GEORGIA -- Travel insurance is useless. If you have a change of plans, not only will you not get refunded, you will be asked to make international calls to cancel any local carriers that were in your itinerary. And if you do all that, and those local carriers do not fax proof of charges to Travelocity, you will be asked to call those local carriers again. Those local carriers will not pay to fax cancellations, and so you will need to reimburse them for the fax.
Once Travelocity receives the fax, you will be asked to prove that you had a medical emergency by getting a signed document from your attending physician. Good luck. I think I will rather use a different travel agency in the future. Wish I had read the reviews before I booked with them. Buyer beware. Stay away from these guys!
DALLAS, TEXAS -- I am currently staying at the Live Aqua Hotel in Cancun, MX. My reservation was cancelled by Travelocity, after I was told specifically that my hotel reservation was adjusted for my wife and I to arrive the following day on July 09, 2013.
We missed our original flight on July 08, because we were told by the Travelocity booking agent that there was no need for passports to travel from Dallas, Texas to Cancun, Mexico and that a birth certificate would suffice. I asked him to make sure and he absolutely stated that it would not be a problem. We trusted the word of this booking agent way too much. So, we showed up excited for our 10-year anniversary trip and get turned away by Spirit Airlines, because my wife only had her birth certificate on hand.
I called Travelocity and requested a full refund expecting that we would not be able to continue our trip, even at a later date. One representative said that I needed to cancel my reservation with the airline before we could receive a refund. I cancelled the reservation with Spirit Airlines while on the phone with the representative. The Travelocity representative continued to say that the airline reservation was still active. I was at the airport staring at the Spirit Airlines agent and he assured me he canceled the flight reservations.
Finally, the representative said she needed to place me on hold and speak with the hotel. We were on hold for 30 minutes. She did have the courtesy to check in now and then and say that she was still on with the hotel. She finally came back on the line and stated that unfortunately, she could not cancel the reservation. I was speechless.
After a few seconds, I said, "What? What do you mean you can't cancel the reservation?" She stated that the hotel could only cancel the reservation via an email and that a refund would be given then, but they could not refund the full amount. Again, this was not acceptable. I told her I needed a refund in order for my wife and I to travel to a US destination as we were still at the airport.
The agent placed me back on hold and after several minutes, came back on the line and said that the hotel could not cancel the reservation at this time so a refund was not possible right now, but she would have to send an email to cancel the reservation and potentially get a refund, but it was not guaranteed. She said that I could call back in two hours or so to check. I was not pleased at all. I asked to speak with a supervisor.
I was placed on hold again. She came back and said that a supervisor was not available, but she could arrange a call back. After some more words, I said OK. She then stated that a supervisor would call me back or I could call back in a couple of hours. My wife was in tears. I went back up to the Spirit Airlines desk and asked another airline representative for possible flights to Miami and Las Vegas. They were all oversold. I told her about the situation, and she advised me that we could still fly to Cancun by getting a passport that day as long as we had a flight receipt.
I was not very trusting, so I inquired some more. She said that there was a passport office in downtown Dallas that would issue a passport the very same day as long as we have a receipt showing that we had a scheduled flight reservation for the next day. I immediately called Travelocity to instruct them NOT to cancel our hotel reservation, while I booked a next day flight to Cancun. I specifically told the Travelocity representative and NOT cancel the reservation, but instead adjust it for next day check-in. She placed me on hold to speak with the hotel.
She came back on the line and stated that she had adjusted the reservation for us to arrive the following day (July 09), but unfortunately I would not be refunded for the first day as the hotel refused to do so. I was not happy again, but I said OK I will fight that battle later. I asked about the ground transportation. She stated she could take care of that and placed me on hold again.
She came back on the line and said that we were all set and that it was taken care of for us to arrive the following day and we would be picked up. I said this is fine for now, but I advised that we had spent extra money due to bad advice from one of their agents. I asked to speak with a manager. She stated a manager would call me back. We had left the airport, hailed a cab and headed straight downtown to get my wife a passport. The cab driver said he knew of the passport place and barely got us there on time to submit the application. Luckily, we got the passport. We were told by Travelocity that our reservation was still good and adjusted for the next day.
After we arrived home attempting to reconcile what had happened, I received a call from a ** number. It was the supervisor from Travelocity. He said, "Mr. **, I see you have modified your reservation to arrive tomorrow, are you satisfied now?" He said nothing about our hotel reservation being cancelled. I acknowledged that we were arriving the next day, but I advised him we had to spend several hundred dollars extra, due to bad advice from the original booking agent.
He told me he could offer a discount on future travel. I asked how much. He said $50. I chuckled and stated that I had spent way more than that. He then offered to extend my trip if I could get Spirit to place me on another flight. We could not do this, because of our work schedules. It was obvious to me that he was not trying to help. I asked for his name and he hung up in my face. I was too stressed out to call back and was fed up with the level of customer service your company provided so far.
Now, my wife and I are preparing to leave the next day. We have a friend pick us up again the next morning. We arrive in Cancun and we get transported from the airport by Olympus and arrive at the hotel. We go to the front desk to learn that our reservation was not showing up. After several attempts, the young lady came back and informed us that our reservation was CANCELLED! I was livid. I told her that Travelocity assured us they adjusted our reservation for check-in the following day (July 09, 2013). She said that I would have to speak with Travelocity.
I called your company and the first associate looked up my Trip ID and said that my hotel reservation was still active and then placed me on hold to speak with the hotel. ONE and A HALF HOURS later, basically on hold the entire time, listening to that ** music and several associates telling me that I cancelled my reservation and me telling them that I was confirmed for the next day, I was told I would have to pay $1,800.00 for a new reservation with the same hotel (Live Aqua) by a supervisor named **.
I asked for the money I already paid to be applied and I was placed on hold again. He came back and informed me that the "hotel" requires another email, but that would take several days. I asked to speak with a manager, and ** transferred me to a **. I had to repeat the situation to **, and he placed me on hold AGAIN! I have now been on the call for TWO HOURS. My wife is in tears and distraught, staring into the hotel floor. My head is pounding and all of a sudden, the phone rings and another agent answers. I had been disconnected by **.
I'm furious and seriously considering litigation. I then walk over to the front desk of the hotel and asked to book a room. I told the manager that my 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY was ruined by Travelocity. I paid another $1,800.00 (a higher rate) on top of the $2,436.00 (original vacation price) plus several hundred I paid for the screw-up the previous day to salvage our vacation. No one from your company apologized or even attempted to truly help us.
My wife's eyes were bloodshot red from all the crying. Do you think we are in a mood to enjoy our vacation now? I have spent more time writing this letter. The hotel told me that Travelocity has my money. The hotel never received the funds from when I booked the vacation package back in May of this year. And it doesn't make sense for a hotel to keep all your money, when you are not staying there.
If I am not made whole for this debacle and the pain and suffering we have encountered, then I will seriously consider escalating this matter. And with your reputation online, I think we will get way more than what you are now refusing to refund, because you seem to have systemic flaws in your service delivery model. And I'm being nice. I could be perceived that you defraud your clients. I am requesting a full refund. It is NOT RIGHT for me to pay for a hotel TWICE, because YOUR company's coordination skills are poor.
The last communication I received from your company (a supervisor) before we boarded our flight today was that my reservation had been modified successfully and we were all set. We were still not totally satisfied, but we would still get to enjoy Cancun. Now, all the money I had budgeted for expenditures is gone to keep my wife from totally breaking down and to keep me halfway sane. Your company will not be successful treating its customers like this. I am in the hotel room spending my time doing this instead of enjoying my 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Please salvage any bit of reputation you might have and HELP US!!!
I booked a 7 night vacation package to Cancun on AirTran website which ended up being really through Travelocity. (The 5 night trip was more than the 7 night, that is why I booked it for 7 nights!) When I got my emailed itinerary it was for a 5 night trip. I did not print my paperwork until Thursday (I booked it Wednesday night) & I really didn't look at it until Friday.
When I called they offered to cancel it for $1100.00 non-refundable fee. It is Travelocity 'policy' to be unable to make changes even if the airline & hotel allow it. I have nothing that says the trip I booked was for 7 nights, all I have is the itinerary they sent me. I know I booked for 7 nights because I read over the confirmation page to my husband over the phone and it said from Tuesday, July 21 to Tuesday, July 28, plus I had a problem with my payment info going through so I rechecked it 3 times. Still they would not fix it.
One supervisor, however nice she was, said she could not do anything about the airline portion and the next supervisor could do something about the airline portion but charged me for more nights of the hotel. He also could not guarantee me a seat on the Tuesday flight back home, which he thought was acceptable for me to get stuck in Mexico, but I didn't. He could get me a flight on Wednesday if he could get AirTran to agree to reissue at no charge, even though the flight was cheaper on Tuesday (no refund either).
Next he said I would have to pay for the 3 nights for the hotel at $377.00. But I had already paid for 2 of those nights in the 7 night package I originally booked(?). After about 6 hours on the phone, I was totally exhausted and ill. I gave up and agreed to pay the 377.00 for the 3 nights hotel. After he got AirTran to agree to the change, which he had said he doubted they would do, he said he had made a mistake and the hotel was actually 565.00. He had already changed my flight so I didn't feel I had much choice but to pay the 565.00.
The end result is that I paid $2,398.80 for a trip that should have cost me (& still is available today for) $1865.24. The eight day package, today, would cost $1898.72. Approximately $500.00 difference than I originally agreed to pay for the 7 day trip I know I booked. I am so sick over the whole thing. I feel like I have been ripped off big time and spent about 12 hours trying to get it straight. All of that happened last night & today I am still very unhappy about it all.
My credit card company advised me to cancel the trip and dispute the charges. I would readily file a dispute if I had anything that showed I had booked the 7 day trip in the first place, but all I have is the itinerary they sent to me. I went to the AirTran website today & printed my same original trip but it is not the exact amount I was originally charged either even though it was close. I am still considering disputing the charges and taking my chances that it will work out. I'm not sure what I should do, or what I can do. I have also written letters to corporate headquarters in hopes that someone will believe me and do the right thing.
TEXAS -- We had a very bad experience with Travelocity.com site. My boyfriend booked a trip to Punta Cana in October 2013. He paid 2,700 dollars for hotel+flight vacation package... In two weeks later he had a credit for 1,300 dollars in his bank account. We call Travelocity and they said that the trip was canceled but after several phone calls we understood that not all trip, only the hotel reservation was canceled. On my question why the Travelocity did not e-mail or call us, the customer service had no answer. The supervisor offer us the second time to book the same hotel but for 300 dollars more. I think that the Travelocity.com are scam artists.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- As I was booking my 4th trip to Las Vegas, Travelocity changed the price in the middle of my booking. A red box popped up above my price stating, "The Price of this Package has Increased. Due to availability changes, the price of this package has increased by $115.71 from $771.80 to $887.51. All totals have been updated below." I have used several other website that offer vacation packages, but have NEVER had that happen to me. That is no way to do business when in a competitive field of service. Ended up finding a better deal for the same days, same hotel room and same flight times. DON'T USE TRAVELOCITY!!!
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- I rarely write reviews on anything but I am so frustrated with Travelocity that I am taking time off my holiday to write a review on them. This is the first time I purchased a travel package on Travelocity and it will be the last. They keep changing the deals they offer online, so if you found something that you may have liked, in the morning most likely it will be more expensive or not the same deal at night.
The package I purchased had a deal of $2000 credit to be used at the resort and after I checked out and received the confirmation that deal is not confirmed, instead the deal I got was Free Green Fee, which is not what I purchased. Spent half an hour on the phone getting transferred and explaining to 2 different people that could not help and when I got transferred to the third one, I got disconnected.
In addition to my unhappiness, the flight I selected was not the same that was confirmed. Now my husband and I will spend 10 hours in Atlanta before getting to our destination. Nice way to start a vacation. I always buy at Cheaptickets.com and never had a problem. I thought it would be the same with Travelocity but these travel websites are all scumbags and they are all trying to rip you off!
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- I booked a vacation package with Travelocity for traveling to Hawaii from NYC, and after booking they changed my itinerary without my consent!!! Had to spend over 10 hours on the phone with them to have my original itinerary honored, only to be disconnected toward the end of the process.
After so much frustration, my boyfriend and I decided we no longer even wanted to do business with them. We asked to cancel. That also was a run-around game b/c they refused to issue a full refund, and they did not budge on the $150 fee per passenger. What they also failed to mention was the $62 "commission fee". This, of course, was only revealed after the cancellation was already processed. Why exactly did I have to pay a commission fee for horrible customer service and misinformation?? Lesson: book with another travel agency.
In August 2012, we booked a flight and hotel to Atlantis re a special they were running for mid-December. Their website, only after booking, at Travelocity Confirmation - "General Policies" states "We know that sometimes you have to change your plans, which is why we do not charge any cancel or change fees." Also, after booking at travel.travelocity.com/mystuff Page 3 states "if you make a change to the hotel portion of your trip prior to Mon, Dec 3, 2012, you will be charged a fee of $0.00."
Our adult son broke up with his girlfriend and we canceled one person on Dec. 2. They will not reimburse for one less person on the trip. This was a trip of a lifetime for us and I'm out $800. They're all smoke and mirrors. Again, do not use these blankety blanks. We didn't ask for the airfare back (about $350) but the plane was full. I believe they pocketed that for themselves.
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Your website gives the customer False information when booking a total package trip. If your customer chooses a combo package like Flight + Hotel + Car rental, often all three options do not display, and your customer thinks they are included sense this is what he/she chooses in the beginning when making their selection. Since your website does not say, the car is not included in package price. After purchase a window displays to add a rental car. The customer services says that during the package, the rental car was not found to be available.
But immediately after checkout, of me giving Them all payment information and charging my card, the car is available for selection. I found this to be extremely deceptive business practice, as my package price was for nearly $7,000 dollars, not including the car, so I found out. First you say the car is in the package, then it's not? Now I have to wait unto 2 weeks to get all my money back. While others may go along with this deceptive business transactions I will not. I believe it is much more important to be honest with people you do business with than to think you're so big, you can take advantage of people, interests, and money.
I've ALWAYS used Expedia but saw a savings of $100 and thought "Why not? My wife just buys more stuff." Right? Their commercials say they will match the lowest price. Big mistake! All online booking companies are not equal. I don't have the desire to go into the details but I'll never use them or their Indian support staff again. It is what it is!