- Report: #959028
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Complaint Review: Orbitz
Orbitz Third World Customer Service: My Orbitz Experience , Internet
*Author of original report: Orbitz Standard Generic Postings
*UPDATE Employee: Customer Relations
I recently booked my trip to India through
Orbitz, a popular internet travel service.
I have booked at least a dozen trips on Orbitz over the past decade, so the
process was comfortable and easy. Orbitz
found me connecting flights to and from New Delhi using a combination of
airlines and I was pleased with the short layover between my domestic and international
flight segments. I booked my November travel in July and paid with my American
In August, I received emails from Orbitz
advising of flight changes. Unfortunately,
the airlines rearranged their flight schedules which created a problem with my
itinerary. My connecting flights, no
longer connected. I called Orbitz and spent
a lot of time on the phone attempting to resolve the issue, but because they
could not find an itinerary acceptable to me, Orbitz said I could cancel and
they would provide a full refund. "Expect
a credit in 8-10 days," advised Bella, a supervisor at Orbitz. "Why so long," I asked? "That's just how long it takes" was her
reply. Well, FORTY-ONE DAYS LATER
the $1,653 credit was posted to my American Express Account.
For 41 days it felt as if my money was
held hostage and I was forced to fight hard to gain its return. As an American
consumer, my expectation was a refund in one day, not forty-one days. I'm not so certain that I would have ever
received a refund had I not persevered. I
spent countless hours on the phone and by email only to be put off or lied
to. It was an extremely frustrating
experience, but I did learn a few things.
First, I was reminded of the principle -
he who holds the money, holds the power.
I could grovel all I wanted, but I was powerless.
Second, because the airlines were the
cause of the problem, I held a false belief that obtaining a credit from a large
corporate enterprise was a given. I
found out that it's not like taking the defective vacuum back to Sears where you
make an exchange or the clerk asks you a couple questions and in minutes you
leave the store with a credit receipt in hand.
No, it's more like the Sears
store has relocated to Timbuktu and the clerk tells you over the phone that Eureka
in Shanghai will process the refund in 8-10 days or maybe in a couple of weeks
or sometime, whenever they get around to it.
Third, when calling Orbitz, you speak
with customer service representatives based in the Philippines. But that's only after navigating though the
computer prompts and waiting endlessly on-hold listening to melodies of static. And although the young Philippino's are pleasant,
the combination of a poor phone connection and their accent makes for a real challenging
conversation. The cultural differences don't
help either. I just didn't get the feeling these folks really
related to my problem. They're at best scripted telemarketers and not always
In fairness to Orbitz, my refund did
come from the Chicago office of Air India.
However, Orbitz wasn't any help to me and Air India refused to talk to
me directly. I was finally able to correspond
by email with Archana, an Air India representative. I rank her level of service to what I would
expect when visiting Mumbai or buying gas at my local 7-11.
So before you book your next trip on
Orbitz, take pause and consider. If you
encounter any problems with your travel plans you to will have the opportunity
to experience third world customer service.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/23/2012 05:15 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Orbitz/internet/Orbitz-Third-World-Customer-Service-My-Orbitz-Experience-Internet-959028. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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