For Travellers

A website is a website on the world wide web that is dedicated to travel. The site is focused on trip fares, but also on travel advices. Travel bookings are the single largest component of e-commerce and due to that it is also easy to understand that lot of people is involved and all do not always go well.

(ref: ASTA – American Society of Travel Agents)

Consumer Complaints

Even the most well-prepared travelers can encounter some problems during a trip. Here are some tips to help you get these problems resolved.

During Your Trip

Experience has shown that it’s better to try to resolve any problems you face on the spot, if possible. Even if your complaint does not get resolved right away, you will have registered your dissatisfaction should you decide to pursue your complaint after your return.

Here are some other steps to take:

  1. Check your documents to establish the validity of your complaint.
  2. If you have a problem, speak up! Immediately bring the matter to the attention of those in charge.
  3. Keep notes which include the names of the people with whom you speak and the date, time and location of your conversations.
  4. Keep all receipts should you have to spend additional money to resolve a problem.
  5. If your baggage is lost or delayed, immediately file a claim with the company responsible to protect your rights. Be sure to obtain and keep a copy of the claim.

After Your Trip

If you still have a complaint after you return home, we suggest that you first review the materials you were given by the travel firm to determine the validity of your claim. Realize that some events, such as bad weather, are beyond the control of any company. If you are satisfied that your complaint has merit, write a letter to the firm that you feel is responsible. Provide adequate detail to substantiate your complaint, as well as the steps you feel should be taken to rectify the problem. Be realistic in your request and send a copy of this letter to your travel agent.

If the problem is with a tour company, hotel or other supplier, you may enlist the aid of your travel agent, who will often pursue the matter for you. In addition, your agent will appreciate being advised of your problem so that your experiences can be considered when other clients inquire about this company. Remember, however, that your travel agent acts as an ”agent,” selling travel services on behalf of the airlines, cruise lines, car-rental companies, hotels, tour operators and other travel suppliers. He or she will not, in most cases, be the source of these services.

If the problem is with your travel agent, provide your agent a copy of the complaint letter and request the opportunity to discuss the issue. We suggest you limit your initial contact to only those parties directly involved in the matter. Ask for a response, and allow the firm adequate time to investigate your complaint

Pursuing Your Complaint

Sometimes your complaint cannot be satisfied by dealing directly with the firm involved, or perhaps you cannot get a response to your email or letter. You may wish to contact a consumer affairs organisation in your area.