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...
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.
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.
I went on a trip to Las Vegas with some buddies from work. A friend's 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 **, 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. They 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 and 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.