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 Aircraft outdated.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.
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.
DC, MARYLAND -- Re: Flight 450 Departed 10:30am on Feb, 8, 12 US Air DCA to SAN.
Airlines receive federal money. Employees of airlines are required (not optional) to give ADA covered passengers reasonable accommodations based on individual need (as long as "it does not pose an undue hardship".) I have a permanent neck injury which causes extreme pain and migraine. Someone bumping into me feels like a hit with a sharp object. I can't even take NSAIDS or migraine meds because they would cause life threatening allergic reaction. I don't travel for this reason.
The day before my flight I received notification that my mother in SD had a heart attack, heart surgery, was intubated and developed pneumonia. She was all alone in the hospital for a whole week before the assisted living personnel notified any family. I booked my ticket the night before and flew to SD the next morning not knowing if she would still be alive when I got there.
It is worth mentioning that I was wearing my cervical collar for support to get me through the trip as my neck can't carry my head too long. So it was obvious to everyone that I had a neck injury even if they couldn't see how bad it was. I have literally passed out at times with this injury and sustained serious injuries. I was told to ask the flight attendant to help with my bag overhead. My seat was aisle in the back against the lavatory wall. She was sitting there and I asked for help. She looked mad and said not if it is heavy. I told her it is only heavy to me. She put it up.
When I realized that I was just outside the lavatory I told her that I can't be bumped into and having people hanging on to my seat and if I have a hard time with a passenger with this I may ask for help conveying that. When the flight started, with nobody in the way, she quickly came down the aisle and hurt me by banging hard into my seat. During the flight the lines got long and I kept asking people to not stand in the way of my seat so that the ones who come out of the bath don't have to slam me to get by. A couple of passengers wanted to argue..
I asked her to help out with this. She smirked looked at the belligerent passenger and rolled her eyes. I said OK then as an accommodation under ADA I need to not be assaulted. She grinned at the nasty passenger (encouraging him) and said "what is assault?" like I was exaggerating. I said the legal definition is "unwanted touching of any kind is assault." That is a fact. She let the passenger stand over me yelling over my head about me and I told him to be quiet I have a headache. He said he's not talking to me. She allowed him to discriminate against me and make me have more embarrassment and pain.
At this point I was in too much pain. I was crying the rest of the flight. I went to the front of the plane and asked a male attendant if there was one in charge of all. I showed him my medical report which highlighted the spine and what it affected. I told him I would not fly in this condition but I have to get to my mother.. He said he would talk to her. I told him I need a safe place to sit. I did try moving over into the empty middle seat but that encouraged passengers to get into that space and bang the seat which had the same impact with vibrations on my neck. All this was explained.
He told me I can take any other seat.. all in the middle which meant elbows over oversized people and same problem. ** had said snidely "I am not the line police." When the head flight attendant went back there was 3 fa right there... kept getting banged into... nobody helping... I asked again. And ** had a smirk on her face. I told her it is not funny. And all three just shrugged when I said I would write a letter.
The connecting flight was fine and it was worth mentioning that there was an announcement informing people not to form lines for the lavatories because of security concerns. So why was this policy not implemented on the first flight? It was a security/health concern on the first flight. Oh yes: They are "not the line police." I had to suffer a terrible migraine for over 24 hours unnecessarily.
This is in regards to my recent travels on your airline, July 20th and July 24/25th. I was scheduled to depart Dallas/Ft Worth at 5:15am on July 20th with a connection in Charlotte, NC and final destination of Montego Bay, Jamaica. I checked my bag online and printed my boarding pass the day before (24 hours). When I arrived at the airport that morning, I still had to stand in line to check my bag again which caused me to miss the 45 minute bag drop policy that you supposedly have. I was told that my bag had to be physically tagged 45 minutes before my flight or I would not be able to fly and that I had to fly with my luggage.
I have never heard of such a rule and didn't see it on your website, I figured since I had already checked in online 24 hours prior I would just need to drop my bag. I asked the attendant how late was I in getting my bag physically tagged and she told me I missed the 45 minute cut off by 4 minutes, and that it took 45 minutes for my bag to go from the counter to the plane.
I couldn't understand any of this at all especially since there were passengers standing at unattended kiosk waiting for their luggage tags as well. What is the point of self check-in if someone still has to tag my bag but the kiosk is unattended? So standing in line for a second time made me miss that flight. I was put on the 6:55am to Charlotte NC with standby on the 11:30am to Jamaica which was the last flight from Charlotte for the day.
Luckily, I was able to get on it. If I hadn't gotten on, I would have been stuck in Charlotte for another day and been a day late to Jamaica. Where is the logic in that? Well I figured it was all over and I could enjoy my trip until the chaos I experienced on the way back.
Leaving Montego Bay, I couldn't find my flight reservation at the kiosk. I had to wait in line an hour to see an agent. When I get to the agent I discover that my reservation showed my trip to and from Jamaica for the same day. I feel confident that I didn't book it like that and maybe there was a glitch in the system. I had to purchase a one-way ticket back to Dallas with a connection in Charlotte. I could not get on the last 2 flights out of Charlotte because they had been overbooked so I couldn't even fly standby. Overbooked? Still doesn't make any sense. This resulted in my having to stay overnight and leave at 7:45am on July 25th.
When I get to the Charlotte airport the next morning, I am observing the same thing unattended kiosk and people waiting to get their luggage tagged. I am wondering are they missing the 45 minute baggage drop too. I decide to stand in the Resolution Line hoping to get on an earlier flight only to have the unfortunate encounter of the worse airline agent ever. I believe her name is Jennifer. She is African American, very short hair that is reddish in color, and she wears glasses. Her attitude and behavior was inexcusable. She was rude, short tempered, unaccommodating. You name it, she was it.
When it was my turn to approach the counter, she switched her attention to another line saying she couldn't keep track of who was in queue. The issue with that is the people she decided to assist weren't in the Resolution Line with the rest of us, they were off to the side. She also came from behind the counter and turned off some of the kiosk without announcing to those others standing in line what she was doing and why she was doing it. They were just left standing there. One poor lady had been trying to get the Cambodia since Saturday. I must say out of all airlines there is a very strong possibility that I will not be flying US Airways in the future.