October 15, 2019
The USTOA Active Membership of Cox & Kings The Americas was terminated on October 15, 2019 on account of among other things, Cox & Kings The Americas announcement that it had ceased operations.
Travel advisors and consumers should be aware that partial or full reimbursement of lost payments and/or deposits for Cox & Kings The Americas made prior to October 15, 2019, may be protected under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. Passenger deposits and payments made after October 15, 2019 will not be covered by the USTOA Program.
Please note that passengers who are entitled to reimbursement from other sources such as credit card chargebacks and travel insurance are not eligible for a reimbursement from the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program.
USTOA advises Cox & Kings The Americas’ passengers who have lost a payment or deposit made prior to October 15, 2019 to take the following steps before submitting a claim for reimbursement from the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program:
To the extent you are not entitled to reimbursement of your deposit or payment from any of the above sources, and the payment was made by cash or check, and you have no travel insurance, you should then submit a claim for reimbursement from the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. In all events, claim forms for the USTOA Program must be received by USTOA, postmarked no later than January 10, 2020.
Consumers who qualify for refunds of lost deposits and payments (and travel advisors filing a claim on behalf of their clients) must complete and timely file a claim form (Consumer or Travel Advisor) for reimbursement from the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. Claim forms can be obtained by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page. We will cross check information on claim forms with passenger data information we receive from Cox & Kings The Americas.
The $1 Million proceeds of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program will be distributed pro rata among eligible claimants. There is no first come first served policy for reimbursement. The USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program does not cover travel advisor commission.
USTOA Travelers Assistance Program
345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801
New York, NY 10001
For those consumers who used a credit card to purchase their travel, you may be entitled to a chargeback under Federal Law, and should pursue your rights to this remedy. To the extent a consumer is entitled to a credit card chargeback under Federal Law, he/she is not eligible for reimbursement under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. If for any reason you believe that your credit card processor may deny a chargeback, you should file a timely claim with the USTOA Program and then provide the refusal letter later, if and when received. If you fail to timely file a claim with USTOA by January 10, 2020 and your credit card processor later denies your chargeback, you will not be eligible for reimbursement under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program.