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Orbitz - Wrong Policy, Wrong Attitude, Wrong Company
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Rating: 1/51

I booked a combo flight+car package with Orbitz after pricing each separately and comparing prices on other travel sites. Because the times of the flights would affect rental car pick-up and drop-off times and thus determine the length of the rental (7 days v. 8 days), I called the car rental company directly to get specific information on how car rental charges are accrued. I confirmed that as long as we returned the rental car by the same hour on the clock that we picked up the car a week earlier, we would be charged for a weekly rental, not an 8-day rental.

With that information confirmed, I made flight+car reservations on Orbitz. The confirmation email from Orbitz said my car rental was for 8 days, so I called their Customer Service number to get this corrected. The agent was polite and professional but could only repeat their position to me. During the course of the conversation, she actually said I would be charged the package price which is "not charged based on the number of days you keep the car." What? Then on what is the package price based? I understand I got a package price, but why did I get an 8-day package price, not a 7-day package price? No satisfactory answer, so I asked to speak to a supervisor.

The supervisor gave the impression she had no interest in my situation. She indicated Orbitz charged the rental rate based on when cars will be picked up and returned. Well, the website did not offer me the opportunity to choose my pick-up and drop-off times when I purchased the package. Their computer algorithm chose the presumed times and charged me accordingly, which made an 8-day rental, when in fact, because of early arrival times for security clearance, we qualified for a 7-day rental.

The supervisor offered me the option of changing my flights, which would incur an additional charge, or canceling my car rental and booking separately through the car rental company, at an additional charge. What? I can pay more for taking steps to correct Orbitz's overcharge mistake?

This is obviously a flaw in the Orbitz website. (The Expedia site allows the traveler the opportunity to choose the time frame for rental car pick-up and drop-off). Rather than offer to correct the error and re-price the package for me, Orbitz gave me the option to pay a penalty to cancel and solve my problem myself elsewhere. Wrong headed business practices all the way around. Wrong policy, wrong attitude, poor customer service make Orbitz the wrong company with which to do business.

Best customer service ever
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I have to say I will not spend the hours searching other sites for airfare, trips, or even hotels in the future. Orbitz has topped any company for travel I have dealt within price assurance, arrangements, and most recently customer service. While I am certain Orbitz must base their refunds, or rebooking on a customer to customer bases, we could not be more pleased with our recent outcome. Due to an unfortunate family death we were forced to cancel our long planned trip to Puerto Vallarta at the last minute. In that we did not purchase the insurance being an added expense we could not afford, we did not know if we would recoup anything.

The customer service reps we touched base with went over and beyond in all they did for us. The loss we incurred was minimal thanks to the hard work of the customer service team. They worked with the resort we were booked with as well as the airline company. While we had to rebook a trip by a certain time line with the same airline, we were able to rebook; which kept us from losing our airfare completely. The customer service team was always so pleasant, and while some spoke with an accent, they all understood and spoke English well.

Prior to having to cancel our trip we had difficulty reaching one of the places we had reservation with for an activity. When we called Orbitz they took care of the problem right away. Often to get confirmation or work on getting refunds, or rebooking information they would have to place us on hold, and was so apologetic. This was one time I did not mind being placed on hold. We had used Orbitz a few times in the past and was always pleased with the outcome of our flights, or trips. We have run across people that had booked through other well known names only to not have their rooms when they arrived, or flights that overlapped.

To know as much as possible we will be taken care of, and that if anything does arise we will have the best of the best in customer service, in the future we will only use Orbitz. We highly recommend Orbitz to anyone traveling in any way. To note we are not ones to write reviews, and generally do not necessarily make recommendations, so please know we would not say this if we were not totally confident in this outstanding company.

Bait & Switch - Cost us over $2,000.00 USD upon arrival
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- Booked an all-inclusive vacation package to Cancun in Jan, 2011 for two couples - price was around $1,650.00 each including airfare. Not too bad for a nice hotel, and the hotel was awesome, do not get me wrong. But when we arrived at the Hotel, we were taken to the "Business office" to check in. We were thinking "We were special?" After checking in we were given some coupons to use while at the hotel. I asked why we needed coupons if we were all-inclusive? I was then told that we did not book the all-inclusive plan with the hotel, and to do so would be $108.00 (USD) per person, per night. If you add that up for 7 nights, that comes to $3,024.00 EXTRA.

So we called Orbitz, from Mexico and got absolutely nowhere. After hours on the phone with them, they offered me a $200.00 credit voucher, saying my itinerary did not say anywhere that the package was all-inclusive. The amazing part is how several other people checking in (at the business office) was just as shocked as we were. We searched for this vacation package on the Orbitz website using the "All-Inclusive" link, and all four of us were under the impression that we were booking an all-inclusive package. Why were we taken to the business office to check in? Why were others just as shocked as us?

The manager at the Hotel told us that they have had problems with people booking through Orbitz, and that Orbitz had changed their web site to correct the problem. So the Hotel did work with us, and gave us $10.00 per person, per day discount on the all-inclusive upgrade. We were so frustrated and upset. We pretty much had to do it. You cannot afford to eat at this hotel for $108 per person per day at the listed prices, and we were ready to start having a vacation, which we did after having to fork out a little over $2,300.00 extra.

It's not that we could not have afforded it, or that it was overpriced, but we would have liked to have been able to know up front what we're paying, and budgeted for it. The Hotel was awesome, and assisted best they could. Orbitz was useless. I was so insulted when their solution to the problem was a $200.00 travel voucher! I would like to get e-mail addresses from others this has happened to. We are not the only ones this has happened to, and Orbitz needs to make this right!

Please Do Not Book Using Orbitz
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I have never written a review in my life but due to my dreadful experience with Orbitz I am forced to do so. I normally use travel agents or just book with airlines but I was thinking to save a bit of money so I booked the ticket using Orbitz. Due to some personal reasons, I wanted to change the dates of my ticket and when I tried to do so, the ticket got cancelled altogether (after I clicked change/cancel button).

I got an email regarding the cancellation but there was no info on what happened to my $ 1300. As I frantically searched my ticket showed it can be changed with additional fee. I called the 1-800 number where I had to wait 30-45 minutes before somebody picked up who asked for tons of information only to tell me to hold for another CSR.

This went on for 3 hours where literally I was cursing, pulling my hair, stomping and blaming myself for not reading reviews regarding this company. To add insult to injury every time I talked to somebody I was given different information... from "no, the money is gone as it is a ticket that can't be changed" to "please call United Airlines as they got your money" and "wait for the travel voucher."

It is good that I was just on the phone with all these stupid, heartless, cold people or otherwise I would have given them each a slap. The last straw was when I was connected to a Filipino Rep who pretended she can't hear anything I was saying... and this happened only when I gave her my reference number or a phone number where I begged her to call. I ended up calling United where I was initially informed that it is beyond their control. I literally begged and pleaded and explained and the great lady (bless her) tried her best to help. Not even 10 minutes has passed and she fixed the change and charged me $83 compared to the $230 if I did it via Orbitz.

I am writing this review for those smart enough to read before purchasing. I wasn't so smart enough and I regret wasting 4 hours of hell with this company. While I have never used Expedia, Travelocity etc. I would suggest purchasing from the airline company. Saving a few is not worth the tension and anguish. At least that how it is for me. I swear that I will never, ever purchase anything from Orbitz and I do hope this company closes soon. I have read tons of people who got ripped off and it's not even funny that they are still in operation.

Orbitz needs a dictionary!
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For Christmas I booked a round trip flight from Orlando, FL to Jackson, MS on Orbitz. They asked me what day I wanted to leave and I entered in Dec 23rd. They asked me what day I wanted to return and I entered in Dec 27th. They gave me a list of flights to choose from and I selected the least expensive because I was did not need to fly at any particular time as long as it was on those dates.

Today I noticed that my return flight had an overnight layover in Charlotte. This means that I will not return to Orlando until the 28th. I called Orbitz thinking that they would fix the problem. All my confirmations say the 27th. There is just a little line at the bottom that says this is an overnight flight. It does not say ANYWHERE that the flight is on the 28th.

I called and explained the situation to the lower level customer service guy who had some sense and said that I should not be charged for the mistake. He then transferred me to another customer service guy. He said that my return flight was on the 27th. I told him that he had the definition of the word return wrong. It means to go back to the place of origin. I asked him if he bought something at Wal-Mart but tried to return it at Target if they would take it back. He said that I should have read the fine print.

Forgive me for assuming that when I asked for a return flight for the 27th that is what I would get. I asked them to put themselves in my shoes and they all said that they would read the fine print. That is because they work for a company that deceives their customers so they are suspicious. They wanted to charge me a huge fee and the difference in the flight. They refused to give me a refund or pay for the fees themselves even though it was their fault.

I looked back at my itinerary and nowhere on it does it mention the date the 28th. The only reason I noticed it at all was because the travel time said 14 hours. I did find a one way ticket on Southwest for less money than the $150 cancellation fee plus the change in fare fee they were going to charge me. I talked to 4 people and they all said the same thing. I will never book from one of these sites again.

Price Assurance Is Misleading
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Price Assurance is a feature of Orbitz that guarantee the lowest fare for you. It works like this "You buy a ticket today. If between today and day of your departure the price goes down you get the lower price as a refund." The scam is in their fine print. Someone must purchase the same ticket for the same date using the same airline through Orbitz. Let's break this down to understand why this almost never fetches you the lower price.

On an international trip a larger plane is used. Typically Airbus A330 which has a seating capacity of around 295. You buy a ticket in advance (hoping to rely on the price assurance). So you end up with a median price. This means half the 295 passengers get tickets more expensive than you and the other half maybe lower than you. You also want to exclude the 30+ business class seats. You're left with 132 potential customers who may end up with cheaper tickets in economy. (Total Capacity of plane - business class seats)/2.

Out of the 132 potential customers who may end up with cheaper tickets Orbitz may sell 20% of them. Let's be generous and say they sell 40%. You're left with 52 eligible customers who may potentially have lower fare than you. Out of the remaining 52 customers they must also have booked the exact same return date as you (If they're returning at all). I've booked tickets where I return the next day. I've also booked tickets where I return a year later (Assuming a year threshold).

So what are the chances that someone on your plane meets all these conditions? Leaving on the same date to the same destination and returning on the same date. In the same seat class and has also booked through Orbitz? I'd say astronomically small. On any given flight there's probably a less than 14% chance anyone would get a price assurance offer from Orbitz. This is not just for you but for the entire plane! To put it another way, for every 7 planes flown, you may end up with one lucky customer who gets the price assurance. This is not Price Assurance. It's misleading at best.

Thanks Orbitz – The Itinerary You Emailed Me Was WRONG
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- I was flying from Narita to Beijing then to Manila (it was the best option at the time) the email I got from Orbitz said that I had a 2 hour layover in Beijing before my flight to Manila. It even gave me the time and the length of layover. When I checked in at Narita Airport, the airline representative said that they didn't have a flight to Manila from Beijing on that day. She thought I was staying for 2 days in Beijing and I told her that that was wrong. I even showed her the itinerary that Orbitz sent me.

There was nothing she can do; they don't fly everyday from Beijing to Manila. But I didn't want to go to Beijing because I don't have a visa to go there and didn't want to sleep at the airport for 2 days just to wait for my flight. I had to be in the Philippines sooner than that. So I had to buy a ticket to Manila, thanks to Orwitch. The cheapest ticket I found was almost $2000, double the multi-city ticket of my original itinerary from Tokyo to Manila to JFK.

4 hours of lugging my luggage/waiting around, an extra trip to the appropriate terminal, $2000 later? I'm not using them anymore and told myself that I had to let people know. Little did I know that there's been so many other people displeased/disappointed/angry at Orbitz. And now, I'm one of them. They need to get their you know what together. Being in a different country and having to buy a brand new ticket because of Orbtiz's mistake has got me furious.

Orbitz also doesn't give you the airline's ticket number; just theirs. So I went back and forth between the internet cafe and the ticket counter just to try to find my ticket numbers for the airlines, which I need in Manila to get through immigration. I had a great time in Japan and I can't believe I'm leaving this way because of an Orbitz glitch. Never again.

Beware of Customer Service Reps
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- Travelers must beware of Customer Service agents that have the power to ruin your trip over a simple misunderstanding. I booked four fights with Orbitz to surprise my husband and celebrate the rebuilding of our restaurant which had burned down twice within two years, first by arson and second by a cigarette being carelessly discarded. As the trip approached I began to be concerned that we would not be completely done rebuilding. I called Orbitz to ask what the policy was regarding changing our travel dates.

The agent reviewed the cancellation policy and offered to check alternate travel dates. The tickets were originally less than $425.00 a piece. To change our travel dates by a week, would be more than $1000 additional per ticket. At this point I decided I would just tell my husband about the trip so he could ensure the building was done and we could travel as planned. While on the phone with the customer service rep, I sarcastically said, "That amount of money makes no sense, I would be better off to cancel my tickets and booked new tickets from scratch."

He took this as my instruction to cancel my flights. However, he never confirmed this with me. Instead I found out I had no tickets, two nights before my trip when I went to print my itinerary. After hours on the phone with Orbitz who would not reinstate my tickets and claimed they sent me an email, I booked new flights with another carrier. I had too much additional money at risk as I had paid for four nights at a hotel and two fishing trips. Money I would not get back if I did not go.

Now ten months later I am still fighting for my money back. My credit card company credited me two of the four tickets and now Orbitz has sent me a letter if those tickets are not paid for in seven days they will send it to collection. Obviously in today's economy, I cannot risk my credit being ruined so I have no choice but to pay. Another ridiculous part of this is that to pay for those tickets and protect my credit I have to call Orbitz.

I tried to call last week and was on hold for 45 minutes and gave up. Now as I type, I have been on hold 48 minutes and 13 seconds with no answer. Travels need to beware that customer service for companies is often times outsourced and even if you feel you have no language barrier with that person, they still may not understand tone or sarcasm.

They Didn't Even Try!
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Service was horrible -- and all because of their inability or unwillingness to assist a client in need of help. I wouldn't mind so much, but these guys didn't even try! A mistake was made in my reservation. I was given a reservation at the wrong Barcelo hotel, the Barcelo Nicaragua instead of the Barcelo Montelimar. This cost me hundreds of dollars and caused my vacation to be spent at the Nicaraguan Barcelo in the middle of slummy Managua instead of at the all-inclusive beach resort at Barcelo Montelimar.

When I asked for help from Orbitz to fix this error, I was met with indifference and incompetence. The Orbitz agents apparently are not trained to listen. (Several times I found myself saying, "Please put on your listening ears.") I tried very hard to get this agent to write down the number of the Barcelo Montelimar so she could call me back and help me. She put me on hold without taking it while she called the Barcelo Managua, a call she said no one answered!

I'm not making this up. That's what I was told. No one answered! That hotel is very efficient and answers all its calls. I ought to know. I was there five days. Did she make more than one attempt to get the call through? Of course not. I suppose she felt that one attempt was enough to fulfil her obligations. Was an effort made to call Montelimar to help rectify this horrible error? Of course not. Orbitz, I find, is very adept and articulate in expressing their inability to do anything, but as far as accommodating a valued customer in need of assistance, it is wholly incompetent. Their offer of a 75 dollar voucher as compensation was an insult.

Fortunately, I am an experienced traveller and I speak Spanish fluently. I had a fantastic time in Managua and the surrounding areas. But what if I had been a less experienced traveller? I think Orbitz's handling of this problem was disgraceful and I will certainly forward these comments everywhere I can on the internet.

Horrible Experiences
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Terrible service! I have several stories about Orbitz. My husband flew to Europe when volcano erupted and "stuck" in Frankfurt. The flight was canceled, and I called to Orbitz to change the tickets. They told me that though I booked with them, I have to change directly with the airlines (4 airlines!). OK, I called the airlines and changed the tickets. Then I called to Orbitz again to be reimbursed for the ticket my husband didn't use (because he had to take the train to his destination). When I checked the trip in a while I saw that the whole trip is canceled (and return tickets as well).

I called Orbitz and asked about it and they told me that I requested to cancel the whole trip (though I asked several times that I want to cancel only one ticket from Frankfurt to original destination, and not return tickets). Then they said that I shouldn't have changed the tickets with the airlines if I booked through them (is it normal?!) It took them more than an hour (all this time they kept me on hold) to figure out that the trip actually was canceled because of the volcano and it cost me so much nerves as I thought they canceled everything and I had to rebook return tickets for 10 times the price I bought them...

We booked a trip to Las Vegas. We chose the seats (which were "confirmed" according to Orbitz) and ended up on other seats, because Orbitz didn't confirm anything with airlines. The seats we got were emergency exit seats which were not reclining. 6-hour trip was a nightmare! A call to Orbitz did not help, one of the representatives told us that if we don't like the service, we can book directly with the airlines (of course, we will do it next time, but I don't understand then why Orbitz is still in business), finally after long conversations and complaints they gave us $25 voucher for the next trip with Orbitz (very nice, as we are not going to use it anymore!)

Same Las Vegas trip. We ordered B&B hotel package through Orbitz. There was no information about it in the hotel system. Once again, we had to call to Orbitz... By the way, all these calls took hours and hours. They keep you on hold forever.

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