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We tried rebooking tickets from Cape Town. After initially telling us rebooking will be 10000EUR they found a ticket where we can rebook for 300 EUR few days later. We rebooked over the phone for 2 of us in a single phone conversation. They sent an email card bounced. I called them and asked to stay on the line until they are 100% sure it's booked. The rep confirmed all is ok and they are booked with a different card. We arrived to the airport to find out they only rebooked one of the tickets and claimed other one bounced. Then they offered a rebooking for another 1200 EUR for a single ticket - "or you can stay in South Africa".
Trying to complain about was impossible. Everyone from cabin crew, pilot (who came to apologize) and ground crew kept pointing us to their website. They downgraded us to from our original seats (which were confirmed over the phone) to the only row we explicitly asked not to be. There was no way anyone will listen. Seeing many other similar reviews online it became clear to me that this is intentional company policy.
I purchased a ticket a month ago (Vienna-Krasnodar), only to find out yesterday that the Austrian Airlines has changed its schedule. Austrian issued a new ticket automatically, and booked a flight through Moscow Domodedovo. The direct option was expensive and I was willing to pay the price to have the convenience of having a direct flight to my destination. The flight Vienna-Domodedovo-Krasnodar is much cheaper, but Austrian would not issue any compensation for price difference. Dealing with reservation help desk was not a pleasant experience either.
To get a call through, waiting time was on between 16 and 22 minutes based on 4 attempts made. Staff was not helpful. I had re-booked my direct flight on a date 5 days after my originally planned departure. Again, no compensation for the time lost. Upon checking the price on the website, the price of the new ticket on the website was cheaper than the one I had paid. Again, I was told no compensation will be provided since I ti "long term cancellation" (whatever that means).
Dissatisfied with Austrian Airlines. Poor customer service and terrible support. Long waiting times in a telephone queue. This is the 4th time happening to me when booking with Austrian Airlines. I never have such problems with any other airlines (Qantas, Emirates, Etihad, British Airways, Iberia). Will avoid Austrian Airlines in the future and recommend you stay away from them. Every booking I had with them (11/12 flights in total without exception) had some problems. Change in flight schedule, overselling seats (showing up at the airport only to be told that there are no seats available on the plane). If you want your trip to go smoothly, choose other airline! Don't book with Austrian Airline! Terrible!
75 days and 5 promises, but no refund. Austrian Airlines agrees they owe us a refund. By late December, we had corrected communication problems and were promised prompt payment. On 10 January, a wire was sent with incomplete transmittal information and in the wrong amount. A promised 30 January payment did not appear and no confirmation of payment has been made available. February passed without an attempt to pay. Payment was promised on 1 March and apparently sent on 4 March. Again, the wire transmittal information appeared to be incomplete. Another promise was made to sent payment of 5 March. Who knows, maybe that promise will be fulfilled.
After many, many emails, it appears that Austrian Airlines contracts with a third party accounting partner. The feedback department, which cannot be reached by phone, does not have customer account information. But they can make a request to accounting. But feedback cannot reach accounting by phone or email. Instead, the request goes to the scanning department which transmits it to accounting. Accounting may respond, but does not automatically forward confirmation information. As often as not, it requires more than a week for feedback to receive a response to a request sent through channels. My guess is that other customers have found Austrian's customer service operation to be years behind the current state of the art in customer relations. On the other hand, they are very loyal to their bureaucracy...
I would like to express my deepest disappointment and frustration in the service that Austrian Airlines has provided to me. Given the fact that Austrian Airlines is not a low-cost company such as Ryanair, it is not flexible at all in changing or cancelling flight tickets and it does not meet customer needs at all. As a result to all this, I will NOT use Austrian Airlines in the future anymore, nor will I recommend this flight airlines.
My wish was to buy my return ticket to Málaga with Austrian Airlines, but the customer service was not helpful at all in giving advice or changing my flight. It is a shame that low-cost companies such as Ryanair are more flexible and give you the opportunity to do modifications or cancellation on your flight online, plus provides better customer support. That is why I have decided to use Ryanair instead of Austrian Airlines for my return ticket to Málaga. I AM SURELY WILL NOT USE AUSTRIAN AIRLINES. NEVER EVER AGAIN!!!
I booked travel for family traveling from Vienna to USA. Spoke to a very competent agent, Elana, who guided me step by step on making our travel arrangements. Travel is expensive, but I feel I was provided with great service.
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I am gold star alliance member for many years and have been losing a good share of connections over years, but never had experienced such a poor, poor service as one received at Vienna airport after missing my connection to Amsterdam. Starting from outbound flight there was no meaningful explanation of flight delay (bad weather in Vienna? while no flights were delayed there???). I missed my business schedules heavily without anyone explaining why. Would not make any difference, but it is bare minimum to keep customer informed, instead of treating him like a reference code or ticket number.
Awaiting for rebooking in Vienna was unbelievably long, even though I have priority pass I could not cut through the queue. It is incredible how ground staff has little to no empathy for people that are not there on their own choice. Out of 4 working stations only 2 or max 3 at the time were working, with no-one demonstrating any sense of urgency, while queue was getting longer and longer, packed with pretty desperate people. As an example, one of the staff spent at least 45 minutes sorting out un-properly packed bottles of alcohol (was it really that urgent?), w/o duty free bill, discussing with that specific passenger how to take the bottle back to the shop and ask for refund etc etc, instead of focusing on people awaiting for rebooking and bed to sleep in.
Once I finally managed to receive voucher for hotel and taxi, I didn't get ANY information about categorization of either, even though I asked for hotel, and didn't get reply. If I had all information available at the time, I would neither accept hotel nor transport that you have provided as IT IS BELOW ANY DECENT LEVEL. Taxi contractor is below any standard: there is no organized way to get to the counter, service is completely inefficient, once I finally got to counter I was told to wait for them to call me by name (!GDPR!)? I would expect that company like Austrian Airlines would be more careful in selecting partners, but that is obviously not the case. At some point of time (much later after my first interaction at the counter) lady from the counter called 4 passenger by full name!!!
So now I even know one of them by first and last name, and would not be too much of the trouble to contact him/her or in other way abuse personal data. Probably needless to remind that as of May 1 GDPR is in full force and even though it is not Austrian Airlines, they have partner that is fully un-compliant. For me it is one and the same service. On the way to vehicle taxi driver was checking each voucher, like we are in kindergarten, or even refugees (without being disrespectful to refugees). Getting finally to the vehicle, another surprise / by all means not more than 3 people should be placed there: one in front, two in the back. Instead, I was squeezed between two ladies that I saw first time in my life, having a physical contact?
Total disrespect of personal space and privacy, and if this is the way to create savings (either in Austrian Airlines or Taxi service / again I do not care at all as it was one package to me), it is very very poor way to so. Austrian is not positioned as low budget operator, but surely they act like one. Hotel was another bad surprise and was a total disaster! I don't even know how to describe it. Starting from terrible smell at the entrance, to the smelly rooms, with no room service, no mini bar, no water in the room, dirty and old... unmatchable 'zero category'! At least they have internet so I can write this, instead of being in my final destination in Amsterdam. In 5* hotel, that I will need to pay anyway as there was no way to cancel the reservation at the night of arrival.
Breakfast only from 6 am, with no breakfast take-away: with my rebooked flight starting at 7 AM, I could not even get a cup of coffee, after not getting a cup of water day before or, dare I to say, a dinner! Indeed, I was offered a food voucher at the airport, but if by accident I took it I probably would not reach hotel even by midnight. Which probably would not be much worse either... And finally I will, hopefully, arrive to my destination, to which I am going for an important business meetings, w/o proper sleep, starved and terribly late.
Now I get to appreciate Lufthansa much more, despite many lost connections in Germany. Few weeks ago I missed flight in Frankfurt, and I got my own taxi, that I didn't have to wait for an hour (or even for a minute) or share with anyone, taking me to Kempinski hotel. Similarly, in Munich I didn't even have to leave the airport, just cross the street to Hilton hotel, with proper reception, proper restaurant, room service and bottle of water in room (needless to say mini bar). Lufthansa surely respects its passengers and even more, it gives Gold members level of service that reflect appreciation for people that are constantly in the air, running from gate to gate expecting in return just respectful treatment. I am sorry to say that I felt everything but respect in past couple of hours, and it will take a huge effort to risk again with Austrian Airlines.
Worse experience ever. Very rude staff looking to charge you for extra kilos. This policy looks like having extra profits and bonus for the ground stewardesses. They don’t care if you are silver or gold status. They only care about profits from the extra bonuses. Terrible. Worse Star Alliance company ever.
I am really disappointed with their service, I bought the ticket from CheapOair. I usually buy the tickets from that site once a year that I visit Greece from USA where I live and reside. I usually flight with Lufthansa which I am very satisfied. I am not satisfied at all with Austrian Airlines for two reasons. When I arrived at the check in I was asked to pay an extra 50 euro (cash) for my one suitcase luggage. I never had to pay with Lufthansa for economy ticket for only one suitcase 50 euro. They told me because my ticket was light economy??? What is that?? New way of scamming people and taking money?? Even at their complaint form (the one I am filling at their official site) it does not have that class of ticket (light economy). I guess I just find out how their airline company can scam passenger to the last minute. Probably with fine print details somewhere in the pages of the ticket. Very bad practice.
Thank God my return leg to Greece after 7 months is LUFTHANSA. When I bought it it did not have very CLEAR on the ticket purchase that I had to pay for 1?? suitcase. It’s a misleading practice to take money. I am furious not so much for the 50 euro but for the practice of applying it. Lastly I want to say that their culinary treatment in the flight was very much below my expectations from what amount of food I was getting in Lufthansa and the amount of food (very little) according to my opinion I think in your flight from Vienna to LAX. Thank you very much and be advise. KEEP AWAY FROM THESE AIRLINES. THAT’S THE ONLY WAY OF FIGHTING THEIR GREEDINESS.
Keep in mind, I am not one of those people upset about flight delay, nor I am that person that only posts negative reviews, my whole review is about lack of customer service and problem solving skills, particularly team that was working 8/19/18 in Chicago OHare check in counter (for some reason was for 3 airlines: Austrian, Swiss and Lufthansa). I so regret not recording a video on this nonsense!
So originally whole mess started because wheelchair assistance didn't pick up my 75 y.o. grandmother from check in counter. Ok, I get it, it's a separate private company and whether airlines like it or not, it was contracted by airport. That's not the point. The point is, that I paid my ticket with Austrian, I am their customer, since they offer option of wheelchair assistance, they should arrange it by dealing with that contracted company, or by sending 1 of the employees from check in counter to take elderly flyer to the boarding gate. It's called customer service, its called problem solving. Because it doesn't help anybody to be looking for "who messed up", I know myself that wheelchair assistance company screwed up, but airline didn't fix it and made more mess on their end.
Since it was 15 min before boarding time and it's an international flight, I had to send my grandmother through TSA all on her own, she can't ask people in TSA line to let her pass, because she doesn't speak the language, if she doesn't make it to the gate in time, she can't ask for help either, we should've not be put in this position. Not only airline check in agents didn't care, but when I asked them to contact the gate and ask them if my grandmother made it there on time, they told me, that they can't do this, because of the safety reasons.
Such stupidity leaves me speechless. They didn't care to help us to make it to the gate, they didn't care even if my grandmother doesn't make it to that plane, though we clearly got checked in, they just didn't care to focus on customer assistance. It wasn't even the situation where they had to go extra mile for economy class customer, it was standard situation that they didn't care to handle. I don't have Swiss customer service manager name saved, I am sure there isn't that many of them, worked on 8/19/18 with 3 letter name. Needless to say, I will never fly with Austrian, and will not recommend it to anyone.
They cancelled our flight without any legitimate reason. They said because of bad weather conditions, but they were lying because it was sunny. And they are cancelling often their flights without a proper reason. Don't fly with them if you don't want to lose time and money. They should be banned.
There was a very long delay on my flight from Vienna to Tehran by Austrian Airline (around 12 hours) and when I arrived to Tehran I notice that my luggage has been lost! After 2 days I received my bag. I sent my complaints to Austrian Airline and they illegally obtained my bank account (they pretended that it is necessary to have my bank account details to be able to wire me the compensation amount). However they finally wanted me to download a worthless discount coupon for my future Austrian Airline flight! The coupon worth Euro 100 but because of its restrictions it is a worthless coupon! I will never ever fly with Austrian Airlines.
This is the most unprofessional airline I’ve ever flown with. Not only was my flight to Venice from Thessaloniki via Vienna delayed and I missed the connection but the return flight was also delayed and again I’d miss my connecting flight. Then the airline personnel couldn’t work out what alternative connecting flight to put me and my young daughter on. The airline rep instead told me I had to catch the late flight and work out how I’d get back to Greece when I was in Vienna.
When I complained she got all sassy and rude and said this just happens and it’s not her fault. As the representative of the airline surely she could at least be civil and apologetic about the unprofessional business she works for. I’ve never experienced such incompetence. The worst of it was the fact that I was made to feel as if the entire mess up was my responsibility. I’ll never fly with Austrian Airlines again. I wouldn’t have even given them one star but the site requires that I give one. Hopeless.
After repeated errors trying to reserve seats, I found myself in the horror land that is the Austrian Airlines social media team. Incompetent doesn't begin to cover their handling of this situation. Every message I sent was read by a different person who couldn't or wouldn't read any message I had sent other than the most recent one, meaning they had NO IDEA what the actual problem was. They even told me at one point that they had fixed the website error and I could now reserve seats, which was a total lie. In the end I had to ring an international rate phone number to try and get it sorted, due to their refusal to organise for someone to ring me. Despite paying £600+ on tickets and having to pay ~£50 more to reserve seats. AVOID.
I had a flight booked from Kiev to Vienna with my 2 grandchildren. I got to the airport at least 3 hours before the flight, and I tried to check in at the counter, and somehow they wasn't able to check us in, Not me and not the kids. That was so frustrating to me, I never had this with any other airline. So I told them, that he should go ahead and request a refund for me, he didn't wanna do it. I wanted he should make a note on my booking because I was afraid that I won't be able to show proof that the problem I couldn't fly was their problem. Anyways he told me I should Call Austrian and they'll do it for me (As I'd wish). I had a connection flight from Vienna to NY and I missed everything because of this, I had to re-book my tickets with a different airline that costed me heavens prices Because I had to buy it last minute.
Anyways the next day I called them to request my fairly deserved refund, and as I thought the rep started asking me maybe there was a problem with my documents (Obviously that wasn't the issue, because I flew a few hours later) and tried everything to say maybe it was my fault, I couldn't bring real proof that I wasn't able to check in (Because that stupid worker at the check-in counter didn't wanna do anything for me), they told me I should go and make an Inquiry online, I made an Inquiry and I waited. Passed by a week with no response whatsoever, So I called them, they told me It, they can't do nothing and I'll have to wait for a reply that could take up to 2 weeks.
A week later I called and now I get the answer that It could take up to 3 weeks, and now I'm 3 weeks later with no response. I spoke to them like 5-6 times already, and there's no one to speak to there, sick system, I'll never be flying with this airline again, with such disgusting service, and they treat their customers with no respect whatsoever. Try to avoid this Airline, for your own sake.
I am very frustrated with the new pricing policies, miles and more companies are applying to their customer. Have to fly to Vienna for business, the ticket was priced 1000 CHF for a Geneva - Vienna flight round trip. Completely ridiculous price for an inner European flight. And at that price you do not even have a check in luggage included, how is this ridiculous. When you start pricing air ticket at 1000 CHF, paying for check in luggage is a robbery. Looking forward that Easyjet comes and put some competition in there. It is a shame and I have not paid for the ticket.
I had a flight from Toronto to Frankfort on Jan, 5th 2017 by Lufthansa. When I was going to deliver my baggage, I received an offer to change my flight from Lufthansa to the Austrian Airlines to shorten overall flight time about 6 hours (1st illusion!!) in the Pearson Airport! I was concerned to reach the connecting flight because of the lack of time of 90 minutes, but she guaranteed it & I accepted her offer & she changed my flight, but unfortunately the flight had delayed more than two hours!
In the flight, my seat was beside the exit door & my feet was freezing & I used from a pillow to make an insulation between the exit door & my feet!! I asked from the flight attendants about reaching to the connecting flight & they have told me "Don't worry, they knows you are in our flight & they are waiting for you because you have already the boarding card but you should go immediately to the designated gate" (the 2nd illusion!).
I lost my connecting flight when I was reached to the Vienna airport finally. The customer care was terrible! They were confused, so arrogant, disorganized & they've given me next flight for more than 10 hours without any hotel or even a lounge & in the response to 40 passengers complaints they just were shown a derisive laughter on their plastic face & you just heard "I'M SORRY" word without any sorrow on their face! They provide a 12 euro lunch voucher after a long lineup, but it looked like a donation & you can buy less than 3 bottles of mineral water by 12 Euro & after too many complaints they had doubled the voucher but they printed the group voucher & it means all of the e.g. 6 passengers names in the voucher which don't know each other should go to the restaurant at the same time!!!
The internet quality & speed was poor in the airport as well! All the 40 passengers said to their manager that "We will tell everybody about your poor service & behavior" but they didn't care & shown it by the shoulder shrugging body language. In destination airport, when I received my baggage, I saw a damage on my baggage handle as well. I never, ever, ever fly with this rude staff & don't recommend them to anybody & if you fly by Emirates, KLM, AirCanada you can feel the big difference in the received service quality.
I was travelling from Vienna to Washington on OS 93 on Jan 4th. When I tried to check in by myself on the machine, there was no help available and all info was in German language only. When I finally got through I was told I have to attach the baggage tag on my suitcase by myself (passengers are not trained to do this by themselves). When I got to the scale, I had to lift my suitcase (23kg) on the scale by myself and redo it the right way several times, while the OS employee was standing there and watching me, no help offered. I am 76 y old woman and paid lots of money for my ticket. I think I should deserve a little more help from the OS airline. I am using your airline at least twice a year, but am going to reconsider using this airline from now on, if this kind of NO SERVICE is going to be offered. Very disappointed with Austrian Air.
NEVER doing business with this company again. I logged in today to check the flight status for my upcoming international trip. It said my booking information could not be loaded for about 5 hours, so when I came home from work I called Customer Service. Three different reps in the USA disconnected me after I waited over an hour to speak with someone. When I finally reached a woman and explained to her what happened, I asked if I could give her my phone number so she could call me back if we got disconnected. She refused and said they can't make outbound calls but she would try not to disconnect me. REALLY? Turns out they LOST our international booking despite sending me a confirmation code and receipt weeks ago. She said it was "deleted".
I was so upset; this trip has been planned for MONTHS for our young daughter to meet her 90 year old grandmother in Europe who is literally on her deathbed. When I complained, they told me there are no managers in the United States that I can speak with. Told me to email my complaint to their corporate office. She would not re-book my flight, nor give me a phone number to speak with the corporate office directly. Instead she gave me an email address, which turned out to be an automated mailbox which redirected me to call the same customer service number I had called in the first place. This is HORRIBLE customer service and I encourage everyone to avoid Austrian whenever and however possible.
I was flying yesterday 12 July 2016. It was the worse experience I ever had in my entire life while flying Austrian Airlines! The members of Austrian Airlines that I dealt with are rude, not caring and mostly not helpful. I flew via Vienna to London from another country. The airport in Vienna was closed due to adverse weather condition and pilot flew to Budapest to get refuel. Passengers were for 7 hours stuck in aircraft without food (apart from sweet cake and some drinks). After arriving in Vienna all Austrian Airlines service centres were closed but only one open with 4 members serving queue of 200 people. My flight was delayed for 14 hours; I was late for my meeting at work.
Austrian airlines gave food vouchers for Starbucks which was closed at that time, no transfer to hotel; I have to pay my own money both ways. Further too my bag was lost and I still waiting from Austrian Airlines to contact me. It is not a budget airline, I paid 300 for my ticket but the service is terrible. I would never fly Austrian Airlines again!
From Toronto (YYZ) to Tehran (IKA) via VIE with one hour connection time on June 5th and Return on June 30, from Isfahan (IFN) to YYZ via VIE with one hour connection time. Flight from YYZ to VIE was good, but impolite and not friendly cabin crew. Food was good but not comparable with other airlines. Once we got to Vienna, we found out our other flights (next segment and return) have been canceled without any notice. We only found out about cancellation at the gate in VIE; and again the most of the ground staff were impolite. Actually, we were informed that our next flights didn't exist anymore and they can put us on the next flight to IKA that will depart in 11 hours or transfer us to a Lufthansa flight. Also we would need to contact Turkish airlines at our destination to book our return tickets as they have an internal agreement with them.
Nobody apologized for what happened. We didn't even hear the word “Sorry” at least one time in VIE. Instead of that, one of the Austrian superintendent who was so rude said that they are not responsible to get us to our destination. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT! MAYBE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY IS SERVING FOOD TO PEOPLE.
We asked to talk to their manager. After she made the manager we could talk to him. He gave us the same attitude. He was rude, impolite, snobbish... Again he didn't only say a simple sorry for what happened there. Finally we convinced them to rebook us with Turkish at their desk. Please read other reviews, same stories have happened for other flights. They should be boycotted. NEVER FLY WITH AUSTRIAN AIRLINES.
I was traveling with Austrian Airline flight No. OS 072 (for the first time) on Sunday April 10, 2016, from Toronto, Canada to Vienna. We were scheduled to have just 1/15 minutes of transit time before the next flight to Tehran-Iran. Unfortunately, because of the bad weather in Toronto at the time of departure, the flight was delayed about an hour. It was clear that we would not be able to catch the next flight on time while most of us purchased this flight ticket because of the short transit time. Unfortunately we ended up to wait over 10 hours for the next flight to Tehran.
As a result of this delay we were prevented from reaching our connected flight to Tehran. I am very sad that I was unable to be there for the very important occasion that I was traveling for. It is expected in such conditions, which is quite normal and predictable for the Airline authorities, to have a plan B for the huge number of passengers with the same destination and do their very best to have an alternate flight, but, not leaving many seniors, sick passengers and families with small children with no preparation and no accommodations or any comforting services for long hours. This has been very upsetting for us and a bad reputation for Austrian Airlines.
I would like to express my disappointment from your unsatisfactory level of services. I have expected much more from a prestigious and reputed Airline. Unfortunately, I can't help but submit this letter of complaint hoping for a fast and adequate resolution. I hope you agree with me that this is not acceptable under any circumstances. I trust that you will deal with this issue in a top urgent fashion. I also trust that you will take the necessary precautions to prevent such incidents in the future.
My flight OS 072 Sunday April 10 from Canada to Vienna was to have just 1/15 minutes of transit time before the next flight to Tehran-Iran. Unfortunately, because of the snow in Canada at the time of departure the flight was delayed about an hour. It was clear that we would not be able to catch the next flight on time. All of Iranian who purchased this flight were because of the short transit hour. We ended up to wait over 10 hours for next flight. This was too much as we had quite a few seniors or people with children.
If this airline would care for customers they had enough time to have arranged a flight in much shorter hours than torturing people with such a long hours. The problem was not only for customers also for people who were waiting for their arrival on the other side. The Manager tried to let us call our people or give us a mall vouchers to eat. To get to our destination by 4:30 in the morning was quite different than 4:30 in the afternoon. We all were sick and too tired with the bad experience promising never use this airline again. I am sure all sixty people and their network is going to be a bad advertising for the airline.
My wife and I flew Austrian Airlines to Minsk via Vienna from London and return. I paid £117 for extra legroom seats on all 4 parts of the flight. At Minsk check-in they told us the flight was overbooked and that we might not get on this flight. At the last minute they decided we could board the flight but not in our booked seats. We were given standard seats. On the plane people were sitting in our seats, I asked and they had not paid extra for the seat! On my return to UK I tried to get a refund of the £117 I had paid. To this day Austrian Airlines has not answered any of my emails nor letters. They have completely ignored my request for a refund. Do not fly Austrian Airlines if you can avoid. They are the worst European airline for customer relations.
I warn all travelers about the abuse of Austrian Airlines company to its monopoly position in the direction of Kiev-Vienna. I'm used to fly to Vienna a lot, due to my business; and more frequent air company monopolist in this direction is Austrian Airlines. However, recently I had bad experience with this airline, which left me with no desire to continue to give them my time and money. Briefly about the situation: I checked in the flight online the day before departure, but that did not stop the representatives of Austrian Airlines to remove me and 9 other passengers from the flight right at the entrance to the plane. The airline didn't explain to passengers the reason of their decision, but I understood that airline was guided by national basis, because all 9 passengers was from Ukraine.
After removal, the airline changed the ticket to a late flight. As a result of that I was late for my appointments. Moreover, I'm trying to get a justice, an apology and explanation from the airline for 1 year, but still I didn't receive any feedback from them. It is very shortsighted and presumptuous of Austrian Airlines to believe that because of its monopoly position on this direction, they can provide so unprofessional service to their passengers. The big fat minus to Austrian Airlines. If you need to Vienna fly, but just not with them - real advice from real victim.
My 74-year old mother and three daughters took an Amtrak train from Baltimore to Penn Station. The train arrived late by 1.5 hours. My family arrived at the JFK 50 minutes prior to the flight. The Austrian Airlines do not allow them to board and forfeited the tickets for 4 passengers worth of almost $5,000, refused to help, refused to cooperate with Orbitz customer help representatives. Amtrak didn't take any responsibility for delaying the passengers and the passengers got punished for no fault. When my children asked at the airlines counter where would they stay overnight, the Austrian Airlines rep told them it wasn't their problem. The company is extremely unfriendly and even hostile to customers. We ended up buying new tickets from KLM. Never use Austrian Airlines again.
If I could I will give negative 5 stars, 1 star is way too good for this terrible company. Let me start by saying their support any JFK airport is terrible, their intention is not to assist flyers but just the opposite. They delay you give you hard time on anything that they can possible come up with. So, my daughter was flying to Europe (Non EU country) and her stay was over 90 days. I was told that she needed a visa, however no one, and I mean no one was able to get the policy anywhere. I looked up the Embassy and they said up to 1 year visa free, they still refused. Spoke to the nastiest person ever the supervisor, who had no clue, was mean and rude, and have us waiting for over half an hour while talking to other people and completely ignoring us.
Finally she got the message that we weren't going anywhere and simply told us to go and change the ticket to Austrian ticket counter. Another 15 min or so wait, just to hear that I need to call the agency and modify the ticket. Called the ticket agent and had to pay $730 just to simple push the date back 10 days. Once, everything was set and done, I was told that the check-in was closed!! We asked and begged and there was still plenty of time to get to the gate, and most of delays were from their clueless agents. I had to purchase a new ticket for the next day with another airline.
I just send them a demand letter, as well as preparing for a lawsuit, if my demands are not meet. I plan to file a complaint with the NY Attorney general, Consumer Affairs agency, BBB, Aviation Consumer Protection Division, C-75. and as many as possible complain. I urge everyone that has been having the same issues with this terrible airline to complain, complain, and complain, and expose them as much as possible on social media. NEVER AGAIN AUSTRIAN AIRLINE!!
I booked for my mum flight from Melbourne, Australia to Warsaw, Poland. It was Austrian airline. Because my mum (74 years old) speaks only polish and had bypass surgery few years ago I order for wheelchair assistance so she doesn't need to carry her bag and worries that she will be lost at the airports. Her flight was via Bangkok and Vienna. And of course in Vienna nobody come to pick up my mum. She tried to find her gate, she was lost, disoriented. She showed someone her ticket with special sticker that she need an assistance and nothing. No one didn't care. Finally there was a men, Polish who helped her. Lucky she didn't have problems with her heart after that awful experience. Now she has to fly back to Australia and she is scared that the situation could repeat itself. I have to tell I'm scared too. Did I asked for too much, really?!
I purchased a round trip airfare ticket with Austrian Airlines. At some point I was notified that my return ticket had the first flight (the starting flight of the trip) was canceled. On the phone Austrian Airlines said that there is nothing that can be done and suggested that I purchase another ticket for my return and only hope for a refund on the portion of the itinerary that was canceled by the airline. That was terrifying to hear because it would mean that I paid for a trip that I will never get to use and that I will only be reimbursed partially for one small distance flight out of 3.
After continuously calling Austrian Airlines in hope of a different resolution (because I found this one unacceptable), I was given 2 totally unacceptable flights to choose from that included traveling on Christmas day or with overnight layaway AND airport change in New York from JFK to LaGuardia. Now the ticket that I purchased was more expensive than this alternative: it had no overnight layaway and it had no airport change. I could have gotten a ticket like that for a much cheaper price. So I denied the offer and I said that I am expecting to be given something that has the same standard as the ticket I paid for. The Austrian Airlines representative couldn't come with another alternative that would have the same standard and fit my schedule. In fact I wasn't given ANY other alternative.
I looked for my passenger rights and on the official Austrian Airlines website it states that in case a flight is canceled for any other reason than my own request (so is an involuntary flight cancellation) I am entitled to another flight that is like the one I paid for +/- 3 days from my travel date or at a later convenient time. I told this to all the representatives that I spoke with. None of them cared and none of them seemed willing to follow Austrian Airline's OWN policy and passenger rights. My rights were written in plain understandable letters and yet absolutely no representative cared or showed willing to respect them. In the end I was forced by Austrian Airlines to pay for my own rebooking of the return flight even if I already paid for a return flight and that one was canceled by the airline.
Me and my wife, ** and ** traveled with Austrian Airlines from Pristina, Kosovo to Orlando, US. The flight was on 9th March 2015, flight no. 770 which got delayed on arriving in Vienna and because of that, we also missed our flight to Washington-Orlando. Through all the troubles that got us on a flight to London, which was also delayed and then missed our flight to New York-Orlando. When we arrived in New York it was an overnight flight and we had to pay for a hotel outside the airport. After all the troubles we got after we finally arrived in Orlando, our bags went missing for 4 days!!! My wife is a cancer patient and she was without therapy for 7 days!!! We are asking for compensation on the tickets for all the troubles you made us go through or we will find another way on facing this damage. I expect immediate action from you!!
I was flying from Cracow through Vienna to Chicago on November 13th 2014.. flight #065. Being at the gate 20 minutes prior departure, I was denied to fly back home.. My seat was sold and my luggage was kicked out from the plane.. I got no help except telling me to pay for my return home over 800 Euro... Inconsiderate bad mannered unprofessional ground service people left me there.. I am retired man with spine problem.. Thanks to the United Airlines, my frequent flyer miles and some fees, I am on my way home next day.. I did send complaint to the Airlines demanding returning my money for the ticket.. feeling my ticket was taken away from me and sold for an extra money to some other passenger.. Way to make money, Austrian! I strongly consider taking legal actions against those unfriendly Austrian Airlines... Is there any international law that protects passengers from this type of behavior?...
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