MISSOURI -- So if any of you ever use travel websites be careful. I have used Travelocity for years for flights and just recently used them for a hotel. I no longer will use them for anything. I booked a hotel and canceled within 15 min because I realized it wasn't the area I wanted to stay in San Diego. They said it was a no refund room but the hotel said they would refund everything except for 35 bucks.
Well easily a week later and multiple phone calls to Travelocity, even talking to a Corporate manager who was so rude. Then talking to different hotel managers and nothing has been resolved and no one will call me back. I have now been charged 2 night stays when the original was just be a one night stay. Talk about fraud and Travelocity blames it on the hotel and the hotel blames on Travelocity. I was expecting Travelocity to help me with getting resolved since I made the reservation through them and they have been nothing but rude. I have now had to put a dispute with my bank on the charges. Horrible experience. Travelocity blows... and is a horrible company.
I thought I'd check out hotels with Travelocity (whom I use for flights often) for my trip to Dallas. I compared other sites to find that Travelocity is much too generous with their star ratings for hotels. What some people have commented on this site, is apparently not isolated. I decided that a 4-star hotel was a safe bet, and used their "Top Secret" hotels feature, which allows you to choose only the star level for a secret hotel, only to be revealed after you pay and confirm (non-refundable).
I checked into my "4-star" hotel, to find it barely a "3-star." I was so upset I called Travelocity (mistake #1). I got some girl named ** who didn't speak very clear English, and couldn't deviate much from the script she was provided with. Got nowhere, asked the hotel front desk what their star rating was. They informed me that they were awarded a 2 diamond rating last year by AAA, and 3 stars by Mobil (now Forbes Travel), which are both lower than Travelocity's rating.
I also discovered after talking with other guests that hotels keep certain rooms available for these 'Top Secret' bookings, which appear to be lower in quality than that of someone who pays full price. Seems like fraud to me. Of the 3 guests I spoke with, 3 had bought on discount sites like Priceline or Hotwire, and were on the same floor as me and also mentioned their dissatisfaction with the room quality. The 3rd was a business traveler who paid "rack rate" or full price, and was certain the room-type was the same as ours, but commented on additional features in the room, like a fridge, an mp3 radio and what he believed to be a newly decorated room.
At any rate, I'm convinced that many hotels are putting these "Top Secret" rate guests in their lower quality rooms, which defeats the purpose. Travelocity has its own hotel rating system, which is independent of the official AAA or Mobil (Forbes) hotel ratings which evaluate many factors when assigning star ratings. Check other sites, compare prices, and read reviews.... That's the best way to avoid "Top Secret" surprises when traveling with Travelocity.
I have just returned from one of THE worst stays at a hotel ever after having booked it on the Travelocity website. I chose a "top-secret hotel 3-star hotel in the Disney/Celebration area" for $44.43/night and a listed "resort fee" of $8.00 total for our two-night stay. Once my husband and I left the Disney World theme parks at midnight on July 4th, we drove about a good 10 miles away from the "Disney/celebration area" where our hotel was supposed to be at and ended up about 5 blocks away from Universal Studios Orlando, which is in another area completely different than the one advertised for our hotel.
My husband and I arrived at the hotel at about 12:30 am and the outside appeared to be clean. Little did we know what was in store once we went inside. The lobby was small and the clerk quickly checked us into our room (#102). It was probably a room the size of 10x10 ft and it smelled horrible, some kind of mix between must, mold and sweat.
I walked into the bathroom and immediately got on the phone with Travelocity customer service to ask if we could get another hotel, this one was dirty, not at all up to the 3-star standards of any website! The person who answered my call placed me on hold and told me to go to the front desk to speak to the clerk to resolve my issue. She was not helpful or sympathetic with me at all!
We went to the front desk and were offered to either return our money (At 1 am on a holiday weekend, there were not other vacancies in town!) or try out another room in the hotel. We opted for trying out another room and it was bigger than the first, only because it was a handicap accessible room. I will try to be brief, however, there are so many things I could complain about.
I am also attaching pictures of the horrible condition of the hotel room starting from the busted open air conditioner vent, the cracked wall plates, mangled electrical cables coming out of an electrical box right next to the bed, the 3 small pillows for the king sized bed, the moldy plastic casing where the emergency evacuation sign should be posted (by law), the rusted shower drain with plug unscrewed, the stained yellowed tub chair for handicap guests, the dust on top of the television, moldy dirty dust balls in bathroom respirator fan plate, stains on the carpet most visible in front of the mini-fridge and the urine stains around the toilet base.
All of these pictures were taken by me upon entering the room. Additionally, in the morning when we left the room, I had placed the Do Not Disturb sign on the door and the maid took it upon herself to walk into our room and disregard the sign! As for the "resort fee," the Travelocity site advised of an $8.00 fee for our 2-night stay and the clerk informed us it was $4.50 + tax per night! The only amenity available at the hotel was a small murky, dirty pool that you couldn't even seen the bottom of it on the 3 ft deep side on a sunny day! The pool is smaller than the pool in my own home!
Lastly, if things weren't bad enough already, we were awakened at 9 am on the dot on Friday by a loud weed blower motor roaring right outside our door and blowing gas smoke into our room! This is THE WORST EXPERIENCE EVER BOOKING ON TRAVELOCITY!
I am very unhappy with this and hope to hear from someone in regards to this trip! I hope no other guest has to spend a night at that place, especially not under the false pretense of it being a 3-star resort style hotel! And... I sent them the above with supporting pics of the disgusting hotel 6 days ago and haven't heard anything from them! They obviously don't care about their customers!
I'll try to make this as brief and informative as possible. I am a long-time Travelocity customer (as long as I can remember/as long as they have been in business). I have always been pleased with their efforts to create useful tools for me to find affordable flights/hotels. As a result, they have been an ongoing staple both in my personal, and my extended family/friends, travel planning. I very much liked Travelocity before this latest debacle.
After my experience, I am no longer going to use Travelocity or their partner services as they have clearly demonstrated (there is zero drama in this statement) they are not in fact committed to: (1) hassle-free travel deals, (2) looking out for you before and during your trip. Everything about your booking will be right, or they'll work with their partners to make it right.
Here's what happened... I typically use Hotwire (and other similar services) to book hotels as they typically are cheaper than other services out there. Certainly you can't pick the exact hotel but Hotwire and others provide tools for you so that where and what you end up with isn't shocking or surprising. An example on Hotwire is that they give you a map that outlines which area of a city they will find you a hotel in (and of course they let you know the star rating, etc... etc...). These services save me a great amount of time, and especially money. Kudos.
Recently I had to book my typical monthly trip to Denver, CO for business. When the other services I typically use were not turning up any impressive deals, I did a little searching and discovered Travelocity's "Top Secret Hotels." Without understanding the technical differences between this service and the others I have used, it appeared to work very similarly to the others (Hotwire, etc...). Pick a destination, select an area, sort by price/star rating, book the one you like and then you find out the exact hotel and you are off to the races.
I was impressed by the number of specific options they had listed in the filtering section of the website for "areas" in Denver. Trust point +1. Previously my experiences with Travelocity were smooth and affordable. Trust point +2. Okay, so I find the list of hotels in "Downtown Denver", sort by rating and found one that was within my budget. Great (more plus points for Travelocity).
One thing that stuck out in the back of my mind was that Travelocity did not provide any specifics about the area of Denver that THEY consider to be "Downtown Denver" but with other sites like Hotwire, they use the term "Greater Downtown Denver" and that has always been acceptable in terms of distance. (Here's one to look at if you're curious: ** - roughly a mile or so around downtown). The concern though was quickly dismissed because of my trust points and because I had never had any issues with Travelocity.
I did read before I purchased the hotel though that "Top Secret Hotels" reservations were non-refundable/non-changeable. I was OK with this and booked the hotel (figuring if something was awry, that was their fault, bad location/wrong city/whatever that they would fix it regardless). Hotel booked, great. I found out right away the name and location of the hotel they had booked me with. It was turned out to be HOLIDAY INN SELECT DENVER-CHERRY CREEK (455 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO 80246).
Now for anyone that knows the city of Denver, that hotel is not in an area considered to be downtown... that doesn't even fit into Hotwire's "Greater Downtown Denver" map. It's nearly 4.5 miles away from the city center! At this point, I jumped on the phone to figure out what my options were. I scoured the site one more time to find absolutely zero information that lets you know how they come up with these boundaries/what to expect in terms of variations in proximity.
Surely I should have not used the service knowing ahead of time this might be an issue but like I mentioned, I trusted Travelocity and their services and assumed they would work it out because obviously that hotel was nowhere near "Downtown Denver."
Also, to be clear why this distinction is important, when you stay in downtown, you have a free shuttle that transports you up and down the downtown area called the "Free Mall Ride." Tons of business folks downtown rely on this to not have to drive to work (among other options like biking, rail and buses). So this is a business trip and I can't charge them for transportation costs unnecessarily (not to mention the inconvenience) so... back to the phone call.
This part I will shorten up for time sake. The first support person I talked to said they could do nothing for me. This took somewhere around 15-20 mins (I will not exaggerate ANY of the times here so you get the real feel for how bad this was). I asked to speak to someone above them if they could help me. I was transferred to their supervisor. Their response was the same and took more like 20-25 mins. going back and forth asking questions and trying to figure out how to change this (this was an eight-day reservation that cost nearly 800/850 USD so it was worth it).
Finally I asked to talk with someone above them as well that might have more ability to change things/help me out. All the while being extremely patient and courteous to increase the chances that someone would actually help me out. Finally after holding for 10 mins. or so, I was able to speak to the "manager." This guy was super nice and apologetic... He really seemed to want to help. Great, thank goodness.
After nearly an hour, that's right 1 hour, of calling the hotel, talking to support techs among other things, he had offered me a 250 USD travel voucher and had promised me that he had talked with the hotel and arranged a free shuttle to downtown Denver for the length of my stay. I felt very relieved as it seemed from the outset this was not going to go well for me. Just as a precaution, I called the hotel to confirm the transportation arrangements. They said they had a shuttle but that it only went within a 3 mile radius of the hotel. Crap.
I called the number back that the "manager" had left me and got a low level support person that indicated I would have to go back through the process of low level support person, supervisor and then the manager...if they could find the same one. I hung up the phone and started to realize that he had provided that option to get me off the phone basically. He previously mentioned the name of the person at the hotel he had spoken with so I called back the hotel and asked to speak with her (on the hunch that he was being dishonest).
When she answered the phone, I asked if she had spoken with him and she acknowledged that she had. I asked if the manager had confirmed with her a free shuttle and she said yes but she mentioned that instead of helping to negotiate a way for me to get into a hotel closer to downtown, he had focused on how to keep me there but find transportation. She made it clear to me that the shuttle doesn't go downtown and that he knew this. Wow.
The travel voucher did not cover cab rides to downtown (but got close... It's roughly 36 USD per day to get back and forth from the hotel to downtown - 36 x 8 days = 288. I wasn't going to take the bus.) So I temporarily gave up and said to myself that I would pay the extra 33 USD to not have to call support again.
A few days past and I got to my hotel. Good hotel, decent people... I was fine. On a hunch, I pulled up my computer and searched around for other people having similar issues with Travelocity's "Top Secret Hotels" program (The support people I spoke with earlier had indicated that my issue was isolated and rarely happened). Turns out this happens to a lot of folks that use their service... Shocking. Now I was very upset. I made up my mind that they were not going to make my business trip a pain in the butt and called them back to have them put me into a downtown hotel at any expense.
Needless to say, after 4 more hours total over the next 3 days, I got nowhere (but I was very determined). Spoke with someone in US support that said they would run something called a "Footprint Search" which basically would check and verify that I had selected "Downtown Denver." If that in fact was the case, they would refund the unused portion of my trip and transfer me to a downtown hotel. Perfect. I had to wait 24-48 hours for this to happen though.
After that period had passed (all the while everyone agreeing that this hotel was not in "Downtown Denver"), they said they needed more time and said 48-72 more hours as they were having "technical issues" running the "Footprint Search." Now I understood that what was most likely happening is that they were pushing it off so that I would use up my stay and there would not be anything else to do. Which ended up being the case. I am now 4 weeks (literally) and I still get a call every 3 days from them to let me know they are still looking into it and they will call back in 72 hours.
The cab rides totaled a little over 200 USD so that was good news. But I still had the hassle of cabbing it and spent nearly 7 hours total in phone calls over a period of a week and a half. You tell me if they were providing: (1) hassle-free travel deals, (2) looking out for you before and during your trip. Everything about your booking will be right, or they'll work with their partners to make it right.
I highly recommend you not use this service "Top Secret Hotels" and out of principle, not to use Travelocity's services, period. They clearly are not concerned with you having a great experience, not to mention being fair to their customers. I hope someone is helped by this review.
Travelocity claims to specialize in 3 & 4 star hotels, so I believed it would be a good way to book a hotel in Columbia, S. C. I researched and was assured I would be within 10 miles of the military base, which I was going to. I made the reservation well in advance, 3 to 4 weeks ahead of my trip, I knew I would be arriving at the hotel late so I really needed it to be easy to find and I expected the hotel to be in a safe neighborhood.
When I left the military base in Columbia it was well after dark and I got out the directions to the hotel, I got onto the highway and proceeded to get to the hotel that I had a reservation at. I started to worry when I passed the 10 mile mark that I had been guaranteed the hotel to be at- after 21 miles I then found the exit for the reserved hotel, the hotel was right next to highway, a few extremely odd left turns in a very dim lit area yielded the hotel.
I pulled up to the front entrance and to my surprise had to enter a door that opened to a 5x5 room of concrete and bullet proof glass. I was then asked what I wanted???-(meanwhile there were no other vehicles parked at the hotel- which made me wonder if the place was a hotel at all after she asked me that.) I told the woman that I should have had a reservation and she shook her head and told me that there were no reservations!!! I said that I had already paid and to please look again- it was late at night by this time.
While the woman went to look I had to call Travelocity to find out what the problem was. While the representative from Travelocity was on the phone with me, the woman knocked on the bullet proof glass to let me know that there was indeed a reservation and told me I needed to give her my I. D. and my credit card, I gave it to her and she started to recharge me for the hotel!
By this time I was getting irritated and told the representative from Travelocity that the hotel was a far distance and it looked like a glorified crack house- I forgot to mention the homeless people loitering in the parking area of this hotel- but I mentioned it to the rep, as well as the bullet proof glass and the dim lit area that seemed unsafe for 2 women and a baby to stay at. The Travelocity representative said there was nothing I could do but cancel the reservation, but I would be charged anyway and he couldn't find another hotel for us.
I cancelled and left that hotel and had to find another on my own, by this time after midnight and am used to being asleep by that time! I should have been able to get some if not all my money back for that experience and I warn anyone about to travel, which my family does more than most, to never ever use Travelocity- they didn't get me a close or safe hotel, a far cry from what most travelers would call 3 or 4 star hotel, It was a negative 8 in my book and they owe me!
ATCO, NEW JERSEY -- My husband and I booked a 7 day trip to Mexico Riveria Maya through Travelocity. Inclusive in my reservation was a prepaid transportation voucher, with a company named "Oympus Tours". Unfortunately our area was hit with a heavy snow storm the day of our departure. Our flight was cancelled and rescheduled three times.
We spent 12 hours in our local airport before being informed that all flights were cancelled altogether. Our first two flights were scheduled with Northwest airlines. Our third flight was transferred to Delta airlines and finally delayed until it would arrive beyond the departure time for our connecting flight. This caused us to wait in an hour long line to try to seek an alternate route. Delta was kind enough to get us on a direct flight to Cancun Mexico with US Airlines.
During the 12 hour stay at the Philadelphia airport I placed four phone calls to Travelocity informing them of our new flight and estimated arrival time for each. Every phone call placed to Travelocity took approximately 35 minutes before I was able to speak to a real person.
Then it took another 5 minutes for Travelocity to confirm the new arrival time and flight change with Olympus Tours. Finally on the forth phone call I communicated the change of airline, flight number and arrival time. Again Travelocity confirmed that the changes were communicated to Olympus Tours.
Upon arrival in Cancun Mexico, my husband and I went through customs, picked up our luggage and found the pickup area outside the airport. It was 10:30 pm and my husband and I had watched a van pulling away from the airport. We were approached by a Mexican man who claimed our tour van left us there. After about an hour, the airport workers were leaving the building and closing up the airport. There were no more official looking cabs and no transportation van arrived.
We were approached by a Mexican man who claimed he was from airport security. He said our hotel was over an hour away and we were stranded there. He offered to have us driven to our hotel for a $155.00 fee. He had a walkie talkie and called someone to drive us. He looked at my vouchers and hotel confirmation.
He made a call to our hotel from his cell phone. He said the manager was on the line and handed told us to take the cab and we would be reimbursed for all charges. So we had to travel over an hour and a half in a strange Mexican man's unmarked car. We were stranded in a foreign country where we didn't speak the language. I was terrified that we would never reach our hotel.
We did arrive at the hotel only to find that there was no manager that my husband spoke with. We were stranded by Olympus tours and then scammed out of $155.00 by the men at the airport. During my vacation we were able to contact Olympus tours. We met with a representative for over an hour where we explained our experience.
We were asked to meet with him again the next day to write out an incident report. We again met with him for over an hour while I wrote out a two page report. We were never heard from this man again. I had to have the hotel call Oympus tours to inquire about our pick up for our return flight.
During that call I was informed that I would not receive a refund for my unofficial taxi ride. I was given an apology for the situation but I would not be given a refund. Olympus tours would not accept responsibility for leaving us stranded at the airport. This man did finally say that they contacted Travelocity and credited the one way fare since they failed to pick us up.
Upon my return to the United States I called Travelocity to explain my horrible experience. I waited 10 minutes to speak with a human. I went through the entire story and then the person told me to write an email to email@example.com. I spent another hour writing out my nightmare introduction to Mexico. Two days later I called Travelocity because I never received confirmation of my email. I was told that they don't have any record of my email and to sent it again and maybe fax it as well.
Now I have spent yet another hour of my life writing about this incident is my closure. I just wanted to contact Travelocity so that this Olympus Tour company would not be endorsed by them and this harrowing experience would not happen to another person. Travelocity is not as concerned about it as my husband and I are. I will not be a return customer for sure. Beware.
OK here goes. My friend has been going through a rough time. She lost her house, her boyfriend, among other things. So I bought tickets for The Jonas Brothers (OK stop laughing) concert and reserved 2 hotel rooms for two nights. Afterward, the JoBros changed the date of the concert. I called Travelocity to cancel the reservations. They canceled it and advised me that I would not be receiving a refund.
I called back trying to get them to just reschedule. Although the customer service representative was nice, she told me that even if I had just wanted to change without canceling, I would have had to pay for a new room. So I sent a nasty, pissed off letter to Travelocity. I just recently lost my job and fell ill. Gee, I could really use that money to pay for the endoscopy.
I booked a hotel in the Charleston SC area for one evening 4/3/13. I used Travelocity's "top secret" hotel booking process which requires pre-payment, something I normally do not do but decided to give it a try since I've used Travelocity many times. Travelocity's website said I would get a 3-STAR hotel and ended up being the Holiday Inn Mt Pleasant but OK, I was good with that.
When I checked in at the hotel, all they had left was smoking rooms which they explained was their "standard" room. I explained to the hotel front desk that I could not stay in a smoking room and asked for another room. They didn't have any other rooms available and they wouldn't refund my money. They said I would have to call Travelocity and this is "how Travelocity gets you!"
I went ahead and booked another hotel 10 miles outside of the city since it was already midnight. I called Travelocity the next day to explain what happened and their response was, "We are sorry, we can't refund your money. When you sign up for the top secret room, you just get whatever the hotel has available."
I would never have booked that hotel room if I thought for one minute I would be put in a smoking room. I can put up with a lot when I stay in a hotel but not that. Travelocity needs to be more transparent with their customers during the booking process about what is considered a "standard room." A smoking room preference isn't the same as a preference of getting 2 doubles or king beds or being on a specific floor. It is a health issue and customers need to know if non-smoking is available or not BEFORE they pay.
I am extremely disappointed in how Travelocity and Holiday Inn handled this situation. I have used Travelocity for many years but this is a deal breaker and I will never use them again. If you use Travelocity's "Top Secret Hotel" process, then buyer beware! To me, it isn't worth the hassle for the "big discount!" I am now out $157.
There was a mix up with a hotel reservation date in February (2 months ago) that was a simple fix. I booked a hotel. I got there and they didn't have my reservation. I called Travelocity, waited on hold for 50 minutes without speaking to a representative, only to hear the message "due to bad weather, wait times are significantly extended". So I hung up and dealt with the Hotel Manager. We agreed that I would stay the night at the hotel using my Credit Card, call Travelocity tomorrow and work it out.
We did that. I called Travelocity who told me that they would directly refund the charge back to my CC. I waited a few weeks, nothing. So I called them. They said that there was no refund started, but assured me that they would do it now and I would have the money within 7 - 10 business days. 3 weeks later I call back and they say that they see the refund. It shouldn't be too long before I have the money. 2 weeks later I call. They say that I need to send in the receipt proving that I paid the hotel as well as Travelocity.
I email it to them 3 times, every time they said they didn't get the attached CC statement. On both the second and third e-mail I CC'd my work email and the attachment worked fine for me. Regardless, I then got an e-mail stating that it had been received, attached to my file, and sent to finalize the refund, but that I needed to call in again so they could call the hotel to confirm everything for some reason.
I called in. The first person with whom I spoke informed me that there was no refund and that I never e-mailed them. I hung up and called back. I was placed on hold for about 5 minutes, and then asked to explain why I was getting a refund, since they don't normally do that. After explaining it about 3 times, he says "let me check on it". He comes back and says that the refund is going through, but it's only for $119 (the hotel was $280). He said that he didn't know why it was only refunding a partial amount and I was told to call back when someone was in to look at it.
When I hung up with him I called by Credit Card Company, since I had read that I only have 75 days to file a dispute. I initiated a dispute with them and provided all my info and e-mailed Travelocity informing them that in 30 days, the bank will retrieve the money if the refund isn't finalized. I will never deal with Travelocity again. Saving $30 on the reservation was ABSOLUTELY NOT WORTH IT. I am very thankful for my credit card company since without them, I am doubtful I would ever see the money.
SOUTHLAKE, TEXAS -- My friends and I were on a week-long trip to Cozumel - Cancun Mexico area. We planned to be flexible and plan our itinerary as we went. I booked reservations for 1 night in Cancun using Travelocity. Upon arrival at the hotel, they didn't have my reservation in their computer and asked me to wait about 2.5 hours, saying they are often slow updating.
When I pressed the subject and showed them my "Confirmation Email", they called someone and were told my confirmed reservation was cancelled. I had no email telling me it was cancelled or how to fix it. Since I had a confirmed reservation and this was a prepaid "good deal" reservation, I didn't dare use a different travel company, for fear of being double booked.
I bought a phone card and tried to call both Travelocity's problem phone number (Outside the US 1.210.521.5871) and my credit card company's number collect. I couldn't get through with either. I emailed Travelocity via the website's "Contact Us" portal, but have yet received no response.
Thinking maybe my Visa might have denied the charge I placed a second reservation, this time for our final 3 days, on my debit card. Again, I received a confirmation email. We got the room, but an hour later, were told the reservation was cancelled and asked to leave.
After much arguing with the hotel clerk to get a similar rate, I used my debit card at an ATM, and paid cash for the reservation. QUESTIONS: WHY GIVE ME A HOTEL CONFIRMATION NUMBER IF THE RESERVATION ISN'T REALLY CONFIRMED?? (Confirmed means that the room is absolutely reserved for me, irrevocably.) If the reservation is subject to review through another department, do that before confirming. As the system now stands, YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL IS WORTHLESS. THEIR WORD IS WORTH NOTHING. Anyone who hears of this fiasco would never leave the house, having only Travelocity's confirmation email to rely upon.
THEY CONFIRMED MY RESERVATION VIA EMAIL, WHY NOT THE CANCELLATION??? They should include a live, on-line way to fix the problem?? Without official cancellation notification, I didn't dare make a reservation through other channels, as this was a prepaid reservation. In the reservation process, they asked for a contact phone number. We were traveling in Mexico. Nobody with any sense would expect a US phone number to work in a foreign country. Instead, they had confirmed the room, and they knew that we had checked in. WHY NOT SIMPLY CALL THE HOTEL?
Surely if we were trying to check into a Mexican hotel, we would be there? Unless they can assure me that your system has been changed... I will never use Travelocity again. I will recommend against Travelocity whenever possible and i will post my experience with wherever possible.