I am in the military and have just returned from a deployment to Afghanistan. My family and I had been planning on taking a vacation when I returned and we decided to go through Orbitz.com. Everything went fairly smooth until I attempted to actually purchase my vacation. I received an error message stating that my card was not being accepted and my information was not correct. I immediately checked my bank account balance to make sure nothing had gone wrong.
When I checked my account over 2,000 dollars had been deducted from my account. I called their customer service number and was, after 15 minutes of waiting, connected to a non English speaking customer service representative who could do nothing more than transfer me to another non English speaking, computer illiterate customer service representative.
After 30 minutes I was finally connected to someone who could understand what I was saying and could look up my information on their computer system. During the 30 minute wait to talk to the "helpful" customer service representative, I was charged an additional processing fee because the previous customer service moron tried to rebook my vacation package after I told her I was just looking to refund my money.
After about 45 minutes I was finally able to get the customer service guy to understand that all I wanted was a refund of my money so I could make vacation reservations somewhere else. He tried to tell me that my bank was holding my money and there was nothing Orbtiz could do.
I attempted to explain to him that the bank was in fact not holding my money, Orbitz was but he refused to accept that. I then gave him the number to my bank. He came back on the line about 10 minutes later and said that my bank was closed and I would have to call back some other time. I informed him that my bank was not closed, as they are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and I had just spoken to them on the phone. I then gave him the instructions of what he had to do to have Orbitz release my money and return it to the bank. He did not understand a word I was saying. He was definitely speaking English, he was just a complete retard.
I asked him to connect me with his supervisor because I was about nearing my breaking point. He then became very short with me and told me that there was nothing more he could do for me and put me on hold. I'm not really sure why he put me on hold or if he had in fact attempted to connect me with his supervisor. I'm not even sure he had a supervisor.
I'm beginning to think that Orbitz.com is run out of a guy's van and there has yet to be a satisfied customer. In the morning I intend on filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. After reading the posts on this website it is apparent that something more than blogging needs to be done to get the attention of someone who has the authority to "fix" the Orbitz.com organization.
VIRGINIA -- When we tried to cancel the hotel component of our hotel/airfare/car package (which totaled over $4,000), we learned that we would only be refunded $100. We were prepared to pay a cancellation penalty (even up to 50%), but nowhere in the terms and conditions was it clear that the penalty would amount to 99.975% of the cost of the package. Unconscionable. Unscrupulous. NEVER, NEVER AGAIN will I book with this company.
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I just booked a Carnival cruise with Orbitz for a first time and have to tell you that Orbitz offer of "free shore excursion" is completely misleading to the customers. I've been on many cruises before and booked several excursions but with other agencies and had NEVER been tricked like this.
First of all, the list of excursions is very different than Carnival offers. I found out it ONLY after booking a cruise with Orbitz, booking agent clearly told me to go on Carnival website (my reservation email clearly says the same) and pick a excursion I want and I did and it wasn't included in this offer... Second of all, it is not "free" it's $70.00 off, so if the excursion costs more than $70 you would have to pay extra. That I found out AFTER booking the cruise as well.
And after I finally booked the excursion I wasn't really interested in because Orbitz didn't have any similar to what I've seen on Carnival: the ride to the place was NOT included. YOU MUST BE KIDDING ME! You couldn't organize a ride for $70 excursion? I go on the cruise by myself and I simply don't feel safe to get a taxi in a foreign county I don't speak the language. And you call it "free" excursion? Who knows how much more taxi ride is going to cost? It makes me wonder: if I get to the place who knows what other "surprises" I might experience? So I have to make a decision not to go at all.
Like I said I've booked several excursion with Carnival before: everything was VERY well organized, from the start to finish, no gimmicks, no hidden costs, to tricks and transportation was ALWAYS included in the cost of excursion!
If someone new will have this experience he/she might think that all cruises are so poorly organized but that's so not true. I wouldn't be coming back! No wonder Orbitz advertise that their excursions are less crowed. Who wants to experience this? Keep finding out what is not included as you go and you can't do anything about it?! Thank God I haven't actually paid that $70 dollars, but I'm sure I'll NEVER book a cruise with Orbitz again! I have been completely fooled! This is how I feel about this experience!
I booked a vacation to the Dominican Republic several months ago with Orbitz because they had the best rates. Definitely not worth it. Upon reviewing my itinerary recently online (Orbitz did NOT contact me), I saw that my flights had been changed so drastically that the connecting flights did not even match up. Our flight out of New Jersey was 8 hours BEFORE our flight even left TO New Jersey. Also, they changed our return flight and shorted us a day of our vacation and it was now going to take 3 days to get home, with one 12 hour layover and one 28 hour layover. This was obviously not acceptable, let alone possible.
I understand that errors can occur, but my major issue is not wIth the error, it is with the way Orbitz failed to assist us with this disaster that they created. I called to get this fixed and was on hold for 1 hour. I was then told that I would have to call back during business hours when the reservation desks are open. Hello! I have a job, who has hours and hours to spend on the phone during business hours?! Anyway, we called back at 5 pm because we were later told that the desks are open until 8 pm. Another 2 hour phone call presented itself.
My husband was the victim this time. He called and was eventually told that Orbitz could change our dates and we could fly out one day early and come back one day earlier. Fine. When we agreed to the change Orbitz told us that we would be paying a fee to change the dates!!! EXCUSE ME? The airlines changed our flights and basically cancelled the trip that Orbitz sold us and then we were expected to pay for a change? I don't think so.
After we were given this information and refused to pay any fees, my husband was told that we would have to call back, yet again, the next day because the reservation desks were closing... it was 7 pm. We then asked for our entire vacation to be refunded.
We will see if they give us all of our money back. How disappointing. To have an error made on someone elses part and for us to be expected to pay for it. Disgusting. I will never use Orbitz again. It should also be noted that we asked twice if Orbitz could look into the matter and call us back so we did not have to wait on the phone for hours on end due to their error. This was denied and we were told that this was not possible because they would have to assist other customers. Nice customer service.
I have never experienced such terrible customer service in my life. I don't know how this company is still in business. I went to the website and planned my whole vacation. I had everything we wanted right in front of me, including flight numbers and everything. I called to book it because it's cheaper when you call and I spent LITERALLY 43 minutes with a representative that booked our hotel and charged my credit card before getting my flight info and activities that we wanting to add to the package. It's obviously less expensive to book the hotel and flight together so he had to cancel the reservation and left me on hold for about 10 mins.
I finally hung up and spoke with another representative that got all of our info correct and ready to book in 5 minutes but the funds were not available on my credit card because even though the reservation was cancelled immediately after it was booked, it takes 5-7 days to process a refund. I called my bank and they informed me that a supervisor had to call and 'delete the authorization.' So I called Orbitz and spoke with a supervisor that said he couldn't do anything about it. He was rude, didn't apologize for the complete waste of time or inconvenience. So I spoke with another supervisor and our call was disconnected.
So I called again, my husband spoke with a supervisor that put us on hold and transferred us to a representative that answered "thank you for calling Orbitz, how can I help you?" And we were right back where we started. Then she told me she couldn't hear me and we were disconnected. At this point, my husband and I were laughing because we couldn't even believe the incompetence. Then I spoke with another representative that could help me and was able to contact the bank and have my funds released immediately. This entire process took 4 hours of my evening... and I still haven't even booked a vacation!
Tried to book car, air and hotel together. Gave one price and when I chose everything, price rose by 40$ Tried again an hour later. Same thing happened. Lured with one price, then swiftly, not seconds had gone by, I again got an "alert" that the price rose by 40$ due to a change in availability. BS!!!
Tried the next day, and AGAIN the same thing happened. Package lured with the same EXACT price. Seconds later when I chose to book the trip, price went up by $40 to the same EXACT price it was twice yesterday. I then chose the option for a $21 less expensive car, but guess what? Again, price alert, price jumped to the same price it was before I chose a $21 less expensive car. If they were hell-bent on the fixed price, I wouldn't have settled for the economy since I had to pay the same price no matter which car I chose. Very unsettling and I believe I had.
?, ILLINOIS -- I pre-booked my family a trip to Orlando only to be stuck at the airport with my wonderful kids. After a while when we were told we could not retrieve our car because my bank Visa with well over enough money on it did not qualify - even with round trip tickets. Which made no sense since I have traveled and rented well over enough cars to know the requirements. Was told to call Orbitz.
Long story short my kids became tired, hungry and crabby. After 4 hours of being put on hold I spent triple paying for a car I already paid for. You know what Orbitz said when I finally got in contact? "We're sorry to hear that." No compensation offered! Bad business tactics. Bad customer service! Read all fine print and that might not be enough to keep your trip hassle free or destroyed!
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- Before buying vacation package I contacted Orbitz customer representative, who told me that there won't be any problem adding the extra person to my hotel. However, when I called hotel to confirm the reservation they told me that I have to pay $120 extra per person, while the price for one night in that hotel is $80. It's just a highway robbery from hotel's side. So, I called Orbitz to find out how they can help me. But, they just told me I can't do it and that's it.
When I tried to explain the situation, he basically told me that I lie and nobody told me that, and hang up. I was shocked, tried to call again and was on hold for 45 minutes, after which they just kept telling me that I can cancel it but they'll charge me different kinds of fees. These people are there to make money on fees and are not interested in solving their customers problems. I'll never use them again and DO NOT RECOMMEND TO ANYBODY.
HOLLAND, PENNSYLVANIA -- Extremely dissatisfied customer: I decided to book a cruise through Orbitz, a mistake I will never make again! I spoke with a very nice agent who convinced me a first-time cruiser that an ocean view obstructed room would actually be a better view than a regular ocean view room because that the window would be larger. I went on my cruise and it was completely the opposite. I did not get a discount for booking obstructed I only did it because I thought an Orbitz agent would know better than me, and boy was I wrong!
A week ago I called Orbitz to file a complaint about all of the false information I was given and that I paid for an ocean view and had absolutely NO VIEW. The representative I spoke to, Kandice, briefly listened to my original call booking the cruise and told me I was completely misled and that an obstructed ocean view room is actually the opposite of what I was told. Then after I called back Orbitz because I never received my call after the 7 day waiting period I was told that the women I spoke with on the original booking call said there would be the same amount of light!
How many people pay the same price for an obstructed view as a regular ocean view room for the same amount of light? Orbitz decided to offer me a $50 friendly voucher to use for Orbitz. However, I declined this friendly voucher because I will no longer be using this company. Also to top it all off the representative did not even call me back after the 7 day wait period, I called her 9 days later!
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- Usually use Expedia but could not find vacation combo I wanted. I saw it on Orbitz and for some reason got an error message after entering all my card info. Apparently, the website did not want to book the package as such but still got the pending charge on my account (meaning those funds will not be available in your account for 3-5 days!).
Called Orbitz, spent 4 hours with an agent who kept charging my account due to those "error" messages, had to call my bank to increase my daily card limit, etc and still no trip! Tried again later (HUGE mistake) -- same problem with another agent. Checked Expedia, saw the package I wanted and for a whole lot cheaper and booked within 30 minutes! Thank you Expedia! Will never use Orbitz again!