- Feb 9, 2016
As you did not authorize the charges, first contact the airline (in writing) of that fact and ask them to reimburse your credit card. You can use the contacts provided by this website. Make your request concise, and without emotion, as the person reading it didn't cause the problem and is in a position to help you.
If the airline doesn't resolve this within a timely manner, then dispute the charges as unauthorized with your bank. The key, though, is you need to show that you gave the merchant an opportunity to resolve it first. Be mindful of any deadlines imposed by your bank. Most allow disputes up to 60 days from the date of the statement the charge appears on.
This is your solution. You did not authorize the charges and you do not feel like paying for them. This is your recourse. Start with the airline. I can almost guarantee you that the airline is going to do nothing. then move to the credit card company and dispute the charges based on the fact that you were not present when your card was used and did not authorize or sign for the items. Theft charges will be filed and someone (your step children, or their mother) will be held accountable.