I had a return ticket from Norway to Angola and I needed to change the return date. I had paid $500 extra for the ticket so that it was changeable for a fee. After calling Expedia for 4 days in a row being on the phone with them for 1 hour at the time to try to change the ticket they told me "sorry" it can not be done even though it was written on the ticket that it was changeable.
In the end I had to buy a new ticket costing me $2000. The "we are so sorry" from Expedia is really offensive since in the end it was I as a customer that took a huge loss and the cost for Expedia was zero. I WILL NEVER BOOK WITH THEM AGAIN!!!
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 THE 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.
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. As I mentioned before the website and prices are excellent. 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. 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: Is this the Rome tour?
Me: No. I said Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This is a tour in Israel. It's called the Full Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
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. Maybe it's just been 13 with you but it's been a total of 40.
I got off the phone with a slight headache.
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 $10000 a year with them so I was very confident. Wow was I mistaken.
The initial call didn't take very long as they would only give me a credit on a FUTURE travel because they would not change the routing of the ticket. They said it HAS to be the same ticket so Montreal Miami round-trip. I told her about the death in the family and she said to send the death certificate. I told her there was no way that I would ask my brother in law who just lost his son for a death certificate and that I would just pay the penalty. Very simply no penalty they said I had to buy a ticket all over and that they would credit me the 2100$ 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 24th 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. ** 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?
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.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- My son Kevin, who was on leave from the US Air Force, was coming home from Texas, so we bought a ticket two weeks early through Expedia. The details are as follows: Itinerary# **, Airline ticket # **, ATA confirmation Code: **. When he arrived at the airport in Dallas on April 9 and attempted to claim his ticket, he discovered that ATA had gone bankrupt on April 3. I called Expedia for help and was told that you couldn't help because my son was already at the airport.
Kevin was left with no option but to buy a ticket from Delta at the ridiculously overinflated price of $933.00. This is $801 more than the price originally quoted by your service. I called Expedia to ask why we hadn't been notified of the itinerary change, and was told that because the closing of an airline doesn't technically qualify as an itinerary change Expedia isn't required to inform its customers. The customer service representative added that Expedia hadn't been officially apprised of the closure until April 8.
When I asked whether Expedia had received phone calls on April 3 from customers who weren't able to board their flights, the representative confirmed that yes, you had. Why, then, was it decided that your customers didn't need to know that their flights had been canceled? A mass e-mail would have solved this problem easily. If we had received warning a week ahead of time - when Expedia was first made aware that their customers weren't getting the tickets they had paid for - we could have rebooked the flight at a lower cost. You had seven days to notify us of the closure and neglected to do so.
The representative then said that these alerts are a noncompulsory service, something that Expedia isn't required to do. But because you advertise these alerts as part of your service, it's no longer optional. It is expected. If I'd known ahead of time that you put so little value on your customers that you don't feel obligated to let them know when their flights have been canceled, I wouldn't have elected to use your service.
I find this lack of consideration outrageous. I am also offended that Expedia refused to help rebook a flight when we discovered the problem. The least you could have done is attempt to perform some damage control by offering us some assistance in resolving the problem caused by your negligence. I'm not unreasonable; I realize it's not Expedia's fault that ATA canceled its flights. But because Expedia's purpose is to act as a liaison between the airlines and their customers, I expect to be notified when our flights are canceled - especially when you were warned a week in advance.
In fact, if you pull up the itinerary on Expedia's website, it shows that nothing is wrong and that the flight is still confirmed. Kevin is due some compensation. While Expedia's negligence cost him $801, I think it would be fair if he and Expedia were to split the difference. If a $400 credit is something you are unwilling to provide, I will have no choice but to file a claim in small claims court.
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.