Expedia - Not Getting Seats on a Flight!
Customer Service - Complaint
I first discovered and started using Expedia in 2009. I used to go to a local travel agency for all my flights and hotel reservations but I much preferred being able to see all my options laid out for me and doing the looking myself. My family and I booked several round trips going to Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, China, and Taiwan. In a year my cousins would travel to Canada two-three times and to China at least once so I would say that my family and I were pretty frequent users of Expedia. We'd book the flight and hotel, receive confirmation e-mails and when the time came we would check in using our passport.
My cousins came to visit me in Canada in the winter of 2011 (December) but had to cut their trip short because of a family emergency in China. We immediately called Expedia and got them on the next flight back to Los Angeles. They knew they would probably be gone for a while this time so they had to return home to pack and take care of some things first. We made flight reservations to China leaving in two days. The payment went through and as per usual, we received e-mails confirming that we made reservations.
However, when they arrived at the LAX airport and tried to check-in they were informed that there were no such reservations. They were puzzled but thought it was probably a misunderstanding. I quickly called Expedia and explained the situation to their Customer Service agents. After asking us to speak to the people at the airline counter and putting us on hold several times they finally informed me that Expedia never actually secured seats for my cousins. I did not understand how that could be possible and they explained that there was most likely a communication error between them and the airline so they weren't able to reserve our seats. We were panicking at this point.
I was upset and flustered and asked the agent what they could do for us to remedy the situation and she said to ask to speak to an individual at the counters by the name of ****** because that individual understood our situation and would do their best to help us. I thanked the agent for her help and asked for her name. Then I went to look for said person. There was no such person working there. I called Expedia again, explained the situation and asked if I could speak to ******* who had previously helped me before. They told me that they could not transfer calls and this agent said that they were unable to help me with the predicament (that they put me in). I asked to speak to a supervisor/manager and was put on hold.
When the supervisor picked up he told me that he could assist us in booking another flight leaving in the next day or two. Now this is a family emergency and we needed to get on that plane or the next plane out of there. He told us there was nothing they could do and that it was our fault because even though they had sent us confirmation e-mails they did not ever e-mailed us the e-ticket numbers so we should have called to inquire about it rather than assume that we had seats. Aside from being no help whatsoever he basically told me that it was my fault. I asked for his name and he gave me his first name and refused to give me any further information. We ended the call and spoke to the airline again and luckily were able to get a spot on a flight leaving in a few hours (at a steeper price than our original ticket).
I'm generally not a person to hold a grudge and am pretty silent about my complaints but this infuriated me so much that I still remember the experience to this day. Since then we have traveled to Europe, Hawaii, Asia (a few times) and within North America a few times too and if I could help it I would not book with Expedia because they're unreliable and irresponsible. I'm finally sharing this with everyone out there. Please be aware and triple check everything if you ever decide to book with Expedia because they honestly don't give a rats ass about their customers.