We planned a very short weekend trip to San Francisco for our family of three. I made arrangements in advance for our shuttle both from the airport to the hotel and back again. I also included a gratuity in advance. We arrived on time to the airport, collected our bags and headed out to the shuttle service sign. The first shuttle that came said he would come back in a few minutes. When he finally returned he asked if we had a reservation. At this point he said he could not take us because we had a reservation but another van was coming around to pick us up. Finally he arrives and takes forever calling our reservation information in.
Then he proceeds to drive around the airport terminal no less than three or four times. He was having some sort of conflict with another van driver for parking his van and leaving. I think that was the issue - around and around we went collecting additional victims while he called and complained again to someone on his cell phone about this other van driver. Clearly a company issue I should not have to be bothered with while trying to get into the city. We finally started asking along with the other passengers if we were ever going to leave the airport? Finally he says we are going after about 20 - 25 some minutes of circling.
Then he pulls off to the right side of the road and proceeds to get out of the van get out his GPS, notepad and map book. Then he starts asking us where we are all going. We had all told him earlier but we started over again anyway. He fought with and restarted his GPS several times. He pulls off again to consult the GPS with freeway traffic flying by. He missed the exit for the South SF fare and drove us by the city garbage dump with the windows open trying to get back to the correct exit on the road. What a stench! Then he drives through a red light and then slams the brakes on so hard my three year old in her car seat is thrown forward and exclaims in shock.
I was honestly afraid of two things: my daughter's safety because of his erratic driving and if she was going to have to go to the bathroom after so much time wasted going around and around the airport. We finally get dropped at the hotel and I am just seething. We have been tortured by SuperShuttle no less than an hour and 20 minutes at this point. I waited to call and cancel our reservation for our return trip and file a complaint until the next day. I was afraid I would take out my anger on some poor phone clerk who was not at fault. I called the next day, cancelled and filed a complaint.
I return home and on Monday I still have no reply from them. I call and get hung up on several times and disconnected. Finally I get through and they give me another number to call for complaints and tell me 3-5 days to be contacted about my request for a full refund. I check my bank account and we are credited some monies. Our trip dates were July 9th returning on the 11th. On July 13th I am credited for the cancelled return trip. After calling again because I never received a call back in the 3-5 days I get a credit of the gratuity from the nightmare inbound trip from the airport. The credit for that appears July 22nd.
I call and state that I want all of the money back for the entire trip, the service was so bad that I don't feel I should have to pay for any of it. 3-5 days and I should get a reply. I called again today August 19th because of course they never called me. So today they are resubmitting it to their accounting office. It seems according to his GPS he got us their within the hour. Who is he trying to kid? I guess they were hoping to avoid having to refund me or even talk to me. Customer service is not a priority for this company. I will not book with them again. I have traveled all over the world and thus far this was the worst experience I have had.
TAMPA, FLORIDA -- I waited 50 minutes to be picked up. I had called 3 times while sitting there and each time I was told "just 5 more minutes". This is unacceptable. Also, I was then the LAST person to be dropped off. It took me just 10 minutes less to get home from the airport than it did to actually fly home from DTW. I will not be using your services again. No one should have to sit for 50 minutes waiting to be picked up at the airport.
PARIS FRANCE, WYOMING -- I paid full in Internet for pick up in the airport. SuperShuttle ditched me and my friend in the airport and claimed they were there waiting and we were no show! I never in my life deal with such a disorganized, dishonest and disrespectful business that simply they care less.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Arrived at Hobby on Dec. 31. Was told by the guy at the shuttle counter that there wasn't a shuttle for us and there would not be one coming. After speaking with a supervisor I was told they couldn't do anything to help. What kind of business are they running? They were sure happy to take my money but not happy to give us the service we were suppose to get. I will NEVER use this company again and I can promise you I will let everyone know.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- After an 10 hour flight from Europe we were not allowed to our pre-booked Supershuttle trip from the airport to Galveston because we didn't had an booster seat for an 7-year-old kid. On the website they only advised an seat for kids from 0-5 year. The lady at the counter told us we should read the local law before make the booking?? She told us that we should take an taxi to the Walmart and buy an booster seat!! Bad, bad service!!
LAX AREA, CALIFORNIA -- Reservation made but due to error, Super Shuttle would not take me from Irvine CA to LAX. I found out the next day they run a shuttle from John Wayne to LAX. The manager offered only an apology. Kept my money and left me in a parking lot. If you use this service, ensure you have a backup service and no time line.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- I had a reservation and a confirmation and they outright refused to pick me up. Said they had no cars available. Of course, they charged my credit card. They confirmed my arrival and pickup time but when I called for that actual van to get me, they said everyone had gone home for the night. I was left at the airport. Do not ever use this company. You may think you save a few dollars with this method of transportation but ultimately, you will pay for a cab.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- Booking process was easy however the transportation and pick up part was terrible. We had to wait 30 minutes for our shuttle at the airport and the driver had no knowledge of the city and relied strictly on this GPS. Took us 1 hour and 15min for what should have been a 30-40 minute ride to get to our destination. He would not take us off his programmed GPS route even though there were faster alternatives that I could even see as a visitor. FYI all the shuttle services from SFO are the same price, pick another company.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- I emailed the following complaint to Super Shuttle on 12/28/2013. Their automated service promised a response in 3-5 business days. It has now been over 3 weeks and I have heard nothing from them. It is obvious from my experience and the multiple bad reviews on many sites that this company has no concern for customer service. After traveling over 30 hours straight from the Middle East, I arrived at LAX with a confirmed, prepaid reservation for transportation home from the airport. My flight was delayed approximately two hours and at about 1 AM, when I went to the SS station outside of Terminal 7, there was no one there.
So, as advised on your confirmation sheet, I contacted the supervisor. He came and told me that there was nothing available at the moment but that he would "work on it." Without giving me any estimation of a time wait, he disappeared and never returned. Over the next two hours various vans came by but no one would help me. (I have a photo of 5 vans lined up outside Terminal 7 at 2:30 AM, none of whom would take me). One driver (Van #597) told me that my options were to either sit there until 6 AM or pay him an extra $120 ($98 + tip) for an "exclusive" ride home.
Eventually at 3:25 AM a driver from the 500 area "felt sorry" for me and drove me even though it was outside his franchise district. According to the blog on your website, "there is no need to cancel or rebook your ride if your flight is delayed a few minutes or even a couple of hours." It also states "Our vehicles are available 24 hours a day." Obviously this is not true. I had assumed that by booking and prepaying a ride you had a contractual agreement to provide me with transportation within a reasonable time frame and I do not think that over two hours is reasonable.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Beware! Drivers can refuse to take you if you are the only one going to a particular area of the city. It is in the financial interest of the driver to fill the shuttle; thereby having as many people to drop off as possible. We had no problem getting to the airport (Houston Hobby) from a suburban location, but leaving the airport was another story. Even with five shuttles lined up, three refused the dispatch order to take us. Finally, one driver said he was tired of seeing us "bounced around," and agreed to take us home. The attendant at the SuperShuttle counter inside the airport checked us in (we had a pre-purchased reservation), and after about 15 minutes, gave us a van number.
We walked out to the van, but the driver said he was finished for the day and going home. The attendant told us to wait for another van. Another half hour passed, and she sent us back out to a second van (the previous guy who was "going home" was now sleeping in his van). The second driver said the dispatcher made a mistake because he was already assigned to another call. Another 15 minutes passes. The attendant sends us out again.
The third driver at first tells us he has not been assigned to our call, then re-checks his monitor and admits he is assigned to our call, but won't be leaving for another 15 minutes because of "company policy." I asked him if there was a company policy for how long a customer has to wait before being taken somewhere on a prepaid reservation? No answer. We were about ready to blow off the $30 and take one of the many cabs that were lined up, when a forth driver waved us over, and agreed to take us.
SuperShuttle has no customer service policy. The drivers are independent contractors, and frequently refuse to take customers if the van is not full. If you are traveling to a popular area like downtown or a convention center, then you may have better luck, but if you are going to an area where you most likely will be the only customer (i. e. suburban home), then be prepared for a very long wait and possibly, like us, for some level of confrontation.