Today after an hour of arguing and being placed on hold I gave up. Tomorrow would have been one month of attempting to attain compensation for faulty information that will put me out at least a stack of cash.
For the past month I have been told repeatedly that this situation is my fault however, today I was told that the situation is my fault because I did not know that in some cases Expedia customer service representatives tell customers things to make them happy. Translation: a representative lied to me to make me happy?
I was also told that the only compensation the company could give me was a $50 voucher for a hotel (no flights). Unfortunately, that voucher would mean using Expedia again for something I don't usually use a third party to book. No Thanks.
*I was told over 72 hours ago that within the next 72 hours I would receive a callback concerning multiple ongoing inquires pertaining to my flight change. I have also been told the following:
*It is possible to only take only the second leg of my flight however I would not be refunded. (This e-mail prompted me to buy tickets to stay in Europe and not take the first leg of my flight)
(Protyasha 6/3 via e-mail)
*That the airlines were the ones that were charging Expedia to change the tickets --_Justine 6/20 (After calling the airlines I was told Expedia was the only one who could change a booking)
*I could change my reservation for a fee and would be able to conference call with the third booking party -Justine 6/21 (This never happened even when I called at the time we discussed on the phone)
*I can not change my reservation at all and will get a call back within 72 hours to talk about compensation for hours on the phone and miss information from Expedia --Faizan 6/25 (I NEVER received this call back after waiting almost a week)
* My case had been moved to high priority and I would receive a call back in 24 hours. (This never happened either)
This serves as a written record of the slew of miss-information I was fed. Apparently customer service agents at Expedia and Expedia UK are taught to appease customers by telling blatant lies or to hang up if they do not know what to do. When I finally talked to someone who could give me a straight answer (Either buy a 1,400 pound one way ticket or revert to your former plan eating whatever cost I put into the other tickets.....and P. S. there is NOTHING Expedia will do to compensate you for the money and time they have put you out) there was nothing I could do. Why would a company lead me in circles by telling me I could have conference calls and that they were looking into my case when that is all they needed to do. I talked to as many supervisors as I could and was told different things by each.
I will never use Expedia again.
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Expedia: Deception, Stupidity and the Philippines
Posted by Ricky Rufus on
I went on a trip to Las Vegas with some buddies from work. A friends wife booked the trip through Expedia on their credit card and we all forked over the cash. There were seven of us leaving from the East Coast to Vegas and we were staying at the MGM Grand.
We had booked two rooms for the seven of us. Each room had the usual two beds and we were told one room would have 2 extra pullout beds and the other room would have 1 extra bed to solve the problem of having an odd number of people ( 7 ).
We land in Vegas and go to check in. The front desk clerk explains they only can have one pullout bed per room due to Las Vegas fire codes and that Expedia was aware of it. So basically one of us is screwed.
I call Expedia and explained what happened. To basically sum up the 45 min conversation with the customer service whore, I was told that I can either sleep on the floor or in one of the other beds with one of the other guys. I didn't go to Vegas to sleep with another guy.
The MGM Grand manager was very nice but explained to me when you use a middleman type of company to book a trip, there is nothing really the hotel can do for you, it's Expedia's job to deal with it. All he said he could do is give the odd man out another room for a good deal. But a room was paid for already, not a spot on the floor.
Being from New York I ended up stealing another pullout bed from a room down the hall while the lady was cleaning it. I guess Vegas still isn't ready for the East Coast people yet.
Both our rooms managed to complain to the front desk for the 5 days we were there and we scammed free meals for each of the nights.
Now a week later and back home. I called Expedia back and explained my story to customer service. They offered no help and probably had the IQ of a houseplant. The man told me they can't book a trip to vegas and have 4 beds in one room due to the fire code. I gave him the itinerary number and said look they did book one. He transferred me to another genius and I had to start all over and explain everything to this mastermind.
I asked why did they book a trip, take our money and then offer no resolution to the problem in knowing that you cannot have 2 pullout beds in one room. And why was I told to sleep on the floor or in another bed with a guy by one of their representatives? No answer.
I hung up and called back and I pretended to book a trip to Vegas. I told them it's a seven person trip and we want to stay at the MGM Grand. I want 4 people in one room with 2 pullout beds and 3 people in the other with 1 pullout bed. " No problem sir, we can do that".
I told the representative I want to reserve this trip and call my friends and give them the price and then call back to pay for it. She had no problem with that, she was more than happy to take $3200 from me knowing that you can only have 1 pullout bed in each room and that when we actually get there one of us is screwed.
I called them back and asked to speak to a supervisor. I eventually got someone claiming to be one and explained to him the entire situation and about the trip I just booked. He was so stupid or just pretended to be that I had to explain it all over again to him. He said he was going to transfer me over to customer care. I thought that's who I was already talked to. I was transferred and the ringing of the line was a weird ring and didn't sound right. I was waiting to get hung up on.
A woman answered the phone and I could barely hear her. She had a thick accent and could not understand a word I said. I explained to her I was transferred to her and told her the whole story. She couldn't comprehend anything I said to her.
She told me she was sorry and she was tired and that she had been working all day. It was 10:30 am where I was and the customer service hero from before told me he was in Florida so I assumed so was this rocket scientist.
I asked her was she located and her answer was..... Manila, Philippines. So Expedia outsources to other countries just like AOL does. I basically told her where to go and what do with it when she gets there and hung up.
I did some investigating online that day and tracked down the company that owns Expedia. They are called Expedia Inc. The own other companies and are located in Washington state.
I called them and got some secretary and explained to her what happened. She couldn't believe it. She transferred me to a gentleman and I talked to him for a bit. I think he was in Investor Relations or something more because when I gave him my full name he read back to me all the names of the people on the trip. He wasn't some schmuck that I have been dealing with since this all started.
He told me he was sorry and I explained to him I will never use Expedia again due to this experience. He credited the money back of all the people who stayed in my room for the cost of the hotel. We had to still pay for airfare which was fine. I said my thanks and within 2 weeks my friend got some money back ad gave it back to us.
I will never use any booking company again. You can get better deals through the actual hotel itself and through the airlines. And if there is ever a problem, the hotel or airline has to fix it. When a middleman such as Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz or anyone pretending to be a real company screws up, they don't have to do anything to fix it. They just tell you to sleep on the floor on your vacation or transfer you to the other side of the world and forget about you all for your hard earned money.
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Worst Customer Service in History
Posted by Marques on
AMITYVILLE, NEW YORK -- This will be somewhat long but if anyone reading this is going to use it to base their decision to book with Expedia please be patient.
The first thing I want to say is that I'm someone who travels a fair amount of time. I consider that taking at least 3 trips a year through flight to both domestic and international locations. I've been doing this since 2010. I have booked all of my flights through Expedia. The reason for this is because I find their website to be very easy to navigate and great prices. I have to commend them on having an amazing website with a very easy interface. One would think that with such a great website that their human interaction is just as good. I want to say this without any exaggeration at all, as I know many people exaggerate when writing reviews. Expedia has THEE WORST customer service out of any company I have ever dealt with.
That of course is a personal opinion but let me give some personal background. I've work in customer service for several years and as a professional, trained, created, and ran an entire customer service department for a call center on two different fronts. Both internally as well as outsourced. I felt I did that with at an extremely high level so when I deal with other customer service departments for other businesses I give them the benefit of the doubt and try to make their jobs as easy as possible since I know the ins and outs of the business. The sad thing is with Expedia, I truly believe that 90% of the agents are either incompetent, which I know can be awfully mean to say, or they have 5 minutes of training and then are expected to handle live customers. I've had 3 absolutely awful experiences where on the 3rd I had a friend of mine on 3-way just to witness how bad they are so we could laugh after. The #1 question anyone could ask is "If they're that bad why continue to book through them?" Fair question so here are the answers.
#1. I don't need to rely on their customer service to complete my bookings. If I've taken 20 trips I've probably spoken to their customer service 4 times.
#2. As I mentioned before the website and prices are excellent.
#3. I'm a huge fan of rewards points and I earned several through my years of booking with them.
After this last interaction I'm going to redeem my rewards points and never booking with them again. So let's get to it.
I'm going to Israel for Good Friday to have an amazing religious experience. In doing that, I wanted to book a tour that takes me through Jerusalem and Bethlehem. There are several that Expedia offers and the one in particular I wanted to book says it's going to one of the sites I really want to go to, the Wailing Wall. The thing is, the main description says that's one of the sites you get to go to but in the detailed description it says you only see it from a distance. So my one and only question for Expedia is do I actually get to go to the Wailing Wall or do I see it from a distance.
I call Expedia and it literally takes about 3 minutes to speak to someone. I tell them the tour I want and then my question. The person I speak with tells me that they need to transfer me to customer service. OK fine. I'm then transferred and have to wait 20 minutes to speak to someone. Finally I get someone. She says her name and asks me for my name and how she can help me. I tell her and then out comes the question.
Me: I'm trying to book a tour and had a question about it. Can I give you the name of the tour so you can look it up?
Representative: Yes Sir. That's fine.
Me: It's the Full Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. It says in the description that I go to the Wailing Wall but it also says I just view it from a distance.
Representative: Ummm, can you hold on for a second sir...............................(about 1 minute and a half passes)..............Is this the Rome tour?
Me: I"m sorry?
Representative: Is this the Rome tour sir?
Me: Did you say Rome?
Representative: Yes sir.
Me: No. I said Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This is a tour in Israel. It's called the Full Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Representative: Oh OK. I'm sorry about that. Hold on one moment.
I hear her typing and then reading very silently. This let's me know she's simply looking at the website. She has the same exact access I have. I could literally help her with her next customer if they had a question the same way she's helping me. I'm on hold for about 3 minutes.
Representative: OK Sir, is this the Full Day Rome tour with entrance to the Coliseum??
Me:..........................................................................................................................................................Ma'am. Can you please get me someone who can help me. I've been on the phone for 40 minutes.
Representative: I see 13 on my phone.
Me: Ma'am, I've been on the phone for 40 minutes. Maybe it's just been 13 with you but it's been a total of 40.
Representative: Oh. Because I see 13. Hold on please and let me transfer you to someone who can help you.
I got off the phone with a slight headache.
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Was promised a refund but the LIED
Posted by Rani on
I had a death in the family and had to book a flight ASAP using Expedia. I booked a round-trip ticket from Miami to Montreal March 17 in the am returning that same evening just enough time to go to the funeral. I made the reservation March 15 at 9 pm, but I never received the immediate confirmation, which I always do, so I went to bed. I woke at 3 am and tried to check in for the flight or choose my seat, I do not recall. When I finally received the confirmation I realized what the problem was. I booked the ticket departing Montreal to Miami, so the opposite considering I was in Miami.
Please keep in mind that this was just 6 hours after I booked my ticket. I called Expedia at 3:30 am because I was sure that they would refund or credit me the ticket. I am a long time customer of Expedia and spend at least $10000 a year with them so I was very confident. Wow was I mistaken. The initial call didnât take very long as they would only give me a credit on a FUTURE travel because they would not change the routing of the ticket. They said it HAS to be the same ticket so Montreal Miami round-trip. I told her about the death in the family and she said to send the death certificate. I told her there was no way that I would ask my brother in law who just lost his son for a death certificate and that I would just pay the penalty. Very simply no penalty they said I had to buy a ticket all over and that they would credit be the 2100 $ for future travel. Being that it was 4 am at that point I dropped it and went to bed. When I woke up I called my travel agent and told her what happened. She said what they did was completely illegal and that I could use the credit towards any destination. I took her advice and called them. After a one-hour wait time and back and forth with the agent he finally agreed to give me a full refund and said that the email confirmation would be in my inbox shortly. He also said that it would take 3 to 5 business days for the credit to appear to my bank. One week went by and no email. I checked my credit card statement and sure enough a charge of $2,159.19 CAD
was processed. I called Expedia to make an official complaint on March 24 th and they told me that the phone conversations had to be reviewed and that they would get back to me in 72 hours. Five days went by with no call back so I called them once again to speak to another supervisor and this is what they replied to me.
âDear Rani Zantout, Kindly note that this E-mail is a reply to your escalation request about cancelling your American Airlines ticket. Kindly note that we listened to your call with our agent and here is what we found: - Agent contacted her help desk and was advised ticket is non-refundable only eligible for future travel credit with American Airlines. - Agent went for the extra mile and called the Airlines directly to get you an exception but was advised the same. Only exception is that they can waive the change fees in case there is a death certificate. - Agent in the end advised you the option for the future travel credit in which you agreed about. She processed cancellation and sent you the confirmation E-mail. We understand that you claimed that you called again in the same day and was advised with a refund, however we tried to locate such a call but was not able to find any record, plus no record of any agent accessed your account on the same date and no documentation found. So we are quite sure that that was no call initiated to Expedia for TD on this day except your call with the agent above. Final resolution is that we were not able to find any agent error from our end. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our Customer Support Representatives are available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Thank you for choosing Expedia For TD.â
I mean more unethical than that I have never seen. To go as far as to claim that I made up a one hour conversation with one of their reps is just disgusting!!!
Can you help me
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Posted by Evdokia on
NEWARK, CALIFORNIA -- Here is my story of a rental car that I booked through Expedia. I believe that it is very important to check the customer service like Orbitz is doing prior to put them in your list as clients. (Itin# 166302805558)
It is the first time that I am using Advantage Rent a Car and for sure the last time. From the beginning the reservation went wrong by not specifying where the offices are, not at the airport but at a hotel that you have to use the shuttle. Upon my arrival there were two gentlemen at the desk, I was dealing with the agent Donald. From the beginning he was pushy about the full coverage insurance and the gas, he was not trying to sell he was demanding to sell. I was using my debit card, and he told me that they would do credit check because it is their policy and they would take $350 deposit. I had just left a car in NY that I had rented from All Rental Car and two weeks prior had rented again from Enterprise Paramus New Jersey as I am here often on business and that was not the case with both locations. I asked to talk to a manager.
A “gentleman” showed up who told me “Madame do you see the sign?” pointing at the Advantage sign, “this company said that the customers who use debit card will have to go under a credit check and deposit $350, now listen there are other 8 car rental locations at the Newark Airport”. I was so surprised by his behavior could not believe it, I asked his name and he said “Joel you spell it J-O-E-L”. Obviously that “manager” did not even think of giving a business card or a last name.
After that he disappeared back to his office. Meantime the system was down and it took almost 30 minutes for the procedure to finish, the two gentlemen Donald and the other young man on the counter were putting efforts to excuse themselves about the system by joking around which was very silly. After my encounter with the “manager”, agent Donald started asking about my first name and laughing about it because it is hard to pronounce which was rather offensive . After that agent Donald asked me to sign the car inspection while still at the office without bothering doing a walkthrough with me around the car, I was so surprised but did not want to stay there anymore.
On my way out after signing everything he run after me to make sure that he gave me the car that I asked for, what if it was not the right car, I would have to do all this all over again? I am in the customer service industry as well and travel a lot, I was under the impression that by trying a different company it would be a good experience, Advantage provided the worst experience I ever had as a customer at Rental Car Services. I am sure that it is not the company but those that you put to represent it….. could not be worse, I cannot complain too much about the agent when his manager himself has worse attitude. It is my first day I have rented the car and honestly do not even want to go back to that location to return it!
It is too bad I have taken so much of my time to write such an awful experience instead of being happy by customer service and saying to everyone to hear it……
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EXPEDIA LIES, CHEATS, ONLINE FRAUD AND ATTEMPT TO COMMIT FRAUD. Updated(03-29-07)
Posted by Doe3001 on
I'm running a site (http://www.victimsofexpedia.com/) to alert as many people as I can about how EXPEDIA lies and cheat to customers. Check my site regularly for updates. Read the current status about my case at: http://victimsofexpedia.com/status.htm
My bad experience with EXPEDIA
I have to use also "attempt to commit fraud" because after almost 7 month, with the help of my credit card VISA" I was able at least to recover 1,294.95 U$S that EXPEDIA tried to keep for services that EXPEDIA never provided.
The rest of the document remains the same
PLANNING TO USE EXPEDIA FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP/VACATION?: THINK AGAIN
This is my personal HORRIBLE experience with EXPEDIA (I'll make it short):
If you have a similar case, send me your story at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I bought (online from USA) a roundtrip from Europe to Southamerica. For this trip I needed a paper ticket thar EXPEDIA failed to deliver to me(one ticket was lost and the second they sent me to a wrong address). Anyway, one of their representative, advised me by phone to go to Europe and they will arrange with the airline I get a ticket at the airport. They never did it. I called to EXPEDIA many times from Europe and the airline that I was supposed to travel with also contacted EXPEDIA. EXPEDIA never did anything to solve that problem that EXPEDIA generated and they didn't give me another solution. I had to buy (in Europe)another ticket from a different travel agency and I had to spend 15 extra days in Europe plus one extra week in Southamerica. I've also lost many days at my job. I had lost a lot of money and my trips were useless because I had to use the money I had to solve this problem instead of enjoying my trips. TO MAKE IT SHORT, I WAS ABANDONED IN EUROPE BY EXPEDIA AFTER THEY FAILED TO PROVIDE ME A TICKET I HAD ALREADY PAID WITH MY CREDIT CARD.
Now, after more that 5 months EXPEDIA claims that it was smy fault. EXPEDIA claims that they had put all the information in the airlane system. But when I asked where and when they cannot give me that information. I have documentations showing how many times I called them (and copies of e-mails I sent to them), I also have an e-mail from the airline telling me that EXPEDIA never contacted them and never put on their system the information necessary to issue me new ticket from Europe
This is what EXPEDIA claims in their webpage.
1) If you need support, we're here Expedia.com customer service agents are ready to help you with any Expedia.com travel concerns 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you need help, use our support and feedback form. All e-mail receives a response within 4 hours. You may speak to a representative personally by calling us 24 hours a day at 1 (800) EXPEDIA [ 1 (800) 397-3342] or 1 (404) 728-8787. Agents will address any questions or concerns you may have about your Expedia.com travel planning or purchases.
Well, this was what I get from EXPEDIA
1) EXPEDIAâS supervisors repeatedly gave me wrong information and/or lied to me:
I asked many times by phone for a complete addresses where I could send my case. They promise me three times they will send that information by e-mail but I have never received that information. My e-mail address is working properly, so there was no excuse in that sense.
2) EXPEDIA lies about the product they are selling online
: EXPEDIA promises customer support including fast response by e-mail (within 4 hrs). During the duration of my trip, I had sent e-mails to three different addresses (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as to a web based e-mail at EXPEDIAâS customer support web page) but I never received any answer. This is a form of ONLINE FRAUD.
3) EXPEDIA selectively (and repeatedly) ignored my e-mails
when I was complaining about my ticket and all the problems I had. but they send and answer if I was asking for information about a trip. SO, IF YOU ARE GOING TO TO BUY SOMETHING, THEY WILL ANSWER YOU.
4) EXPEDIA abuses the EXPEDIA-customer relationship:
the continuous silence of EXPEDIA about my case during the duration of my trip was a clear abuse of EXPEDIAâS power since EXPEDIAâs supervisors knew that when I was abroad, I could not do anything else than calling to their customer support or send e-mails to different EXPEDIAâs addresses. In any of the cases, EXPEDIA never tried to solve my problems. EXPEDIA was always asking for things I cannot do from abroad. EXPEDIA knew Iâm was in a foreign country with limited possibility to send information and still did not take care of my case using the e-mail addresses I provided to them.
5) EXPEDIA hides information and MAKES THINGS DIFFICULT FOR YOU WHEN YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT THEIR SERVICE:
EXPEDIA donât put information in its web page about how to submit information to the right place. WHEN I WAS ABROAD THEY TOLD ME THAT THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN PUT A COMPLAIN IS BY SENDING A LETTER (NOT BY E-MAIL). THEY ASKED ME FOR ALL RECEIPTS, OTHERWISE THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REIMBURSE ME ANYTHING. EVEN NOW, THEY ARE DENYING ME A PHONE NUMBER OR E-MAIL ADDRESS FROM SOMEONE ON THEIR LEGAL DEPARTMENT. SO< ALL I CAN DO I SEND A LETTER AND WAIT.
6) Irresponsible behavior:
My problems originated by EXPEDIA that were originally easy (and cheap) to solve were and are still getting worse because EXPEDIA did not do to stop. I WAS IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY. ANYTHING COULD HAVE HAPPEN TO ME. Iâm still losing money for all these troubles. This was an irresponsible behavior.
7) EXPEDIAâs CUSTOMERS'S SUPPORT IS TOO BAD:
every time I called, I had to talk to a new agent. He or She had to retrieve all the information about my case every time I call EXPEDIA. This cost me considerable expenses in international calls. More important it is probably the reason why different agents are never able to give me right information and fix the original problem generated by losing the first ticket. Nobody has to pay for this inefficient customer support system.
8) EXPEDIA DOES ANYTHING TO DENY ITS RESPONSIBILITY
9)EXPEDIA WILL MALICIOULSY GIVE YOU WRONG INFORMATION
One of the customer specialist at the "Customer Advisory Department" told me if I wanted to pursue this issue I should write to EXPEDIA's "Legal Department". I did it. But I never received any response from the "Legal Department". FInally, this Customer specialist told me later that "Any letters addressed to our legal department, that do not involve pending litigation, are transferred and are replied to by members of our department".
10)EXPEDIA WILL IGNORE YOUR CASE
After that last letter EXPEDIA's never responded my e-mails. So, if you are planning to buy something from EXPEDIA, cross your finger if something goes wrong.
Some advices if you are buying something from EXPEDIA:
- Never believe what EXPEDIA's representative tells to you.
- Record all phone conversations: they say they record the conversations for "quality purposes". They will probably use that recording against you, but If the recordings are for your benefit they would say "Well, we random record conversations" and you will not have any proof of what the agent told to you.
- If you cannot record the conversation, ask them to send an e-mail. In that case you will have later something that can save you from their lies.
- Never send a message using their web based e-mail system. YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY COPY THE MESSAGE YOU SENT TO THEM. Always use your personal e-mail account that allows you to save a copy of the message you have sent to EXPEDIA.
- If you have a similar case or if you are unsatisfied with EXPEDIA's service send me your case. I'm collecting many cases to initiate a legal demand against EXPEDIA.COM
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Changed Our Room!!!
Last night we booked a vacation package through Expedia.com (room + flight). We selected our room and thought we had a great deal. This morning we realized the room was wrong. I spent 7 hours on the phone with Expedia representatives. I was hung up on 8-12 different times. I was on hold for hours at a time, and I have the phone records to prove it. I was told by 2 different guys that there was an issue with the site-when you select your room and book everything...then the room actually changes on you. Thus, it was not our fault. These 2 guys said they would make the switch and not charge us for it. However, I got disconnected from these guys. I had to keep calling. Eventually I was sent to corporate. These guys were the most unprofessional and rude! One guy tried to help but wasn't sure what he could do. He was still confused on what I was saying. I was then sent to his supervisor, Mina F. Mina spent an hour telling me how this was my fault and there was nothing he could do. Andy had said he would cancel the reservation and give me $200 for my time, but he was still going to transfer me to help answer my questions on how this could happen. Mina said we did not deserve compensation, and he would "honor the reps offer and give us the $200 if we ONLY kept the booking." That was not Andy's words, but he said he did not like dealing with people that complain and didn't see any reason to do anything. His argument is that it is entirely our fault. He was very rude and disrespectful with the fact he could do stuff but didn't want to. This was our honeymoon we had to cancel, and I have never dealt with such unprofessional and rude employees. He didn't even act like I was a person. I work 12-hour shifts and deal with customers all day. I understand people who complain, but there is a professional way to deal with things. I was also told there was no one else I could ask about this. He also did nothing to change the booking error! Had I not noticed it, I would have went on my honeymoon being put in the wrong location at this resort all together. Since no one seemed to care, I can only imagine how many other people they are charging the expensive rooms and downgrading them without anyone noticing. This is the perfect way for them to make money!
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Negative Expedia Experience
Posted by omgcountdown184 on
N/A -- As an infrequent but long time user of Expedia, I have always had a pleasant experience with their services. However, my most recent trip to Cancun, Mexico is a shining example of how one simply cannot trust this company.
Expedia has a very convenient and (usually) accurate option to search for deals on all-inclusive vacation packages. Using this option my spouse and I recently booked a 10 night stay at the Marriott Casa Magna in Cancun. The price for the whole package was very reasonable due to, I suspect, the fact that this was the off-season for travel to Cancun.
The flight was reasonable and upon arrival to the hotel, we learned – to our surprise – that there is no “All-Inclusive” option at this particular establishment. We immediately called Expedia and after three hours of being put on hold, bounced around, dropped we finally talked to a Customer Service Representative. After explaining the situation to the CSR and his supervisor, it was agreed that Expedia had made a mistake and would reimburse us for any food or beverages we ordered from the hotel during our stay (we were to treat this stay as an all-inclusive).
As neither of us are big drinkers nor big eaters, we averaged about 2 meals and 2 drinks per day each.
At the end of the trip we had incurred $921 (CAD) in additional charges for food and beverages. Considering that the stay was for 10 days and there were 2 of us, that works out to $46/day each for food and drinks. I think this is a very reasonable amount.
When we returned home after the trip, we emailed Expedia a copy of the receipt showing the breakdown of the $921 in extra expenses incurred because of the “All-Inclusive” mistake. Then after spending over seven hours on the phone with them over the next two weeks they only agreed to reimburse us for $300 of it. Without giving us any reasons, they threatened that it was to be $300 or nothing.
In then end I’m glad that they only “stole” $621. Reading some other peoples’ reviews of Expedia’s services have shown me that it could have been a far, far worse experience costing me far more money. Needless to say I will never book another flight/hotel/vacation with Expedia ever again. I sincerely hope that people react to this kind of business practice and join me in boycotting Expedia.
TLDNR: Do not use Expedia as you will have to pay for any mistake that they make – they will not do the reasonable thing of reimbursing you.
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I am extremely disappointed in my experience with Expedia and its customer service. After calling no less than 5 times and being hung up on/disconnected each time after relaying my issue, it seems that the hang up treatment is an intentional ploy to not deal with the issue. Finally, after waiting on hold for upwards of an hour on my 6th attempt, I was able to finally speak to a supervisor. The supervisor was rude, her accent was so heavy it was difficult to understand, and she was unwilling to make a minor issue right.
Here is the issue:
I booked a trip from San Diego to Cabo from December 29 - January 2. Flight was on Spirit Airlines and the hotel was the Hyatt Ziva.
The recent hurricane in Cabo affected the hotel. The Hyatt Ziva is closed until April. So I needed a new hotel.
I called Expedia and explained the situation and booked the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach. No change to the flight on Spirit Airlines.
I was told that the refund on my initial purchase left the flight at $1776.60. My new hotel was $3484.24 for a total trip cost of $5,260.84. All seemed ok, until I looked at the Expedia site and, on the same date I booked, the exact same flight and hotel is priced at $4908.00.
Either I wasn't refunded enough from the first booking or I was overcharged for the second booking. Regardless, I am due a credit of $352.84. I am still doing a package, why would I pay more for the exact same hotel and flight than what is listed on the Expedia site? I simply have substituted hotels in my package due to the unforeseen event of the hotel closure due to the hurricane. Nonetheless, Expedia is refusing to credit back the $352.84. They can't give a rational explanation for why I should be charged more than it costs on the website, but Wendy the supervisor is refusing to budge.
I will never use Expedia again and I would not recommend anyone else use the site either. So disappointing.
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Posted by Zachary on
Terrible service, the worst service I have ever received in my life, (restaurant, shopping, vacation booking, etc.), the only reason I am giving them 1 star is because I am not able to give them 0. I booked a trip for two airplane tickets at $133.80 each + tax, and a car rental without insurance. I later checked my bank statement and found out that I was charged $257 per ticket, and the car insurance price of $35 was added, and was charged two days after I submitted the request. I never got an initial itinerary number, and after a couple of weeks of emails, no response. I searched their website for a phone number to call and they do not offer that, you have to put in an email and phone number and wait until they call you back. Personally, I would rather wait on hold because I at least know that I am in line waiting to speak to someone. After a couple of weeks of no responses, finally came across a phone number to call. When my fiance' was finally able to talk to someone, their reasoning to getting charged the $257 per ticket is that when my account got charged, two days later, the price had gone up for those tickets and that is the price that we have to pay. After my fiance' was on the phone with three different representatives for over an hour long, nothing was resolved. They said that we could not get a refund for the plane tickets, only a credit for a future flight but we could get a refund for the car rental. We could have gotten a full refund had we canceled the trip within 24 hours of booking, although the account didn't get charged until two days after.
Overall the worst service I have ever received and I definitely will never use this website again and I strongly advise everyone else do the same.