United States - 98004
I have recently spent over 5 hours today waiting to speak to a customer service representative. In the last 3 days in total my family has spent over 13 hours waiting to speak to a customer service rep. No one has talked to a human being in that time. The fact that you have to listen to elevator music during this time is bad enough however given the fact that I am spending my hard earned money on this company I would have thought that within 5 hours someone would have talked to me. I laugh when I read on their site for "immediate assistance" call 1-888-expedia. I thinkthey need to change that statement to "if you feel like wasting your time and listening to horrible repeative music call".... I would just like to put out there that I am never using this company again and would recommend the same for anyone else. The fact that they can not meet the demands of the company does not speak highly for them. I have definitely learned my lesson and am putting the word out to many people not to use expedia. All I can say is thank god for speaker phones!
Through Expedia.ca, we booked return flights for my family from Toronto to San Juan. They're all fine except the connecting flight from Montreal to Toronto. The flight to Toronto leaves Montreal 22 minutes before the flight from San Juan lands in Montreal. We have not been able to contact anyone after multiple 3 hour sessions waiting on the phone for one of the Expedia customer service reps and multiple emails. We will never call them again. By the way, isn't false advertising against the law because their Customer Support page is far from the truth!
Do not believe hotel ratings and traveler reviews posted in expedia!
For 6 month my husband and i were preparing for a vacation in europe, a trip of a lifetime. We booked all the details of our trip (Hotels, plane tickets, etc) via a travel agency based in us and everything was organized perfect by my agent. However, our last stop of the eurotrip was vienna, austria, and as our agent told us she did not work with hotels in austria, i decided to choose a hotel via expedia. It was my first and last time to have business with them! I picked hotel ambassador in vienna that was listed as a 4 star hotel, and had a very high rating based on the published customer reviews in the expedia website.
My experience in the hotel was horrible and after i came back in us (Aug 5, 2007) i wrote my customer review about the hotel. I have sent them several reviews and they refuse to publish them on the web, i talked several times to their customer service. Their response was that expedia has the final decision which customer reviews to publish and which to reject. They did not want to explain the reason for rejecting my review. I guess they did not want to publish the review because it was totally negative.
The hotel review i sent to expedia is attached below:
Hotel ambassador, vienna
This hotel is hardly even a 3 star!
Expedia refers this hotel as a 4 star, others refer it as a five star. However, the only high star thing in this hotel is its price! Once we entered the room it had a bad smell that made us immediately open the window to just hear the noise of the construction going on across the street. There was an ashtray on the table but the staff confirmed this was a non-smoking room. The room looked exactly like the single room of the expedia virtual tour. We have paid for a double room. The double bed consisted of two single mattresses put next to each other; so do not plan a honeymoon in this hotel! The carpet looked old and not that clean, same for the bathrobes. The bathroom was very small, and we had doubts if the fan was working. It had a shower cabin only, a curtain around the shower actually. The curtain was couple of inches shorter than it was supposed to be, so while my husband was taking a 5 min shower the whole bathroom floor was getting wet. Not to mention that when my husband tried to take shower for the first time the drain was clogged and we had to call for a technician. Also, the shower gel bottle was not renewed like it is done in the other hotels, the "ambassador" staff apparently thought that a single 1 oz bottle is enough for 2 people for 3 days. The breakfast was not included in the price like in the most of the other hotels. Also, it did not have a concierge desk and the receptionist was having these functions as well. I definitely do not recommend this hotel!
Damage resulting = consequences:
I do feel discriminated when my review was being rejected multiple times. If you look on the expedia web page and the traveler reviews about hotel ambassador in vienna, you will see 14 out 15 positive reviews.
It seems to me that in order to sell a hotel better expedia publishes the positive reviews, and rejects the reviews of the unhappy customers.
The damage was:
I paid a 4/5 star price for a hotel that could hardly be rated 3 and the last 3 days of my "dream vacation in europe" left me with a bad taste in my mouth for the whole trip, as vienna was supposed to be "the grand finale"... It was... In a way... But not the way we thought!
Damage for the other potential expedia customers:
By carefully picking which review to be published expedia creates false image of the travel destinations and misleads customers!
I also feel very much hurt from their customer service attitude. I was told expedia decides which reviews to publish and which to delete even without informing the customer who wrote the review.
I am writing this letter to tell about my experience with Expediant Van Lines during my move from MA to PA.
I would not want anyone to go through the experiences I have gone through, during a process already difficult per se, i.e., moving. I think it is a total rip-off because not only they quote a different price and you end up paying (37%) more than the quoted price, but most importantly they impose so much economic and emotional costs on you that you get a horrible and traumatic experience in return for your payment.
First of all, company does a very poor job of informing you what to expect in terms of costs, not only their documentation is written very poorly to deceive the eye so that you would not see the small fonts, but they never tell you in person on the phone, even though you ask them. Second, and may be most important, they do not send the confirmation e-mail which includes such information, till the last minute, i.e., one day before the move, which is too late to cancel the service, and say, “oh there was something wrong with their e-mail”.
Third, the movers were never on time. And different people in the company tell different and inconsistent stories in regards to why.
Fourth, wait it only gets worse!! They charge extra: the company tried to charge me for the extra pick-up, which I had already settled with the company earlier.
Fifth, one of the staff members got $200 from me to carry my stuff to and from the stairs (apparently they charge extra) and for the long haul way from the door to the truck, and said he would also do the stairs on the other end, in PA. Once my stuff came, he denied that I paid him for stairs, and did not want to do it. He said “ I do not remember you paying me anything” I had to remind him that I wrote him a check, and can ask for a copy from my bank to prove it if need be, then he unwillingly did it.
May be most importantly, the attitude of the moving team was unacceptably unprofessional, and almost to a degree of sexual harassment, such as asking if I am single, what is my phone number, and etc. Despite my warnings to the staff, that I do not feel comfortable with such comments, they had continued to keep at it, and even respond in a way that made it worse, such as “why not, you will never see us again you can feel comfortable”. Some of the staff members even offered to give me a discount if I had smiled in return, and won’t be charging me extra. This is unacceptable behavior, and I am sure you can understand that on the day of the move, it is very hard for someone to fire the company (but I wish I had) so I did my best to deal with them, which is basically keeping mostly silent, and praying they would do their job and leave. This was one of my most frustrating experiences in this country. But unfortunately these are not the only things that caused my frustration with the staff and company, these were only the harbinger of worse news in the days to come.
Unfortunately, last but not least, when they deliver your stuff, you are lucky if you get it on time, and actually all of it. When the truck arrived to my new destination in PA most everything in the truck was a mess; they had changed trucks and unloaded my stuff and loaded back again into another truck.
I have had many missing, and broken items, among them my bed, sofa, a nice leather office chair, kitchen items, lamps. Some of the furniture is so neatly broken that it made me think they might have done it on purpose so that it would fit the truck better. Also, they had disassembled my furniture but lost the screws.
In my complaint and claim process, they NEVER return my calls; whenever I call them, I can never get through a person of responsibility, and they never call/ contact when they say they would.
As you can imagine, moving is already a stressful process per se, and no one, but no one needs these extra frustrations. NEVER EVER HIRE EXPEDIANT VANLINES, NEVER!
I recently made the mistake of booking a hotel room for my wife and daughter through Expedia.ca. I received two confirmation #s from Expedia and my wife verbally confirmed the room. When they arrived at the hotel they were told that the room was never booked. Luckily the hotel took it upon themselves to find other accommodation for my wife and daughter as well as three other guests that had booked fictitious rooms through Expedia.ca.
I have used lots of other services to book Hotels and Airline tickets and never had a problem. This was the first and last time I will use Expedia.ca
My fiancee booked our honeymoon to Jamaica via expedia. She was quoted approx. $4,700. When billed, the charge was for approx $5,100. Nearly a 10% increase.
When questioned as to why, Expedia's reply was that the charge was placed on hold by the credit card company (fraud prevention) and as a result, the rates increased. Mind you that the hold duration fell between 24-48 hours. There was no admonishment of possible rate increases and no prior notification or request of our authorization for the difference. And, the card was rejected at first try by Expedia, however when run through a second time shortly thereafter, the charge was approved.
Above all, their customer service during the inquiry was absolutely lacking. In no uncertain terms, it was horrible. Their phone etiquette left much to be desired. Transfers to supervisors turned out to be 45 min. hold delays, only to then be hung up on with no provocation or without a response on their end.
In their trip confirmation notice sent via email, they include a statement alluding to the fact that they made a mistake, however when a supervisor was reached, the supervisor stated that we should not put any blame on them since their staff advisers are all well trained and make it a point to review the itinerary and other charges which may occur. Not this time. They did not!
Well, in the end, we just received notice that they intend to credit back the difference, which we believe we are 100% entitled to. As for using Expedia again, let's just say it's been a lesson learned. Next time, we'll use a travel agent!
I have recently booked a vacation with expedia. Ca to disney world, figuring that I got a good deal and how...
To: Expedia Support Staff,
I have made numerous attempts to get some type of response from Expedia only to be told that my last submission was sent as an attachment which could not be opened for security reasons.
In August of 2006 I booked reservations for a trip to Cancun. My itinerary # was [protected] departing Hartford, CT on 19-Feb-2007, returning on 26-Feb-2007.
My package was to include the "senior Program/ Senior Upgrade.
I was under the impression that "all inclusive" included travel to and from the airport which it did not. Upon arrival at the "Oasis Cancun Resort Hotel" we were escorted to room # 2449. The "upgraded" room appeared to be a room under construction. Part of the room floor was bare cement, cover plates on electrical outlets were broken or missing, the room was dirty and the entry door had a 1/4 inch split down the middle. It was supposed to be a non-smoking room but there were ashtrays in the room.
This was just the beginning of our problems. As we entered the room we realized how cold it was and the air conditioner vents were putting more cold air in the room. I attempted to call the front desk and discovered the phone was broken. My daughter wanted to take a shower and found that there was no hot water.
I went to the lobby to file a complaint to the staff at the "Welcome Desk" only to be told that there was nothing they could do and I would have to take my complaint to the hotel manager who was out to dinner and wasn't expected to return for fifteen minutes. I came back in fifteen minutes to be told she would be out for another 1/2 hour. Frustrated, I came back in 1/2 hour to be told she'd be back in 45 minutes.
When the manager finally returned I had to wait in line for other parties who were experiencing problems similar to mine. I told the manager I wanted the upgraded room I had contracted for and was told that there were none available but they would have someone sent to our room to take care of the hot water, cold air and phone problems. This was at approximately 5PM so our day was just about shot so I decided to take my daughter to dinner, hoping they could make the room in a livable condition in the meantime. We returned from dinner and no one had come to take care of the situation. The room was so cold that I decided to open the slider door since it was warmer outside but when I tried to do that the door handle broke off in my hand.
I made six or more trips to the front desk to attempting to get someone to take care of the problems. My last trip was around 9:45 PM and again I was promised someone would be up to take care of the problem. At around 10:15 PM we got a knock on the door and a young man with a plunger came in. Yes, he had a plumbers helper and went into the bath room and came out in 5 minutes to tell us he had taken care of every thing. He had done nothing! We still had no heat, hot water or phone.
The next day after waiting an hour for the manager to show up and we were given another room, not an upgrade but at least it had tile on the floor and about 11 AM we finally were able to take showers. ( I found out later that many rooms in the hotel didn't have hot water.) The room we were given had a TV that didn't work. I made numerous calls and trips to the front desk and it was around 10 PM that night when a staff member arrived to confirm that the TV didn't work and get a replacement for us.
The trip was a nightmare and we tried to make the best of it but you can understand our dissatisfaction. While in Cancun I tried to get the emergency assistance number only to get a message in Spanish and a hang up. I tried to get some satisfaction on my return only to be told that I had to file the complaint by E Mail and then told that I had submitted it to the wrong addresses several times.
I am hoping that Expedia or Oasis Cancun can offer some reasonable resolution to my nightmare in Cancun.
Paul E Jonas
22 North Rd
I purchased a flight for my brother to fly from Vermont to Wisconsin for a job interview. All confirmations I received stated the flight was on US Airways, turns out though when he went to check in it was United. It took the airport personnel so long to figure that out that he missed his flight. After a combined 2.5 hours on the phone with 800-EXPEDIA in India we finally got him a new flight, several hours later and he made it in very late the night before his early AM interview. Everyone we talked to tried to charge us expensive fees to get him on another flight after he missed his first one due to their error. I asked for someone to call me back by the end of business or by the end of the next day at the latest to hear about a resolution, and of course no one called. When I called back I had to talk with 3 people, one of whom basically told me I couldn't read. She had a different confirmation than I had, her version clearly stated the flight would be on United, but I never received that confirmation. If I had life would have been good! I finally spoke with a manager who credited me a $100 but didn't resolve the issue. She stated that it was my responsibility to log-in to my account and print out the itinerary from there. So why do they send an email confirmation that says print this and take it with you?! And how could my brother log-in to my account and print a confirmation? Ridiculous. There were other issues too, our confirmation numbers had changed, flight numbers had changed, they did not contact us to let us know. Everyone there my brother and I spoke with treated us very rudely, their attitude was like we didn't matter and that were bothering them when they made a mistake and wouldn't own up to it. Expedia Promise (http://www.expedia.com/daily/highlights/Expedia-Promise/default.asp?CCheck=1) my ###! I will never use Expedia again, you cannot trust their information to be accurate, (their own customer service agents agreed to this statement when I was on the phone with them). Please pass this on to save others the frustration and humiliation my family and I experienced.
On May 4 I spent 25 minutes on hold, in Mexico at 5.00 per min., canceling reservation. This is after multiple attempts to make cancellation via website but was unsuccessful. After 30 min. received cancellation number and was informed of cancellation fee of $119.00, $100.00 of which would be deposited in an expedia account to be used as a coupon for future reservations.
Return from trip, check e-mail, no reference to cancellation which is a concern.
On May 16 begin calling Expedia at 9:45 a.m. On hold 10 min., customer service rep. returns me to main menu and then I was disconnected. I call back, new customer service rep., on hold 10 min., after giving her itinerary number, cancellation number etc. etc. She informs me that I need to call back in 1 hour as the hotel manager is unavailable. I express concern that no progress would be made 1 hour later and need to speak with supervisor.
On hold 27 minutes for supervisor. Supervisor had been apprised of situation, informed me that I would pay cancellation fee of 196.00 NOT 119.00 as previously agreed. This was unsatisfactory. She informed me that I would need to call back in 4 hours to speak with hotel manager that previous customer service rep. said would return in 1 hour. Another red flag.
I asked this supervisor what documentation she had. She confirmed that I had been told 119.00 cancellation fee and recited a hotel cancellation number but today, this has all changed.
I requested to speak with someone else in a more senior position and she informed that this would be the "help desk"... really, what a crook! She also informed me that there are no other phone numbers to use to get satisfaction such as corporate, etc. etc. She repeated that I needed to call back in 4 hours and reinvent the wheel.
UNBELIEVABLY POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. The notoriously bad phone company gives me quicker, more accurate information and follow up. With all of the alternative on-line travel companies to do business with, I will NEVER work with Expedia again.
After purchased an international reservation on line, my reservation was not confirmed and I couldn't...
THis case is too gruesome in details i'm running a website: http://www.victimsofexpedia.com to alert people.
I bought (online from USA) a roundtrip from Europe to South America. For this trip I needed a paper ticket (not e-ticket) that EXPEDIA failed to deliver to me (one ticket was lost and the second was sent me to a wrong address - I provided the right address- ). I have proof of this (tracking number from UPS). Anyway, one of their representative advised me by phone to go to Europe and they will arrange with the airline I get a ticket at the airport. They never did it. I called to EXPEDIA many times from Europe and the airline that I was supposed to travel with (KLM) also contacted EXPEDIA. EXPEDIA never did anything to solve that problem that EXPEDIA generated and they didn't give me another solution. I had to buy (in Europe) another ticket from a different travel agency and I had to spend 15 extra days in Europe plus one extra week in South America. I've also lost many days at my job. I had lost a lot of money and my trips were useless because I had to use the money I had to solve this problem instead of enjoying my trips. TO MAKE IT SHORT, I WAS ABANDONED IN EUROPE BY EXPEDIA AFTER THEY FAILED TO PROVIDE ME A TICKET I HAD ALREADY PAID WITH MY CREDIT CARD.
EXPEDIA claims that it was my fault (It is a lie because I have e-mails from the airline telling me that EXPEDIA never arranged my trip). EXPEDIA claims that they had put all the information in the airline system. But when I asked where and when they cannot give me that information. I have documentations showing how many times I called them (and copies of e-mails I sent to them), I also have an e-mail from the airline telling me that EXPEDIA never contacted them and never put on their system the information necessary to issue me new ticket from Europe. I showed that documentation to EXPEDIA but EXPEDIA just ignore it and never made an attempt to contact the airline. Why? because EXPEDIA can lie to customers but it cannot lie to the airline.
In summary, EXPEDIA charged my credit card for 1,254.96 U$D for a ticket that was never delivered. They advised me to go to EUROPE. Once I was in Europe, EXPEDIA abandoned me there at my own with no ticket. I had to re-schedule my trips by my own and I had to buy a new ticket from another travel agency in Europe to complete my trips. EXPEDIA ignored my complaints when I was abroad. After I came back to USA, EXPEDIA tried to keep the money EXPEDIA charged in my credit card for that ticket I never had a chance to use. EXPEDIA lied to me many times and tried to keep money from my credit card in a fraudulent way. Thanks to my credit card I could recover (after almost 7 month) the full amount of that ticket but I suffered huge monetary loss due to that trouble that EXPEDIA generated.
This was EXPEDIA's official response to my case:
During my trip (before returning to USA). One of EXPEDIA's supervisor "admitted" that it was EXPEDIA's fault and told me to submit all the receipts I had for "extra expenses" . This was done by phone, however he also sent me an e-mail confirming the address where I had to send it. (read that e-mail). I sent to EXPEDIA all my receipts and a detailed amount of all my expenses. But it was another lie, EXPEDIA's "customer advisor team" (a higher level than supervisors) denied all responsibilities.
1) First, EXPEDIA try make it look as if it was my fault and they reimbursed me part of the ticket (800 U$D) they never delivered (read the e-mail EXPEDIA sent to me). Is this fair? Does it make sense? Why EXPEDIA will reimburse money if it they are sure it was my fault? They just tried to make me happy with 800 U$D and actually steal part of my money (> 400 U$D) because EXPEDIA actually never provided the service (this is simply fraud).
2) EXPEDIA tried to steal the rest of the money. It didn’t work: With the help of my credit card (VISA) I recovered another 429.99 U$D.
3) At this point, EXPEDIA still kept 59.99 because EXPEDIA charged my credit card in a way to cheat me and my credit card (see details). It didn’t work again. With the help of my credit card I recovered the rest 59.99 U$D. This was after almost 7 months. Does an honest company keep customers money for seven months? This long delay only showed that EXPEDIA tried to steal (and failed) my money no matter what. I could recover that money because my credit card fought for me and because I showed them overwhelming evidence of EXPEDIA’s lies.
4) EXPEDIA claims that I could not use the ticket I bought because the airline gave me wrong information. If this is true, EXPEDIA can provide me with names and dates when EXPEDIA contacted the airline to arrange for my trip. If I have that information I can stop bothering EXPEDIA and complain to the airline. Moreover, EXPEDIA can show that is an honest organization that care about their customers. I asked many times for this information but EXPEDIA was not able or did not want to give that information. Why? Because in fact, EXPEDIA never arranged my trip, thus, EXPEDIA has no proof of what they claim. EXPEDIA can contact the airline and clear this point with them: EXPEDIA never attempted to contact KLM.
5) I forwarded to EXPEDIA e-mails from the airline where the airline tells me that they tried to contact EXPEDIA and EXPEDIA never responded (Read the e-mail from KLM). EXPEDIA responses were several “automated” responses (since early april-2006) telling me that someone “in the appropriate department” is working on my case. But no one from EXPEDIA called me or e-mailed me after that. Even after showing them another letter from KLM telling me that EXPEDIA never attempted to arrange my trip EXPEDIA ignore my complaints.
6) When I asked for proof that EXPEDIA indeed contact KLM to arrange my trip I received THIS E-MAIL (more lies)
7) The last thing EXPEDIA did was to disable my account I had with them (and I used to send e-mail to them) and completely ignore my e-mails I sent using another e-mail address.
This was the very last message from EXPEDIA:
From: Expedia Travel Support <[protected]@customercare.expedia.com>
Date: Jul 19, 2006 10:34 AM
Subject: Re: Other questions, comments, or feedback - Case ID: [REQ:[protected]]
Thank you for contacting Expedia.com.
I wish to apologize for the fact that you have not been contacted. I have once again forwarded your request to the appropriate department and have earmarked it with high priority, within 72 hours you should have a response.
If you have further questions regarding this concern, feel free to reply to this e-mail or contact Expedia.com customer services at [protected] and reference case ID [protected]. You can also visit the Expedia.com "Customer Support" page (http://www.Expedia.com/daily/service/default.asp) for more customer service information.
Thank you for choosing Expedia.com.
Expedia.com Customer Support Team
In response to my message: :
From: xxx < [protected]@zmail.com>
To: Expedia Travel Support <[protected]@customercare.expedia.com>
Date: Jul 19, 2006 10:23 AM
Subject: Re: Other questions, comments, or feedback - Case ID: [REQ:[protected]]2
(Case ID: [REQ:[protected]]
It has been around one month since I received this e-mail from you regarding the e-mail address or postal address of your CEOs and regarding documentation proving that EXPEDIA indeed provided the information to KLM (as you claim).
Why are you denying me that information?
Comment: I was updating my web site: (http://www.victimsofexpedia.com), as usual I'm asking you to tell me if something I put there is wrong. Please visit the site regularly and just tell me if you find something that is wrong or untrue.
Of course, they never contacted me again.
I If you that think that what I'm writing here is not true. Ask EXPEDIA by yourself ([protected]@customercare.expedia.com, [protected]@expedia.com) and/or read carefully all the documentation in related websites.
Had booked 4 nights at the Essex House through Hotels.com (Expedia). My stay there was very unsatisfactory...
On september 30/2005 I bought two tickets from expedia to travel on december 29 2005 to madrid. On october 2005 my husband had an accident with cerebral hemorrhage. I call expedia to cancel the trip and they told me that I have a year to use the tickets due to the situation. My mistake was that I believe what they told me.
When I asked again for the refund they ask me for a doctors letter. I sent all the papers they ask me for via fax [protected]. On june 7 I ask again for the refund and they said to me that it takes 2 or 3 billings periods to be reimbursed to my credit card. I am still waiting for the refund. When yesterday I sent an e-mail to them asking for the refund. They told me that I have to talked to iberia at [protected]. Then I call iberia and they told me that I bought the ticket thru expedia and they are the one who has to gave me the refund. I think that they are playing pi-pon with my situation.
If anyone can help me with this I will appreciated very much. We are a retired couple. If you have any questions please contact me via e-mail or telephone
305-984-7sss. Thank you.
I just recently booked a trip for my parents and their cousin (another couple) for Hawaii. They asked me to...