We have used Expedia a half dozen times over the past 3 years and will never use them again. The reasons fall into three categories:
Additional charges levied after reservation by the service provider that were not disclosed by Expedia. a. Hotel in San Francisco charged an addition room costs per night plus fees over the Expedia payment we made. b. Airline charges for carry on and checked baggage associated with Expedia fares.
Difficulty in making changes to bookings once they have been made. a. Manage booking feature doesn't always show current bookings nor enable cancellations directly. You have to talk with a service agent. It took 30 minutes on the phone with an agent to make a change to a hotel reservation.
Being treated as a lower importance guest at hotels. a. We were provided with substandard rooms at two different hotels and told by the staff that was what they gave to people who booked through Expedia. b. Breakfast included? Not with Expedia bookings.
I booked a flight with Expedia & purchased the cancellation insurance, which they highly recommended. I had to cancel, now they are telling me that because it was a bargain fare, cancellation insurance did not apply. Why did they take my money. When they knew it wouldn't be covered. This is a scam. I will never use Expedia again & I will tell everyone I know who uses Expedia to not use them. They are stealing their customer's money.
BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON -- We planned a vacation using Expedia, for travel to and stay at a resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Dec. 18-26 at a cost of $8,898.32. We got to DFW on the 18th and the airplane broke. I called Expedia four times and was on hold at one time for an hour. Expedia refused to help us get to Montego Bay, as promised in our package. On the 18th AA could take us to Miami, Florida but there was no way to get to Jamaica that day. We lost the first night at our resort. We had to return to the ticket AA ourselves to resolve the issue and were offered a ticket for the next day. In the meantime, our luggage could not be located or returned to us. Again, Expedia wouldn't help.
We were forced to stay in a hotel in Dallas ($200) and spend money for food. We also squandered a $50 Admirals Club reservation intended for the long layover in Miami, Florida. The next day AA told us our bags had been at DFW all along and would be delivered to Jamaica that day. They weren't delivered until late the next evening. We lost two days of our beach vacation because we didn't even have a swimsuit -- all we had were the dirty winter clothes we wore from Tulsa on the 18th. We paid a courier $100 to bring the bags to us at our hotel.
We contacted Expedia at the resort to ask for an extension of our trip. We were on hold for hours and paid 833 Jamaican dollars in long distance charges. When we returned home, we were once again stuck at DFW, due to weather. Expedia did not help. We paid $100 to ride with two ladies also stuck at DFW. We paid Expedia for an unused flight to Tulsa. Expedia wrecked our trip. Expedia took payment for 3 days at our resort, $200 for extra hotel fees in Dallas, $100 to get our bags, $150 in food, and $100 for a car ride back to Tulsa, though we paid for a flight. Expedia offered a package and didn't deliver, and we lost 3 days due to its refusal to help us.
SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA -- If zero stars was an option that's what I would have chose instead. I booked a trip 6 months in advance to Puerto Vallarta with my fiance… airfare, hotel and activities for ~$5000 USD. They were supposed to have a penthouse with private Jacuzzi, snorkeling trip on secluded beach with reef and a zip line tour.
First problem with them is they never allowed us to choose our seats on the plane, and sat us very far apart. The airline said to take it up with Expedia they just did what they were told (annoyed not ruined yet). Second problem, they gave us a Jacuzzi suite instead of penthouse and when I looked online again at the hotel from Expedia's website they changed all the names and categories of the rooms and the hotel blamed it on Expedia (a little more annoyed, not yet ruined).
Third problem, I followed all directions on Expedia's site and paperwork to take boat to secluded beach. We were already checked in and arrived 30 min early just like we were informed to and the boat was already a couple hundred yards down the channel and was not going to come back (aggravated).
Fourth Problem, showed up for our Zipline adventure and found out they didn't run that tour that day even though it was already booked for that day and I was already checked in according to Expedia (very aggravated, trip almost completely ruined).
Fifth Problem was the hotels, our Jacuzzi overflowed and flooded our room and the hotel didn't do anything to remedy the situation, even knowing that my fiance slipped on the water above mirror finish granite floors. (MAD! Ruined!)
Sixth problem again on the flight home Expedia put us on two different areas of the plane despite booking months in advance (ANGRY, that despite our best efforts to continually make the best of this trip all our plans were ruined by a company that could care less… they got their money!!!). After we got back I spent about twelve hours on the phone with them talking to supervisors managers and their corporate office, all I got for all my wasted efforts was a $200 credit for use at a hotel (still mad, but at least I got $200 back lol).
I booked a trip using this credit, then found out my father passed away and had to cancel this trip to go to the funeral out of state during the same time period, and was told I would get the $200 credit refunded to my account. While booking the funeral arrangements I realized I never got the credit refunded back to my account.
When I called to complete the booking using the missing credit, I was very rudely told that they do not refund credits and since I cancelled the reservation with it that it's gone now. I asked to speak to another supervisor and after being on hold for an hour and twenty minutes I was hung up on. I HAVE HAD IT WITH THIS COMPANY!!! I will never use again and will avidly go out of my way to tarnish their name and reputation because in my eyes they have neither.
GEORGIA -- Buyer beware. I booked a flight to Nassau Bahamas for the second week in September. Due to Hurricane Irma and Jose I called Expedia to change my travel plans. I waited over 90 minutes for a representative (John). Who basically told me that my travel insurance did not cover the free cancellation for any reason that is advertised. He placed me on a brief hold of an hour to come back and tell me that he needed to ask a supervisor about the price of the flights that he was just telling me about. Long story short I have been on the hold with Expedia for 4 hours and have not had a resolution.
ARIZONA -- I had to cancel a hotel and flight reservation made on Expedia and found out the dark side of booking online. After two tries to contact customer service and long wait times, I was informed in hard to decipher English that they would be kind enough to return the hotel money over 2 credit card cycles??? And I could have sworn the website said you reserve and pay when you get there. TAKE A SCREENSHOT of the website rules.
Also I bought the flight insurance because my dad is 90 and I didn't know if I could leave when the time came. When the time came, my dad was having a bad week where he couldn't remember my name so I decided I better not go. After more really long waits I found out that the insurance is by a third party with more long waits and finally a super extensive claim form which I was supposed to bother my dad's VA doctor with.
Apparently the criteria is very limited for getting your fare back. Oh and of course, American's change fee is $200 for my $184 ticket. Oh my gawd... So very sick of unethical, cruel, scammy business practices when I do all I possibly can to run my own small business in an ethical manner. Long story short, I'm out the fare, and I am more jaded than ever regarding online interactions. Just wanted to rejuvenate a little from intense elder care and ended up even more stressed out. Will NEVER use Expedia again.
BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON -- Run!!! I have paid and confirmed the E-ticket. After a week by accident I looked through my bank account and found out that they charged me DOUBLE than the original invoice! Immediately after customer service "assumed" I was the one in fault and not their system. You have to physically save the invoice or take a snapshot of your screen or you will have no way to fight it. The customer service was HORRIBLE. They transferred me for hours to India, transferring me from one "salesman" to another.
Poor English, lack of knowledge, and absolutely no desire to actually really help and solve anything. They will put you on hold just to get rid of you! What an insult to the injury! Do not use their service if you can. But if you do, beware that mistakes or flaws in your booking may not come from you, but from them. Check your bank account and fight the charge through Credit Card company you have.
REDMOND, WASHINGTON -- I am not happy with Expedia. The price changed to a lower price and the company denied the claim stating I have 24 hours to file a claim. Booked on 7/1/16 and found the same trip cheaper, 7/6/16. Spent a long time on the phone filing the claim of $65. Then denied the claim on 7/7/16.
Expedia's best price guarantee means nothing. I promised to take Expedia's denial of claim and post it on the internet so others are not scammed by Expedia's statement that they have a low price guarantee. It's the same as a warranty that you cannot collect on unless you go to court. Senior management needs to be notified of their lack of customer service. If they already know then your whole company is in trouble.
I booked a hotel room in Manor, TX through Expedia for May 22nd. When we arrived at around 10pm, the hotel first told us they didn't have any rooms with a King bed, then they said there were not vacancies at all. To make it worse, we were then told there was no record of the reservation. We called Expedia and waited on the phone for over 20 minutes (the hold message stated it would be 15 minutes) before getting a representative to help us. She asked us to hold while she called the "hotel."
While we were on hold, the hotel manager/worker told us their phone didn't work (which made sense because I had called earlier as we were having trouble finding it). When she came back on the line, I told her the situation. She asked to speak with the hotel worker, who then refused to speak with her to verify that they did not have a room or record of our reservation. He then called his manager/the owner and began speaking in a foreign tongue as I relayed this information to the Expedia representative
He handed me his cell phone and I told the owner to please tell his employee to talk with the lady from Expedia and let her know that she needed to give us a refund as something was very wrong here. He agreed, I handed the phone back to the worker and the worker verified the information with the Expedia Rep. When I got back on the phone with her, she said she hadn't understood his English (she was not native either, so the entire thing - if I had not been so tired - had become a Monty Python episode).
I told her that I heard him verify that she needed to refund us the money. She then asked for his name, so I turned to ask him and he had disappeared. I asked his wife his name, but she wouldn't answer me. We yelled until he came back in and told us his name, which I then spelled for the representative. She then gave me the really great news, I would receive a refund in "two weeks." I asked her to see if she could book us into another hotel, but she said there were no vacancies.
I really think Expedia should have found something in nearby Austin for us then paid for it even though it would have been more than the "hotel" in Manor was booked at. Seriously? We had to drive another hour to stay with a friend who graciously stayed awake until we finally arrived at a bed at midnight.
The ENTIRE point of getting a hotel was to be closer to town as I had an appointment in the morning at 9am. As it was, I had less than 8 hours of sleep and I'm still waiting for the refund to credit to my account - hasn't been two weeks yet. I have NEVER had this kind of experience with other travel sites. USE EXPEDIA AT YOUR OWN RISK!
AMITYVILLE, NEW YORK -- This will be somewhat long but if anyone reading this is going to use it to base their decision to book with Expedia please be patient. The first thing I want to say is that I'm someone who travels a fair amount of time. I consider that taking at least 3 trips a year through flight to both domestic and international locations. I've been doing this since 2010. I have booked all of my flights through Expedia. The reason for this is because I find their website to be very easy to navigate and great prices.
I have to commend them on having an amazing website with a very easy interface. One would think that with such a great website that their human interaction is just as good. I want to say this without any exaggeration at all, as I know many people exaggerate when writing reviews. Expedia has THE WORST customer service out of any company I have ever dealt with. That of course is a personal opinion but let me give some personal background.
I've work in customer service for several years and as a professional, trained, created, and ran an entire customer service department for a call center on two different fronts. Both internally as well as outsourced. I felt I did that with at an extremely high level so when I deal with other customer service departments for other businesses I give them the benefit of the doubt and try to make their jobs as easy as possible since I know the ins and outs of the business.
The sad thing is with Expedia, I truly believe that 90% of the agents are either incompetent, which I know can be awfully mean to say, or they have 5 minutes of training and then are expected to handle live customers. I've had 3 absolutely awful experiences where on the 3rd I had a friend of mine on 3-way just to witness how bad they are so we could laugh after. The #1 question anyone could ask is "If they're that bad why continue to book through them?" Fair question so here are the answers.
I don't need to rely on their customer service to complete my bookings. If I've taken 20 trips I've probably spoken to their customer service 4 times. As I mentioned before the website and prices are excellent. I'm a huge fan of rewards points and I earned several through my years of booking with them. After this last interaction I'm going to redeem my rewards points and never booking with them again. So let's get to it.
I'm going to Israel for Good Friday to have an amazing religious experience. In doing that, I wanted to book a tour that takes me through Jerusalem and Bethlehem. There are several that Expedia offers and the one in particular I wanted to book says it's going to one of the sites I really want to go to, the Wailing Wall. The thing is, the main description says that's one of the sites you get to go to but in the detailed description it says you only see it from a distance. So my one and only question for Expedia is do I actually get to go to the Wailing Wall or do I see it from a distance.
I call Expedia and it literally takes about 3 minutes to speak to someone. I tell them the tour I want and then my question. The person I speak with tells me that they need to transfer me to customer service. OK fine. I'm then transferred and have to wait 20 minutes to speak to someone. Finally I get someone. She says her name and asks me for my name and how she can help me. I tell her and then out comes the question.
Me: I'm trying to book a tour and had a question about it. It's the Full Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. It says in the description that I go to the Wailing Wall but it also says I just view it from a distance.
Representative: Is this the Rome tour?
Me: No. I said Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This is a tour in Israel. It's called the Full Day Tour to Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
I hear her typing and then reading very silently. This let's me know she's simply looking at the website. She has the same exact access I have. I could literally help her with her next customer if they had a question the same way she's helping me. I'm on hold for about 3 minutes.
Representative: OK Sir, is this the Full Day Rome tour with entrance to the Coliseum??
Me: ....... Ma'am. Can you please get me someone who can help me. I've been on the phone for 40 minutes. Maybe it's just been 13 with you but it's been a total of 40.
I got off the phone with a slight headache.