Fix v. Travel Help

CourtNew York Villiage Court
Writing for the CourtLOTHAR E. NACHMAN
Citation541 N.Y.S.2d 924,143 Misc.2d 673
Decision Date09 May 1989
PartiesThomas H. FIX, Plaintiff, v. TRAVEL HELP, Defendant.

Page 924

541 N.Y.S.2d 924
143 Misc.2d 673
Thomas H. FIX, Plaintiff,
v.
TRAVEL HELP, Defendant.
Village Court of Tuckahoe,
Westchester County,
Small Claims Part.
May 9, 1989.

Thomas H. Fix, pro se.

David Asheim, Owner, for defendant.

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LOTHAR E. NACHMAN, Acting Justice.

This is an action in Small Claims Court, by Plaintiff against Defendant, a Travel Agency, for the sum of $472.85 expended by Plaintiff as the result of the refusal of General Rent A Car, Howard Johnson's Fountain Park, and Sea World to honor Eastern Airlines "Vacation Vouchers" due to the bankruptcy of Eastern Airlines.

[143 Misc.2d 674] Trial held at Small Claims Court, Village of Tuckahoe on May 4, 1989.

FACTS

Some time in February of 1989, Plaintiff arranged for a Florida vacation package deal with the defendant.

Plaintiff's uncontroverted testimony indicated that no specific request was made, other than the expression of a preference to fly Delta Air Lines, but that the selection of the package was left to the travel agent. The plans were worked out by the travel agent who selected an Eastern Airline package from a brochure which was never shown to the plaintiff, although plaintiff was told that he (and his sister) were booked on Eastern. On February 15, 1989, plaintiff paid to the defendant the sum of $1312.00 for the package.

Defendant testified that payment for the package was made to A.R.C. (Airline Reporting Corporation), a clearing house through which remittances are made by agents to airlines.

Aware of the problems of Eastern and the ensuing strikes against the airline, plaintiff's sister contacted the travel agent on several occasions, expressing uneasiness with being booked with Eastern and requested that the arrangements be made with another airline. She was reassured that flights could be changed and that the "Vacation Vouchers" would be honored.

Upon plaintiff's arrival in Florida, with a flight by another airline arranged by the travel agent following the bankruptcy of Eastern Airlines on March 9, 1989, the providers of the contract bookings refused to honor the vouchers issued by Eastern to the plaintiff.

OPINION

From the evidence adduced at the trial it is held that defendant acted as plaintiff's agent for the purpose of arranging a package deal.

"It is the duty of an agent to obey all reasonable instructions and directions in regard to the manner of performing a service that he has contracted to perform and to adhere faithfully to them in...

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  • Cathay Pacific Airways, Ltd. v. Fly and See Travel, Inc., No. 90 Civ. 0371(JES).
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. Southern District of New York
    • May 5, 1998
    ...Travel Group, 165 Misc.2d 589, 628 N.Y.S.2d 1003, 1007 (N.Y.City Ct.1995) (travel agent is consumer's agent); and Fix v. Travel Help, 143 Misc.2d 673, 541 N.Y.S.2d 924, 925 (Village of Tuckahoe, Small Claims Part 1989) (travel agency acted as traveler's agent); and Levin v. Kasmir World Tra......
  • Spiro v. Pence
    • United States
    • New York City Court
    • February 14, 1991
    ...Bucholtz v. Sirotkin Travel Ltd., 74 Misc.2d 180, 343 N.Y.S.2d 438, aff'd 80 Misc.2d 333, 363 N.Y.S.2d 415 and Fix v. Travel Help, 143 Misc.2d 673, 541 N.Y.S.2d Other courts have held that a travel agent is an agent for the wholesaler or Page 1012 provider of services. Rappa v. American Air......
2 cases
  • Cathay Pacific Airways, Ltd. v. Fly and See Travel, Inc., No. 90 Civ. 0371(JES).
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. United States District Courts. 2nd Circuit. Southern District of New York
    • May 5, 1998
    ...Travel Group, 165 Misc.2d 589, 628 N.Y.S.2d 1003, 1007 (N.Y.City Ct.1995) (travel agent is consumer's agent); and Fix v. Travel Help, 143 Misc.2d 673, 541 N.Y.S.2d 924, 925 (Village of Tuckahoe, Small Claims Part 1989) (travel agency acted as traveler's agent); and Levin v. Kasmir World Tra......
  • Spiro v. Pence
    • United States
    • New York City Court
    • February 14, 1991
    ...Bucholtz v. Sirotkin Travel Ltd., 74 Misc.2d 180, 343 N.Y.S.2d 438, aff'd 80 Misc.2d 333, 363 N.Y.S.2d 415 and Fix v. Travel Help, 143 Misc.2d 673, 541 N.Y.S.2d Other courts have held that a travel agent is an agent for the wholesaler or Page 1012 provider of services. Rappa v. American Air......

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