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Orbitzfraud

To whom it may concern:
I am writing to formalize my complaint and express my extreme disappointment with TD Bank and charge Orbitz with fraud.
On Wednesday, December 7, 2011 I attempted to purchase a travel package from Orbitz to Cancun, Mexico. When I pressed the submit button to purchase the package on the Orbitz website a pop up appeared on the screen stating “your transaction is unable to be completed at this time” and I was directed back to Orbitz homepage.
After several attempts to purchase the travel package we were advised that TD Bank was “kicking back the charges.” I then called TD Bank and asked them to allow the charges to go through as I was trying to purchase a travel package. TD Bank informed me that they could not process the transaction due to the fact that the amount was in excess of the daily debit card limit enforced by the bank. TD Bank then informed me that I could have the debit card limit increased if I submitted a request on the TD Bank website. I submitted the request to TD Bank immediately on 12/07/11 at 8:32PM. TD Bank’s auto-response advised that we should expect a response within 24 hours.
On Thursday, December 8, 2011 I received a response from TD Bank at 2:28PM advising that to increase the daily limits on my debit card I would need to visit a TD Bank store or fax a written and signed request. As I did not take the additional steps to increase my daily debit card limit there was no increase to my daily debit card limit and therefore no charges were processed for the travel package.
That same day Thursday, December 8, 2011 I withdrew funds from my savings account at TD Bank as I did not want to deal with the inconvenience of sitting at the bank and waiting for my daily debit limit to be increased. I deposited the funds into WellsFargo Bank and attempted to purchase the same travel package immediately as there were a limited number of seats left on the flights. To my dismay the flights were no longer available and I had to purchase my travel package through Expedia. I might add that the Expedia package requires us to layover, where the Orbitz package offered direct flights.
On Saturday, January 7, 2012 I reviewed my TD Bank statement. I was surprised to see that on Friday, December 9, 2011, two days after the attempts to purchase the travel package, there were four separate charges from Orbitz to my checking account. I was charged one charge of $1, 434.16 for the hotel and three charges of $1, 009.63 for the airline tickets. These charges are indeed fraudulent, as I did not attempt to purchase anything from Orbitz on December 9, 2011. Orbitz was made aware that TD Bank had a daily debit card limit and they deceitfully bypassed the bank’s policy by breaking the charges up into four separate transactions.
I have received a letter in the mail from TD Bank’s Debit Card Operation Investigation dated January 12, 2012 stating that they have opened an investigation on these fraudulent charges. This in unacceptable, as I submitted my complaint against Orbitz and the fraudulent charges to TD Bank on January 7, 2012, within the 30 day requirement to report fraudulent charges. As I adhered to the law, and am the customer of TD Bank, and Orbitz has clearly broken the law by processing these fraudulent charges the transitions should be reversed and all funds should be returned to me totaling $4, 463.05.
As I am not a wealthy woman and do not have excess cash lying around, I need these funds for my trip to Cancun, Mexico. I will be departing for Cancun, Mexico on Sunday, February 19, 2012 to attend my daughter’s wedding and expect this matter to be settled prior to my departure. I am elevating this complaint to see that the right thing is done and I am returned my funds of $4, 463.05. If this is not resolved in a timely fashion, prior to February 19, 2012, I will obtain council and be forced to take legal action.

Sincerely,
Mary C. Hourican

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      jaime herrera Oct 05, 2013

      I booked with orbitz a fly to mexico city for $817.00 for two tickets however my wife and me decided to chance our return fly, i called orbitz to find out how much it will cost us to reschedule our return, the orbitz representative told us it was going to be only $62.00 dollars more per ticket, we agreed after she gather all the information and charged us for the total cost, she told us that the total cost was going to be $564.00 more for the two tickets, I told her that she told me it was going to be only $104.00 more for both ticket then she mention it was $200.00 additional charge for the air line and $30.00 orbitz charge for each ticket.I disagree to pay that amount of money since she did not explain clearly to me from the very beginning. she said I am sorry Sr but is already done I said what do you mean already done I had never agreed to paid that amount of money I called to find out the cost and you gave one price took my information and when supposedly when everything was done you gave me another price. after an hour and a half arguing she said ok sr I am calling the air line to see if I can cancel it. 20 minutes later she said okey Sr luckily the air line agree and there is no changes in your flying schedule, next thing I knew they charged me the $564.00 more even I made no changes. Iam still fighting to get my money back.
      BE VERY CAREFUL WHE YOU ARE USING ORBITZ!

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      panada Feb 04, 2012

      It will save a lot of money for you if you purchase the wedding dress on Peridress. I have had my wedding dress from them. The dress come in high quality, and fit me well. But the price is just $189.99. Maybe you can't believe it. But it is true. You should have a try.

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      zepplin200053 Nov 03, 2010

      I am filing a small claims suit against orbitz for overcharging and fraud. Would you be willing to sent me a signed and dated summary of your experience, so I can use it to prove that it is routine practice for Orbitz to screw people

      Let me know if you would be willing to help.

      Thank you Very Much,

      Tyler
      [email protected]

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      twtioi Jan 26, 2010

      WOW, Orbitz has taken a great business model and turned it into trash with fraud and the worst customer no-service on the planet. My story begins with a vacation package booked in Cabo at "an etirely smoke-free property" which was also confirmed by an email which said "This property is entirely smoke-free". Upon arrival (by my daughter and friend) it turned out to be a full out smoking hotel, and the room already had ashtrays full out butts to get started upon arrival! The entire hotel smelled like those glass lounges at the airport. So after talking with 4 Orbitz people and "Edward" the top supervisor, the solution was to wait to see if the hotel could find them a less smelly room.While Edward did not admit to any mistakes or offer any credit/help he did say that any false info in the website is solely the hotel's fault as Orbitz has nothing to do with the posting!!! I could recite even more insane Orbitz statements but suffice it to say they have lost me for life as a former loyal customer and I will spread the word.

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    Orbitzwrong date on my flight

    I spent a whole morning looking for the best deal on a flight to Peru. I must have searched this trip 40 times. I was very clear about my travel dates. Orbitz showed me a reservation that was on the wrong date. I don't know why it would do that. I booked not realizing it was the exact same flights I had been looking at, but on a different day. It will cost me $280 to change the flight.

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        Orbitz Jan 03, 2012
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        Hi, Victor,
        This is Robert, and I am part of the Orbitz Customer Relations team. We want to learn more about your experience so that we can address the issue. Please email us at [email protected] Please use my name in the subject line, so that I can investigate further.
        Thank you or your patience, I look forward to hearing from you.
        Sincerely,
        Robert Woyach
        Orbitz Customer Relations

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      Orbitz Travel Agencyflight cancellation

      We booked a flight through Orbitz travel agents from Johannesburg to Baltimore & back the same way. The sector Johannesburg - Baltimore was okay & I travelled with no problems. I needed to change my return route. I logged in to the Orbitz website to make the necessary changes. I followed the instructions as per the site . The site prompted me to click on the change/cancel button. It also stated that before a flight can be changed/cancelled, I will be shown the extra fees/charges that I will have to incur. Cancellation/Change will be done only after I have reviewed my options. I went ahead clicked the button & waited to see what my options were. Instead of the options appearing, I was shocked to see that orbitz had just cancelled my flight. I immediately called orbitz & I was put on hold for 2 and a half hours before I could speak to anyone. For the last 12 hours I have been trying to explain my situation. When I spoke to their representative, I clearly stated to them that I had no intentions of cancelling my flight but change it. A representative told me changing is the same as cancelling which meant that immediately when I clicked on the change/cancell button, my flight was cancelled. In my opinion, change and cancel are two different things. Orbitz are blaming me for the issue & for me to be able to travel now they quoted an additional $1500. I explained to them since it was their fault I find it in bad taste that they expect me to add more money. Kindly help me.

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        Orbitz.comovercharging credit card

        Orbitz did good in booking our anniversary to Columbus, Ohio. Had a problem with Access America, so Orbitz did a goodwill jester and gave us a voucher of $30 off for our next booking. So I needed to book a room. I gave my credit card# with all information needed. I was informed they were having a problem with their system and she would e-mail and call me back. Never got the call back or e-mail. I got supicious and called my credit card company and find that they had charged my credit card 5 times for a one night stay. Called back and was informed there was no reservation. I informed them to cancel my reservation and remove the 5 charges off my credit card immediately. I told her, you are not to charge an account unless you have a reservation and not 5 times. I am disappointed and felt the gesture of goodwill voucher was a fraud. Will not be using orbitz after second let down. We will see if they correct this problem properly. Do I have legal action if not?

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          Orbitzstealing money

          NEVER USE ORBITZ! They are stealing people's money.

          In November 2010 I booked an expensive ticket to India and had to cancel. Before canceling I asked if I could use my ticket at some other time . They said I had one year to use it and would only have to pay a price difference. I called multiple times - and every time I was given the same information. 7 months later, I called to rebook. I was - again - told I had until november 11' to rebook. The moment I was transferred to the international department to book, I was informed that I only had 6 month to use my open ticket and had passed my deadline. After hours and hours on the phone, they said they would send a refund request to the airline for half of the ticket. On August 9th I received an email saying the refund request was processed at Orbitz and sent to the airline. 3 month later - still no money in my bank account - I call them only to hear that an "email" requesting a refund was sent to the airline on October 20th. They claim they sent me an email on the same day (which I never got). I asked to speak to the supervisor, and she was very rude, and did not apologize. I never received an apology for giving me the wrong information about the rebooking status. Orbitz is stealing money.

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            Orbitzflight change by airline

            I received an email from Orbitz saying there are significant changes to my flight schedule. I called in and was told the airline was changing the flight times to an earlier time and different destination (Sao Paolo isntead of Rio). I was not okay with any of the proposals Orbitz made.
            I was on the phone with Orbitz for 90 minutes because they had to call the airline for every question they had trying to change my flight. I then sent email to Orbitz email support. They replied saying I have to call in. I resent email saying I did already call their phone support without success. Still they would not help me. In general I prefer to have a written track record, so they cannot ### you around so easily.
            Email support responded saying a supervisor was looking at this, and would respond soon. I never got a qualified response from a supervisor. All I got was the same email over and over saying I can change my ticket for 150 dollars. I have about 5 of these emails but no qualified response.
            Never again should you book with Orbitz

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              • nikalseyn Oct 17, 2011

                When you book a ticket, hotel room, etc. with a company like Orbitz, you are at the mercy of that company. The airline changed your flight, Orbitz is in the middle and you are left holding the bag. In the future, never, ever use a company like Orbitz. When things go awry, you are the one who gets hurt, not them. You need to tell Orbitz that since the flight you booked is no longer available, you want a refund of all your money. Book the flight yourself from now on. If Orbitz gives you a problem, sue them in small claims court. Just make sure you take all your written info and a history of actions taken with you. It is not that hard to do.

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              Orbitzpoor customer service, processing fee scam

              Filed against :

              Orbitz
              500 W Madison St Ste. 1000
              Chicago IL [protected]

              Complaint Description:
              1) I attempted to purchase 2 round trip airline tickets from Toronto to Mendoza Argentina, total of $1942.00

              2) At checkout, an error message came up, with a back button and a phone number at the sidebar

              3) I went "back" and rechecked all of the information, all correct, and pressed the "next" or "continue" or "buy" button

              4) Error message again

              5) I called the number listed as "customer service" to resolve the issue and make sure that the card was not charged twice

              6) The phone attendant did not try and find my reservations, instead went through all the steps to book this trip again, this time charging an additional $25 "processing fee"

              7) I at first declined to continue with another purchase, was assured that the first 2 did not take and was pressured to continue with the transaction 8) The transaction did not take, at which time we finally were able to get off the phone

              9) Check our bank account the next morning and found $0.00 in our account, which at the time we were trying to book the trip had over $3900 in it 10) Tried calling Orbitz, again got a customer service representative in India who could not help, but told me that her supervisor would be in in 2 hours

              11) Went to the bank, found out that the first 2 transactions DID go through

              12) Called Orbitz again, they could not find either transaction

              13) Was informed by the bank that Orbitz can at any time over the next 5 days decide to process those transactions and take the money

              Your Desired Resolution:
              I would like the thousands of dollars that are being held in limbo to be released back to our account. I will never deal with this company again, but as long as I get my money released back to us with no additional "processing fees" I will not pursue any further actions.

              This case will be reviewed by a complaint specialist at the Better Business Bureau, and then forwarded to the business for their response. It is our policy to allow the business 30 working days to respond to your complaint. You will be notified when the business has responded.

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                Orbitz.comfraudulent car rental

                I made a Rental Car Reservation with National Car Rental through Orbitz for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for the Period of 04.02.2010 to 04.05.2010. Reservation # 954407131COUNT.
                When i tried to pick up the Car they refused to hand over the Car without me purchasing an additional Insurance Package. When i called Orbitz Costumer Service, i was told to accept this additional Payment or cancel my Reservation. Because it was the Easter Weekend i had no choice but to take the car and make the additional Payment. The total Price for the Car Rental was double the Price of the Reservation. Yes you heard right 100% increase !
                I will never use Orbitz again in my Live.

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                    Orbitz Sep 01, 2011
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                    Hi Dominic,
                    I am contacting you from Orbitz Customer Relations. If you could e-mail me your e-mail address your Orbitz account is registered under, and I will be glad to review your reservation and respond accordingly. My email address is [email protected] Please place the e-mail to my attention, and please include your blog and screen name.
                    Thanks,
                    Kristi
                    Orbitz Customer Relations
                    Chicago, IL

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                  Orbitz.com Holiday Packagepayment taken when transaction failed

                  Hi there,

                  I am based in the UK and I tried to book a holiday package from this website. The transaction failed and I was asked to contact my bank. This is why I have no itinerary details to provide above. Shortly afterwards my bank informed me a charge had been made on my account to the value of $1267.80. Except nothing had been sold to me! I contacted the bank and was told Orbitz had claimed the money and there was nothing the bank could do to stop the payment. The bank advised I contact Orbitz to ask them to release/refund the money back to me.

                  I contacted Orbitz and they said they always take a charge to reserve airline details. I told them this does not make sense as they have not provided me with any service or product. The first person I spoke to said the amount will drop off my account within 3-10 business days, then the next person said it will drop off within 5 days.

                  I cannot see how this company can make a charge to a persons account for transactions that do not go through. It's not right and I want the money refunded not at their convenience but now because holding the funds prevents the ability to book another holiday and there is no valid or legal reason for it either as no transaction took place.

                  Please help me sort this out, Orbitz should not be allowed to do this to people.

                  Thank you.
                  Patsy Jawo x

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                    Orbitzorbitz customer service

                    I have used Orbitz to book airplane tickets in US, and had no issues or problems. However, on my recent overseas travel to Cozumel was not smooth as in-state travel arrangement. DO NOT use Orbitz to arrange shuttle services or anything else !!! Orbitz do not check the companies they advertise or list on their website, and Orbitz do not guarantee their services !!! We could have been stranded in a foreign country because the shuttle service did not pick us up, and when we tried to contact Grayline shuttle service - no one answer the phone!!! The GRAYLINE SHUTTLE SERVICE WAS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND!!! When we got back in US, I have contacted the Orbitz customer service, and they essentially told me they cannot refund the shuttle service, Orbitz do not have protocol to document any complaints, and unable to resolve any customer's complaints. Two different customer service agents and a CS supervisor tried to call the shuttle service at Cozumel, and they could not reach them either. Orbitz customer service supervisor told me that all she can do is email the Grayline shuttle service, and she hang up the phone!!! DO NOT USE ORBITZ FOR OVERSEAS TRAVEL !!!

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                        Orbitz Jul 26, 2011
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                        Hi,
                        This is Kristi from Orbitz Customer Relations. If you could e-mail me your Orbitz record locator to [email protected], I will be glad to review your reservation and respond to your concerns. Please place the e-mail to my attention, and please include your blog and screen name.

                        Thanks,

                        Kristi
                        Orbitz Customer Relations
                        Chicago, IL

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                      Orbitzflight changes

                      I have used Orbitz for many years, but never again! We even have their credit card!
                      We planned a vacation to Puerto Vallarta in April 2011. We printed out our Orbitz itinerary and planned out our arrival time at the airport. We all got up at 4:30 in the morning to catch our 8:00 am flight, but while walking out the door, Orbitz called to say our flight was leaving on time at at 10:20 am...What? After a frantic call to Alaska Airlines they confirmed that the 10:20 am time was correct.
                      The day our vacation ended we again pulled out our Orbitz itinerary...but this time we had the hotel concierge call the airline to check the time our fight number departed. They told her it was 5:40 pm, even though 4:18 pm was printed our itinerary. We were still a little nervous, but Orbitz called with a reminder our flight was departing on time at 5:40 pm, so we relaxed.
                      We arrived at the airport 2 hours early, but were told our plane already departed. They said we were booked on a completely different flight. We spent 40 minutes on the phone with Orbitz. No help...and another hour on the phone with Alaska Airlines. We could not get on a flight that day and were charged $872.00 to fly home the following day. We have been on the phone for hours with Orbitz, but they refuse to take any responsibility and blame the problem on Alaska Airlines. Our only solution is to go to same claims court.

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                        RESOLVED

                        Alaska refunded our money

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                          Orbitz Apr 28, 2011
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                          Hi this is Kristi from Orbitz Customer Relations. Please send me your Orbitz Record Locator and e-mail address associated with your Orbitz account to [email protected] Please put to my attention in the subject line (attention Kristi).

                          I look forward to assisting you with your concerns.
                          Sincerely,
                          Kristi
                          Orbitz Customer Relations

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                        Hotelclub (Orbitz)cancellation fee

                        I cancelled a booking because the selected hotel did not have an airport shuttle as advertised, and was not near the airport, also as advertised. I got charged $15 for cancellation.
                        I am of the opinion that this fee is inappropriate. The search engine on their web site produces deceptive results, leading customers to make reservations for hotels that do not meet the requested input parameters. Notwithstanding the fine print on their web site, there should be an implied warranty that the results of the reservation process are accurate to the input parameters requested. Anything else is tantamount to misleading and deceptive practices.

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                            Hotelclub Customer Support May 17, 2011
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                            Dear dswiss1,
                            We are sorry to hear about the situation you have encountered through our website. Rest assured, HotelClub hears you and would like to resolve this issue for you. In order to retrieve your booking, please provide further details such as e-mail address used at the time of booking, reference number (8 numerical digits), or the full name used to make the booking. Once we have received your details, we will endeavor to resolve this matter for you as soon as possible. regards Kelera, HotelClub Customer Support

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                          Orbitzcustomer service and flight booking

                          I just got off the phone with Orbitz customer service lady. She sounded very rude and unprofessional. I have booked the flight tickets three weeks ago with them, then I found out that I have been ripped off. The tickets are much higher than booking from the airline website directly. So what is the point to book the so-called "low airfare" from them. By the time, the price assurance is the biggest joke after all. What is the chance that some other customers would book the same flight with them? Well, just hope that they won't make fool of other innocent customers.

                          If you really want to save money, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT BOOK through ORBITZ. It would be my last time for sure.

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                              shawnalang Jun 03, 2016

                              I was trying to book a flight + hotel from ND to Cairns, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. After multiple error messages I called and spent 1 1/2 hrs on the phone with a rep that hardly spoke english. He said one of the airlines or hotels didn't accept Discover which is why I couldnt process it online. I finally booked a trip and the next day discovered it was the longest possible trip duration--almost 10 hrs longer than the one I originally tried to book. I called and spent another hour on the phone with the DUMBEST people I've ever spoken to, who eventually cancelled the trip without fees. For some reason you can't package flight and hotel for multi city destinations, so I decided to cut out New Zealand and tried to rebook online. I finally got it to go through but when I looked at the trip details the price was over $600 more than I had just booked it for. I called again and was told the prices are constantly changing--how could the trip increase that much in the two second period it took to click 'confirm'? Orbitz has to notify someone if the price has changed and give them the option to look for other trips, not just say "you got the trip but we're going to charge you $600 more than you were expecting." Once you click confirm its like a contract, that's the agreed price at that point. I understand prices are constantly changing but it should have asked me to reconfirm at the new price.

                              I ended up cancelling the trip for a third time, said screw Orbitz, and booked through Expedia and the hotel directly. I was able to email a competent supervisor who gave me a $50 travel voucher for my horrible experience, but I doubt I'll ever use it.

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                              Orbitz Jun 03, 2016
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                              Dear valued customer,

                              My Name is Vikki, and I am part of the Orbitz Customer Relations Team. I saw your comments and would like to see if I can assist. Please email me, your Orbitz Record Locator, or contact number, and I will review your account, and respond back to you. Our email address is [email protected] Please enter my name in the subject line.

                              I look forward to hearing back from you.
                              Kind regards,

                              Vikki
                              Orbitz Customer Relations
                              Chicago, IL

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                              Orbitz Apr 21, 2011
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                              Hi Jeffiner,

                              My name is Shalon with the Orbitz Customer Relations Team in Chicago. I saw your post, and would like to assist. Can you please email to me your Orbitz Record Locator, and I will review and respond to you. Our email address is [email protected] Please include the site in which you posted on, and put attention to me in the subject line of the email.

                              I look forward to hearing from you.

                              Sincerely,

                              Shalon
                              Orbitz Customer Relations
                              Chicago, IL

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                            Orbitzstill waiting on refund

                            Wish I could get some attention. I have been told that I would get my refund back in two or three days three times. Still no refund and my cash is being held up at a company I have no access to.The customer service has given me the run-run. United Airlines said my reservation was cancelled so fast they never received a payment to refund.ORBITZ is holding my money hostage. the couple we are traveling with used cheap tickets a sister company or Orbitz and we were out of luck. The other couple got their money back the very next day.

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                                NO MORE SCAM Jan 17, 2013
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                                THIS COMPANY IS A SCAM! I WILL NOT USE THEM AGAIN AND AM LETTING FRIENDS AND FAMILY KNOW ABOUT THEIR PRACTICES. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THE SAME.

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                              OrbitzI did not get southwest rapid reward airline credits when I booked a hotel room through orbitz

                              I did not get Southwest Rapid Reward Airline credits when I booked a hotel room through Orbitz, even though the hotel and Southwest advertised these credits widely. I was never informed by Orbitz when booking online that I may not qualify for airline miles, and when I called Orbitz and directly asked if I would get these credits, I was told I would. When I checked out of the hotel, I found out that because Orbitz buys these hotel rooms in bulk and at rock bottom prices, the hotel refuses to grant Orbitz any airline credits. Orbitz makes an incredible profit on the rates they pay, and what you and I pay Orbitz for the room.

                              Orbitz should have informed me at the time of booking the hotel room that I may not get credits. They mislead and deceive customers in order to get more business and profit. I would have done better going to the hotel's own web site and booking myself: I would have gotten just as good of a rental price, in addition to the airline miles. I have asked Orbitz to either credit me with airline credits or refund my hotel costs. They have refused. They should be held accountable for their poor business practices.

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                                Orbitzorbitz charges $750.70 usd above shown price

                                After may days of thoughts, last night I decided to buy a round-trip ticket from Portugal to New Zealand. Orbitz, showing its "assured price" tag had really the best deal and thus I bought it. The price stated everywhere, including my e-ticket/receipt was $2, 031.30 USD. The big problems is that when I see my bank account there has been issued an authorization of $2, 782, 00 USD. I was charged $750.70 USD above the shown price. I called Orbitz which assured me that the price charged was $2, 031.30 USD, and I called the bank that assured me that the requested amount was $2, 782, 00 USD. I called Orbitz again and I talked with Diana (very professional attitude and willing to talk to my bank), which established a conference call with my bank. My bank and Diana were talking and exchanging information about authorization numbers and amounts. None of these 2 things was the same, weird! After, I contact the bank and they told me that maybe there was a mistake in the acquirer (I think that's how they called the intermediate between Orbitz and my bank). From bank side, they were going to talk to the intermediate, though they told me that Orbitz was the entity entitled to solve the problem because they were the ones issuing the authorization. In Orbitz side the case was escalated. However, I still have no solution and $750.70 EUR less in my credit card!!! Apart from that, I just saw that I've also lost the deal with the car company because the deal was until yesterday and now I'll have extra costs.
                                I'm really upset with this situation and I think it is completely unacceptable that this kind of mistakes happen in such an advanced world of billing and banking. Whoever is the fault, Orbitz or the intermediate entity, Orbitz must assure the honesty in the business. Not sure what will happen, but the fact is that I'm still the one penalized and I don't know if my vacation will still happen... :(

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                                    xys Feb 15, 2011
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                                    The case is solved. The pending authorization dropped off and the actual charged value was the one mentioned in my receipt. At the end things went OK, but in any case such situation was bad enough that I'm not planning to use Orbitz and I do not recommend it either. I got several explanations for my case, but browsing the web, I can see that all the explanations I got were not really valid. The problem is solved but I'm not sure of what really happened...

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                                    xys Feb 08, 2011
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                                    I just got a call from my bank and they confirmed me that the problem wasn't due to the acquirer, since the acquirer has also received the same request from Orbitz, with $750.70 USD above the shown price. I think the problem is really narrowing down to Orbitz only!!! Not good!!!
                                    The bank informed me that it isn't the first case that they had experience with, and according to their experience, the reason is that finance departments of these companies do issue a higher value and in some cases they end up solving the problem later on. According to my bank, this is a financial mechanism (utterly not honest, I would say) implemented in some cases by these travel agencies that will give them some margin for managing the payments with airlines. Typically, this information is kept confidential within the company and it is not shared with help desks, thus, that is the reason the help desk people does not see the glitch.
                                    My bank suggested me to wait for a few days and if no action is accomplished to have my case solved by any of the parties, the bank will support me in filing a legal complaint against Orbitz to solve this case.
                                    I've used many times, both Orbitz and Expedia, and with Expedia, I never got problems.

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                                  Orbitzwrong price charged

                                  I booked a non-stop flight to London, UK for my wife, daughter, son and I online on 1/9 for a flight in April and my mother, who lives in the United Kingdom, paid for it (she has a United Kingdom credit card that she used). The amount that was stated on the website and on the receipt I received (including taxes and paper ticket processing fee for my son's ticket)was $3251.85, but when American Express (my Mom's credit card)authorized the amount, they said it was $4987!! This was charged directly by the airline (Delta)and when my father and I questioned Orbitz about this, they denied that this was charged, they kept insisting that the charge was what THEY stated. We had them call American Express in the UK and they confirmed the higher amount, which Orbitz said they accepted, but then they called Delta, who also denied that they had charged $4987! We spent over 2h 30mins on the phone to Orbitz and spoke with a supervisor in the end (Lauren), but she would not agree that we were charged the higher amount even though Orbitz had been told by AMEX!! Orbitz told us that this extra amount ($1735.15) was a pending amount that would 'drop off' within 24-48 hours, but AMEX confirmed that they authorized the entire amount of money and there was only one transaction and authorization code, but this was never mentioned anywhere on their website. In the meantime, my Mom's credit card went over limit because of this additional charge and in the end we had no choice but to report this as a fraudulent transaction to AMEX! At this point we don't even know whether out airline tickets will still be confirmed once the fraud report is completed by AMEX, so we may not be going on vacation to see my family in London

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                                      Toledospod Jan 21, 2011
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                                      I understand what you are saying Stealth Pilot. The original amount was in US Dollars and that is what American Express reported it as(it may very well have been more because of the exchange rate and the fact that the credit card was issued in the UK, but this was so much more that it couldn't have possibly been right). Anyway, the matter was actually resolved a few days after writing this complaint. It turns out that somehow, Amex was wrong in what they said had been charged (still not sure what happened). Also a member of Orbitz customer relations saw this complaint on here took ownership of it and they issued me some compensation, which was a good resolution to this. Still undecided whether I will used Orbitz again for air travel, but we will see.

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                                    Orbitz.comracist and unfair treatment

                                    My husband lives in Brazil and I in Canada, though he is a native of Nigeria. Recently, his grandmother passed away and he needed to travel on short notice to Nigeria for the burial. I phoned my credit card company and let them know I would be making a large purchase through Orbitz.com and purchased a ticket for him to fly in 5 days time. It took most of the money we had to pay for the flight. We received confirmations and updates from Orbitz, and had NO WAY of knowing what they were doing until he went to check in for his flight and found that they had voided his ticket. This was done withouth the courtesy of a CALL, EMAIL or notification of any kind. Also, mypre-paid credit card had been processed for the full amount.

                                    Upon calling their customer service department, which required a total hold time of 1 hour and 15 minutes (my husband is standing in the airport the whole time PANICKING, not knowing what was going on) I was told that they believed it was a fraudulently purchased ticket because of my husband's nationality being Nigerian. They proceeded to explain to me that his name was "similar to someone who at some time had been connected with something relating to POSSIBLE fraud out of Brazil." It was not the same name, just a similar one, not the same passport or the same birthdate...not the SAME PERSON!!! My husband's family name is a very common one in Nigeria, and his passport CLEARLY shows all travel dates - this is, in fact, the first time he has ever left Brazil since arriving 5 years ago. He is a good and hard-working man, and was humiliated and treated like a thief for trying to go home and take care of his grandmother's resting.

                                    They told me that my charges were immediately reversed on the 13th, but as of the 19th, it was still billed on my pre-paid credit card...as a result we do not have the means to get him home for the service. They did not even have the good grace to apologize for what they have put us through, and have yet to give me my money back. I will NEVER deal with this company again, and I have used them many times in the past.

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                                        LoriAliB Dec 23, 2010

                                        It did not match his name, that was the point...I was told by the operator that "Nigerians are known for that". Either way, it was extremely unprofessional, and we have been duped out of $2000.

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                                      Orbitz / Flight Reservationsflight seat assignments

                                      We booked flights through Orbitz for US Airways for 4 travellers. Orbitz showed a seating chart, we picked seats and it said it would forward our request to US Airways. After 4 weeks we still did not have seat confirmations. We contacted US Airways and found we had been assigned seats that were not together and were mostly middle seats. We booked the flights through Orbitz 6 weeks before the departure date which according to the Orbitz displayed seat selection was plenty of time to get our desired aisle and window seats. By Orbitz inability to give us the selected seats and its failure to tell us our seat selections were not guaranteed we wound up paying additional money for "premium" seats through US Airways so we could sit together. Plus these "premium" seats were just like the normal seats. They weren't the bulk head seats. They didn't have extra legroom. The only thing premium about them was that they were available since they cost more money.

                                      I won't be using Orbitz again and US Airways is on my don't use list as well.

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                                          eugenio07 Dec 21, 2010
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                                          I had a very similar experiance in December 2010. When I asked the "agent" at the counter why I didn't get the seat I requested when booking, he or she (i couldn't tell) just said they just randomly selected the seats, and didn't do it accourding to the request. Strangely enough!, that system only selects middle seats whenever possible. I think it's a problem with US Airways, not orbitz.

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                                        Orbitzbe careful buying tickets from this company

                                        Had purchased airline tickets but canceled because could not travel on the scheduled day. Did have a credit but when try to rebook the airfairs. I had a hard time booking with lots of extra extra changing fees apply; and end up have not much left on credit $. Also can not change to different airlines that fittable to own schedule. Have to choose the same airline and the refund can not apply to any other products. I do not know a way of retriving my credit again from the orbitz. My suggestion to all the folks out there should be be careful reading all their rule before purchasing this organization products especially air tickets from them.

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                                            NO MORE SCAM Jan 17, 2013
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                                            This company is a SCAM! I WILL NOT USE THEM AGAIN!

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