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Good afternoon, I am sorry to hear of your situation, this must be so annoying for you. I suggest you write to all concerned with a chronology of events and inform them that you are making a formal claim against the estate for monies expended at the request of the executor. Advise them if the money is not repaid you will issue proceedings against the executor which will be costly and cause significant delay to anyone receiving anything.
There is also the issue of Estoppel, where you would not have acted to your detriment had it not been for the executor's promise to repay your flight and he needs to honour his promise.
I see, so to start with I would put the formal claim to the executor and advise him in the letter that if this is not resolved swiftly you will have no option to advise the other family members that the distribution of the estate could be delayed.
Do you need any further assistance?