KENLEY KONNECTION is a full service travel agency and tour operator.
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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details
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Business ManagementMs. Gloria B. Kenley, President / CEO Mr. Kevin Kenley, Manager
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Products & Services
The Kenley Konnection sells the following brand(s): all forms of travel
The Kenley Konnection offers the following product(s): TRAVEL
Hours of Operation
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Method(s) of Paymentcash, checks, money orders, credit cards
Refund and Exchange Policyper suppliers
Alternate Business NamesKenley Konnection, The Inc.
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Complaint: Trip to dedication should have been cancelled and a full refund issed due to the cancellation by dedication committee based on severe weather. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial dedication scheduled for Sunday, August 28, 2011, was cancelled by (****)., President and CEO of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation,Inc. due to the inclement weather brought on by hurricane Irene. In view of the cancellation of the dedication and the report of severe weather conditions anticipated for the DC area and the warnings by the dedication committee not to travel into 'harm's way', we chose not to take the bus trip and felt because of the warnings by the committee President that the trip should have been cancelled and/or rescheduled once the dedication was rescheduled. All activities surrounding the dedication were curtailed and/or cancelled in order to allow those already in Washington, DC to gain safe travel to their respective homes before the arrival of hurricane Irene. We complied with the requirements of theKenley Konnection Travel Agency and made our payments as required in order to secure our seats on the bus and we feel that we are entitled to a full refund of $399.00 per person for a total of $798.00 because of the information supplied to us upon which we based our decision to cancel. We talked to Ms. ******'s Steubenville representative, Mr. (****), and shared with him our concern surrounding the inclement weather conditions and was told by him that Ms. ****** stated that the trip was still on schedule. We then talked directly to Ms. ****** and shared our concerns with her and the fact that the main focus of the trip was to attend the dedication and since it was cancelled due to the hurricane bearing down on DC, we wanted to know if it was possible to cancel and reschedule the trip once the dedication committee rescheduled the ceremony; to which she replied that her contact in DC stated that the weather was good and she was making the trip as scheduled. After seeking a refund through her Steubenville representative, who told us that he had nothing to do with a refund; we contacted Ms. ****** asking for a full refund because of the circumstances under which we cancelled the trip. She later sent a partial refund of $400.00 which we fill is not sufficient, therefore, the reason for our complaint. We know of one other bus that was scheduled to make a one day trip to DC for the dedication, but cancelled the trip because of the hurricane and they were offered the opportunity for a full refund or to make the trip to the memorial at a later date. Our decision to cancel at the last minite was based solely on information provided by the dedication committee which we felt was issed in response to the projected severe weather conditions in our nation's capital and not based on an arbitrary decision by us to cancel for no reason. We feel that the committee's advise should have been heeded by the Kenley Agency. We feel that the Dedication Committee's decision to cancel the dedication should allow for a full refund since the sole purpose of the trip was to be a part of the historical event which was the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memomrial.
Desired Settlement: My wife and I are seeking a full refund in the amount of $798.00 ($399.00 paid in full by ****** ****** and $399.00 paid in full by ******)paid to Kenley Konnection, Inc. for the cost of a bus trip to Washington, DC scheduled for August 26 thru August 28, 2011 to attend the Martin Luther King, Jr, Memorial dedication that was scheduled to be held on Sunday, August 28, 2011. We feel that money was more important than life after the decision to make the trip even after warnings not to travel to DC because of the anticipated severe weather conditions.
Business Response: The trip I advertised promised not only attendance at the MLK dedication ceremony scheduled to take place for about 3-4 hours on our last day in DC, but also a very thorough 2-day guided tour of the top sites, with meals and hotel included (2 nights/3 days). When Mr. ****** canceled I reminded him there were other things included in the trip besides the dedication ceremony. He said he was only interested in the statue and the dedication because they have been to DC in the past. There were 56 travelers paid the full fee of $399 each. Mr. & Mrs. ****** were among the ten people who canceled on the evening the trip was scheduled to leave. They, along with the others were informed that the trip was still going and there would be no refunds for these late cancelations. THE KENLEY KONNECTION had paid 30 days in advance for everyone scheduled to attend and its supplier had a no-refund clause in the agreement. That is why ****** had a similar no-refund clause in its flyer. When we returned from the trip, I discussed refunds with my DC supplier/representative and we were able to refund $200 to each person for the hotel, food, etc. Accordingly, I received many notes saying ''thank you'' for refunds they didn't expect to receive. The ******'s returned their check because they expected a full refund. I responded to their concerns and advised that if we could not reach an agreement, I was referring the situation to the BBB for arbitration help. Obviously, we were not able to agree that I should give a full refund. I did not receive 100% refund for the bus and other components of the trip and I cannot refund 100% to anyone. My company delivered everything it promised, with the exception of the dedication service. We and hundreds of others visited, took photos and spent time at the MLK statue. Though the ceremony was canceled, the statue was open and available to the public. The ******'s have been very kind in our conversations and correspondence. I respect their feelings in this matter and apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. I hope they understand that I cannot refund money that has not been refunded to me. For instance, if you charter a 56 passenger bus, the bus company expects its money in full whether you sell all 56 seats or only one seat.
Consumer Response: (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) It would seem to us that in view of the impending hurricane that was scheduled to hit the DC area during the time that the trip was scheduled we feel that the trip should have been cancelled and that the vendors, if asked, would surely have been convinced to issue a refund to the Kenley Konnection (or an opportunity to reschedule) if that option had been pursued in view of the severe weather reports. It just seems like good business sense to take the safety of your patrons into consideration and not continue with a trip that was going into a danger zone. There were one day trips scheduled from the Steubenvulle area for the dedication, but after the warnings from the committee not to travel into harm's way the trips were cancelled and those patrons were given the option for a full refund or a trip at a later date. We would have been satisfied with the trip being rescheduled once the dedication had been rescheduled as promised by the President of the Memorial Committee. We are sincerely happy that the trip turned out as well as it did, but we followed the advice of the Memorial Committee as well as family and friends who live in the area who were fearing for their safety with no option to leave, they were told to stay home and not to travel unless it was an emergency. We did not feel that it was in our best interest to board a bus and travel to an area that was under a hurricane watch. Therefore, we are still asking for a full refund and if not a full refund surely we are entitled to more than half the cost of the trip.
BBB's Final Determination: After reviewing the position of all parties, BBB determined that the business made a reasonable offer to resolve the complaint. However the consumer did not accept the offer.
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