LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- I'm a big traveler. I used loads of company. Never complaint. But US Airways is the worst low-cost company ever. They canceled my return ticket without notice and I had to repay for it!!! Staff really pleasant. No customer service at all. They just do not listen and come over and over again with no solution just pay. This company can hijack your trip and make you feel really bad. Check in is completely disorganized. Staff are not helpful. Aircraft outdated. Nothing works inside. Worst landing ever. 55 mm to get back luggage in transit when you have a next fly. This is just zero, null, disgusting. No word enough strong to described their method. Avoid this company.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- Flying from Cancun to Huntsville, AL, the flight route was Cancun to Miami, Miami to Charlotte, and then Charlotte to Huntsville, AL. To make a long story short, the flight from Charlotte to Huntsville was canceled. Granted, it was not US Airways fault. Huntsville closed its airport due to an "incident".
HOWEVER, US Airways rerouted us to Nashville, TN, and then it was just up to us to reach our final destination (my car was in the parking garage in Huntsville). US Airways offered us NO compensation, therefore the cost of getting from Nashville to Huntsville was left entirely up to us. We were told that we HAD to accept the alternate flight, even if it wasn't to our final destination. NO refunds! I will NEVER fly US Airways OR American Airlines (they are one in the same now) EVER again. I am no longer confident they will get you to your final destination. Worst customer service I've ever experienced.
I had an issue with purchasing my ticket from Travelocity for this airline. I had put in a search for a flight time of 10 pm Thursday night and first results are for 23 hours prior to my time. I realized it too late. I tried to change my flight but it would have cost me $200 few for changing and another $200 difference in tickets. I didn't need to change my return leg and I let them know this. But $400 was ridiculous. I could buy a one-way ticket for less.
I told the representative this and she understood and it hung up with her. She didn't even mention that if you don't check in for one leg, they cancelled my whole itinerary, including my return flight. I wasn't until I tried to get my boarding pass at the airport. I was told I didn't have a ticket even though I have an email that says my Reservation was confirmed! To top it off, a ticket would cost me $800. Are you kidding? Luckily I was able to book a flight with Southwest for a fraction of the price, $177. Don't just pay the crazy prices through this airline. Never doing business with them again!
CHARLOTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA -- I woke up extremely tired from a flight and I was the last passenger to leave the plane, but I forgot my laptop on my seat. After half an hour when I realized I forgot it I returned to ask the crew at the gate if they know where my laptop is. They checked and it was gone. I went to the customer service which was near and they couldn't find it in any of the US Airways offices or the Lost & Found.
I had to take off to another place and I called them, they told me they didn't have it. Other authorities in the Airport didn't have it (they quickly answer - no) and from that moment onward I felt completely helpless. I was nagging them for a while and they keep answering they couldn't find it until I was getting no answer.
Now why was I stubborn? I was the last person on the plane, so staff obviously have it. By the way, how is it that an unattended item at the size of a laptop is taken care of so poorly? This is also an issue of security to be concerned about. In 2014, an American airport, how is that possible? Last time I pick US Airways or American Airlines for sure.
USAir has been by far the worst airline for us. As a military family, we have the needs of being flexible with dates and schedules. When we fly Delta, they change the tickets when needed without added fees. My husband is coming home for the holidays for 2 weeks, the dates we booked the flights are no longer going to work for his schedule. We needed to change the dates USAir did not work with us at all unless we paid a difference of $456.00 for each tickets (myself and my son).
I sent the corporate office an email, and they told me they were not going to do anything about it. An airline that does not accommodate to military families when they are separated due to deployment should be out of business! Shame on USAir! Never again we will fly this airline, neither will we recommend it to our fellow soldiers and family members.
CHANTILLY VIRGINIA -- Traveling to try to get there to see terminally ill parent. Flights cancelled, on standby. To my joy I got a seat. I was pulled off when a tardy US Airways Vacationer (read package deal) showed up as the door was closing. My name was bellowed across the plane and my luggage pulled off.
I am feeling emotional but this made me tear up. I did not lose my temper but was pulled away because I was upsetting other passengers. Ellie tried to get me to agree to a taxi voucher to DCA for a flight leaving in less than two hours - from IAD. I think they wanted to get rid of me. This major airline let me down when I needed service the most. No doubt their routed will be ones I need and I will have to fly them again but I will never forget this shabby treatment at a sad time.
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- This is the first time I have ever posted my opinion about anything on the internet - I am normally very hard to offend, but the experience I just had with US Airways has left me so amazed at their terrible, insulting customer service that I am going remove US Airways as a choice for my employees to use, and write this post to hopefully keep others from flying US Airways and potentially experiencing anything close to what just happened to me.
I fly about once every 3 to 4 months, so not often but not a total rookie either. I flew for the first time to Philly, and for the first time chose US Airways due to their partnership with United, on which I have Premier status (barely). My flight out of Philly to Atlanta was scheduled for 4:30pm Wed. and about 2:15pm I received a cell phone message saying the plane was delayed about 70 minutes. I had just arrived at the airport, so went to a restaurant where I located an outlet for my laptop close to the airline info screens, and started working while I waited.
The flight screen continued to update with increasing delays - now up to 2 hours, so I ordered a margarita and continued to work, resigned to a long stay in this airport before my business trip leg continued to Atlanta. 30 min later the flight updated on the board to cancelled. I was not near the actual gate yet, so I called US Airways from my cell while I continued to work, and was told we have been moved to a 9:00pm flight. Sigh.
I decided to head over to Delta and check out their 5:55pm departing flight to Atlanta - figured if it was under $250 I would just pay and go. Got to the gate and found out that most of the passengers from the 4:30pm US Airways flight had been moved onto this Delta flight - cool! However, because I had not gone and sat at the gate, I was not tagged to move to this flight. The nice Delta representative told me to head over to the US Air service desk & have them put me on the 7:20pm flight heading to Atlanta. Cool.
Off I head again (and anyone who knows this airport knows I was doing a lot of walking with luggage by this point). Get to the US Air service desk and wait in a substantial line, watching in increasing concern as the service representative and her manager systematically belittle, deny and in one case seem almost gleeful in their refusal to help various folks in front of me...I assumed I was not hearing both sides of the conversations taking place ahead in line & actually smiled at the seeming straightforward nature of my request. Ha!
My turn came, and I walked up, then told the story and asked cheerfully if I could be moved to the 7:20pm Delta flight with over a dozen open seats. The US Airways representative told me no luck, I would have to take the 9:00pm flight. I asked why everyone else had been nicely moved to a Delta flight while I - with the same dilemma & transferring United status, had to sit and wait. She told me I had not "followed proper procedure" and that "she did not have to put me on any flight since she smelled alcohol on my breath.
She then called over her manager while I noted with increasing dismay that I had never had a flight cancelled underneath me & did not realize there was a procedure, nor did the US Airways representative on the phone mention anything. The most amazing thing was how MEAN this lady was - and I realized a moment later I was going to become their next victim.
The manager came over and proceeded to verbally assault me in a manner that in my 38 years of life I had never experienced in a customer facing experience - she made the first representative seem like the good cop! I still can hardly believe what happened. I never got in a word, just listened as she threatened to keep me in the Philly airport overnight due to my "not being at the gate, choice to have a drink (which I would not have done had their flight not been delayed 2 hours at one point), etc. She was beyond anything negative I had ever experienced. I walked away speechless.
2 minutes later I decided to fight back, and walked across the terminal again to the far US Airways service desk on the other end. Upon finally arriving the lone service representative there nicely listened to my brief repeat story / transfer request, then immediately and successfully transferred me to the 7:20pm Delta flight (I made no mention of my experience at the first US Air service desk). She was excellent, and seemed much less interested in tearing passengers apart and more interested in really listening and helping.
I am a Director for multiple global software support teams, and have to say that I would not blame anyone for having a bad day, but what ** did transcended anything resembling a bad day, and ensured that I will never fly US Airways again nor allow any employee in my company or business units to have a trip approved on this airline for fear of them experiencing anything remotely as negative as what I experienced.
I will NEVER ever EVER fly US AIRWAYS again!!! It's the worst airline service I have ever experienced in all my years of travel. They acquired America West Airlines which was the airline I always used to fly to Fresno. Let start from the beginning:
For my departure Sunday morning I arrived at BWI 1 ½ - 2 hours before my flight, the line was three to four rows of a couple hundred people and only (4) kiosk machines were working out of 10-12 kiosk machines. People were being pulled out of the line for the very next flight. At this point I was wondering if I was going to make my flight and still had to go through security with only 25 min 'til flight time. Luckily I made did my fight with a few minutes to spare.
When I arrived at Fresno, CA my luggage with all my clothes was missing. I was one of many standing in line with lost luggage. I filled out a claim number with my cell number and was told to call this number later in the day. I called several times that afternoon and received a standard answering machine message like a home answering machine: “Please leave a message.” I left several messages and finally decided to go to the airport at 11:30 pm that night to check on my luggage. My luggage was there at the airport and nobody ever called to say it have arrived.
When I was out in Fresno I purchased a new pair of Sony Studio Monitor headphones ($100.00) from the Guitar Center. I did not have enough room in my carry-on baggage so I packed it in my checked baggage for my return flight home.
My flight home was a red-eye fight (my choice). When I got home at 9:00 am I went to sleep and later that afternoon I woke up and started unpacking. Guess what my new ($100.00) headphones were missing out of my checked luggage. I called the airline and was told I have to return to the airport within 24 hours with the checked bag with the missing item. I went to the airport Saturday night and filled a claim and given a printout with a claim number and told to call Monday morning for instructions on how to proceed with my claim.
I called this morning and they have no record of that claim number. They then gave me a new claim number. They said to check back later and they will see if my item has turned up. I asked "you do not even know what's missing? How often should I call back?" "Well just call back in a week." "Is there a time limit when you will issue a check?" "No, just call back every couple weeks."
What a JOKE!!! Item will not be replaced because of the policy below regarding what they will replace. Why don't you just say we do not cover anything missing from your baggage!!! I checked with other airlines I travel with ad, the list is not as near long as this one.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- On May 1, 2011, my significant other and I had a scheduled flight, US Airways flight #3429, from Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) departing at 7:45 PM EDT, which we missed due to unforeseen traffic delays. I called and was told there were no other non-stop flights out May 1st. That evening I called US Airways to see if we could be rescheduled for another flight the following day.
I was told by the US Airways representative, that we could switch to the next non-stop flight available the following afternoon for a charge of approximately $15.00 per ticket. I agreed to the charge thinking it was a very reasonable fee for the flight change. I was never told that this was an upgrade to first-class tickets, nor did I request or agree to an upgrade. I specifically noted that we were only interested in fares comparable to our original ones.
We originally booked our flights through CheapTickets.com, and were flexible in the times of the flight to ensure a reasonable price for the tickets. There were other return options available at the time for around $400 per person. We went with US Airways because we thought this would be the most economical choice. The next day we departed from DCA to DFW at 1:20 PM EDT via US Airways flight #3379. Our seats were 1A and 1C on board of an Embraer ERJ-170 jet operated by US Airways.
According to the seat plan of this jet, all seats on board this aircraft are coach seats. There was no difference between any of the seats on the entire aircraft, nor were there any of the typical first class amenities provided to anyone on board. To top it off, the stewardess was very rude, and our row was served drinks last, after everyone else on the plane was served. We believe that these are all obvious indicators that this was an all coach flight and not first-class.
Further, even when we were boarding, at no time did they call for first-class passengers to be seated first. There was nothing to indicate that this was a first-class ticket. After returning to DFW, I received my credit card statement and found that I had been charged $1,349.00 per ticket, a total of $2,698.00. I immediately contacted US Airways and was told that the $1,349 was the difference in fare. The representative also mentioned that there was an error in the transaction, because the normal $150.00 change of ticket fee was not included in the charge. Obviously there are discrepancies in the original transaction.
I filed a complaint online with the complaint department only to be quickly dismissed and told that I had purchased first-class tickets, with valid and non-refundable charges. This is contrary to what I was told over the phone by the US Airways representative. I would not have agreed to such an outrageous price considering our flexibility in our choices to maintain a rate comparable to our original one. At no time was this made clear that this was going to be an upgrade to a first-class ticket.
It was mentioned during the original call that the call would be recorded, so if someone from US Airways could review the recording of the phone recording of the ticket purchase, they could verify that I am correct in what I was told. I have since contacted US Airways on multiple occasions and have received responses amounting to "the charges were valid". Never was I offered an explanation of my discrepancies with not only the charges rendered, but also the services we never received.
I finally filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. The airline responded to my complaint with a slightly more in depth explanation, however it still fell significantly short of addressing my concerns. With their response, BBB has now closed my complaint although no resolution was found. This experience has left me with a first-hand account of how big business does truly not care about the everyday working individual. I feel taken advantage of and essentially feel like I have been robbed. I am trying to get my story out there so this doesn't happen to more people.
I feel US Airways should be held accountable for their mistake and that people should be aware of what type of company they are dealing with.
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -- So this is my story yesterday, and it is unbelievable the nerve US Airways has to lie so blatantly to the clients' faces. I flew with it Thursday and my only bag was my carry-on. For 5 years now I have traveled the world with my same bag without having to check it in because it meets the requirements to be carried into the overhead bins in the main cabin, but on Thursday I couldn't because one of its employees "decided that it was too big just by looking at it." That certainly is one professional response, isn't it?
It seems US Airways is hiring ocular psychics to determine who could get their carry on in or not. I was told that it was too big, and then as I am standing in line to board, other personnel from US Airways said that there was no more space in the overhead bins. I was pretty much forced to check my carry-on bag because it was either that or not boarding my flight, and when I got into the cabin, there were at least three bins completely empty, and a few others with enough space for a bag like mine or bigger. However, people with bigger bags than mine were allowed to take them into the plane. How is this fair?
I am not sure... why other passengers and I were discriminated against when other people were allowed to get their bigger bags in, I am not sure, and on top of that you blatantly lied to our faces first by saying that the bags were too big, then by saying that there was no more space, when clearly there still was, and plenty of it. I am disgusted and disappointed on your services. By the time my bag was returned to me, it was all scratched and peeled. I have to fly with you again on Monday, so I hope I do not run into this situation again.
If I travel with carry-on, there are many reasons, and the main one is because your airline has delayed my luggage in the past. You think you are entitled to abuse your power to do as you please with passengers in the name of security especially because there is little regulation for your industry, which is disgusting. For the money we pay, you have the responsibility to make our flights beyond pleasant. You are not doing us any favors, in any case, we as clients do you the favor of choosing to fly with you.
If you overbook your flights out of greed and poor planning it is not my fault, so do not penalize me or other passengers for your poor choices as an Airline. We pay enough money to get nothing but an uncomfortable chair and inexistent customer service, so do not make flying worse than it already is.
The comments above were posted on US Airways Facebook page, and this is its response: "US Airways **, I apologize for the overhead issue. We've made some recent changes to our boarding process. I will be sure and forward your valuable feedback to the correct department. Thank you for taking the time to let US know." 12 hours ago..
Really, US Airways? Is this your best answer? What I am talking about here is ethics, transparency and respect, which goes beyond changing processes. The least you could do is to have some decency and take responsibility for your lies.
Supposedly I am a valued customer, I not only have their credit card, but I am signed up as a Dividend Miles customer, but I guess I am not that valuable anymore because after touching a sensitive spot for the airline with my comments, I seem to have been blocked from commenting in its FB page. What are you afraid of US Airways, that other people can read how poorly you treat your customers? Thank you for making of our flights and trips an unpleasant experience.