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I had a booking with Aeroflot from Moscow-Coimbatore(CJB) via Delhi. Aeroflot issued this ticket with connecting flights on Air India from Delhi-Coimbatore-Delhi. Onward flight was ok. While on return journey, flight from Coimbatore-Delhi was delayed by more than 6 hours by Air India. Due to this, my connecting flight with Aeroflot was missed. There were 2 flights from Delhi-Moscow and there were seats available on the second flight. Even though ticket was issued by Aeroflot and flight delay happened in one of their issued flight tickets, they did not care about arranging a connecting flight. I had argued a lot with no success. Air India neither bothered to offer any compensation nor any arrangements. Issue was with Aeroflot staff in India. They all work for an subcontracted company. While I was standing and waiting there, I could see Air India staff approaching them and asking to arrange seats for 3 of the people overbooked in Air India flight.
I really don't understand what is the difference with my ticket as it was offered and booked with valid Aeroflot eticket number. Aeroflot India staff only insisted on paying additional rebooking fees and change my ticket to another date as there were no seats on that flight. And even for this, I have to take care of the accommodation. In addition to this, many times I have seen the staff opening the check-in counters very late even though the flight has been displayed. Usually check-in counters open 4 hours before flight departure. But sometimes, the counter is opened only 2 hours before. This is ultimate negligence of the staff at Delhi airport.
Prague International Airport is place of bunch of thief. Shameless Czech gate workers women, horrible rude uncivilized airport ever. I flew on the 21st of July by flight number SU 2011 by Aeroflot. When I arrived in the gate just before the boarding the plane, there were 4-5 women checking passengers' tickets. I had 3 items like laptop, cabin size luggage and small backpack. I was using my small backpack as my handbag, inside there were my valuable souvenirs and my expensive cellphone, toothbrush etc. very light few items. Blonde Czech woman who tied her hair and another Czech woman with black hair demanded me to leave my backpack there and threatened me if I don't leave my backpack they will not board me and plane will fly or to pay 100 euro for my backpack. Unfortunately I don't have 100 euro, and then I left my backpack.
After 2 days, I called them to tell my friends in the Czech Republic will come to the Vaclav Havel Airport to get my backpack. Shamelessly they said they didn't take my backpack so they don't know where my backpack is. After I continuously wrote and called them, they told me that "yes it is true that we took your backpack but we don't have your backpack now." Until now they are not giving me back my backpack with my cellphone. On their final email, they told me "please be kind and don't ask your backpack from us and don't send your friends to collect your backpack, bcoz we don't have your backpack anymore with us." It is very weird situation.
Actually from the first, they were looking very weird, after I left my backpack I noticed some kind of joys appeared on their faces, they were just looking like beasts to attack to the prey (my left backpack). They seemed they already accustomed to get passengers' items and divide valuable things and throw rest ones into the rubbish. On the same day, when I reached Shermetoyva Airport, I asked gate managers about this case, they were horrified by this story and said it is shocking, and also said according to airline rule, those Czech gate women workers must give it to the lost and found department. They must not use items of passengers and they must not throw it to the rubbish bin. It is airline rule. It is so shameless that those Czech women don't care Czech Republic fame and stole passengers item and throw it to the rubbish bin. Maybe they are people from very poor background and hungry, rude, uncivilized stray ones.
People So I have spent over $2,300.00 for my parents airline ticket so they can go to TAS and visit their families. Ticket shows flight is at 01:00. Does not say AM or PM. From our experience (they fly there every 6-9 months) we have arrived at JFK at 11 am for 1 pm to find out that our plane took off at 1 am. The funny thing is that when we came people were checking in for the same flight. I explained everything to the agent and they wanted $3,800.00 in order to take my parents for the flight that had to leave 1 hr later. So we have left back to PA. Everyone is confused, upset.
I would like to bring to your attention several unfortunate and preventable wrongful acts against me and my companions during our most recent experience with Aeroflot. On May 27th, 2017, my companions and I boarded flight SU213 to our first stop, Helsinki, Finland. I was assigned seat 23G and we were dismayed to find that the entertainment system was out of order for the entire row, making the 9-hour journey unbearably long and tedious without distraction. Six of us were delayed in Moscow during the transfer due to our flight having arrived at local time 17:20 pm: An hour and ten minutes later than the scheduled arrival. All transferring passengers (approximately 300 persons) waited to pass an immigration checkpoint where only two officers were on duty. Passengers did not receive priority in line based on their flight schedules. Furthermore, there was another bag check, causing further delay.
During this time, our connecting flights boarding gate changed from gate 7 to gate 30. With no assistance from the airline and no translator provided, the six of us arrived at gate 30 at 18:05 pm, We were able to communicate with another member of our group from the shuttle bus. Four of them flew the same day from Shanghai. We suppose to join them in Moscow and take the same flight to Helsinki. The airline refused to let us board the plane despite the fact that we were at the gate 15 minutes prior to departure. They instead took our luggage off the flight and I was informed to talk to the information counter to discuss options for the next flight.
The Aeroflot representative at the information booth gave us a next day 10:45 am flight and our party was forced to stay in Moscow overnight. I told the representative that the Aeroflot was responsible for missing our flight due to the delay of our first flight, the long wait at the immigration and security line, and the gate change that was not properly communicated to us due to the language barrier. I was informed that security, immigration, and the airline are three separate departments and that passengers accrue their own risk to board the next flight on time.
I explained that five members of our party were in their late sixties and seventies. With the excess physical exertion, anxiety, and hunger, many were not feeling well. During this time, one of my companions began to suffer from nausea and heartburn. Still, the Aeroflot representative did not offer any options for food or lodging, only offering to call for a doctor or ambulance. As I continued to reason with her for accommodations and food, she began to shout since I had a difficult time understanding her English. She threatened to cancel the next day's flight so that we would be forced to buy our own tickets and I was forced to calmly advise her to stop shouting.
Due to this incidence, we not only suffered a loss equivalent to booking 3 hotel rooms and 3 tickets to main attractions in Helsinki, but also accrued unnecessary expenses in hotel and meals at the Moscow airport. We believe we were discriminated against due to our language barriers and the fact that our party had elderly traveling with us. We request that Aeroflot compensates each of us 150.00 Euros (airport hotel and food) + 100.00 Euros (hotel charges for 1 night in Helsinki) for a total of 250.00 Euros. The compensation requested for our party based on this incidence is 250.00 Euros X 6 = 1500.00 Euros.
Upon our return on June 8th, 2017, we boarded SU 2659 from Copenhagen via Moscow transfer SU 212 to Hong Kong. Three of our members' luggage were delayed for 11 hours. As a result, we were unable to change out of the cold weather clothing we had donned in Copenhagen, where the temperature was 33 degrees F, to accommodate Hong Kong's much warmer temperature of 88 degrees F. This necessitated us to call for a taxi to take us home in a situation where we would have normally taken public transportation. We request that Aeroflot compensates each of us 60.00 Euros. The total compensation requested for these party members is 60 x 3 = 180 Euros.
Furthermore, I seeks an additional 60 euros due to lack of entertainment system provided on SU213, as this is an in-flight amenity that is widely advertised by Aeroflot. It's been over one month. We received the case number from the airline on June 16, yet we have not heard from the airline since and all of my follow-up emails return to me with "Failure Notice: Unable to deliver your message."
I flew to Berlin from Hanoi in February with Aeroflot and it was one of the worst decisions I've ever made. I needed to buy medical supplies to treat my Type I Diabetes and the supplies are only available in a few countries around the world. 3 out of the 4 flights were late. But the worst part was that when I landed back in Hanoi my checked baggage with my gifts and luggage weren't there for me. Someone had taken my box and stolen all the gifts and medical supplies from it. It arrived in Hanoi a week later with only a bag of tea, cranberries and shorts inside.
After bugging the local Aeroflot representatives in Hanoi for 2 months they decided to offer me $120 for my medical supplies and gifts which cost me $1,200. They accepted responsibility but said it was their policy to only pay $20/kilo for stolen luggage. Now I have no money and my health is bad and I might die soon. Oh well. I guess nobody cares about people anymore. An airline can absorb $1000 in losses but an individual usually can't. And I sure can't. What a horrible airline and group of humans. Aeroflot sucks!
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Waiting at Guangzhou airport from China for 12h with no explanation given, held on wait forever. Little amounts of water offered followed by one small portion of food. After great pressure by passengers crew very reluctantly told us our flight was cancelled with no explanation. With no expected next departure. Moved to a hotel very slowly with long lines, hotel was not prepared/informed. Flight departure after 24h. Important details: Both flights were not fully booked until finally combined; This was 30/12/2016 meaning many passengers (I included) completely wrecked plans for New Year's Eve. I have lost my plans with my wife after many months of planning while separated by circumstances. The company crew could not care less, and pretended not to understand/hear claims and questions all time. This was my worst air flight experience EVER.
At New Delhi Airport (10 hours until now): New Delhi, the capital of India faces weather delays in the months of December and January due to fog. I was checking my flight from New Delhi to Moscow from 1 January 2017 to 4 Jan 2017 and found out that it got delayed on an average by 75 minutes. While I was checking in at the Aeroflot for my flight SU 233 and the representative confirmed that the flight was "way before time." It gave me some sense of confidence that I would reach Miami on time. I had an interview scheduled for the 6th of January 2017 with a construction company. I had to pull a number of strings to get a call from one of the biggest construction companies in the USA. I am also a research Assistant under my professor at the University of Florida.
I had an appointment for 5 of January at my university but I requested to move by a day (6 of Jan) as I was sure that would be a safe date. I don’t know how my first flight from Delhi got delayed by 35 minutes. I had a layover time of 45 minutes at Moscow airport due to which I missed my next connecting flight for Miami from Moscow. Aeroflot representatives affirmed that it was a weather delay but the weather reports show something else.
The weather report states the weather was smoky and clear. The visibility was not an issue. However, The past flight records for SU 233 states that only 52% of the time this flight has reached on time. The data has been collected for over 61 flights in the year 2016. The performance for the flight SU 233 can be judged by the rating 0.1 on a scale of 5. Also, The past flight records for SU 233 states that on an average the flight gets delayed by 44 minutes (track record of past 51 flights). The past records create another picture in the story of how the Aeroflot representatives gave false information to the customers and used ‘weather delay’ as a term to get away from things very easily.
At Moscow Airport (17 hours until now): However, we missed the connecting Moscow to Miami flight by 15 minutes. After getting off the plane the Aeroflot representative present at the Moscow airport gave me 30 seconds to choose one out of the two options. The first option was to Stay at Moscow airport for 24 hours and take the same flight next day. The catch here was the Aeroflot won't be able to provide the transit visa in Russia and I had to stay at the airport for next 24 hours.
The second option was to catch the next Moscow to Los Angeles flight which was waiting for the people to board. I was given 2-3 minutes to reach the gate 25 to board the flight after completing the process of transfer and security check. I was informed that I would get 9 hours layover at Los Angeles airport. The next overnight flight would take me to Miami. I didn't have time to ask for a second option or to talk to someone to get a better option to reach Miami. Hence in a matter of a fraction of a second, I took LA flight.
At Los Angeles Airport (32 hours until now): After reaching LA airport at 1:15 pm, after clearing the immigration process I was able to reach the belt number 9 by 3:30 pm. So, far my journey has reached to 32 hours (adjusting time difference) from 4th January 9:20 pm to 5th January 3:30 pm. The last 21 hours I was in a continuous flight which was terrible and tiring. After reaching the belt I was informed that there more than 25 customers were missing luggage but the Aeroflot representative Elena confirmed that she has some information about the luggage which was left in Moscow. By waiting for another hour and couple of discussions with her, she informed that she has no idea about where my luggage is and when I would get it. I felt so helpless and pathetic that it's been 2 nights I haven't had any hygiene products with me and haven't taken a shower and won't be able to take it for next 36 hours at least.
I was patient enough to file the missing baggage claim but Olena refused to file anything because Los Angeles airport is not my final destination hence I cannot file any complaint. There I was again felt helpless, tired and felt pathetic and angry at the same time. A second thought came to my mind--have I planned a trip to Miami (southern most city on the east coast) hence then what the hell I am doing in west coast at Los Angeles Airport (2500 miles) away from my destination. I was not given time to talk to any Aeroflot representative at the Moscow airport.
In conversation with Aeroflot Representative at LA Airport: Shavarsh **, Roman **. Thinking about this I met these 2 representatives with above details at 4:45 pm. I asked them why I and 2 other students from my university were delivered to west coast (2500 miles away from final destination). I checked there was a flight from Moscow to Newark airport after 2 hours the time I landed at Moscow airport. With a layover of 3 hours at Newark, there was another direct flight available for Miami. I checked that on Aeroflot.com.
The representatives had no answer to my queries and said it's a system that checks the next flight. It's not a smart judgment to notice that Aeroflot had 3 (or maybe more) empty seats on a flight from Moscow and Los Angeles airport. They surely saved a lot of money but at the expense of customer suffering for it. They forgot about how tiring would be it be to a customer who has to drive 350 miles after reaching Miami. I stay in Gainesville and also had to waste a bus reservation done for 5th January night from Miami to Gainesville. I requested and had a conversation until 5:45 pm with the above representatives at LA airport stating why I would need a hotel for 2 hours. It was already 6 o clock at an airport and I have to return at 9 o clock in order to catch a 22:55 flight to Miami. It makes no sense traveling to the hotel.
I am pike have appreciated if I got a chance to have a shower at the hotel but I was missing my luggage. I requested to cancel the hotel reservation worth $100 because it would be a complete waste but they refused. However, they refused and I checked in just for having dinner. The meal coupon provided was also only $20. I mean it's sufficient if you have a meal at Subway or KFC. How in the world it's feasible for a person to have dinner at four points by Sheraton in $20 including taxes and tip? I requested to cancel the hotel meal coupons and provide some airport meal coupons with the equivalent amount but they refused to that also. Finally, nothing was resolved for the above matters.
The last option I requested to get a comfortable seat in American Airlines as LA to Miami flight is 8 hours long overnight journey and I couldn't properly sleep from past 2 nights. The Aeroflot representative refused to that also. I requested for that because I had to drive another 350 miles after reaching Miami. How unethical was that I don't know?
At Miami Airport (50 hours until now): I was informed by Olena that I have to claim my missing luggage at Miami airport as that would be my last stop. After I reached Miami airport today morning I managed to reach Aeroflot counter at E13. I found the counter to be closed: the information desk located right opposite Aeroflot counter informed me that it opens at 1:30 pm. I felt so angry and helpless that now after 50+ hours I am here standing at the Miami airport completely drained with no clue where my luggage is? How would an airline justify a journey of 24 hours of was converted to 50+ hours? I am not adding 5 more hours to reach my town in Florida. I took the risk of driving a rental car and have to pay enterprise another $100 for a rental car with a drop-off in my town. In order to reach early and as soon as possible I got an over-speeding ticket worth $253 on interstate 95. How can you justify this? Can you correct this?
I stayed at Miami airport in order to claim the baggage. The website states the office at Miami airport opens at 9:00 am but the Aeroflot administration didn't arrive until 10:00 am. I also got confirmation that they won't arrive before 1:30 pm. So, now I should wait another 4 hours and increase my journey to 60+ hours? I called Aeroflot at 3:00 pm today to make a missing baggage claim at Miami airport and I was being informed that the desired person would arrive at 5:30 pm and before that nobody can help me with that. How unethical is that? I feel like I have taken a world tour for no reason?
Sir/Mam, I am just an international student with an education loan of $60000 while my dad earns 68 times less than what people earn in the USA. The currency difference is $1 = 68 Indian rupees. I would have clearly saved all these money if I would have reached Miami on 5th January by regular flight or at least a comfortable seat. How can someone travel for continuously 52.5 hours? What would your state of mind would be if I ask you to be in my position?
I need a couple of answers for the queries stated below: If you know that a layover of 45 minutes is not sufficient for your ground staff to manage the luggage transfer and guests transfer why in the first would you give the option to sell such tickets? The alternate route was available if Aeroflot actually wanted to help its customers. The Moscow to New York flight was available for that day too but they made us suffer. This flight would have saved total duration of the journey as well as money. We would be also closer to the final destination Miami.
Also, after reaching the Moscow airport the ground staff made a transfer for people like me. Why he/she responsible acted careless for the luggage? Aeroflot made us board the flight but luggage got missing? Why? If you say 45 minutes isn't sufficient for luggage transfer. If I agree to that to an extent then why more than 25 customers missed their luggage who booked their flight to LA? The flight had a safe 1.5 hours layover at Moscow airport. So, it has nothing to do with the weather and proves the carelessness of Aeroflot management.
Also, why couldn't the next connecting flight was delayed by 15 minutes? If we would have boarded the connecting flight I would have saved at least $400. I have spent $1600 on tickets and now $400 on 6th of January. Is this how customer satisfaction by Aeroflot takes actions? Sir/Mam, I belong to a middle-class family from India and I cannot afford to spend money like this. The interview and meetings I couldn't attend would reflect negatively on my professor and the construction company as truly unprofessional.
I somehow managed to board the Moscow to LA flight and didn't get a chance to email to delay my interview but still that would count as unprofessional in my life as god knows when I would be able to reach that company for the interview. I am mentally broke writing this email and tired feeling pathetic. How bad an airline can act and make a person suffer is truly reflected by the different conversations at different airports I have personally seen it. I have no words to end this. The Aeroflot representatives at Los Angeles airport with the following names affirmed that it was a weather delay. Please explain how it was?
At Gainesville, FL (59 hours of journey to my home)- On Friday 6 Jan: I waited until 10:00 am as customer care representative of Aeroflot confirmed that the Aeroflot management arrives airport each day at 9:00 am but nobody arrived. I gave up and left!! On Saturday 7 Jan: I called Aeroflot to look out for my missing luggage. I could not get in touch with the desired person who can resolve the missing luggage issue. Thank you.
The services of the Aeroflot airlines are very pathetic. I travelled from Munich to Delhi via Moscow (flight number SU232). I landed in Delhi on December 18, 2016 morning, I received but my luggage didn't arrived. 3 days have passed and I have not heard anything from them regarding my luggage and worst part is that no one is responding to my e-mails sent on (firstname.lastname@example.org) and no one is picking up the phone number which was provided to us at Delhi Airport for Aeroflot inquiry. I don't know by when I will get my luggage and bit worried whether I will get it or not??? I will not suggest anyone to select this flight.
Very stupid airline company. I understand why it had very low review. I bet no one would take it again after one time. It's always delayed and delayed again without any reason given. And I was taking flight from Krasnoyarsk to Moscow, no English announcement. Very stupid.
I bought Aeroflot ticket due to interruption of the trip (Family Member funeral). At that time wasn't aware of a Transit Visa Requirements. Was travelling from Minsk (Belarus) with transfer in Moscow (US citizen required to have Transit Visa) and further trip to New York. At a checkpoint to New York flight, my ticket was withdrawn from my hand, and protocol was made. When went to an Aeroflot, did not get any help and or advice as what should I do in this situation. I wasn't offered to replace/postpone a ticket. I am aware that any other Airlines would charge a cancellation fees, etc. I had to buy additional ticket to go back to Minsk, and that is an end of it.
Worse experience with the airlines. Booked a flight from Dubai to Prague via Moscow. My luggage was supposed to be received at Prague but didn't come. When asked at the Baggage claim department, the response was that the transit time was less so luggage must have been missed- are you seriously professional with your work? Had to waste my entire day to wait for my luggage and the claim department staff was so casual with the response that it will come. Who is going to compensate for my waste day on the vacation? Is Aeroflot any responsible towards its passengers?
Had the worst experience. I was flying from JFK to Moscow in August 2016 and when I was checking in I was dealing with 2 Russian speaking women. I didn't get their names since it was a stressful situation. But they sit next to one another and one is Russian Asian (probably Kazakh) and another girl has big eyes and curly hair. I will keep my story short because I still don't know how to deal with it and how to go about it. What they do is unspeakable, and most importantly ILLEGAL. They make you pay cash to them when your baggage is over the allowed weight. They tell you to put the money in your passport and hand it to them. They make sure that their American co-workers don't see it. SHAME SHAME SHAME.
Book my daughter for flight to Moscow. 6-hour delay. Very frustrating. No answer, no compensation. Talked to employee **. No answers, no information. Spoke to manager Tatannia **. Can't help me. Please avoid Aeroflot at all cost. They don't care about you.
This message for all to read! Shame on you. Oksana **, leading expert claims service. I was on a flight on May **, 2016, from ** to ** with a stop over in Moscow, and had a very bad experience. During the flight I had an extremely annoying passenger sitting near me. He kept on telling me and his other neighbors "Excuse me" whenever we shifted in our seats. I asked the stewardess to change either mine or his seat but nothing was done. I ended up standing a nice amount of time on the 9-hour flight, which was extremely uncomfortable. Only once the guy fell asleep was I able to return to my seat.
Additionally, the video screen in front of me stopped working. The stewardess' tried resetting it a couple of times but it was just not functioning properly. I was unable to use it. To top it all off, I also ended up with a damaged suitcase after the flight. I'd rather not spread negative comments around to friends and relatives. I would appreciate if something could be done regarding my bad experience.
I waited a full month from when I initially contacted you, and when I didn't hear back, I contacted you again. Only after I emailed you a second time, just as your 30 days were running out, did you suddenly reply (a day later), and had a full investigation conducted. You guys came up with a bunch of lies, without shame, just to deny my complaint.
Firstly, the truth of the matter is that no other seat was offered to me! The steward tried finding me another seat, but was not able to. There was one empty seat near a woman who refused to have anyone sitting near her in that seat. Unlike you mentioned in your response email to me, that I was not pleased with the seat offered to me. That is untrue and is shameful of you to even say so.
What actually did take place is as follows: My brother offered to change his 19D aisle seat for my sake!! He gave up his comfortable aisle seat at the front of the plane to my ungrateful neighbor. The guy that was seated next to me at my 49E seat, went to sit in my brother's 19D seat and came back after 15 minutes complaining that his neighbor (near his 19D seat) is too fat and he can't sit there. (Not that I was the one complaining about my seat. He was the one that disliked the change.)
Secondly, regarding the entertainment system that wasn't functioning, the steward did restart it 2 times, but it never started working. You said in your response email that it started functioning and that is untrue. The same problem that occurred at the beginning before the system was restarted kept on occurring again. So it was not corrected. Just as a by the way, you never bothered responding to my luggage claim.
All of the above leads me to believe that one of you are lying. I am ready to meet with the steward and your so called investigator and figure out exactly which one of your team is lying. For your information, I had 3 brothers on the flight with me. 2 of them were sitting in the row in front of me. In addition, I had an uncle, X, and 2 friends, x brothers, sitting one row behind me. All of these people were eyewitness and saw exactly what was going on.
I came across a very unenviable experience with Aeroflot which puts the image and ethical values of the company in stake. My wife and my children are regular customers of Aeroflot, who use to travel every year to Russia in summers. I have purchased the ticket on 29th March from Cleartrip. The onward journey was scheduled on 27th May by SU 535 at 01:05, which my wife and son were unable to board as she missed out to carry her PIO card along.
After returning back home, we enquired with Cleartrip customer care and we have been informed that the tickets were non-refundable and for fixed dates, and since it comes under no show condition, they are helpless. They gave me the number of Aeroflot Delhi office to call (01123310426/7390) and discuss directly with Aeroflot office.
I called Aeroflot office at around 11:00AM and explained the situation. I asked and requested them for options of any other day that they could fly as the return ticket is valid. During that time I have not been told that my return has also been cancelled. She started giving me options of 6th and 8th June with overall additional payment of Rs 54000 for both and to pay the same day at 3PM at Aeroflot office. And that they can utilize the same ticket for their return journey. Since I was not in the city, I requested for the next day which she declined.
However, 6th and 8th June were also suiting us as my wife had to reach there till 31st May. So we started looking for other options knowing that at least the return ticket shall not go in vain. Finally, we booked the onward journey tickets from Delhi to Moscow by Air India and from Moscow to Krasnodar by Ural. On 23rd June, they had their return flight from Krasnodar-Moscow Delhi at 11:35 from Krasnodar. At Krasnodar Airport, she had been informed that since your onward journey was a no show, so the whole ticket has been cancelled.
During that one hour spell, we tried calling to all possible nos. of Aeroflot office in India and hotline (0008001008924). But no one could give any answer apart from that it was a single ticket which has been cancelled due to no show. Finally, she has not been able to board the flight and all of us have gone through immense stress apart from the financial losses.The question still remains... 1) Why we have not received any official information on mail from Aeroflot regarding the cancellation of the return ticket? 2) Why your officials at your Delhi office didn't informed during that time that the return ticket stands invalid? 3) When I have not cancelled or asked for any refund of the ticket, how can Aeroflot cancel without intimating the passengers? If would have been a no show while return, I can agree but I have paid for the seats. a) Let the seats go empty or it should only allotted to someone in case of a no show. b) How can Aeroflot resell the booking without intimating the passengers?
c) How can Aeroflot charge twice for the same booking without even intimating and refunding the amount to existing passenger?
Me and my wife booked Aeroflot to Vienna via Moscow from New Delhi. Our visa was processed as per Schengen requirements and was done with the Swiss embassy, the first destination however was Austria. This was our honeymoon trip. To our horror, Aeroflot denied us a boarding once we reached the check in counter. Their argument was anticipated penalties in case of a remote possibility of Austrian immigration deporting us back to India. We were asked to book a return flight through Aeroflot on the spot OR beat this one - go to Switzerland using Aeroflot airlines, throwing all of our itinerary into a jeopardy.
The manager, airport staff was extremely rude and uncaring. First it is not their prerogative to anticipate the immigration possibilities. They are clearly overstepping their duties here. This harassment went on for good 45-50 minutes, until I gave a signed undertaking of bearing all the expenses in case of a hypothetical deportation in Vienna. They also took our passports for photocopying and did not return until it was close enough for the flight boarding.
It was not just us, they were doing a virtual immigration check on almost every passenger, and every single check in was taking no less than 20 - 25 minutes. To Aeroflot, I would say, It is not your prerogative to do so, you are just an airline bound to ferry passengers and not do paper checking. We also had some Nepalese people travelling to Moscow, initially Aeroflot guys seized their passports and also inquired them of the amount of currency they are carrying, and would they be able to sustain their finances once they are in Russia.
Since when is it airline's responsibility to do that, that's what the embassies are for. Also, one of the principal guy from Aeroflot, was mocking the Nepalese guys in no less than racial ways. And nonetheless to say, the flight, food, service were a crap on top of all the mental harassment we had to undergo. Would seriously not recommend this airline to anyone, it is no short of a scam.
Well I am normally not the person who write reviews, but after I saw the rating of Aeroflot, I thought I should add a few comments. Firstly, I am a frequent business traveler from Euro to Asia and as I travel a lot within China I was looking for an opportunity to get a Skyteam Status in addition to my Star Gold Status.
What I like on Aeroflot: Transfer in Moscow is actually on my way, I hardly lose any time on my way to Asia. There are two TGI Fridays in Sheremetyevo. Comfort Class (I am not allowed to fly business unless it's pretty cheap) and pretty cheap business class flights. A lot of miles for every flight and cheap to upgrade to business class. Young and mostly friendly flight attendants. Good connection to Asia and especially to China. Real business class from/to Europe to/from Mow when you book comfort class. I can speak Russian and improve my language skills (plus English-subbed Russian movies during the flight). Newest airplanes among European carriers. I got an 800 voucher for a downgrade from comfort to economy class on a flight that was just 1100€ due to a change of aircraft and full business class.
What I don't like: Sheremetyevo is way too narrow - it sucks to walk across the whole airport to get to your gate. I feel that if you don't speak Russian you are treated a little differently. You get a drink before your food and not while you are having your food. Upgrading your ticket is pretty complicated comparing it to other airlines.
Having lived in Russia a few years ago for some time, I can see that things in Russia everywhere are changing and getting better and I believe that in the future Aeroflot will become better and better. Transformation takes time and I see the efforts Aeroflot is putting in. I look forward my next flights and to watching the airline improving more and more. Just give it a few more years and will be better than many European airlines.
I had a flight the same day with Aeroflot from St. Petersburg to Moscow which was late like 15 mins. Since that flight was not in time I have missed the flight from Moscow to Baku. After I arrived in terminal from which the Moscow-Baku flight will take place, I have talked to flight manager. She was in her room talking with a phone which was evidently not related to a work. She ignored me during first 2 minutes, which was evidently very important for me. There still was 15 minutes to the flight even after listening to her long and rude speech about how it is impossible to get to that flight and how irresponsible my attitude is with mistaking the plane with taxi! Her job was evidently to help people from which she was very far away.
Then I went to customer service and learned that I can get into next flight with its original price which was very high! And that my flight from Baku to Moscow is also cancelled!! I do not understand why the hell to cancel the flight that is after 14 days in such manner! Even not contacting with passenger. Plus, in the flight that I had to get in again with Aeroflot, they took my 40 lbs. backpack to baggage with threatening me if I do not give baggage they will get me out of plane. The reason they gave for such behaviour was my baggage being massive! 40 lbs. backpack!! Overall, people, please do not fly with Aeroflot. They treated me very inhumane that I cannot still get rid of its effect.
This is most horrible experienced we had encountered. First, our flight got rescheduled due visa requirements. Rebooking fee is ridiculous amount of money. And on top of that original bookings we had 2 free luggage, now it change to 1 free luggage only which is crazy again to pay so much money. Second, our flight got delayed and to transfer in Moscow it's awful. We are running like a lunatic to catch the connecting flight. Our gate was changed to 49 instead of 42. Third, our luggage was lost. It takes forever to find it and we ended up reporting lost baggage and again forever to process. I was so nervous because I have all the important items on my luggage. Fourth, going back to NY same problem - got delayed and we are lunatic again to catch the connecting flight. Also the food is horrible. The pasta is no taste, overcooked.
We had the worst, rudest and unprofessional customer service ever on flight SU273 from Bkk to Moscow 26.12.2015. Especially one air host spoke English so unclearly that we didn't understand what she said and her behavior was angry and unsuitable; she snapped and glared us. After flight, we talked with other Finnish travelers and they said that they noticed same extra rude customer service on that flight.
We are very disappointed because that kind of behavior has not seen on any other flight ever. That kind of behavior does not belong to customer service. Our flight from Bangkok was late and continuation flight (Moscow to Finland) was already waiting for us when we landed. Aeroflot staff hurried us and told us to run to the next gate. At the same time, they took off our baggage identification tag from our papers. Our bags did not transfer to Finland on same flight with us and apparently if they cannot be found we will not get any repayment from our stuff because we don't have identification tags? Flight SU273 Bkk-Moscow 26.12.2015 was really bad experience. Other flights with Aeroflot has been ok. I cannot recommend this airline anymore to anybody.
I am disgusted with the service of this airline. The flight was horrible, but the worst was the fact that once I arrived to my destination, I realized someone had opened my suitcase and taken out every gift I had purchased for my family and friends. I sent the receipts of the gifts, filled out a claim form and after 3 months of first run around and no response.
I took my mom to the Washington Dulles airport this Monday for the flight to Moscow. We got stuck in traffic on the way to the airport. (We were traveling from a different city. Usually it takes us around 4 hours to get there. This time it took us almost 5.) When we got to the check-in counter, the woman was sweeping the floors. She said she was the Aeroflot representative and very indifferently replied that it was too late. We got there at 1:33 pm. She said they closed check in lines at 1:30 pm and everybody is at the gate and nothing can be done. While it was still almost an hour before the flight departure. Anyways, when I tried to call the company to exchange the ticket, I was on hold for a while until our flight departed so according to their policy I could not exchange my ticket anymore, and had to buy a new one. I could get around $100 fees back and that is it!!! No exchanges or other flight options were offered.
Nobody wanted to help us, they simply don't have any representatives at the airport. I was lost. I did not know where to run and what to do. The lady at the airport information desk was able to connect me with the gate representatives, something sweeping floor representative could have done, and the person said that he has 300 passengers to take care of and they cannot help us. Not mentioning my mom almost had a heart attack, when it all happened, because we did not expect this sort of indifference and simple rudeness. We used this company multiple times a year. We had pretty bad experience with them last year when same flight was delayed by over 24 hours. And this time around we were 3 minutes late and they could not do anything to help. Well, it's definitely the last time we bought their tickets, especially now I know they cannot do anything with the ticket if unexpected things happen.
From my point of view, one star is too much for such a awful airline! Last month I traveled by this airline, the first and of course the last experience. I was traveling to Dusseldorf, but as a transit I had a stop in Moscow. (My flight number was SU513 (Tehran to Moskau) dated 21.10.2015 and SU2152 (Moskau to Duesseldorf) at 11:35 dated 21.10.2015.)
When I received my luggage in Dusseldorf, it seemed that it had been opened. I just checked my stuffs visually. I had covered my objects with 2 big jackets and I found them like before. Then I thought, "Ok, in such a long trip something like this might happen," and since I had not enough time to control all things in details I rushed out of airport.
When I got home, I understood that whatever valuable or eye-catching that I had in my suitcase had been stolen. Unfortunately I had a set of jewelry and gold in my luggage which I'd tried to hide them to be safe. Also I had various party dresses. Surprisingly "dear thief" had chosen among them! Of course all jewelries and some of dresses! It seems that he/she has had enough time and has felt secure to go through people's stuffs and found his/her favorite ones!
I tried to call airline. No one answered me. I sent an email and described my situation. I received just a simple "Sorry." I offered a detailed list of my missed objects and asked them to control their cameras, not for me but for their reputation. Except that "Sorry" I did not receive any other emails. Till now I sent many email with different subjects for different department of Aeroflot. They even did not reply. It seems that I am guilty not they and it is a normal behavior from staffs of this airline. To me it was a lesson: Before choosing an airline pay attention to their sense of responsibility and their ethical reputation before the price. Unfortunately Russian got failed.
Round trip economy flight from LAX to Barcelona, family of 6. It was great, seamless, comfortable. I would highly recommend flying Aeroflot. While their customer service leaves a lot to be desired, they are extremely efficient and do their job. Russians aren't the friendliest but if you don't travel with the mentality of "I'm doing you a favor by being here" you'll be fine. No lost luggage, it was great!!
I had a fabulous flight. Very courteous and friendly. Was surprised at how clean and roomy the plane was. Wonderful experience and what a savings.
The experience that my wife and I had during our first Aeroflot flight journey was exceptionally unpleasant while we were going on our holiday trip to London. First and foremost, during our onward journey to London the airline staff conveniently forgot to transfer our bags from one flight to another at the connecting port of Moscow. This meant we couldn't find our baggage at the London airport due to the delayed airport luggage. This was faced by many other customers who were coming from Dubai via Moscow. We finally got our baggage the next day in the afternoon however this incident ruined our plan for one and a half days as had to cancel our planned activities for the first day and manage clothing, toiletries and other essential items. This was a serious issue and it was a harassment of the highest order for us both mentally and physically.
Secondly, during the return journey on 26th Sept from London airport at the Aeroflot ticket counter the lady agent took almost 20 minutes just to issue our boarding pass. We were not happy about waiting so long at the ticket counter but we didn't react to this as there was little we could say and even less that we could do. The third issue that we faced shows how pathetic their airport management is. While taking the connecting flight (during the return journey) at Moscow, we were again troubled as their management were totally confused about the gate number for the flight to Dubai until the last moment.
While the lady rep diverting the customers for connecting flight informed us of the changes in the gate number of our flight, the LED display board showed us the same gate number as shown in the ticket. When we reached the suggested gate number, the boarding staff told us to wait after seeing the ticket as passengers for another flight were being boarded. Even 25 mins prior to boarding, the staff insisted us to wait. When we checked the display board again, the gate number shown got changed but this time to a third number. When we informed this to the staff they still insisted to wait. We were restless so tried checking another gate and guess what??? This was it!!! We were among the last to get boarded. Not to forget, we had to walk a kilometer inside the Moscow airport to reach the first gate and then the second gate was also around 200 meters away.
And the story is not over yet. At the London airport, we requested the lady agent who had issued the boarding tickets to provide us window seats. Though she acknowledged our request and agreed to provide the same, we only got window seats for the first leg of our journey (i.e London to Moscow) while the seats in the connecting flight were booked in two different rows and both being the middle seat on the opposite side (18 E and 19 B). Wowwww. I really can't believe she did this and did not even informed us. This was a real shock to us after all what we experienced. Furthermore, we found that there were many other couples in the same flight who got middle seats in a different row.
Just to conclude, I have never had such a terrible experience with any airlines before and I can't believe this happened to us. I really don't know how would Aeroflot team compensate us for this entire episode but the least they can do is to provide us the full refund of our tickets.
I just want to share that after I've lost my flight to Beijing, my return flight was cancelled from Aeroflot. I didn't ask for this! I find this unfair. I asked for a tax refund and even though the taxes are 350 euro they just want to return 50 euro. (The agency airtickets24.com will also keep a 20 euro fee!) I find this also unfair. Is it possible to join forces with someone (something like an organization) in order to make things work in a fair way? Losing your return ticket because you lost your first ticket is just unfair and since now I know about this I feel obliged to do something about it. Thanks.
I traveled from Copenhagen to New Delhi on 14/07/2015 by Aeroflot flight no. SU 2659/SU 0232 via Moscow. On landing at Delhi I found my only one bag which I was carrying is missing. I made a complaint at airport. The only bag I was carrying was given to me after 48 hours. At airport, the staff told us that we can buy essential items, as I was on a business tour to New Delhi and was returning on 26th July by Aeroflot. I purchased some items and submitted claim by email to their head office in Russia. I got reply that I should submit my claim to Delhi office with original receipt. I sent my claim to Delhi office. I got reply from Delhi office that claim is rejected as Delhi is my hometown.
Again I advise them that I am a resident of Denmark and sent a copy of resident card. Even I had back to Denmark on 26th July to attend my job. But to great surprise, I again got reply that claim is rejected as I am a holding Indian passport. They have not bothered to see my proof of residency and trying to cheat customers to save their money. I am looking into option to write to regulatory body to take action and also file a suit for delayed baggage claim as well as loss of business.
We were two passengers coming from Izmir, Turkey to St. Petersburg with connecting flight Izmir-Istanbul-Moscow-St.Petersburg. We bought our tickets from http://www.airtickets24.com/. And from Izmir we took a flight company Atlas Global and came to Izmir. While we're checking in Izmir they told us we should take our luggages in Istanbul. We waited there and our luggages didn't come up and we went to lost and found. The women in there saw our luggage ticket and she said on ticket it's written that we should take our luggages in Moscow. But we were in suspense cause everyone was saying different things. So went to Aeroflot counter 4 hours before our flight and let them know that there is sth wrong about luggages and they called somewhere told us that they hadn't got our luggages yet and we should come there again before flight.
So we waited at the airport and 1 hour before we again asked about our luggages. The woman called somewhere again she said "they are picking but I'll call them again so you can wait for your flight." And while we were getting aboard we asked again and she naturally said "ahh! Your luggages hadn't translated to our plane." She called someone else and we started talking with him. He said because our last destination in St. Petersburg we could make a lost claim in St. Petersburg and he'll be trying to get our luggages in one day. And we got to Moscow in case of misunderstanding we waited for our luggages and also there was a woman from Aeroflot to take us to the domestic flight and the passengers that'll take the same flight as well as us.
So we told her our story but she couldn't understand English and after every passenger got their luggage and when our luggages again didn't show up we all went to the other terminal in the lead of women who works for Aeroflot. And when came to check-in place she sent us to the gate cause we had already gotten our boarding pass and we didn't have any luggages and then we came to St. Petersburg and we made a report about our lost. But when we went to St. Petersburg airport after 3 days from our lost, a member of AEROFLOT company said to us, (and I should state that he was really rude to us) "you should have claimed this in Moscow." And we said that "your colleagues in Istanbul said to us that we must do this inform in our final destination. That means your company misinformed us." After 5 days our baggages arrived to St. Petersburg (after when we accepted to pay for customs service).
And at last they made us to pay custom service approximately 200 EUROS for 45kg luggage!! Isn't this madness?? We were victims and we paid them also!! But when we were taking our luggages a worker of the lost and found said to us that "you will probably get your money back because this is not your problem. They should have told you this." The problem is THEY SAID NOTHING to us. THEY DIDN'T INFORM US BUT THEY INFORMED US WRONG AND WE BELIEVED THEM. YES, THIS WAS OUR FAULT. If anybody from Aeroflot reading this complaint, we want an explanation and take our money back. And you can find the copy of the file reference, proof of custom payment, damage claim, baggage ticket and boarding passes.
Our first ever experience with the Aeroflot. We bought e-tickets that I had to call and process it via operator since the dates were all different way combined. The guy, ** put all 3 of our last names as our first names and visa versa, which I found out later, how much I had to pay to fix their stupidity!!! Then at the end of the booking, he said I can't pay for all of them now, only one, or just go online and pay them directly on the web. First, he didn't say that "you won't be able to pay since you probably being American have to use a foreign bank card" :) hahaha. It never happened.
I had to call my bank in the US and make sure they won't block the transactions, still wasn't able to pay for all the tickets. We ended up going to their local DC office, guess what the lady said "your names are incorrect - last name is in the place of the first name..." etc... "you have to pay 50 Euro for each ticket to fix" WHAT? Wow! I heard so much about Russian lies and corruption, but to that extend? You won't see anywhere else on this planet! Anyways we had no choice but to pay for it.
I would never, never recommend anyone to use the Aeroflot services. Guess why are they cheap, because they have a cheap uneducated labor working for them, who barely speak even English being held on the US help lines, or the worse - they don't know that the LAST NAME is NOT A FIRST NAME, IT IS THE SURNAME of that person... :) l hope Aeroflot will read this. To all readers, save your nerves, pay more and fly with a different airlines, it is totally not worth it to even try the Aeroflot.
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