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United Airlines is horrible

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by JeffZan, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. JeffZan

    JeffZan New Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    I used to fly UAL a lot and was global services or 100K for most of 2000-2010. A recent experience with them highlights how bad they have gotten. Needless to say, I will never fly them again.

    I was returning from Buenos Aires with my family. A storm hit and the airport shut down for an hour. United was unable to get the plane refueled and the crew timed out and they cancelled the flight. After unloading us from the plane, we spent the next 4 hours in complete chaos and confusion getting to the hotel that UAL had arranged. Nobody from UAL could tell us anything about our situation or what was happening - it was very surreal. We managed to make it out the next night, but United was unable to get us to our final destination for an additional 24 hours. I booked a separate flight to Chicago and rented a car to get to our final destination. When I asked United for a simple reimbursement for the rental car, they rejected it as it wasn't in their policy. When i told them that it had saved them 4 hotel rooms and meal vouchers in Houston, they didn't really care. When I told them that i would never fly them again and that they were losing a business traveler and hundreds of thousands of dollars, they didn't care.

    United used to be a good airline. What happened?
  2. jfoonly

    jfoonly Well-Known Member

    Jul 11, 2011
    It sounds like you no longer have any kind of elite miles status and you're experiencing what normal plebes have gotten from UA for the last 20 years. I have always found their customer service subpar, both in the air and on the ground, but the 3rd class seats on their bigger jets moderately better than others. Sorry for your troubles, but you can't really expect a reimbursement without prior approval.
  3. moddey

    moddey Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2007
    it's definitely gotten worse since the merger with continental. I've been 1K for the last 5-6 years or so and service is noticeably worse now, almost never get upgraded, they don't care if they run out of your first choice meal, etc., etc. /rant. and what's with the cheeseburgers?? who want's to eat a pink slime burger on a plane?
  4. Joffrey

    Joffrey Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Pennsylvania Ave/Connecticut Ave
    KNock on wood, never had a problem with United.
  5. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2008
    there is no airline that is not horrible.

    as long as the government requires all the ridiculous taxes that squeeze all airlines' profits (LOL, THERE ARE NONE) .. err, revenues that it does today, all the airlines will do whatever it takes to cut costs, which ultimately fucks the customer in the end.

    first order of business to improve everyone's experience with every airline:
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2013
  6. FunLovinStyle

    FunLovinStyle Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Try leaving a vague note on their facebook page about how disappointed you are in their customer service. Someone may get in touch with you and make things right. At least, that's how American Airlines handled things for me a few months ago.
  7. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2009
    when? :foo:

    *USA-based airline

    exemplary carriers: swiss, lufthansa, thai, asiana, cathay, etc...

    okay, so maybe it doesn't help much for those traveling domestically, but anyone jumping out of their continent is free to sample the multitude of companies left not staffed with surly union-protected lifers resentful of their job
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2013
  8. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

    Jun 25, 2007
    I hate UA because of a bad experience several years ago. I avoid them except when no other airline flies to my destination. But as GF points out, all US airlines are awful though having elite status does lessen the agony.
  9. ballmouse

    ballmouse Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2011
    For whatever reason, I find complaints through social media have better response than those through the complaints link on the corporate website.
  10. ter1413

    ter1413 Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2009
    Central Booking


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