My first experience booking an entire vacation with Expedia will absolutely be my last. I have spent over $6700 with them in booking a vacation to Atlantis and they screwed up the entire reservation so many times, and given me bad information, like I don't need passports for my young children. Now, I have to pay expedited fees to get passports in time and I may be in trouble. It took me 7 phone calls after my initial booking to get my trip booked from Denver to Nassau, and a hotel stay. They would not get me flight seats and said I had to take it up with the airline.
The representative who booked my Atlantis hotel reservation told me we could have 2 adults and 3 small children in one hotel room there, and when we called them for other details, they said we could not and that they no longer had any other rooms available, so essentially we had no place to stay, but flights paid for. I then spoke with their customer service department (again!) and we were on the phone for over 5 hours, trying to get their mistake figured out, and get flight seats so our small children were guaranteed to sit with us. They eventually had to move us off property to the only thing they could find, a 1 bedroom villa for more money and not as we wanted.
They are the worst travel advisors I have ever dealt with and I will absolutely warn anyone I know never to use them. It has been a horrible experience and I am still dealing with the repercussions of their lack of attention to detail as I rush to a passport office and hope I can get passports in time for an April travel date.
Long, long story short: after trying to cancel a flight within 24 of making the reservation with Expedia, they never issued a refund and we never received a confirmation email. When we called the company to check that our flights had been canceled, they said they had no record of the cancellation because we did not cancel it properly through their very misleading phone system which tells you to simply "Hang up" if they verified your flight.
In total, I was on the phone with Expedia for over 4.5 hours (most of which was spent on hold) changing my flights, speaking with different managers, supervisors etc. each of which had a condescending attitude. In the end, I still had to pay the change of flight fee, despite the fact that the flaws in their system are what caused the confusion in the first place. In this process I was told all of the following by different employees: my flight could be changed for a $200 fee per ticket with no change in the price of the ticket, we could not change the ticket at all, that the fee would be over $700 dollars and that the fee would be $200 with a change in rate.
Finally, when we made our change we asked them to send us a receipt confirming the price of the change. We were told "no", but upon asking multiple times, they were able to send us a confirmation of the money that they had charged to our credit card. Why this is not standard procedure only further confirms that this company intends to mess with their clients.
Honestly, I feel as though this company does everything they can to mislead their customers, keep them on hold for as long as possible to wear them down as not to fight their rules, and confuse them with differences in prices. If you use this company please do so cautiously and get EVERYTHING in writing.
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, **.
** spent an hour telling me how this was my fault and there was nothing he could do. ** 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. ** 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 ** 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 gone 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!
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.
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.
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.
I made a Cancun reservation for 3. They charged airline tickets twice which are $1711 each time. I called and spoke to American Airlines and AMEX and confirmed that they charged twice and only Expedia can reverse this reservation because they made it.
I spoke with 13 Expedia representatives and supervisors. None of these people helped me and kept saying they did not charge on my credit card. I replied "Wow, you did not charge and I still have itinerary. Then, it is free vacation?" and he said "Congratulations!" and showed me attitude. Since he could not find the transaction with my credit card number, he told me to call banker to check. Why I need to call my credit card company and whether I paid with right credit card?
Anyway, I called AMEX and we did conference call and confirmed that my credit card was right and they charged twice. Then, Expedia representative hung up. What a nice service??? Both of AMEX representative and I was shocked. Anyway, I'm still calling to Expedia and on hold over 6 hours. Finally, The supervisor, ** told me that they made only 3 tickets on the system and I begged her to go to www.aa.com and check how much they charged. I told her "please" 3 times and she replied that ever she wants to say and hung up.
I called American Airline again and explained what they did and how much I tried to fix. After the representative heard my story and sympathized me, she decided to call Expedia and confirmed there's 6 flight tickets were purchased.
After AA representative explained and hung up, Expedia representative turned back to the way they were. She refused what they double-charged and kept telling me that they charged only 3 tickets on her system. Now, I called my credit card company and disputed charges. That was the only way I could resolve the issue. Expedia should issue a trouble ticket and tried to find why this happened. Damn Expedia. What a nice company!!!
EXPEDIA.COM -- COMPLAINT TO EXPEDIA MANAGEMENT. I have had one of the most terrible and worst service experiences ever. I called about my itinerary to make a simple date change to my tickets Tokyo to London with Aeroflot from 25 July to 24 July. They are fully changeable (Date change with no fee D/Z) business class fares). I called at about 1AM Tokyo time on July 14th. When I first called I was on hold for more than 30 minutes. Then an agent answered me and took about 20 minutes and then said I will be connected to a supervisor. The supervisor said they must contact the airline. Then my call was dropped (I did not hang up).
I called back and was put onto another operator. This operator was on the phone with me for 60 minutes and still could not change my tickets. The operator said to wait until the service desk calls me. After another wait, the service desk called me and said the flight did not have seats anymore at my fare to change. However there definitely were seats earlier when I called. I also checked while I was on the call on-line using ExpertFlyer to confirm there were enough Z fares during the long call. Basically because all the Expedia agents took so incredibly long and keep passing me from one agent to another the seats were not available by the end of the three hour call.
When I said I have waited three hours. Because the Expedia operators took so long then the seat was not available at the end. He did not even apologize, and simply said the standard line about airline policies. After three hours on the phone from 1am to 4am in the morning in Tokyo I was so upset and frustrated and worse, that the operator did not try to apologize properly. I am very upset and disappointed. I bought full fare business class tickets and have spent many thousands of dollars over the years on Expedia.
This morning I called to Expedia and asked to speak to a manager. I voiced my complaint and was simply told to wait to speak to a manager again. I was told to speak to a manager called **. But after again a 30 minute wait the call was dropped instead of transferred! It was incredibly frustrating. This is one of the worst customer services I ever had. I have also spent more than $100 USD on international calls today for this matter to call from Japan, and no result. I want proper and formal compensation and an apology from Expedia.
BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON -- I scheduled a flight and hotel with Expedia in May 2012. By late May I realized that I couldn't use the reservation that I had scheduled through Expedia and so I cancelled it. Rather than immediately issuing me a refund, the employees at the call center in India proceeded to require me to go through some completely unnecessary steps. I repeatedly called them (using the office phone, as I didn't have one at the time) and through long wait times and dropped calls, nothing came of it. Then when I was able to get through, I found out the amount that I was owed (about $411), but again through disconnects and dropped calls, my refund was never issued.
I then called again and found that the employees instead of using my email address, which Expedia had, they had closed my file completely, so no one could help me. Again, instead of being apologetic about the whole affair and issuing a refund the legal team for Expedia demanded that I sign a “Motion to Dismiss With Prejudice,” which means that if I don't get my money I would have no legal recourse to get my refund.
So, I obviously won't sign such a document. They then dropped that requirement and asked that I lie to the court and say that the matter has been settled BEFORE they'd send me my money. I took them to small claims/conciliation court and won my case--STILL no refund! And guess what?!? They didn't require me to talk with them on the phone to get the money that the court had ordered!
Expedia is also hoping that you won't know how the law works. You are allowed to recover not only the cost of the reservation, but also the filing fee with the court AND costs; for instance, to notify Expedia of the lawsuit you have them served, which means that you have to send a copy of the suit to the server and use a money order to pay the server--so you have the cost of the server, the money order fee and postage. When you are in conciliation or small claims court, make sure that the judge/referee awards you all of those costs.
Expedia is hoping that you'll find the work and expense of getting your money back to be just too much--and then they get to keep your money! DON'T LET THEM! If you take your case to conciliation or small claims court and you win, but not all your costs as you are allowed to claim, check to see if you can appeal to District Court.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA -- If you book through Expedia, and there is any problem at all with your transaction, you will have a hold on your account for the amount of the transaction even though it did not go through. DO NOT try again!!! You will end up with multiple holds on your account. I tried to book a flight on June 4th. I chose the flight, gave the credit card information, chose seats and then Expedia said the flight was unavailable and to try again. As they had already taken my credit card info, I DID NOT try again. Instead, I called the airline directly (spoke with a real person) who had the flight I had just looked at on Expedia for the same exact price and there were seats available.
I booked through the airline. I then looked at my bank account and found a pending charge from Expedia for $584.20. Thank God I did not try again! I called Expedia who told me the hold would be dropped in 24 hours. It didn't. According to my bank, it will drop tomorrow, June 7th. How can they even hold money for a service that they aren't providing? They can temporarily tie up your money because of problems they are having with their website. Never again will I use them. Book through an actual person at the airlines.