Tried to Cancel a Flight With Expedia - Good Luck
Airline Ticket - Complaint
NANAIMO -- I just got off the phone with Expedia trying to cancel a ticket. It was well within the 24 hrs. but I was informed that it had to be in the same calendar day (not what I had read from people on the net that had cancelled). I bought the ticket last night before 9:00 and I called them back just before 9:00. They informed me their 'system' was 'down' and I should call back in an hour which I did. Their system was still down just before 10:00. I was told to call back in an hour at which time the system was still down so I called back until I got hold of someone and the system was finally working. I thought I would l just change the ticket but they wanted 200.00- this was midnight so I decided to cancel the ticket in the morning only to find that the 24hr. cancellation period had expired because it is not really a 24 hr. but a calendar day period (when the calendar date changes you are out of luck so never book with them in the evening).
So while their system was not working and I was waiting, my 'grace' period had passed. When I explained this to the individual they were not willing to make any kind of concession and when I asked to speak to the manager I was told that unless it concerned something not covered in their policy I could not speak to the manager.
What I wound up getting was a 200.00 penalty and a credit for the balance although they put a different spin on it - I was getting a full refund but would have to pay 200.00 to use it. I have spent three or four hours working on this as well. The girl I spoke to had a strong accent and seemed to struggle when reasoning which probably didn't help either.