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I recently completed a vacation with my family. This trip included American Airline flights I purchased thru Amex Travel. When I made the airline reservations, I reserved seats, or at least I thought I did. I have been a frequent traveler for over 40 years and never experienced what I did on this trip. I went to the airport, DCA, on 3 Nov. When I went to check in, my reserved seats had been changed and my wife and I were no longer sitting together.
My wife will not fly unless we are sitting together, so the only seats now that were available cost me over $180 for us to sit together. I thought this would only be a one time problem, but when we arrived at Miami airport after the cruise we were on, I had the same issues, this time seats together cost me over $116. I decided to contact American and Amex Travel to discuss my frustration of being ripped off and almost doubling my ticket costs with baggage fees and having my reserved seats being changed.
I went on the Amex Travel website and had a chat with a gentleman named Clarence. He told me in the chat that the reserve seats I booked through Amex Travel were not actually guaranteed. Why would I take the time to book with Amex Travel, trying to save money, and get better service, if my reserved seats are not guaranteed. The purpose of me booking with Amex Travel was the confidence that I was getting the best price and the best service. It looks as if I received neither. This is very very disturbing. I would like an explanation of why I should not have reserved seats when I make the reservation and why I should use Amex Travel if my fight is going to end up costing me almost double.
Clarence said he could not help me and he gave me the email address to the Amex Travel Supervisors. He told me to email them and someone would respond to deal with this. So far I have sent three emails to the supervisors in box, with no answer. If this is true, that reserved seats are not guaranteed, this should be published so no one will use Amex Travel. I know if this is case, I will broadcast this on every social media site I can, as this is horrible service. I use my American Express card everywhere. Getting ripped off of almost $400 may make me think again about using American Express and also American Express Travel.
I have a round trip credit from a flight I canceled less than a year ago. I have called four times thus far to attempt to book the flight before this credit expires. Every time I have called it results with my call being transferred to several different agents. The duration of each call has lasted 30 plus minutes and I end up having to end the conversation and call back when I have time to stay on hold no matter how long this simple request will take. I have made three more calls since the first and each time transferred to a multitude of call agents and eventually connected with a supervisor who contradicted the "book by" and "travel by" expiration dates the previous agents stated.
I asked to speak to the supervisor's manager only to be refused and eventually hung up on. Now they are supposedly pulling the past recorded calls to see what I was told from the previous agents and then someone will return my call. I will be contacting the president of American Express Travel as soon as I finish this complaint. I am appalled this outfit actually carries the name American Express.
I have now had 2 horrible experiences with American Express Travel and trying to use my points. The people who work there are the most incompetent people I have ever dealt with. Trying to transfer points to pay for a hotel and they can't do it. Can't find the charge (I am looking at it on my computer while speaking to them). Asked to speak to supervisor and put on hold forever. Over an hour and still not able to simply get my points transferred. It is a shame American Express has such a terrible travel points service. It makes me want to get a card with another company with better points service.
We are coming up to 5 hours trying to get a problem solved. Renee, one of their Customer Care Specialists was the most inept out of all we spoke with. Asked for her last name & her supervisor's name and she is unable to share that info - surprise! Eric, also a Customer Care Specialist, told us he straightened out our seat assignments and we would get a confirmation email shortly. SURPRISE, never got that email and found out he never made the changes.
These were expensive tickets $8,000 + (after points!) and we lost our assigned seats & to top it off, were never informed about it. The right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing and they certainly weren’t helpful. We travel frequently and always book our own travel but wanted to use points to take care of some of the cost, therefore using American Express Travel. I would have paid the full amount to not have this aggravation. Do yourself a favor and don’t use this poor service provider. If you have to and you get Renee or Eric, hang up & try again later.
I bought this trip months ago, bought a travel waiver and used it because I had a flu so I rebooked 2 weeks prior. I wanted to leave to Cancun. My sister passed away. My reservation was Aug 11 to 28. My sister passed on the 3rd and was scheduled for viewing for 12 to 12 burial 13. I called on the 3 and wanted to reschedule. They said no. I called again asking for reconsideration and said he will call back. Never did. Tried to call again today. Said no. Again just wanted to meet half way maybe partial credit. I paid almost 900. I want to give them lower than 1 star. Terrible customer service.
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I booked travel with AMEX for the first (and last) time. When my flight was delayed, I could not get a hold of anyone for over 30 minutes on hold; and finally gave up. Once I returned home, I tried again. It was worse. The agents place you on hold for so long that I actually waited to see - it was over one hour on death hold and STILL no one picks up. When I finally get an agent (only when you press new booking) the agent: Brandon tells me: "You need to speak with a Service Excellence Manager and they are not available for at least 45 minutes and more likely 2-3 hours and you CANNOT hang up. We must have you hold." This is a true story. Service excellence? Hilarious! They ask for your contact number; but then tell you they cannot call you back. They do not have enough agents, and do not care. The first and last time I will ever use my platinum membership to book a trip. Very disappointing as AMEX is usually better than this.
Expect to wait on hold a minimum of 30 minutes for each call to travel support. Expect, once you reach them, to then be placed on 2-3 additional holds of at least 30 minutes. Do not expect anyone on the other line of travel services to be able to look up your details, travel information, etc. I booked a trip to Tokyo for $1172 using miles and had to cancel. They banked the credit and four months later they rebooked a trip to Seattle for $400 out of the credit plus $300 change fee. The agent told me to expect the refund of ~$460 to be credited to my card.
Never happened. I spent multiple commutes home on hold waiting to explain the situation. Each agent had no record of any of my flights. They said there were "thousands of agents" and shouldn't be expected to know what other agents said. I was told I could talk to a manager if I waited for 2 hours on hold, so I did. Somehow she had access to all my information and informed me she wasn't responsible for what other agents promised, and she will have to recall the phone tape to verify the conversation. At that point, they would consider some level of repayment, but she could not make promises. She will call me in 72 hours to give me an update on their investigation. Investigation? This is NOT what I anticipated when I signed up to pay $200 a year in service fees. Save yourself time and money.
I am an Amex Platinum customer (Not for long). We were buying tickets for family vacation with points earned patiently over the last 5 years. The lady on phone could not help as there is a per ticket charge to use her but was kind enough to walk me through. After hitting purchase it took a while may 5 odd mins after which we got an error message. The CSR on phone went and got the permission to allow to use her service without having the extra fee. When she checked the cost per ticket had gone up. Stating clearly the error was due to the fact that the airline was re-valuing the tickets. We decided to abandon that and bought tickets from Priceline. Guess what? The transaction did go through and we were not sent any emails for notifying us due to which we bought another set of tickets.
After waiting for 4 hours on wait for a supervisor and I am not exaggerating we were told we will listen to the call recording that we provided them and do keystroke analysis. A couple weeks later after sending in a couple of emails later we get a response that we cannot do anything about this. It is an obvious error on their system which will now cost me 200 per ticket date. I am going to cancel all my Amex cards, I know that is not going to bother them at all but at least no more business from me going forward, users beware.
I've now had two experiences in which Amex Travel for Platinum Members misled me with lower prices on their website. I rented a car through their travel services to be picked up in Downtown Denver and dropped off at the Denver International Airport. Amex's website showed the price as $43.99 for a midsize SUV, which I booked. Once I got the confirmation, it showed the drop off location as Los Angeles Airport, with a different pick-up location in Denver. Assuming I made a mistake, I cancelled the reservation and started again, only for the issue to occur again.
I called Amex, was on hold for 30 minutes and gave up. Called back a few hours later, and same issue. Called a different customer service number the day after, finally got through but had to go through different people, spent about 45 minutes on the phone only for Amex to tell me that even though THEIR website was messing up, they would not honor the price. A similar issue happened a few weeks back when I tried to book a flight to Italy. The website showed a lower price, but once I got to the final page it nearly doubled. Calling American Express was no help at all. With all of these issues, I will not be recommended the Platinum card and will shift to a new card -- Chase Sapphire has been much better in terms of customer service.
American Express Travel is a typical airline credit card. Minimal benefits for the cardholder and maximum benefits for the airline and/or credit card company, if you don't pay it off every month.
As another poster stated, the ONLY reason to ever use AMEX travel is for points, and that is what I did. On March 13, 2018 I purchased a plane ticket from AMEX travel from Pittsburgh to Beijing. Purchasing this ticket on the AMEX website took almost two hours due to due issues caused by the AMEX servers. After trying to put my trip through a few times and noticing the seat I chose was now sold, it appeared that my purchase of the ticket for $450 had processed, but I wasn't 'sure as I didn't receive a confirmation. I called the customer service line to see if my trip had processed or not.
The customer service agent I spoke to said my ticket sale did not process, but that she could see I had logged in SEVEN different times and tried to process this trip and payment. At this time the woman on the phone manually processed my ticket sale, but I was told the price in the past few minutes had jumped from $450 to $569.90. As this was the last ticket available, I paid for the ticket. The customer service woman told me that she thought it was very unfair that I had to pay an extra $119.90 due to their website issues, especially since she could clearly see my seven log in attempts and also could see at least two separate occasions when I tried to purchase the ticket at $450 and the AMEX site failed me.
She put me on hold while she tried to get a supervisor to credit me the $119.90. I was left on hold about 45 minutes waiting to hear back or speak to a supervisor. I didn't get an answer in the end but was told this matter was flagged as "URGENT" and that I should get a call from a supervisor within a few hours. Question Reference # ** and Subject: Trip ID: **. Instead I got an email on March 16th stating "we are unable to see the price you were trying to book due to the booking failed." I was already told they could see all my activity and my seven login attempts. I am sure they could see a cached file and see the $450 price. I shouldn't have to pay extra for their faulty website.
I just made two reservations with my AMEX miles, and found that their use of my points was very fair. I think booking through AMEX gave me a much better deal that I got with United Mileage Plus card.
If you fly Delta this is a perfect card. They keep me updated on my miles and also send me deals as they come available. The first year is free of fees.
Their customer service is the best ever! It is the only card I pay an annual fee for because of the benefits of first bag free and priority boarding.
My husband, who has been an American Express member since 1988 and is also a Platinum member, decided to book our hotel for Spring Break through the AmEx website. He found the hotel that we stayed at 3 years ago, found the suite we had with a separate bedroom and booked it. We printed out the details along with the picture that the website posted to bring with us. After arrival, checking in and walking into our room we realized this was a much smaller room with no separate bedroom.
We have a teen son and a 7 year old son who need lots of room to spread out and we are stuck in a small room that is nothing like the description on the AmEx website. The hotel is sold out, so no chance of changing rooms. My husband called AmEx only to waste an hour and a half of his time to be told by the “manager” that there was nothing they would do because he booked the trip! He’s ready to cancel our membership and I cannot blame him. It was the worst customer service experience that we have ever had with Amex.
Basically, the only reason to use Amex Travel is for points. Spent the last month back and forth trying to get Amex to refund Delta change fees which were incurred because the agent didn't book connecting flights on the correct day. I spent a couple of hours on the phone on hold and had to follow up multiple times to get them to "review" the voice records and get me my refund. Had I not double checked my ticket for a connecting flight I would have missed my flight.
I just kept getting "I'm very sorry but we have to review the record" and then no response for a week. Also, know that if you are a platinum card holder when you book online you aren't booking with platinum travel. You are booking with regular Amex Travel which I've now learned does not offer any type platinum service. They apparently tell you that you aren't with platinum travel when booking online somewhere in the fine print. No point in paying 550 dollars a year to have travel messed up and then spend a bunch of time on the phone to have them fix it.
I booked a ticket with Amex Travel and it's been a pain ever since. First they never sent me a confirmation email of the itinerary and then Airlines cancelled the route and asked me contact my agent to get my flight updated. I called their customer service 10 times to date and each time they put me on hold and keep transferring me to several departments. And the issue hasn't been resolved. As I write this review I've already spend one and half hour on phone and still on hold hearing this horrendous music. I contacted their customer service and also executive team and they don't seem to care and I'm not surprised why their rating is too low.
I booked flight ticket using Amex travel website. Website says, "You can cancel your ticket anytime within 24 hours for full refund." I tried cancelling it two hours before 24 hours and customer service kept me on hold for more than two hours and declined to give me full refund. I'm paying AMEX $195 for a year for such pathetic service.
Refund of flight tickets. I have been since 10 pm trying to speak with someone that can help me. I have been on hold for hours. Told the same story to Lisa, Melissa, Tasha and Ally. Still I have been told by Ally to wait on hold for another hour. I have been a member of American Express since 1968. Don't waste your money with American Express. They take your money and Platinum service is worthless! I am still on hold and it is 1 o'clock in the morning.
I rented a car through AMEX Travel Service for a week in Cabo San Lucas Airport, the agency they had me rent from was Hertz. I signed a deal online for a compact car for a week at approximately $175 for the week. AMEX Travel service called to follow and they told me the only other requirement was liability which is $13.00 per day so total cost $265.00 for the week. This was on the expensive side for Mexico but I trusted AMEX Travel and Hertz. I returned the car after a week fully loaded, lady at the counter offered me the ticket to sign only in pesos, I asked if that would be about $265.00. She said yes, pending exchange rate. Got home charged $374.24 to my AMEX card.
I have opened up a complaint to Hertz and AMEX and have yet to get an answer how my cost could go up more than $100 USD for the week. I shall never again use AMEX travel and will limit if at all use AMEX in the future. Have rented cars all over the world never seen this type fraud before. I'm appalled. My first and only review on Consumer Affairs as I'm pretty flexible and easy going, but to charge me 40% more than my contract, absolutely unacceptable.
Later on I find review for this Hertz location at Cabo airport and it seem 95% of customers got defrauded at this location. AMEX travel choose to do business with them, why? Had it not been for AMEX travel I would have never rented there as they were more expensive than other companies to begin with. My trust was with AMEX travel and it's now gone 100%.
I have had mostly positive experience with American Express over the last 9 years as a card holder. This was however my first time using the travel feature because honestly the price was never the best. I discovered the lowest rate guarantee this time on top of the perks of the gold hotel collection, so a great deal. I read reviews first and was worried to book. I looked over cancellation policy first and felt comfortable booking. Submitted my lowest rate guarantee after I was sure it was a match, and less than a day later I received an email that it was granted and my account will be credited. I usually don't post reviews unless it was awful or superb, but I felt like everyone on here just left angry reviews. Some are legitimate complaints but some also sounded like people upset that they didn't read the terms before they booked or submitted a claim. The experience was easy and went smoothly for me.
I was a victim of price gouging plain and simple! I will cancel all my cards with American Express because I do not trust them After this experience. My hotel room was denied when trying to book through AMEX travel and then literally right after I was denied they marked up the price $20 a day and I was trying to book a room for 21 days. I was only getting the runaround when I inquired further. I will never again be a American Express customer, not to mention having to pay $550 a year for a horrible experience.
I booked a RT flight and hotel with American Express Travel, instead of booking with my preferred airline and hotel on July 5, 2017 for an emergency trip. Within 24 hours I called the American Express Travel number to cancel. Hold time was over 10 minutes. Finally I was connected with a disgruntled agent. I spoke to her with respect and consideration thinking the 4th of July holiday travels might have had an effect on her demeanor. When I told her I needed to cancel she became irritated and said I would not receive credit for my purchase. I reminded her Delta airlines and most airlines are required to give refunds if canceled within 24 hours, she understood and agreed and confirmed I would receive the airfare refund.
That, did not happened. Billed on my AMEX card after disputing with AMEX. I asked her about the Marriott fees and she informed me no refund. I explained to her as a Marriott Member I have never been charged for an entire reservation if I cancel within 24 hours and that I personally spoken with the Manager at the Marriott in Auburn, Ala and confirmed I would not be charged for the stay. Billed on my AMEX after disputing. So who gets my $1600++? Btw, American Express Travel is not a true travel agent, they book their flights through Orbitz. So I'm still dealing with the company to get my money back. No ticket, no hotel, no money. Don't fall for the American Express Travel as affiliated with AMEX. These are not true Travel Agents.
Since I am an American Express Platinum member, I figured I was in good hands booking travel through Amex Travel. WRONG! I booked 8400.00 in business class tickets through Amex Travel-- When I needed to cancel them I found out they were NON-REFUNDABLE. There is some small print on the folio that says "List-item-policies This ticket may be non-refundable. Please read the airline fare rules and restrictions for more information." But they do not post the web address anywhere you can find it. DON'T BOOK TRAVEL THROUGH THESE PEOPLE. I am considering canceling my account.
We booked 2 nights at the Omni Richmond Hotel. The first night we had to leave due to an emergency. The trip was paid for using points/cash. This morning I spoke with American Express Travel asking to at least get some of my points reinstated. After a run around for 1 hour I closed both of my accounts. Nothing was resolved, the hotel was worthless. We were customers with American Express for years. Never again, and never at Omni Hotel.
American Express Travel is an unlawful company that you can't trust in business. I booked an all inclusive hotel package for kids' spring break through Amex Travel on Feb, after comparing rate with Expedia and other travel websites. It was slightly cheaper, maybe ~$200 for 8 days package and guess I can earn rewards point via Amex card as well. $1991.60 was charged on my Amex card on Feb25th, but didn't receive any confirmation. I can still see my travel booking on Amex Travel website. Felt ok. Received a brief email confirmation on April 9th.
Arrived at Mexico hotel on April 16th, and they wouldn't allow me to check in and asked to pay extra $1500 for two kids which were already included in my booking. I told the hotel and they kept saying booking shows two infants while my kids are 5 and 12. Had to call Amex Travel and they insisted on their record showing two infants ages 0 and 0. After waiting in the lobby for over 2 hrs while kids were hungry, I had no choice but paying whatever they are going to charge me additional $1186.10 (so called discounted rate for kids). Mood of my whole family for vacation was kind of ruined then... By the time I checked in, we already wasted whole afternoon waiting and making international phone calls...
By then, I realized it was a trap set up by Amex Travel agent, don't know specific who handles it or who scheme is like this, to lure customer book through them and not sending confirmation with no details after they can't freely cancel their reservation. And then while they arrive, hotel charges additional fees with arrangement with Amex Travel beforehand. Called Amex credit card for 2 hrs 5 time to dispute this morning, they kept saying it is internal so transfer my call to Amex Travel, but I was let waiting on phone for over 1 hr without talking to anyone after a person learned my case!!! Such an awful company and I will never book anything with Amex Travel and will definitely send this review as many place as I can so people are alerted with them.
I tried to book a flight through AmEx Travel three times on the same day, maybe more. I received an "Internal Error" message each time. The message also explained that my order could not be processed, so I gave up on the flight. After a 4hr. nap, I received a flight confirmation. How, when my request could not be processed? I called to cancel the flight, and the AmEx Travel rep informed me that the flight was canceled. I went on with my life.
A month later I was charged for the same amount for the same flight. Fast forward another month and 10 representatives later, I found out I was charged twice for the same flight. I disputed the transaction TWICE, but AmEx rebilled me for the flight both times. I decided to pay the balance and close the account. I had to pay $420 for their website's technicality. I will never open another account nor will I recommend AmEx to anyone. Their travel website is terrible, and their customer service reps lack the brains to realize that I was charged for the same flight on the same day for the same amount of passengers during a time that their website malfunctioned. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS COMPANY!!!
A good reason NOT to use American Express travel is that they do not follow American Express policies that protect and assist you with the best advice with purchases and finances. They do not follow a 21st century MO (as in the card division) which is to exchange information in a fast expedient manner by the use of a CHAT service. They prefer that you use their website, thereby taking yet another step to separate you from a personalized service.
When you book a trip they do not warn or protect you from predator airlines that have no change or refund policies with lengthy layover trips. They don’t look for the shortest routes and competitive fares. They don’t go to bat for you and weigh your patronage using their card by looking at how they can bargain with an airline as their bank to fight for what is fair for a valued customer. In fact that do not treat you as a valued customer. My inclination after speaking to other friends who have used their services and my 3 experiences where they clearly sold me a fare that I could have found on my own for a better rate directly from the airlines at the last minute. Unlike the Card division that calls you back when they say they will they do not follow up.
I booked a trip using my air miles for 4 people 1500 air miles which is 1500 dollars. They booked me on Frontier Airlines... Only to find out when we flew that seats were 29 dollars... We had to pay 45 dollars for our seats and another 130 dollars for our luggage, which would not be bad if we didn't only paid 25 dollars. This whole trip cost us 2200. They lost my husband's luggage. On return trip did not have a wheelchair ready for me. We haven't traveled in so long. This was terrible.
When booking my flight with American Express I was led to believe that I was in very good hands with your executive and she steered me in the wrong direction. I booked the wrong flight and when I tried to change it I was told they would be a $200 change fee and no matter who I spoke to and I devoted almost an entire day to correcting the city I was told over and over again that this was an airline issue and they could not waive the fee. I will never ever use your company again and I'm thinking very carefully about changing to a different credit card.
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