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Misled While Attempting to Book; Unprofessional Customer Service
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ASPEN, COLORADO -- I spent 1 hour and 30 minutes of my time trying to simply book a reservation on your website. The hotel that I wanted was available for the dates that I wanted and I followed the steps to book the room as I have dozens of times in the past on your website. However, when I went to "book and confirm the reservation" I was unable to. So, I tried again, and again, and again -- each time receiving an error message stating that I was unable to proceed to confirmation because there was already a reservation booking in progress.

I then went to "view reservations" and printed off a receipt with the above-listed booking number that led me to believe that my reservation was actually received. Thankfully, I did not trust this to be the case and called 800-3HOTELS to confirm that everything was okay. It was not.

I first spoke a "customer service" rep who told me that I would need to call the hotel (Chateau Blanc Condominiums in Aspen, Co) directly to confirm the reservation. This I did, but their reservations department is only open Monday through Friday. So, I called Hotels.com back using a special "customer service number" and spoke with Patty who echoed that my reservation was not confirmed and who once again tried to give me the number of the hotel itself.

Frustrated by the run-around, I asked to speak with Patty's manager and after serious coercion to try to actually convince her to put that person on the phone, I spoke with Brett (the alleged supervisor). Brett explained that the Chateau Blanc Condominiums are not a preferred hotel and gave me technological details as to why this transaction did not go through.

I explained to Brett that I was misled by Hotels.com and given the impression that I would have not trouble booking this reservation; and that furthermore, I was able to find a printable receipt that further misled me to believe that the reservation was confirmed (I am glad that I did not show up at the Chateau Blanc in Aspen with this "receipt" expecting to have a condo waiting for me).

Brett was far from helpful and told me that there was nothing that could be done. Eventually, he reluctantly offered me a $20 rebate on a future booking -- an offer that I feel is a slap in the face for a 5-year+ customer who had just spent 1.5 hours trying to simply book a reservation as I have done dozens of times in the past. Brett, Patty and the original customer service rep were condescending, inflexible and far from pleasurable to work with. They made no attempt to solve or address my problem, but rather attempted to just pass me off.

Not only is this level of "customer service" unacceptable, but the misleading nature of the Hotels.com website (offering rooms as "available" that actually are not, allowing for a receipt to be printed for a room that was actually not booked) is also unacceptable. I am shocked that a company that for the past 5 years I have come to depend on has in 1 hour and 30 minutes become one in which I have completely lost faith.

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Utterly Insane Business!
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Rating: 1/51

DALLAS, TEXAS -- Hotels.com refused to refund money when a property double-booked same room. We had to find other accommodations at twice the price! I made the mistake of using them once, and will never make that mistake again!

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Hotel.com and Super8 Refused to Accept Cancellation and Charged Me Anyway.
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Rating: 1/51

HOUSTON, TEXAS -- I normally book direct with hotel. I thought I would try HOTEL.COM. Booked and arrived on scheduled day only to find the Memorial Service was cancelled and reset for next day. Booked 2 days stayed only one at SUPER 8. Upon checkout was told "So sorry. We cannot help you"...Never again for either.

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Never use Hotels.com
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Rating: 1/51

I have booked a hotel room through Hotels.com in May 2015 at HK$1070. I have chosen HK$ as currency and pay with Visa card through Hotels.com website. After I returned from trip, Visa card charges me US$1070. I called Hotels.com over 10 times and no one could help and return the overcharged fee. I provided captured screens as proof, but still not accept. Hotels.com claimed: In June 2015, they could try to refund US$1070 - HK$1070 with coupon. In Oct 2015, they only offer US$100 coupon. No further followups and feedbacks from Hotels.com. I won't use Hotels.com again, ever.

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Awful
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Rating: 1/51

I made a reservation... booked a room (honeymoon btw)... and able to do this without leaving a deposit but agreeing to pay a higher rate. We called the hotel to set up transportation. Found out they canceled the reservation since they could not run the card for a deposit. That's their policy. Sadly, no rooms were available by then. Hotels.com promises something they can't deliver. Customer service was useless and took no responsibility. NEVER USE THEM!!!!!!!!

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HOTELS.COM Is Stealing People's Money
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I have contacted your company on multiple occasions about receiving my credit (more than 7 times) about a canceled reservation that was 2 weeks out. I canceled minutes after processing the reservation on the website. But they had listed if you cancel even 1 month away, they charge 1 night penalty. As I write this review I'm on the phone with their reps on Manila. I am documenting all my calls and the people I speak with. I have spoken to your representatives in EL SALVADOR because that's where your company is re-routing the phone calls to.

I WANT THE REST OF MY REFUND ON RESERVATION **. I called back on May 19th for a 5th time and your customer service representative called the Puerta del Sol Hotel and they never received the reservation because it was cancelled right away and ** the administrative person at the Puerta del Sol Hotel in Barranquilla, Colombia agreed to a FULL REFUND. Your customer service person on May 19, stated he would process the REFUND and it would take a few days. I have been checking my credit card for the last 2 WEEKS and there is NO REFUND.

On June 1, I called Hotels.com again and spoke to an ** and she went through the same process, called the Puerta del Hotel which I had already gave her the information and events from the last call on May 19th and she confirmed it all again. PUERTA DEL SOL agreed a REFUND and they hadn't even received any proceeds from the canceled reservation. She promised me a REFUND for a second time and I haven't received anything. I inquired on my previous call and she stated there were NO NOTES on my reservation profile. I asked her to put NOTES again under my reservation but your company is FRAUDULENTLY erasing all notes on the calls.

It has been 3 days and I still have not received a refund and HOTELS.COM is holding my money NOT the HOTEL. I am now going to PRESS legal charges for my REFUND, TIME AND PAIN AND SUFFERING. I have tried to resolve this issue cordially with your company and YOU ARE NOT PROCESSING MY REFUND. Your company is keeping the REFUND in one of your separate accounts and refusing to return my money.. You have left me no choice but to file a lawsuit.

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Hotels.com? What a Shame!!!
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Rating: 1/51

I'm writing because I have to complain about the treatment I was served by Hotels.com. Last September, I was in the US with my wife for our honeymoon. We made an "on the road" trip, so every day we did book a hotel for the night. I used the Hotels.com website only once, but it was enough. During the online booking process, the browser crashed, so I didn't get any confirmation of the reservation in progress. I thought that since I was using my wife's credit card to make the reservation in my name, the crash was due to a "mismatch" between my name and the name of the cardholder. So I made another reservation with my wife's name and it worked.

After a couple of months, I realized that Hotels.com charged my wife's credit card the price for two reservations. After thousand and thousand emails, I gave up. The hotel did not refund anything, because they claim that they get the payment directly from the Hotels.com credit card and not from the customer's credit card. So eventually, they could refund the Hotels.com, but what about Hotels.com? Will they refund me? Hotels.com, on the other hand, claims that two reservations were made with two different names, so they do not refund anything.

The American bank (linked to my "italian" bank) agreed with Hotels.com, so I had to pay twice what I used only once! There was no way to get my money back. I can demonstrate what I state, because I have a lot of emails between me, the bank, the hotel and the customer service. I also have an email from the hotel (Holiday Inn Express - Green River, UT) where they state that, in fact, they got two reservation but only one room was really claimed at the front desk. And this was what I tried to explain so many times to the Customer Service of Hotels.com, but the only result I got was that I have lost $130 for a room I never claimed.

At the end of the day, everybody involved in this issue was so stubborn that I didn't manage to get my money back. Never mind, I still can pay my bills, even with $130 less in my bank account, but you can be sure that I will never use the Hotels.com again!

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Inflexible and Poor Customer Service
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Rating: 1/51

UNSURE -- While booking our reservation and trying to use a promo code (rebates12 for $30 rebate off 5 night stay), the online screens were very confusing and it wasn't apparent where to put the promo code until the entire reservation was completed and promo code wasn't entered. I immediately called Hotels.com to explain the situation and ask for the promo code to be entered on my behalf. The first call, I was disconnected so I emailed. Customer service said they couldn't anything for me.

I then called customer service again and was on the phone for at least 30 minutes re-explaining the situation to another customer service representative. They again said they couldn't do anything for me. I asked to speak to a supervisor/manager. As they transferred me, they disconnected our call. I then called back, and ask to be transferred to the supervisor, but they said they couldn't since they didn't have extensions so I had to explain the situation all over again to another customer service person and then was transferred to their supervisor.

The supervisor again said there wasn't anything they could do so I asked to be transferred to a manager and I was told the supervisor couldn't do that as he was the highest level in customer service for me to speak with. I explained that I had never used Hotels.com to book a hotel and I wanted to stay as a customer, but I won't if they can't resolve this issue. I can't believe that the company wouldn't have some way to apply $30 to my account especially since the online screens were confusing and I contacted them as soon as it happened.

Beyond disappointed and I will never use them again. I will also tell as many people as I can to stay far away from them. They should not be in this type of business.

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Did Not Relay Payment Information To Hotel Poor Customer Service
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I reserved a room with hotels.com which is in partnership with Expedia. I became ill so my ex sister-in-law took the room. The room was for my niece and I contacted the hotel and it was fine that I wasn't there. Unknown to me because I don't speak with her often when she arrive, everything was fine, but upon checkout she was chased down a hallway and was told the room was not paid for and had to be put on her credit card. Again we don't speak often unless it has something to do with the kids.

I contacted her this week to find out about one of the children and she mention "I thought you paid for the room because they came down the hall after me to pay so I paid it." I am embarrassed, humiliated, and angry. I have spoke to hotels.com and you speak to a representative in many different countries. One was an Asian country who hung up on me when I asked for a supervisor.

The second call who I spoke with ** he stated he understood, called the hotel and stated their accounting office was closed. He proceeded to state he would send me a refund. I told him I didn't want the refund I want her to receive the refund on her credit card I had done nothing wrong. I was told Expedia did not send the payment over at the time of the reservation. He stated he would escalate the problem and would send an email the next day.

Well.. I waited two days no email. Called again spoke with ** in Malaysia. She stated it was the hotel's fault and they were closed and they were getting with them tomorrow. I explain to her that is not what I was told and I wanted something done and I wanted in writing. She assured me I would have it in writing in 4 hours and it has been 24 and still nothing.

I asked for upper management and I was told they are not allowed to transfer the call or give out that information. This shows the company has no integrity whatsoever. I was promised a $50 credit for what? I deserve a full refund for the trouble, embarrassment this has caused. She did however show me on their website the home office address but wouldn't give me a phone number. I will contact them on Tuesday.

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Got Ripped Off by Hotels.com - Stay Away.
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In 2009, I signed up for Hotels.com's 'Reward' Program which consisted of booking a 10 nights at a hotel from their site. In exchange, the 'Reward' was that we would receive a credit for a FREE night at a hotel of our choice UP TO $399. We found this to be a good program and since we did use it for Ski lodging quite often, we thought it would be worth our while. Well, we finally earned our Reward Night so when I went to book it, the system told me that the policy changed in March 2010 to averaging out your night stays - so now we only have $67 credit to used to go towards our so called FREE night.

I was fuming to read that the policy changed without us being notified. I immediately called their customer service line and when I asked to speak to a Manager/Supervisor, they hung up on me. By this time, I'm quite pissed off and decided to email them. I rec'd some lame response from their Customer Service stating that the policy changed blah, blah, blah. To which I responded that I should be 'Grandfathered' into the old Policy and that I need a Manager to email me.

I get a 2nd response basically stating the same thing so I told them that I need a Manager to call me or I will post on the web the dishonest, unprofessional, negative customer service response I have experienced with HOTELS. COM. Needless to say, I have not heard anything nor do I plan to but I do know that I WILL NEVER EVER BOOK FROM HOTELS. COM AGAIN - I TOLD THEM SO BUT I guess they don't care. I also told them that I could've gotten cheaper rooms by going directly to the hotels since we had developed a relationship with them by going so many times but instead I went to Hotels.com to get the so-called 'Reward'.

How on earth can you change a policy half way through? POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE AND FALSE ADVERTISING!! You are better off by staying away from Hotels.com unless you want to be ripped off...like many were it seems like by these postings, and so was I!

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