travel agent nightmare
Dear Sir/ Madam,
The is a cover letter to support the evidence I am submitting for a refund from Bravo Fly a travel agent I have now discovered is based in Milan, Italy not London. I have been contacting them on 02071006746.
I have made over 30 phone calls and about 20 emails to their customer service, cancellation and scheduling departments and I have not had one satisfactory response if any.
They had a technical issue with their website and the flight I believed I had purchased for passenger Adi Noy was for the 11/06/13. However, when they emailed me confirmation of this, it had the date wrong, the 10/06/13. Now on the 10/06/13 day Adi Noy has a university exam so I would never have made this booking for this date. I immediately contacted them to find out how this had happened and to this day one month later, I have had no response and I wish to get all my money back and make the booking directly with El Al Airline before the price goes up. As of 11/05/13 the price for the flight I want is still the same.
The only contact I have had from them was on the 10/05/13 they have told me I cannot change the booking. This is a fraud and a lie as I have spoken to the airline and they say it is possible to change the booking and they are not fully booked.
Below is a summary of the dates and every effort I have made to communicate with Bravo Fly.
I have never been so stressed out and upset by a company and I still do not have the ticket for the flight I purchased leaving on 11/06/13 returning on 18/06/13 from London Luton to Tel Aviv on El Al Airlines:-
Booked flight via website. Email confirmation arrives and the date of flight is different to what I had clicked on and the date needed to be changed as the 10/06/13 was incorrect. I had selected 11/06/13.
I immediately called them to change the date and to enquire why the web site had done this. They informed me of technical difficulties and said they would email the change of flight confirmation. I also email the company (shown in my submitted evidence) the same request and information and state it is urgent.
I receive a quote for changing my flight to the correct day of 11/-06/13 but they have added a fee off 59 EUROS after telling me they had technical problems.
“ I should not have to pay an airline penalty. Your website did not function correctly. I selected the 11 th June but it processed it wrong. I only looked at 10th, then moved the sliding bar at the top of the screen to 11th then booked. It should not have processed 10th”
The next day I receive a confirmation they are looking into the problem:-
“Your request has already been read and forwarded to the competent office.
The fee regarding the change as well as he possibility depend entirely from he airline companies”
The above is emailed to me.
I write:- “You have not replied to my last email.
It takes them until the 25/04/13 to respond to this particular email and all they say as you will see from the email history is :-
“Dear Jimmy Cornaro,
Your last email was forwarded to our complains department. From my experience if you need to modify your booking, you should go on with the change.
Unless you can prove that our site is not working properly it will remain the only option when it comes to change your booking.”
I still have no explanation regarding the technical difficulties and all I receive is this:-
“Unfortunately the fee regarding does not depend on us but airline company.
Your request has already been delt with and the fee is the final one as unable to confirm any changes without the penalty required”
They email me with a quote for the change in flight will be an additional 97EUROS even though the price on the website that day confirms the price is the same as what I paid on the 13/04/13. They have made up a figure and said it is the airline penalty.
I confirm via email AGAIN that I need this flight change confirmed:-
“Ok I will not be using your booking service again. Thank you.
Please can you change the flight to the 11/06/13”
To which they respond the same day “Thank you for your e-mail.
Your request has already been read and forwarded to the competent office.
It will be replied as soon as possible.”
I telephone to find out what is happening. They are very unhelpful and tell me to be patient and wait a few days until they email me confirmation.
“My complaint now is this.
I asked a question to your customer service that I should not have to pay the airline penalty. I then received a quote for the change of schedule for about 50 euros. I then had to wait for your customer service agent to reply to me. When she did. I accepted that and said ok I will pay the 50 euros. Then she told me the quote will be emailed to me.
When it arrived it is now nearly 100 euros not 50 like the 1st quote!!! This is crazy as it is because I have waited for your company to answer my question and it took you so long, why should I now have to pay double for the change.
Now you either change it for the original 50 euros or please cancel my whole flight and refund me I full.
I need an answer today because it will cost me more to pay again with difference airline.”
And they reply the same day “I've forwarded your email to our change department.
They will contact you soon”
I HAVE HAD NO COMPLAINTS DEPARTMENT OR MANAGER CONTACT ME TO THIS DAY.
I email :- “If this takes any longer for your complaint team to get back to me the ticket price will go up even more! What can I do?”
No reply from them.
I Call again
“I cannot change my flight until I have spoken to the complaints team. I have been waiting for a week to solve my problem and it is urgent because the price of my flight keeps going up.
It is urgent. Why has no body contacted me?”
No reply from them.
I Call again and write this email:-
“It has been one week and I still have not been contacted by the complaint department.
I deserve a full refund please.
This is the worst service of any company. You are treating me very badly”
I telephone to speak to a supervisor or manager and I am told this is not possible. I am advised by the call centre to write an email to the customer service team explaining the situation and they will contact me shortly. You can see my email of the 01/05/13 I do this.
“I have sent 10 emails and spoken to 5 customer service agents and nobody has answered my complaint. I have also waited 10 days for the complaint department to call me and everyday I email you.
This is unacceptable service.
I wish for a full refund of this booking due to the incompetence of your company and now I have waited so long for you to answer my question, if I change my flight it will cost £100 more than if you had answered my question earlier!
So please, I cannot speak to the same customer service people, they can't help me. I need a manager who can deal with this professionally.
This is urgent because I need you to refund me so I can by my ticket with a better company and it is becoming more expensive everyday.
They have not responded to this email yet and I have called many times to find out when they will respond and the call centre staff just laugh at me and hang up the phone or tell me they have no time limit to respond, it may be in one month or one year!
Cancellation request responded to saying they would give me 120.23 EUROS back.
I ask them not to cancel but to change my flight to the 11/06/13 like I asked nearly 1 month ago. They reply
“we are sorry to inform you that your ticket fare does not permit any change.
Therefore we cannot carry on with the requested booking change .”
To which I email back immediately “You have already said it is ok and I have spoken to the airline and they say it is possible.”
They have not responded to this email yet.This day I spoke to the London El Al Airline office and the customer service assistant confirmed they could change my ticket to the date I wanted no problem. But the travel agent had to call to make the change as my contract is with Bravofly not El Al.
On the 24/05/13 they have told me they will not change my flight because they took so long to respond they are not allowed to by the airline and they will give me 100EUROS refund for complete cancellation. I have lost 350 Euros because they couldn't answer a simple question within one month.
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