NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- I had an absolutely awful experience with Expedia where they essentially scammed $180 of my money and provided absolutely no services. They verbally promised to repay, twice. And then they emailed that they would not, and several weeks later have simply stopped replying to emails. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY. Awful customer services. Here are my issues with what occurred:
I rented a car through Expedia and Europcar. Prior to arriving to collect the rental car, I called Europcar to confirm the car category 'VW Golf or similar' who said that there were no VW Golfs in this range ever available in this category, and in order to obtain a golf or similar I would have to pay an extra £15 a day. To advertise a car category in which the car does not exist is misleading advertising at best on the part of Expedia.
When I arrived in person to collect my rental car I was informed that 'at the manager's discretion, I was to be charged an extra £1000 deposit as I was a British citizen residing in the USA'. This was not detailed within the terms of the rental, and has never happened to me before when I have used Expedia for previous car hires with Avis. As this was a refundable deposit, I continued with the rental, accepting this ridiculous charge.
I was then informed that despite having full auto rental insurance coverage through my credit card I would not be able to rent the car unless I took out Europcar's own insurance at an additional cost of £25 per day. Again, this was not detailed anywhere in the rental agreement, and has never happened in prior rentals through Expedia before. At this point I suspected that the sales representative was attempting to overcharge for services.
The total amended bill was then produced, at a shocking £200 extra, plus a £1000 deposit. Given that I paid $178 for the car, this made absolutely no sense. I then said that I was going to cancel the booking and the Europcar representative agreed that this was the best course of action, and added notes to the file to detail why my status as a British citizen living in America disqualified me from being able to rent from them as I still carried a UK driver's license but US credit card.
The Europcar representative then stopped me when I was about to leave, and said 'let me see if I can cut you a deal outside of Expedia, oh look it's £278 for the car rental, will we do this instead?' This is unprofessional at best, and I can only assume that this entire farce listed above occurred as they are on commission and would rather personally make a sale than have one made through Expedia. This entire situation made me incredibly uncomfortable, given that the sales team had clearly attempted to manipulate charges in order to gain commission themselves.
With the affirmation of Europcar's representative that everything must be cancelled through Expedia, and all was ok on the end of Europcar I left without a car. I returned home 30 minutes later, and called Expedia's customer team. The woman I talked to spent 45 minutes on the phone to me, and contacted Europcar twice. On this phone call she confirmed that the refund had been fully processed and would be in my bank account within 5 days. She was profusely apologetic for the experience which I had just endured.
I then received an email from Expedia 3 days later. This was completely unexpected given that the customer representative said that the case was closed, the refund was being processed and would be transferred within 5 days. I am utterly shocked at Expedia's complete lack of professionalism as this should never occur. A full two weeks after this first email this sham is still ongoing, with Expedia now refusing to refund on the grounds that Europcar will not refund the monies which they agreed to do when on the phone to Expedia's customer services representative.
I should not be party to any of these issues as Expedia agreed to refund me fully. If a vendor then backs out of this it should be on Expedia to reclaim, not me. This has been a horrifically bad experience and I will never ever use either of these companies again. I strongly recommend that others follow suit.
GENEVA, WASHINGTON -- I reserved a car through Expedia with Budget in Geneva Switzerland. The Expedia confirmation stated EXPLICITLY that the quoted price include ALL mandatory taxes and fees. Budget added two items a "location surcharge" and a "registration fee" which came to almost the same price as quoted for the entire rental! No amount of arguing with them helped, their attitude was "it's your problem with Expedia not with us". I have spent hours on the phone with Expedia and they are completely useless and refuse to accept that when they say on their confirmation that the price includes everything it's not their fault if the "vendor" thinks differently.
CA, CALIFORNIA -- Here is my car reservation through Expedia: On Jan 14, 2016, at 5:40 PM, Expedia Travel Confirmation wrote: "Thanks! Your reservation is booked and confirmed. No need to call us to reconfirm this reservation. Car rental in Albany Jan 27, 2016 - Jan 29, 2016." Of course, when I got to Albany 10:30 at night, there was no car. I have contacted them countless number of times and spent hours on the phone. They still have not refunded me. Be aware, it could happen to you. Do not spend your money with irresponsible merchants! Feel free to share with others.
I called into Expedia about a car rental I had booked for my mother in law who was coming to visit us for our children's birthday. I booked online through the Expedia for TD site to take advantage of my TD rewards points. My rental was a reservation only and still required me to go to the airport and pay the car rental company which was not communicated to me until after my mother in law landed and went to the car rental agency. I contacted Expedia and was met with an extremely unhelpful agent that showed no empathy in our situation.
We then spoke to a supposed Supervisor who continued to recite the same policy over and over and was unwilling to empathize or come to middle ground. We asked for our points to be put back onto our credit card as we were unable to complete our reservation and pay the car rental company as our mother in law already provided her license and credit card for the reservation. The Expedia "Supervisor" advised they couldn't put the points back and had to escalate to TD rewards.
We then asked for his agent ID# to hold him accountable for ensuring this escalation takes place and he refused. We asked to speak with his superior and who he reports to and he advised he doesn't have a boss. This was an awful customer experience and am completely disgusted at the treatment of their customers and lack of accountability. I will never deal with Expedia again and will be sharing my poor experience and lack of resolution with anyone that will listen.
I had booked a flight to Orlando from Seatac for 7 days. Due to bad weather the flight was canceled. We decided not to go. We asked Alaska Airlines for a refund and received one in two days. We also called Expedia to cancel our car rental so they called Dollar car rental and they waived the $50 cancellation fee. After we returned from our alternate vacation, I noticed my credit card bill had not received a refund for the car rental or the booking fee. I've been calling and asking for a refund (four times now). Average hold time 20 minutes. I've been told, "We're taking care of it." Fifteen days later and still nothing. I'll update what happens.
Next day (Sept. 3rd 2008) I was told I'd be contacted yesterday... no callback. I called back. I was told ** was working on it right this minute! Will call back. I'll wait... Next day (Sept. 4th 2008) ** called me back yesterday and told me the matter was resolved and I will get a full refund. (Might be one of those "The cheque is in the mail" type of things.)... I'll wait again. Next next day (Sept 6th) still no refund. I'll update next when I call or when I get my refund.
Next week (Sept 12th) still no refund. I called and asked what the hold up was. After much ado about nothing I was told that ** was not working that day, but she contacted the refund department and they said it would take 4 to 6 weeks to get back my refund. I then explained to the call center clerk that if I returned a pair of running shoes I would get credited for that instantly. I don't think they're allowed to hang up on you because I was being very long winded (remaining professional). I told her I would call back twice weekly to see how thing are progressing with the refund.
Sept 22nd still no refund (maybe I'll copy and paste updates). I was on hold for under 1 minute this time. I asked for ** the supervisor - not in today. Last time I checked he worked Monday to Friday. This was a relatively short because I'm getting tired of the same old crap.
October 16th Still no refund. I received a letter from my credit card company (CIBC Visa dividend card) requesting supporting documentation for the services not received. I gave them a call (30 seconds on hold) and explained to them that these negotiations were entirely conducted over the phone. CIBC Visa told me that they would credit my account and would let Expedia dispute the charge reversal. Hopefully this matter is finally resolved. No thanks to Expedia's much less than straight up business practices. Thank you CIBC Visa!
I reserved a car rental in Italy through Expedia.com. When I arrived in Milan, the rental company, Lukauto, charged me 50% more than my Expedia reservation which included Super Insurance that was already included in my reservation. After I returned the car and inspected it to see that there were no damages, they claimed that I damaged it and charged me $560 for repairs.
I e-mailed Expedia.com 3 times and the only answer I received was an instruction to call the customer service number. When I called the number and spoke to their agent, I was put on hold for 45 minutes and then was connected to the U.S. office of the crooked car rental company. Expedia offers no help to their customers and I would never rent a car through them again.
Checked on car rental at Budget for Anchorage AK: total $372.44. Then I went to Expedia to get a better rate, but the cheapest rate it had for the exact same period, same size, class, etc was $441. One wonders how they can advertise 'cheaper' rates than if you go directly to the rental company.
DENVER, COLORADO -- I've never bashed a company on the internet until now. After getting home and doing what I should have done previously, due diligence, I would have never reserved a vehicle through Expedia.com for a rental vehicle from EZ rent a car. Run away! Spend the extra $5 to $25 per day, and get a vehicle from any different company. If you don't believe this? Enjoy your time writing my same review.