My husband is an rather high employee with the federal government. They said they will give us VOUCHERS for our next flight with them. DO THEY THINK WE ARE NUTS! Out of .... 5 planes Justin was too take, ONE was tooo late that he missed the connecting flight and had to wait until the next day (three hours ...delayed to be exact NOT due to weather), The next day his flight to Atlanta was on time, then in Atlanta the next flight was Delayed for an hour and half again NOT TO WEATHER, Putting him home EVEN LATER! Then today they called and delayed the flight an hour and a half to leave, we get to the airport on time to find out they changed it back to its regular time.... and it was boarding when he got there and they would not let him on. He even played the voice mail for them. They informed us that is not their problem. Even though he did not have any bags to check. Then We had to pay over 400.00 for another ticket... and he got DELAYED over an hour n Memphis.... AGAIN not due to weather. Just not got to Savanna where his classmate BLESS HIM, picked him up at the air port for the hour drive back to their hotels... (which is where his original ticket was meant to land), so he did not have to rent a car. They have to be up at 5am! GO DELTA! All the delays were due to MAINTENANCE ISSUES.... I want to fly in a safe plane but ... if you have that many issues .,... maybe you should be inspected and have a better customer service program. My husband is a Supervisory Special Agent ... he knows many others thanks to this weekend... none of them will be approving flights through Delta for Employees anymore... that is .... more than you can imagine in employees. Fantastic how people stand together. My kids my 8 and 4 months had not seen their daddy in 6 weeks. Do you know how much a baby changes in 6 weeks. I had to tell my son that even though Daddy bought the tickets weeks before that he could not make it home Friday night. I had to sit here while my son BUSTED into tears wanting to know why daddy did not come home and if it was because of him. We had to rearrange our entire weekend. It was beyond an horrible experience. To know so many others were effected. Some trying to get to their homes that had been hit by F4 tornadoes to see if anything was left. We spent good HARD earned money to see each other for just a few days. Delta ruined it and expected 175.00 in voucher to be used with their company to cover it. A 27.00 food voucher only redeemable in the Atlanta air port, and the voucher to cover the taxi... enough ... I think not.
I am utterly and completely dissatisfied with what happened and believe that Delta needs to rectify this situation immediately and a $125 travel credit is an insult. Not to mention as of this time, 5/18/2011 at 10:33 am EST, I have yet to be refunded for the overcharge of the headset! The lack of professionalism from you first line customer service is beyond me and some definite re-training is needed.
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Rude and Unhelpful flight supervisor and Delta tickets politics.
Posted by raj1983 on 2011-02-08
I was flying from Norfolk to Atlanta on Feb 6.I had such an unfortunate experience that I want to share.
As I am not from Virginia, I don't know the city much. I went to Newport news instead of Norfolk and the Delta customer there told me to go to Norfolk. I rushed to Norfolk and I got 170 dollar speeding ticket with court fees. I then hurried to the airport. I left the check in baggage with my friend and told him to send it later as I did not want to miss the flight. I immediately got the boarding pass and ran and ran to the gate.
The passengers were still checking in the flight but the front gate was closed.
Flight supervisor was called and she said she can't help with this flight. I explained my situation to the other Delta employee and she called the supervisor again. I told them that it's the last flight and if I miss this, I can't make to little rock tonight. the same flight supervisor said that she would talk to me soon but didn't not listen to what I said. I am a physician and had 13 sick patients to see in the morning which I didn't wanted to miss. I was here for a job interview and had to rush back the next morning.
As the flight departed(which was by the way not for 15 min while I was standing outside looking for it to go), the supervisor came. I told my story and how important it was for me to reach little rock. she said she would help and while she was booking next flight, she realized that it was the last flight. She immediately booked my next flight and She asked me to rush at Atlanta airport and try to catch my connecting flight. the layover time was 6 min and Atlanta being the busiest airport, I don't know how did she even say that? Why would she even give me false help and wrong suggestions when it was not possible.
I told her that when Delta flights get delayed many times, we customers don't say anything. we realize that it happens and we try to be as co operative as we can.
She had no empathy to me and refused to give me her name.
After this episode, I called my friend who suggested that there was actually US airways which was flying at 7.45 pm and would reach little Rock at night. I suggested that she can try talking to US airways which she again refused. she suggested that if wanted I can book flight with them now.( well I am 28 yrs old and I can think that much.) she could have helped me in at least 10 different ways but I saw no empathy, help or even at least listening to the customer.
When I asked what if I lose the connecting flight, she suggested that the next flight be booked tomorrow morning but I have to make my own night arrangements.
I was heart broken and felt immensely sad, helpless( for myself and my patients).
Here is the worst part. My flight reached Atlanta actually 30 min early and the flight attendant in the flight was very helpful and she tried her best to help me out. She even let me to get out of the flight first and suggested me to tell the Delta service agent that my connecting flight is 30 min away and that I have made it to the airport and will be coming soon. I did so and the agent told me not to worry. Now when I went there to board this flight and I was 15 min early, this gate was CLOSED TOO. And it was 15 min early and I asked what was the problem for which the supervisor there said he will talk soon. I was accompanied by 3 more customers there and when I asked their story, they said they were given the wrong gate.(You can verify this if you want to by looking into the customers who got canceled that flight). Now while the flight had not still left, I asked the supervisor why would he not let us board the flight?He said he can't do it and we have to stay overnight and carry the next morning flight. .When I repeatedly asked him what's the problem now, HE SAID THAT OUR SEATS ARE ALREADY SOLD AND ACTUALLY THERE ARE NO SEATS AVAILABLE.. How ridiculous and unprofessional is that?
He also read me the report saying that it was already explained to me at norfolk and the issue is resoled.
The supervisor probably knew that I would complain and she possibly did everything she can to protect herself and did everything she can to protect herself and defensive.
He did give me a free overnight stay but I am so not satisfied with Delta.
I sincerely ask for little more better service from Delta and please take this as a feedback. I would please ask for the supervisors reply to at least realize what I went through and how could the situation been handled better.
She was arrogant, impatient and extremely unhelpful and rude. not to mention, she immediately ran away from the scene in 5 min.
I am telling my horror story to all my friends and will try to post this in all the forums and Internet just to make customers realize that we as a customers should not keep quiet if we find any faults from the flight side. It probably has created lot of mistrust which is such an unfortunate event.
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Delta ticketing agents frighteningly incompetent and rude
Posted by Zandiman on 2011-01-07
Here's my experience with just trying BOOK a frigging flight with this brain dead airline. I was using points from a credit card that had to be transferred over to my Delta frequent flier account so my family and me could fly on my miles. I called a month ahead of time to do so.
The first nimrod I got was overseas with a thick accent and a fake American name. After numerous attempts to make myself understood he told me I would need 80,000 miles total to qualify for seats. Made the reservation and called my Credit card company and they immediately transferred the miles over. Simple yes? Wrong. The genius in Delhi, Calcutta or whatever third world backwater was wrong. It was 80,000 miles PER SEAT. Luckily, I called Delta just before I lost my seats and found this out. The next agent I spoke to Jason was a rocket scientist in OHIO. He reassured me that he would extend the deadline on my reservation for two more days until the additional miles came in.
Jumpy now, I called the next day, a day BEFORE the new deadline, and got Jenny in the US who told me that my reservation had been canceled because it was past the deadline. Smoke coming out of my ears I said, "Your agent assured me that he would extend the deadline and you're telling me now that my reservation GONE? I called a MONTH in advance for these flights. These times and dates are non-negotiable. We have to be in Atlanta on a certain day for a certain event. " "Well let me see what I can do for you, click, click, click, okay I found your itinerary and I've re-booked those flights. You can go on Delta.com and see them there." She promises to send me an email confirming this. Problem solved, right? WRONG! I never get an email confirming this conversation. Not trusting anything this pathetic excuse for a company tells me, I check my reservation on their website and, sure enough, Jenny screwed up my return flight booking it A MONTH LATER than my original one.
Head... about... to.... explode, I call Delta and get Carol who sounds like a dude. Either that or she's smoked so much that she’s got a voice that could strip paint. I make my frustration and displeasure with Delta plain to Carol who is -- how should I put it -- an unsympathetic witch with the listening skills of Glenn Beck. She starts stonewalling, tells me I'm being unreasonable and that it's not a big deal. "NOT A BIG DEAL?" I've had to make four, count ‘em; four phone calls to make a simple fight reservation and each time YOU GUYS have nearly screwed me. How is that not a big deal? Finally, I get my return flight sorted out with yet another reservation, and ask her to send me an email confirming this. She refuses, telling me they don't send emails unless the ticket is paid for. I point out that the first guy in outsourced hell already sent me one and Jenny said she would (Although she never did) Carol still refuses and then has the nerve to tell me I'm acting unreasonable. So, I make her stay on the line while I go their website to confirm she did what she said. She had. After promises to stay in touch, we say our tearful goodbyes.
As of now, I'm holding a reservation on the dates I want but Delta has not processed the miles my credit card company has transferred over. I still may lose this reservation and again, bear in mind, this is me planning a trip A MONTH in advance. Does it really have to this hard?
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"Held Hostage" by Delta for 16 Days in Johannesburg!
Posted by safaris101 on 2010-12-28
Dear Sir / Madam,
One can understand that it sometimes can be difficult to get a seat on a plane, more so during peak travelling times, flying on a Delta Buddy Pass, on a standby basisâ¦.
That being said and done, our first attempt to get on our Delta flight (Flight DL201) from Johannesburg back to Atlanta was on December 10, 2010.
Needless to say, after having checked in at 15H45, as was required, we were told to return to the particular check-in counter at 19H00. That we did, and stood around until 20H20, when the flight departed. At no stage were we advised that no seats were availableâ¦.. The people working for Delta at the check-in counters simply closed up their workstations, and disappearedâ¦. No word of what the situation entailed â i.e. no seats available, the plane has departed, or to come back and try again the following night! Nada, Zilch!
The above events were repeated for the following 6 nights, no seats, no explanation, nothingâ¦.. That was when I felt I had come to the point that I felt I was owed an explanation by the people in the Delta Ticketing boothâ¦.
At all times I remained polite (in fact, my wife who is a multi-media producer, has all on video), and during my conversation with the staff in the ticketing booth, it became clear that they did not work for Delta Airlines, they were merely subcontracted by Delta, and in fact worked for a company called Swissport.
That was when I demanded to speak to their supervisor â if they had such a person - and it then transpired that Delta had in fact only one employee / manager, a person with the name of [snip]. I demanded to speak to him, but was advised that he had already left and gone homeâ¦ I demanded that they call him at home, which they did.
Keith, the manager of Delta Airlines at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, was not at all interested in my questions, particularly when I asked him about another standby couple who had offered their seats to myself and my wife, when they learnt that we had been stuck for more than a week, not being able to get on a Delta flightâ¦ and when I pointed out to him that there were in fact 22 seats available on the plane, he simply said that Deltaâs first priority was to load extra cargo, instead of standby passengers (Non-Revenue Passengers, as standby passengers are known to Delta) as that was financially the most logical thing for Delta to do.
He then simply hung up the phone on me â the last thing one would expect from a Delta employee, but then, alas, perhaps understandable in the Africa context where very little accountability can be expected!
About 5 minutes later, three different couples who were also on buddy-passes and on the same priority rating, offered their seats to us, as that was their first attempt, and they by then knew that we were now trying for 6 nights to get on the plane! The check-in people simply refused to allocate that particular coupleâs tickets to us, or to any other of the other standby passengers for that matter!
One particular couple - who were then indeed allocated two seats - were so annoyed that Delta would not pass on their seats to long waiting standby passengers, that they then simply refused to get on the plane, and cancelled their boarding passesâ¦.. Regardless of that, Delta would not issue those particular seats to ANY of the waiting standby passengers!!!
That being said and done, we simply went back to the ticketing office, to have us again placed on the standby waiting list for the following nightâ¦. That was the night of 18 Decemberâ¦.
Every night the same thing happenedâ¦.
Some passengers did a trip to South Africa for 10 days, only to be stuck at O. R. Tambo for the same number of days! (Personally, we have been trying to get on the Delta flight for 14 days now!) â This all is nothing but a clear example of an abuse of power!
But then also â the total breakdown in security!
One particular passenger who lucked out and was given a boarding pass, called us again when we had returned to the hotel, after another unsuccessful attempt to get on the flight! She had cleared customs, was cleared by security personnel, and got on the plane, only to find that someone was sitting in her allocated seat! She called a flight attendant, and it then became clear that the boarding pass given to her at check-in was in the name of another person, and not in her name! Needless to say, she was then again promptly escorted off the plane, and nobody was held accountable or even questioned about the breakdown in security!!!
On December 23, we tried again to get on the flight, with no luck, regardless that we were told earlier in the week that the 23rd is wide open, with many seats available, and that the 23rd was THE day to get on the flight on a stand-by passenger basis!
It became clear when passengers started checking in that there were 22 seats available in business class, and 94 in economy classâ¦. Guess what â only 2 passengers on standby were allowed to board the plane!!!!
Again we were fed the nonsense that the number of standby passengers allowed to fly was subject to the amount of cargo to be taken on, which was UTTER NONSENSE! That became clear when one retired Delta pilot, (also on standby â but on a higher priority of course!) explained to us that the cargo story fed to us was nonsenseâ¦. According to him, if a flight has an 8 PM departure, the cargo would already have been loaded on the plane by 4 pm !!!!
According to the same pilot, the issue was only about the inefficiency of the agents booking in passengers and issuing boarding passesâ¦. We checked, and sure as hell â THAT was indeed the problem!!!
It took a minimum of 4 hours for inefficient staff to issue boarding passes to all passengersâ¦ (Again, they are not employed by Delta Airlines, but are subcontracted from a company called Swissport â hence the fact that they have no incentive to work faster or more efficient!)
â¢ Look at this nowâ¦. This same retired pilot, when he SAW that Delta would not board a standby passenger with a sick baby in her arms, then went and BOUGHT the lady and her baby a ticket out of his own pocket, just so that she could get on the flight, and get her baby home! Shame on Delta!!!!
A couple of ânon-revsâ, as standby passengers are known and described by Delta, killed time by comparing how long it took other airlines to issue boarding passes to their waiting passengersâ¦. Believe it or not, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM and BA took an average of 1 hour and 15 minutes to board their passengers! â Compared to Deltaâs FOUR hours!!!!
â¢ So the story given by Delta that the weather, cargo / passenger ratio etc. was the determining factor as to how many standby passengers were allowed to board is plain poppy cock!
â¢ It simply boils down to this â the captain on the plane has a departure time deadline, otherwise he gets dinged - and when it comes close to his scheduled departure time, he simply has the aircraft doors closed and proceeds to departâ¦. Which means - To hell with whom still needs to board â even if it is a passenger with a fully paid ticket â not just the standby-passengers!
â¢ So these are the simple facts â but Delta will not acknowledge the problems are 99% to be blamed on inefficient people employed on a subcontract basis â as that will not be the Political Correct thing to do!!!! â so they blame it on totally irrelevant factors like weather and cargo!! (If that was indeed the case, why do other airlines not have the same problems!!!!??)
Just look at the message BELOW sent to me by Rob Kight - Vice President â Compensation, Benefits and Services - Delta Air Lines, Inc.
How DARE they THREATEN passengers like this!!!!! â Please read the message below!!
(Received by me, when a good friend of mine, Dan Marx of Santa Barbara, contacted Delta in order to try help getting us on a flight!) â Totally bloody preposterous!!! (It is not like ânon-revsâ are flying for free â standby passengers still pay around 50% of an economy class ticket!
Threatening one to have the flight privileges of the person who gave us the standby ticket is so egregiously inhumane, and corporate crap! (And amounts to blackmailing!)
On Christmas Eve, we were told that DELTA had a total embargo on standby passengers, meaning we were again stuck for the night at the airport, and could only HOPE to get on a flight on CHRISTMAS DAY!!!
On Christmas Day - Day 16 of trying to get on a Delta Flight, we again went to the airport at 3 PM, to have ourselves listed on the standby-list. One particular employee named Quentin, (his name tag described him as a flight controller) - told us to come back to see him (not another agent!) at 7PM, when it was the cut-off time to check in. He apparently had received word that the Captain on flight DL201 had decided to allow all 14 stand-by passengers to board the flight!
At last! â After 16 attempts go get on a Delta flight!
We were advised that we were to take up seats as indicated on our boarding passes, but that we were to be moved to the business class section after takeoff, when the plane reached cruising altitude.
We did so when told to move seats, only to be faced by disgruntled and irritated flight attendants, when we were seatedâ¦.. As it was, they were already mad at having to work on Christmas Day, and then got even more disgruntled when the section which was supposed to be clear of any passengers, were now filled by the ânon-revsâ the Captain allowed to board!
(The flight attendants were rude and unfriendly, and one could almost feel that the food and drinks were just about thrown at you!)
So, there it is â Our 16 day ordeal with Delta Airlines â with whom I will never fly again, and an airline I will not recommend to any of my clients going on an African Safari.
Louis van Tonder
African Safari Connection
16,475 Indian Ruins Road
Prescott, AZ 86305
United States of America
From: Bailey, Raewyn [mailto:Raewyn. Bailey@Delta.com] On Behalf Of Kight, Rob
Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 10:21 AM
To: 'email@example.com'; 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
Cc: Cantarutti, Perry
Subject: Buddy Pass Rider
Thank you for your letter concerning your recent Buddy Pass experience.
As you know, the Buddy Pass program is a privilege extended to Delta employees. Buddy Pass riders should only correspond with the Delta employee/retiree who provided them the pass for information about the Buddy Pass program or to share any concerns about a travel experience â whether recent or in progress. The Delta employee/retiree is responsible for ensuring that those with whom he chooses to share that privilege are familiar with how the program works and for addressing with Delta any concerns with a particular trip.
We have asked Patricia Knight, the Delta retiree who gave you the Buddy Pass, to follow up with you on your concerns. If she is unable to answer your questions, she is welcome to contact Delta to have the issue resolved. In the future, the Delta employee/retiree should be your first and only line of contact when issues arise around your use of a Buddy Pass on Delta. Additional correspondence to Delta from you concerning your travels on Buddy Passes could result in the Delta retireeâs Buddy Passes being revoked.
Vice President â Compensation, Benefits and Services
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
From: dmarx1 [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2010 10:21 AM
To: richard. anderson@Delta.com; perry. cantarutti@Delta.com; edward. bastian@Delta.com; glen. hauenstein@Delta.com; vinay. dube@Delta.com; tim. mapes@Delta.com
Subject: FW: Louis and Terri - Stuck in Africa
Is this the way your airline and/or its partners work??
If you can give a friend a bit of help, it would be appreciated.
Daniel R. Marx, Ph. D.
Vice President, Marketing
Burg Consulting Corporation
2339 Vista Del Campo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 895-7932
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Vacation Ruined... Delta Does Nearly Nothing.
Posted by NoDelta on 2010-10-15
ALTANTA, GEORGIA -- On Saturday October 2, 2010, I left Sarasota, Fl on Delta Flight 2348 to Atlanta, GA. I was then supposed to continue to Paris, France, on Delta Flight 274 and continue to Genoa, Italy on Delta Flight 5843 with a final destination arrival time of 5:20pm on Sunday October 3, 2010. With an on-time departure from Sarasota, we actually arrived about 20 minutes early into Atlanta, GA. While this was the case, we could not reach our gate because another Delta aircraft was at our assigned gate.
After sitting on the runway until almost 8:30 PM, we finally reached a gate and unloaded from the aircraft. I immediately made contact with the agent at the gate and told her to let my other flight know that I was there and would be at the gate soon. She confirmed and I started running to the gate. I arrived at the gate at 8:35. There were still five to seven people in front of me to board the plane and an irate gentleman at the ticket counter. The Delta representative at the gate took my ticket and passport, scanned my ticket, and was in motion to scan my passport.
The other Delta representative at the ticket counter said “He (referring to me) didn’t get here early enough; he can’t get on the plane.” In the meantime, the gentleman at the counter that did not originally have an assigned seat on the plane was allowed on the plane and I was bumped. I was directed to a Delta special services counter and the door to the gate was closed.
At the counter, I was told that the soonest I could leave was the next day. I was schedule for Delta flight 130 at 4:40PM to Munich and then Continental Flight 5486 to Genoa at 11:00 AM on Monday October 4, 2010. I was also told that Delta was only going to give me a discounted rate at a hotel because the rescheduled flight was not Delta’s fault; it was air traffic controls fault. While waiting on the hotel shuttle, I called the Delta, explained the situation and the representative said it wasn’t Delta’s fault, it was due to in climate weather in the area. If clear skies and on a starry night is in climate weather for a Delta aircraft, I don’t feel comfortable riding in one. After continuing the conversation, the representative said he would give me a $50 flight credit. At this point in time, I am still paying for a hotel room in
Atlanta. I have to pay for might night missed in Genoa, and I lose a full day’s work. In my luggage was also two boxes of brochures that were going to be used for the sales of boats at the Genoa International Boat Show. Without these brochures, the company’s full line cannot be shown to customers and sales are missed.
Finally arriving to the hotel at 12:20AM on Sunday October 3, 2010, I get a room. The room was dirty and the bed wasn’t even made. The hotel that Delta recommended had a nice lobby but the room was awful. I was put in another room. At 3:30AM, I received a notice from Expedia saying that I needed to contact the company immediately pertaining to my flight. At that time, I called Expedia and they informed me that the flight from Munich to Genoa was overbooked and I was only on the standby list for the flight. While even more frustrated with the situation, I tried to sleep for a while and returned to the airport to sort out the matter.
At the same special services counter from the day before, I asked about my flight and told them I wanted a guaranteed flight and did not want to be on standby. After checking my reservation, the Delta representative was baffled at her findings telling me that she did not have access to the Continental flight information but the flight was in conjunction with an airline that Delta is not even supposed to book with. Once again, I was rescheduled on a new set of flights. This time, I was scheduled on Delta Flight AF681 to Paris at 5:50 PM on Sunday October 3, 2010 and Delta flight AF5847 to Genoa at 9:55 AM.
Delta Flight Af681 to Paris left on time and landed on time. The connection to Genoa, AF5847, left on time also. While in the air, the captain explained that we were circling the Genoa airport because of storms, and we were number 6 in line to land. We were expected to land in about 30minutes. About 15 minutes pasted and the captain came on again saying that the airport was now closed due to flooding, and we would be landing in Nice, France. Upon arrival, I proceeded to baggage claim and received none of the three pieces of luggage I checked. I reported my delayed luggage and proceeded to the provided bus to Genoa. When we got to the bus, the driver told us that there was to be no
eating or drinking on his bus. We would arrive in Genoa in three to three and a half hours, and we could eat then. About five hours into the ride, yes five, a girl appearing to be in her early teens asked the driver to unlock the bathroom so she could use it. He denied her request and she sat down. About 20 minutes later she returned and was denied again. Immediately her father stepped in along with other passengers on the bus and demanded that the restroom be unlocked. We were sitting still in traffic and there was no reason the driver couldn’t do it. After a small uproar, he gave in. On his way to unlock the door, he yelled to the passengers to not take advantage of the
toilet because he didn’t want to have to empty it and clean it. After six and a half hours of travel, the driver exited the highway and dropped all of the passengers and their luggage off at an abandoned gas station that had several beggars at time just inside of Genoa. I tried to get the driver to let me use his phone or give information at least. He resisted, slammed the bus door and drove away. Now, Delta has dropped me off in an unsafe environment, in pouring rain, in a foreign country, with a foreign language, without any official of the country seeing my passport. Immediately, the number of beggars grew and so did my uncertainty. I, along with a group of other passengers, got together and began walking toward hotel Novotel. The front desk at Novotel was nice enough to call a cab for me. After waiting an hour, a cab arrived. I was taken to the hotel where I was supposed to meet my colleague, Bristol Hotel Palace.
Upon arrival at the hotel, I called my hotel, Hotel Alexander, and was told that my reservations had been sold. I did notify them before leaving the USA that my flight had been moved to the following day to keep my reservation. Since the airport was closed, they didn’t think that I was going to arrive and sold my reservation. Luckily, another person from my company was staying at another hotel and took a different airline. I stayed at the Bristol Hotel where he was and got a room for the night. Before going to bed, I called and had the information for my delayed luggage changed and confirmed.
The next day and the days following, I called from my hotel, Bristol Hotel, checking on the luggage. The lost baggage line had no information on the luggage. My final day in Genoa, I received an email from Hotel Alexander saying that they had my luggage. I called from my hotel and they said I needed to give them 1500 Euros to release my luggage. Of course, I do not speak Italian, and they only spoke very broken English. I told them I was not paying the fee but I need my luggage. They hung up on me three times and demanded the money. I called Delta (actually Air France) and the representative said that it
was their mistake and the airline would pick up the luggage and bring it to Hotel Bristol. The entire day passed and I didn’t receive the luggage. I finally called and went to Hotel Alexander myself to get the luggage. Strangely enough there was a representative there that could speak perfect English and demand the 1500 Euros. After arguing and bartering for over 30minutes, I had to pay 270 Euros to get my luggage. At this point, I was surrounded by 4 large men yelling at me in Italian; I felt I had to pay or I wasn’t going to leave there in good health or well-being. This is another dangerous situation that Delta and its partners forced me to be in.
Delta offered me 19000 skymiles. What a joke. A refund of the entire trip, a refund of the money I paid to get the luggage back, refund for the clothing and laundering I had to do, and a refund for the extra $255 worth of luggage I checked is what I should get.
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Unresponsive/ Useless Customer Service on Baggage Claim
Posted by Kristi A. on 2010-06-23
Back in October 2009 I returned from a trip with my husband to find my baggage damaged beyond repair. I immediately took it to the customer service area and filed a damaged report with the agent. Since then here is a recap of the 8 months of run around I have got from Delta Airlines....always promising a check is in the mail or to call me back...I have received neither and now am out luggage too.
06/01/2010 2:04pm â Contacted Delta again today, have not received anything in the mail and wanted to confirm where the case stood. On hold for 18 minutes then spoke with Thelma. Ask for an update on case #7443XXX. She sees nothing in regards to my claim under that #. I also gave her the claim # from Miriam Herrinâs email Delta File H8615XX. She canât get into that file so she is seeing if she can find someone that can. Going to transfer to another department, I should hear something within the next few days.
05/21/2010 8:25am â As of today still no call from Delta Corporate or no response to the email sent on 04/27/2010. Spoke to Jason he told me that the case was completed it is case # 74432XXX and the check should be sent within 10 days.
05/11/2010 12:32pm â Contacted the 800# & spoke to Sherry. She told me there was nothing in the system about my claim. She said she would email corporate and they would contact me. I asked to speak to a supervisor and she refused saying they couldnât do anything for me and the only way they could contact them was via email (that they didnât have a phone number for them). I asked when I could expect a call and she said she really didnât know.
04/29/2010 10:10AMâ Contacted the 800# & spoke to Donna. I gave her the background and she informed me that the claims are not handled in Augusta any further they are handled in ATL. She did see in the system that the claim was approved on 04/26/2010 for the full amount and if I havenât received a check within 10 days to call back.
04/28/2010 was at the Des Moines Airport and spoke to an agent about the email and showed them the damage report the agent filed and they said that should be sufficient and to contact the 800# again.
04/27/2010 Received an email today stating that because I didnât file my claim within 21 days that they would not process it? I responded asking to have it re-evaluated because the agent at the airport filed the claim on 10/19/2009.
âApril 27, 2010
Dear Ms. Hanke,
Thank you for the additional information concerning your damaged bag. After further review of our files, we are unable to locate any record of your loss prior to your letter on February 8, 2010.
The airlines consider claims which are presented in writing within twenty-one days from the date of travel. Because your letter failed to meet this requirement, we respectfully decline to honor your claim. However, if you have insurance coverage that will provide for payment, we will be glad to cooperate with your insurance company in their investigation.
We will reconsider the matter if you can furnish any proof that your claim was submitted within the specified time limit.
Customer Care Baggage Claimsâ
04/13/2010 I received an email from Delta stating they did receive my fax and will be expediting it for processing.
03/23/2010 Received an email from Customer Care asking me to refax the claim to 404-677-3097 attn: JSM Ref # 10874087 â Faxed at 3:40pm
03/16/2010 8:00am Re-faxed to claim report to Delta
03/15/2010 1:39pm spoke to Angela. She asked for the File # I gave her OMANW126XX from the damage report. She doesnât show receipt of the fax? Asked me to refax it again.
02/05/2010 Faxed document
This is the second email I have sent to this website: the first on 01/18/2010 with NO response given! I think this is unfair that now the airline has not paid me a dime & taken my suitcase!
Good morning, I am writing today because I feel I am out of options and donât know where else to go. On October 19, 2009 my husband and I were returning from vacationing in Mexico. When we returned to the Omaha, NE airport we found our bag to be broke. I took it to the service counter and he opened it looked at it and filed a claim which he gave me a copy of the damage report. He told me since we live in Des Moines and needed to get our stuff from the suitcase before we turn it in we could do so in Des Moines. On Sunday, October 25th I went to the Des Moines airport with the claim form and bag and they asked if they could exchange it for one they had there. I had recently purchased the bag for $240.00 and still had the receipts and the bags that were at the airport didnât compare. The customer service representative told me since the bag was less than 6 months old they could give me a full refund of 100% ($240.00). She took my receipts and bags wrote on the damage report 6 month $240.00 and told me I would have a check in 4-6 weeks. That time passed and I had not heard anything so I called the 800# she gave to me on 12/08/09. I was asked to call back later that day because the systems were down. I then called on 12/14 and spoke to Sherry she told me there was no claim in the system and she took my number and was going to have someone contact me. That NEVER happened! On 12/23/09 I contact the 800# again and spoke to Vickie she told me the claim was closed and a check was sent. She gave me file # 7443XXX. On 01/18/2010 I had still not received a check so I called the 800# again and spoke with Annette. She told me to call Corporate at 404-714-7101 and press option 2 but then told me they would be closed today so I would have to call back. I asked her to verify that a check was sent because I had received the run around so much. With her looking into it she told me that that claim was closed in February? I was confused because I didnât file this claim until October? She looked into it further and that claim # was for a delayed flight where we were stuck in Orlando so they gave everyone $100 vouchers, not for my baggage. She said I would have to resubmit a claim because they have no record of this claim and to go on line and find the form. Well I guess I could do that but the Customer Service Rep in the Des Moines airport took all of my receipts, luggage, etc? I donât know where to go with this. It was not a cheap bag costing me $240.00 and I am really disappointed with the run around I have been receiving. Can you please help me get this figured out or direct me where to go to? This is going on 12 weeks or run around and I think that is unacceptable. Thanks!
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Animals get better treatment
Posted by passenger 0 on 2010-03-25
On 3/13/10, during the recent windstorms, my family and I flew from Nassau to LaGuardia, NY and were to connect to Detroit on Delta airlines. The plane was delayed before take-off for 20 minutes to take on extra fuel the pilot indicated. Little did the unwary passengers know the airport was closed in New York and the pilot wanted to be ready to circle the airport for some time. This fact was only revealed to the passengers mid-flight. We were told there were high winds in New York and the airport was only intermittently open for short periods of time. The pilot informed us that it was unlikely we would be able to land in New York and suggested we may be re-routed to Pittsburgh. Nothing else was relayed to the passengers until we had circled LaGuardia for almost two hours. At this point the pilot told the passengers that we were not going to land in New York, as the airport was still closed and now low on fuel we had to be re-routed immediately to another airport. The airport we were sent to was Harrisburg, PA (apparently a charming town - I had plenty of time to read their tourist literature while there). Unknown to any of the passengers until we were on the ground, the Harrisburg airport was only equipped to accept commuter jets and not a jet of our size. We waited on the tarmac for approx. one and a half hours while we were told someone was coming in from home to determine how to unload the aircraft. We finally disembarked about 9:30pm, approximately 8 hours since our departure. Most of the passengers had not eaten since breakfast and were starving and no special effort was made by the airline to feed us. There were no open restaurants in the Harrisburg airport. We were told that we were going to overnight in Harrisburg and try to get to LaGuardia the next day. We were told that no one could unload our bags and they would stay in the belly of the aircraft overnight. Delta made arrangements for all of the passengers to stay at a nearby Best Western. I informed to flight crew and the ticketing agent I waited in line about an hour to see that both my wife and I had medicine in our luggage that we needed. We were told that retrieving our luggage was impossible and we were repeatedly chastised by Delta personnel that we should have packed our medicine in our carry on luggage, implying that the problem was due to our poor foresight and not their fault The fact of the matter was that we had medicine at home and assumed that if our luggage were lost we would be O. K. Little did we imagine that we would be mishandled not our luggage.
Once we arrived at the ticket agent's desk we were told that there were no flights to Detroit, our final destination, they were all over booked. If we went back to New York there were no flights and if we tried to fly direct from Harrisburg there were no flights. They refused to take the time to see if we could be re-routed through another city like Cincinnati or Atlanta. I understand that by this time it was late and the ticket agent was probably tired and there were many other passengers to help, however, I was shocked when her response to our plight was to say, "here's the 800 #, try to find a flight by calling the number." I felt as though the airline had dropped us in a strange city with little prospect of getting home, no luggage, no medicine, and no food and essentially abandoned us with nothing more than a phone number. The story didn't end there. We went to the Best Western where the kitchen staff was trying to close and luckily we and several of the other passengers were able to order pizza delivery, some, but definitely not all of the passengers were able to get food from the hotel restaurant. I repeatedly called the 800# only to get a busy signal. Finally after midnight I got through and waited for another 30 minutes for someone to answer the phone. They told me there were two seats on a 7:30am flight and another two seats on a 4:30pm flight. I explained that we were traveling with our daughter and her college friend and we were uncomfortable with splitting up, to which the person on the other end of the line responded, "that's what we have take it or leave it, if you don't take it someone else will and you'll have no flight." We reluctantly made the reservation. It was now about 1:00am and the night we switched to daylight savings, so were going to loose an additional hour. So at 5:30 am with virtually no sleep, we all went back to the airport. A ticket agent did look for our bags but was unable to find them and I appreciate at least one person working for Delta who seemed to care for our predicament. We sent our daughter and roommate to Detroit. We tried unsuccessfully to go standby and waited in the airport another 9 hours for the next flight. Since we don't live in Detroit but had driven to the airport our daughter and friend had to wait in Detroit for us to get there 9 hours after them, sleeping on benches in the airport until we arrived.
In summary, we left Nassau to fly to an airport that was closed. No one but the flight crew knew this. Second we circled the airport in New York with a "land at LaGuardia at all costs attitude," until we ran out of fuel and had to be re-directed to an airport that could not accommodate us. All of this could have easily been avoided. We could have been told that the airport on New York was likely closed prior to our departure. When the plane arrived in New York and the airport was closed Delta could have immediately re-routed us to a suitable airport rather than circling until we ran low on fuel. Certainly, they could have cared more about our welfare during the ordeal.
Unfortunately, no significant effort was made by Delta to ensure that we were fed. No significant effort was made by Delta to help us get to our ultimate destination. "Do the best you can" and "take it or leave it" was their attitude. No significant effort was made until morning to get our medicine. I am a practicing physician in Michigan and if any of my colleagues or I made "seat of the pants" decisions about our patients welfare that in retrospect were as poorly made we wouldn't be in practice very long. I am amazed that airlines, which must deal with this sort of problem on a regular basis apparently have very few guiding principles and policies to help them, instead it is just the luck of the draw where you go and how you're treated. Hopefully the airlines can learn something from our experience. The airlines seem to think that if they get you to your destination in one piece, no matter how long that takes they did their job. In medicine if we say to patients at the end of a procedure, you’re procedure was done and you’re alive, that is rarely adequate consolation to them. People want to be and deserve to be treated with dignity.
Sincerely, Keith Getz
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Delta Is Dishonest & Does Not Care About Its Customers
Posted by Minne on 2010-03-01
On Saturday February 27th- my partner and I were scheduled for an overnight flight on Delta Airlines #DL1768 from Kona, Hawaii to LAX leaving 9:30P Saturday, February 27th with arrival 5AM Sunday, February 28th. Our final destination was Minneapolis, Minnesota- with a 6:40AM connecting flight at LAX. Because of an airline error in fueling our aircraft- we had a 3 hour delay in leaving -thus missing our connecting flight. This error entailed Delta Airlines putting too much fuel in the aircraft- which according to them- affected our weight standards for lift off in Kona International. In addition to this error in fueling in Kona by Delta Airlines- we were rerouted to Honolulu International for additional fuel (for some reason we could lift off just fine from Honolulu International but not Kona International Airport). During the 3 hours we were on this aircraft- Delta’s crew and captain were unresponsive to our questions and concerns regarding connecting flights and they were quite frankly- dismissive of our concerns regarding our schedules when we asked about them. There was never an announcement on connecting gates or any care put into our connecting itineraries from the captain of the aircraft.
At approximately 12:15AM on Sunday- while sitting on the tarmac in Honolulu- my partner called Delta Airlines to move us from that 6:40AM flight to the 8AM flight leaving from LAX to Minneapolis International- as it looked like we would be able to make that time schedule with the current delay. We had a confirmed seating confirmation number on this flight- according to the Delta helpline representative we spoke to.
When we finally arrived at LAX at 7:40 Sunday morning– a Delta agent was not there to open the doors for our incoming flight- and no prior arrangements were made for passengers with connecting flights! Thus- we ended up sitting at the gate for another 10 minutes which was precious time- in making our 8AM Minneapolis connection in LAX. After getting off the flight DL1768- we arrived at the gate for our Minneapolis flight at 7:51AM- only to find that Delta Airlines had given our confirmed seats away to other standby passengers! The Delta gate agent tried to get us seated (and remove the standby passengers that had taken our confirmed seats) but was told the flight was leaving by her supervisor and that they would do nothing for us. Delta Airlines in LAX knew of our plane’s delay from Kona- and made no effort to hold the plane bound for Minneapolis for its passengers that had that connecting flight!
After the 8AM flight for Minneapolis left the gate- the gate agent told the group of us (there were about 50 people trying to find a way to the Twin Cities) that she would help us. However after 10 minutes she was summoned to another gate and we were informed that we needed to go to the Delta Help Desk in LAX to get rerouted to other flights. After waiting in line for 45 minutes- we were placed on a flight plan connecting through Salt Lake to Minneapolis and were given confirmed seating assignments but with no seat numbers attached to them for either of the legs of those flights. When we arrived at the LAX gate for our Salt Lake flight at 11:50AM- we were told that there were no seats available and that the flight was over-booked by 16 people. There would be no provision made for us due to Delta’s delay in our Kona flight- even though we had ‘confirmed’ seating assignments. The gate agent told us tersely that she would call our name if seats were to become available. After a very heated conversation, in which excuse after excuse was made as to our delay in Kona by Delta Airlines, we strong armed our seat assignments. In this instance, we felt Delta Airlines at their LAX help desk was willfully dishonest to us in telling us this Salt Lake flight was available- in essence to get us out from in front of them. After arriving in Salt Lake at 2PM that Sunday- we knew we would have the same situation as our Minneapolis flight and would need to fight for seats on that flight. This time we went over to the help desk and strongly requested seat assignments 2 hours prior to the gate opening for the 5PM flight- going over the gate agent’s head for that Minneapolis bound flight. After a conversation of explaining ourselves and trying to charm the customer service person into granting us seats- we received our ticketed seat assignments. Numbered tickets in hand- we arrived at the gate and found others- many over the age of 75- with ‘confirmed’ seating but with no seats available on the flight! The flight to Minneapolis was overbooked by 22 people! Again- in this instance-Delta was dishonest to these other individuals at LAX and booked them on flights that they knew were oversold! I feel that this is in direct violation of FAA regulations regarding the selling of tickets- and the contractual obligations to paying passengers. When it was all said and done- we arrived at our home destination 9.5 hours after what was scheduled- spending close to a total of 24 hours traveling.
While at help desks and gates in LAX and Salt Lake- Delta’s story to its staff was that due to the Tsunami in Hawaii- that there was no available fuel in Kona which in effect caused our delay. The Tsunami ‘all clear’ was called at 1:30PM Hawaii time Saturday, February 27th by the Hawaii Department of Emergency Management- our flight that Sunday was at 9:30PM. In addition to that- the only airport with cancelled flights that day was Hilo International on the other side of the island. We arrived at Kona International airport at 7PM and noticed our Delta plane was on the tarmac ready for boarding. If fuel was indeed an issue in Kona- why didn’t Delta Airlines taxi the flight to Honolulu to fill the aircraft in that time before take-off? The flights are less than hour each way from Kona & Honolulu. If a ‘full tank take-off’ was never possible from Kona- then this is outright fraud by Delta Airlines in selling tickets to passengers who expected a direct flight from Kona to LAX. We know from other United Airlines passengers that they took off with a full tank of fuel in Kona directly to LA with no incident- one half hour before our flight.
In summary- we were offered no compensation whatsoever due to Delta’s mishandling of the Kona leg of our flight plan. At numerous gates we saw other ticketed passengers offered up to $600 in cash to give up seats on the flights that were severely oversold. We missed our connections due to Delta Airlines’ errors and we were offered nothing but Tsunami, fuel and ‘communication error ‘excuses from various Delta Airlines employees. One of the Delta Airline attendants on our Minneapolis bound flight even told a senior couple with little flying experience that if they traveled all the time for business- that this was to be expected and that delays happen periodically –insinuating that we all were inexperienced simpleton travelers. I have family members that travel extensively for business- they nor I- are willing to accept poor service and a lack of accountability by Delta Airlines. That senior couple from Willmar, MN was also told to fly another airline by a Delta Flight attendant on our Minneapolis flight home if they did not like the delays and service they received from Delta. All of us in the Twin Cities certainly would fly another airline- if there was an ample choice of carriers and destinations out of Twin Cities International Airport! This was a Delta Airlines Vacation package made through a travel agent- my partner and I are seeking a refund of our airfare for that leg of our trip from Delta Vacations due to breach of contract.
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Posted by nacence on 2010-02-16
My wife and I -- world travelers visiting families of three kids around the world -- have gone through considerable
physical challenges and anguish last week -- never experienced earlier. We are wondering if we could expect a response that
would reinstate our trust in your airline.
We travel so often that I joke with friends my wife does her laundry at airport rest rooms. Before drying it on the baggage
We were due to shuttle from BWI to JFK, Feb. 9, to catch an evening flight to Budapest, Hungary. All went fine at first.
We were due to fly out in between two snow storms.
When I checked about my routine vegetarian meal (replacing special sea-food option) I was even queried regarding my
dairy or non-dairy preference. How nice!
Then all hell broke loose.
Alex, to whom we talked, told us the BWI was closed due to (yet non-existent snow storm. Because a plane had just took
off and the storm was not due before well after we were in JFK.)
The snow storm was used as an excuse. Apparently because Delta did not have a plane ready to take out scheduled
passengers. Or used them to shuttle passengers from further west, according to our private information.
Alex sugested to book us on an Air-France flight to Charles de Galle in Paris and then proceed to Budapest. We were in
a hurry to begin a four-day vacation in Hungary's capital, paid for by our daughter -- a concert pianist.
Trying to reach the Dulles airport, given the cost and the time for taking a likely 3 hour trip through mushy snow (piled by
a previous storm), was time-wise, financially and mentally not acceptable to these two senior citizens.. Especially the prospect of
lugging heavy bags across treacherous snow puddles.
So we figured out a way to reach New York by alternative ways. Alex confirmed our original take-off plan from JFK.
When asked about compensation for the paid for but unused Baltimore-JFK airfares. he suggested we reach JFK not later than 4
P.M. Feb.9 and contact the check-in Delta manager.
How much would that be? -- I asked. We need to count our pennies.
-- I can't tell you exacly -- he said -- but they will work that out there (Was he trying just to send us down the river?)
-- Okay, fine, thank you! -- I said.
My wife and I did reach JFK Delta well before 4 P.M. after changing several road vehicles (four to be exact). Lumbering
around our hefty bags in and out (hardly a piece of cake for this 77-year old guy).
However, once I mentioned to the mnageress what Alex had suggested -- the response was brief and curt. Delta NEVER
compensates passengers for weather-caused concellations. I was told. And dismissed.. -- Company policy -- she added.
My daughter had booked us in Budapest, February 10-14 in a modest hotel. Extra travel expenses involved in shuttling
ourselves between Baltimore and JFK badly decimated our funds prepared for a relatively decent enjoyment of our first visit there.
(Of course we shall never mention this incident to our kind and caring daughter, Tamara.)
Who had previously remarked, off-handedly, that she was compensated with $400.oo by the United, for similar
inconviences. Involving extra efforts to make it possible for her to perform major concerts in a series which started in Chicago and
continued with the Carnegie Hall full house concert with the Chicago Symphony orchestra on the last day of January. She was
playing during celebrations honoring THE major French composer and conductor. For his 85th birthday.
And not only that. The UNITED put her in the business class as a way of apology. Spreading the image of a
passenger-caring company. HUH!
Now, of course, she is an extremely successful and attractive pianist performing around the world.
I have spent 36 years as a chief of bureau of a major American wire agency. All I can do is share my experience with peer
travellers. Practicing now whatever scribing skills remain in my pen. Get a few laughs.
On a lighter note, I do hope the recession comes to an end soon. So I can revert to my special, sea-food diet.
As we were served dinner aboard -- there was no special meal for me.
-- Did you talk to Holly? -- an air Hostess challenged me over my complaint.
-- Holly? Hollie? Howlie? By Golly! And who might Hollie be, please?
-- She works in the opposite alley up there!
-- Oh! Is that so? So I should go chase her there?
Usually stewardesses come with a sheet to check my seat and serve me upfront. But on all other airlines.
Somehow I was loath to confront the stern-looking Holly. Golly. Whoever.
Because I already had a kind of a beef with her.
-- GET BACK TO YOUR SEAT! Never bothering to get up -- the strict lady had instructed me. There were no air
turbulence. Not out of the plane so seat belts were no mandatory except as a recommendation.
I had ventured across the aisle of the semi-empty cabin to the left windows. To bid my customary farewell to the
receding lights of Halifax, Labrador. The fishing villages in Nova Scotia. An old sentimental fool, you may call me.
This could always be my final time.
The second time she bawled me out, from afar, seeing me approaching her, was when I sought to protest unsolicited
but continuous blaring on the PA. The noise being what some young people claim was music. But much too loud.
She told me I had to wait this out. After the tape runs its course.
-- Why, is that the choice of the automatic pilot? -- I tried to lighten the atmosphere. She never smiled and ordered me
back. Still she decided other passengers were due an apology.
I settled for pasta. Not bad, to be honest. Though not on my recommended dietary regime.
The moral is clear: I shall now need to think twice before booking tickets.
We never stay more than two months at a time. Because we do need to keep traveling helping out with our five
grandkids. Our three children dutifully paying our fares.
There you go. You like my story. The amusing part? Instructional? I am considering sharing it and/or publishing it?
Get a few laughs.
09 Feb 10 TUESDAY
DELTA AIRLINES INC. 6076 SHUTTLE
OPERATED BY-CHAUTAUQUA AIRLINES
LV: WASHINGTON / BALTIMORE/ WA 1654 NON-STOP
ARR: NEW YORK/JOHN F KENNEDY 1810
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MR. IVAN STEFANOVIC 08C CONFIRMED NON SMOKING
MRS. N. STEFANOVIC 04D CONFIRMED NON SMOKING
IVANMR/STEFANOVIC VEGETARIAN MEAL
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ARR: BUDAPEST ARRIVES 10 FEB
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