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# **). 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 **. 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 “** you spell it”. 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 ** 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 ** started asking about my first name and laughing about it because it is hard to pronounce which was rather offensive. After that agent ** asked me to sign the car inspection while still at the office without bothering doing a walk through 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...
My wife books a flight through Expedia. She finds out that there's a cheaper flight online. When she calls within 24hrs, they tell her that they will cancel the older tickets, and apply the new one. After a month, it didn't seem like they had refunded the older tickets. We then find out, after months of fighting with Expedia, Delta and the bank, that she was given misinformation from Expedia.
They say they had refunded the first ticket purchased, which apparently they did, but neglected to tell us that we were manipulated into buying a mysterious third ticket. At no time were we ever told or wanted to buy another flight that we wouldn't be using, and couldn't use. It was from one day to the next in less than 24 hours, requiring us to somehow magically teleport back home, be on time for this mysterious flight.
Silly. But there it was. Turns out, the website allowed us to double purchase, and through the generous help of a sneaky agent, got us to get tickets through both our own account and through a guest account. It wasn't something that we were aware of, and also they didn't tell us about until 4 months later. And the mistakes continued. They booked our 1 year old daughter as a 4 year old, creating yet another comedy of errors. They blamed us, but when my wife pulled up the information, found that she had typed in her birthday perfectly.
Expedia wouldn't budge. They would not refund our tickets, and they would not admit to their mistakes. They kept pinning the errors on Delta, us, and even our bank. Oh, and the tickets that were supposed to be cheaper on the website? They weren't. The agent made a mistake and it turned out the tickets were exactly the same price.
After calling, asking for supervisors and being a squeaky wheel, they wanted to give us a partial credit to use their service, which was almost half of what the amount was. But it was very restrictive, and would only be good for the next several months. In order to use it, we would have to use it quickly, & we would still have to pay them. Sneaky, and certainly not good enough.
So to sum it up: They made a mistake on pricing, they neglected to tell us that we had "accidentally" purchased separate tickets with the help of one of their sales techs, they added years to my young daughter, they squarely pointed a finger at Delta saying it was their fault, then they didn't want to refund us, instead giving us a partial credit to use their services only in a very restrictive manner.
You know what Expedia? Stay classy. You can keep the money you stole from me. Because from this day on, every opportunity I get and for the rest of your company's life, I will live so that I can tell my friends, families, neighbors, strangers, community & social gatherings, Facebook, blogs, & everything else I can think of on how you really deal with customers. I bet you will lose the money you kept from me many, many times over. Judging from the mountain of people who are dissatisfied with your service, your days as a company are numbered.
Expedia has the worst customer service imaginable -- in fact I would never have imagined that customer service could be so bad before dealing with Expedia. In short, dealing with Expedia is a TOTAL NIGHTMARE!!! Here's what I experienced when trying to book a Legoland “Expedia Extras” deal on July 13, 2009. The following offer came up when I was booking a San Diego hotel reservation:
Buy Adult 2-day LEGOLAND/SEA LIFE Park Hopper Ticket, get Child 2-day Hopper ticket FREE. This offer is effective for admission on the Two Day Hopper ticket from 7/1/09 - 9/30/09, with a discount on additional child tickets when you book by 7/31/09. Must purchase LEGOLAND® + SEA LIFE˙ Park 2-Day Combo Ticket on the Customize Your Trip page to qualify.
I completed my hotel reservation, but I was never taken to the “Customize Your Trip” page to get the Legoland offer. So I called Expedia's customer service number. This was the beginning of a total of six hours of phone calls to Expedia, by myself and by management and staff of the hotel I booked through Expedia, who also tried to help.
The main problem is that the customer service phone staff seem to be making up information as they go along. Over the course of these multiple phone calls, I received a plethora of different answers as to why I could not access this offer, most of which contradicted each other or the text of the offer above. Here is a summary of the explanations I received over the course of these numerous phone calls:
The only reason I was finally able to get the promised offer was through the combined efforts of the hotel management and the Legoland Guest Services office – because both knew that Expedia's incompetence might reflect poorly on them. Ironically, the only party that never came through was Expedia – and it was their offer that created this problem in the first place.
UK -- I tried to change my return flight back to London to an earlier date whilst I was still in Istanbul. I tried to click on the link in the email they sent me but for some reason it didn't work. I tried to log into my account but I had forgotten my password, so I clicked the 'forgot password' button but nothing happened and I didn't receive an email sending me a new password. Great, now I had to call the 0871 number using my UK sim card which will probably cost me about 3 quid a minute.
So I phone the 0871 number but the number is not in use! After hours of not knowing what to do my friend suggested I go on a website that gives alternative numbers, I went on it and found an 0207 number for Expedia which I called. The lady who answered sounded stoned. I couldn't understand a word she said and every time I asked her to repeat herself, she would reply in the same tired manner, just louder. She told me that to change my return flight there would be a charge of 50 quid, plus an extra fee if my seat class was different.
I argued that in my itinerary it said 30 quid. She just continued with "no it's 50." Then I asked about this 'class change' and did it mean if there were no more seats in economy would I have to pay more for business etc. She said no, it meant if my seat number was L12 and there were no more seats in L and I had to change to another letter, that would be an extra fee! I couldn't believe it! I asked to speak to the supervisor and she told me to hold, at that point the phone went dead.
I phoned back again, yet another woman with the same kind of accent where all the words merge together and I couldn't understand a thing. She continuously talked over me then told me to not talk over her! Went through the whole conversation again, asked to speak to someone, she says "you're speaking to me" urm, obviously I meant the supervisor.
She says "he's on the phone." I said "I'll hold and asked the supervisors name." She says "I'm not allowed to say." "I don't want his bank details! Just a first name will do!" I was put on hold for another 10 minutes, at that point I hung up as I had already spent an hour calling them from Istanbul, and it was clear the supervisor was not going to come to the phone!
Is this supposed to be customer service? They couldn't even explain to me why the email said 30 quid when really it was 50, and when I asked to speak to someone who could explain it to me, they didn't seem too happy about that! What a shame, I used to do a lot of business with Expedia.co.uk but after experiencing their customer service, I doubt I will use them again.
REDMOND, WASHINGTON -- I recently took a trip to Amsterdam and booked a flight/hotel package through Expedia. I spent almost $30 extra per day for a "room with a view". I also called the hotel 6 weeks before the trip and they were very vague and offered no promises. The view was an ugly air conditioning equipment and other hotel rooms! Expedia was nothing short of deceptive, and I was ripped off! For the second time, Expedia did not respond to an e-mail complaint. I plan to contact the Better Business Bureau. I will never again book a hotel through this company!
CANCUN -- We used Expedia to book a car rental in Cancun, Mexico. It was a VERY BAD experience, and cost us about $150 more than if we had booked straight through National Car Rental. The Cancun agency offered to rebate us $150 to $200 -- IF, we would spend 3 hours listening to a time share sales pitch. I can only say that we will NEVER use Expedia again, and we will tell our friends, etc., about our rotten experience.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- Hung up on multiple times, 90 minute wait for a supervisor to change a FC flight I told them was changeable, but moron agent tells me was not. Supervisor makes the changes for me then never sends me the updated itinerary. Spent 3 hours and 45 minutes in total on the phone with the worst customer service experience I have ever had. Will NEVER use this service EVER AGAIN nor should anyone else... And I don't want them contacting me with any type of apology or even consideration. I want them to die.
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.
I booked a 5-night cruise with Carnival Cruise Line through Expedia on Dec. 22 for a surprise Christmas gift for my wife. Somehow we were double charged and my bank notified me immediately so I was able to contact Expedia hoping to get the charge taken off as fast as it went on but that did not happen. I was assured the charges would be reversed before they cleared the bank and that too did not happen.
On Dec. 24 the charge went through my bank and cleaned out my account on Christmas Eve. When I called Expedia they said there was nothing they could do and when I suggested that they give me some kind of compensation for what had happened the representative said that she would not authorize any money on this issue. I was not nasty but clearly upset and she said to me, that it does not affect her, she would be getting off soon finishing up her shopping and enjoy the Holiday. This only made this worse for the fact I no longer had money in my account to do the same.
I then called Carnival and my bank and after a great time on the phone fixed it on my own. I at that time called an Expedia supervisor to lodge a complaint. She was very nice and researched it but made no effort to do anything to compensate. I was not asking for a lot just something to let me know they were sorry for what happened and wanted my return business.
My conclusion is this: There is no benefit to book with Expedia, they are not cheaper, they do not stand up for their customers, they do not back their promises and they do not care if you do business with them again.
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.