There are various modes of transportation in India be it through air, sea or land. Indian transportation, due to its immense population, is one of the most widely used in the world.
For traveling within India people generally prefer to rent a car or travel via train or bus as they deem convenient. Ola and Uber are prime examples of this. These startups have skyrocketed and are one of most used traveling apps in the India.
Meanwhile, many people prefer to travel via plane as it saves times. For this they either book the ticket through the website directly or look for agents to do the same.
Apart from big names there are some private travel agencies in Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata etc, which try to lure customers by offering them lucrative discounts. Travel agent frauds are quite prevalent in India. The most common travel agent/agency complaints include refund not provided, hotel denying check-in, fake promises etc.
Travel complaints have a sense of urgency and responsibility attached to them because no one wants to board a late flight or wants to stay in low-quality hotel.
We all want our travels and trips to be smooth right from the beginning. And if something does not go as per our expectations, the mood gets spoiled!
Therefore, it brings a significant responsibility on the shoulders of the travel companies to solve the issues faced by their customers. One should only book their hotels/flights via trustworthy sites to avoid getting duped. However, sometimes even these reputed travel companies commit an error.
In this article, we have covered the common travel complaints that are faced by customers and how you can resolve them.
But first lets check out the famous travel companies in India
Famous Travel Companies in India
1. Make My Trip
Make my Trip is one of the leading online travel companies in India. In 2000 it was founded by Deepak Kalra and had its headquarters in Gurugram, Haryana.
They have more than 14 company-owned travel stores in India and have over 30 franchisee-owned travel stores in India. They also have offices in Dubai, Phuket, Bangkok, New York, Kuala, and Lumpur.
Founded by Manish Amin, Sabina Chopra, and Dhruv Shringi in 2006, Yatra.com is the pre-eminent Indian online travel agency. It is based in Gurugram, Haryana. According to the sources in 2012, Yatra became the second-largest online travel service provider company in India.
Oyo rooms, popularly known as Oyo hotels and rooms and stylized as OYO, is the fastest and largest growing hospitality chain in India. They worked on the franchising and leased system, which fortunately turned out to be the best for the company. Founded by Ritesh Agarwal in 2013, OYO gained much popularity right from the beginning.
Subsidiary of Make My Trip Limited, Mauritius Ibibo, is a travel organization in 2006 by Ashish Kashyap. In 2013 Goibibo made it among the top five most trusted e-commerce brands in India.
Happy Easy Go is one of the emerging online travel company founded by Boris Zha in 2017. In 2019 it became the second-largest online travel booking platform in India and had more than 10 million customer bases all over the world. It has its headquarters in Gurugram, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hong Kong, and Singapore. During late 2018 HappyEasyGo established its hotel business.
6. Thomas Cook:
Thomas Cook (India) Ltd has its headquarters in Mumbai and caters to all the travel related requirements from visas to foreign exchange. They established themselves in India in 1881 and expanded its business to all the nearby countries.
7. Clear Trip:
Clear Trip earlier was known as Clear Trip Travel Services Private limited is a universal online travel company established in 2016. It has its headquarters in Dubai and Mumbai. In India, they started with a vision of making travel simple by bridging the gap between the Indian hospitality and travel sector. It was founded as an air and hotel aggregator by Stuart Crighton, Mathew Spacie, and Hrush Bhatt.
8. Travel Guru:
Travel Guru is India’s leading and growing travel website. It offers flights, holiday packages, and hotels at the best prices; they aim to make your trip smooth and convenient.
9. Travel Triangle:
Founded by three IIT graduates Sanchit Garg, Prabhat Gupta, and Sankalp Agarwal. It is India’s first fully stacked Holiday Marketplace that connects verified travel agents and travelers. It was founded in 2011 and competed with companies such as Thrillophilia. It is a platform that is trusted by many.
10. Travelocity India:
It is rated as one of the best online travel portals in the world and perfectly caters to the local needs of the people by launching specialized programs. In India, they cater to both business and leisure requirements.
Types of Travel Complaints
1. Tickets canceled, but money is not refunded:
One of the significant problems that are being faced by customers of major travel companies is that they cancel the tickets, but money is not credited to their bank account. This is the most common issue faced by almost all the consumers in cities like Pune, Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru.
During COVID-19 times, many have reported on the internet that they have booked tickets, and they got canceled due to the pandemic. However, the companies did not refund the amount. Either they are saying that they have refunded the amount, or instead, they are offering a credit voucher.
2. No refund for flights canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic:
Due to the global pandemic, suddenly, flights were canceled. It was reported by customers of many major travel companies that they did not get their refund; however, the airlines did return the full booking amount. Many customers were upset because the travel companies did not inform them about the refund from the airlines.
3. Partial refund for the flights canceled due to COVID-19:
Many customers reported that they did not receive the full amount of flights they booked pre-corona. However, airlines have refunded the entire amount, but travel companies did not credit the whole amount; instead, they deducted a certain amount without giving any valid reason.
4. No refund against booked packages:
Many planned trips in June assuming that pandemic will end, but in the wake of current times, still, the tourism industry is on hold.
As people booked packages for traveling and now are requesting for a refund, but many companies are simply denying it.
However, many customers are disturbed with it because, in these uncertain times, they are struggling so much to get their refund.
5. Unable to connect with customer care service:
Many customers from significant travel companies face this very issue when they contact the customer care, they are not entertained, or their complaints are not correctly handled.
Many faced this particular issue while they were contacting the customer care, and their complaints were not appropriately welcomed or they were not able to connect with them.
6. Fraudulent booking agents:
Many travel companies have their booking agents, but some fraudsters just dive in and cheat people.
Many customers from significant companies, including Make My Trip and Yatra complained that they had been cheated by fraudsters in the name of these companies, and they have demanded a refund from the company.
7. Rescheduling of flights due to COVID-19:
Due to Corona pandemic, many people had to reschedule their flights, but travel companies are not helping them or are not considering their request.
8. Over billing by travel companies:
The most common types of complaints regarding Ola and Uber include over billing issues and not returning the left item in the cab. But you can try contacting the customer care number of Ola which is 098842437 and customer care of Uber which is 1300091272.
How to resolve travel complaints?
1. File support ticket/send an email:
You can always contact travel companies through their official website by going to their contact us section and by sending them an email. Customer service emails of some leading travel companies are:
Make My Trip- firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Easy Go- email@example.com
Clear Trip- firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel guru- email@example.com
2. Call Customer support:
One of the perfect ways to directly come in contact with the travel company is by contacting it through phone call for customer support. All these well-known travel companies have a 24*7 working customer care number which helps in resolving complaints as they value customer feedback. The customer care number of some of the leading travel agencies and hospitality companies in India are :
Cox and Kings Customer Care Number - 1800 209 0400
Thomas Cook Customer Care Number - 1800 209 9100
Club Mahindra Holidays Customer Care Number - 044 6695 3435
Expedia Customer Care Number – 800-319-4834
Yatra Customer Care Number - 0124 3040500
Goibibo Customer Care Number - 1800 208 1060
Makemytrip Customer Care Number - 1800 102 8747
Travelguru Customer Care Number - +91 92111 77444
Oyo Customer Care Number - 093139 31393
RedBus Customer Care Number - 1860 121 2102
3. Report to the airlines/hotel directly:
As we have seen above, many customers have reported that the airlines and hotels have issued a refund, but the travel companies have not refunded the money in the bank accounts. It is always better to contact the airlines or hotels directly if the companies don’t issue a refund by time. You can contact the airlines and hotels by calling them on their customer care number or by sending the email.
4. Send Legal Notice:
Consumers can send legal notices to travel company in case it is unable to resolve his complaint. It is one of the efficient ways to handle the issue legally. Check below to know how to send a legal notice to travel company?
Step 1: Firstly, get a legal notice drafted by a lawyer.
Step 2: Check it properly and make sure it is signed by lawyer.
Step 3: Keep a copy of it for future purposes.
Step 4: Send the legal notice to travel company by registered post.
Step 5: Keep the slip or delivery report for evidence.
5. File consumer forum case:
Consumer forum deals with consumer complaints and you should approach consumer forum if you feel that your rights as a consumer have been violated.
If travel company is not responding to your complaints even after sending legal notice by a lawyer then you should file a case against it in a consumer court.
Here is how you can file a case in the consumer court?
Step 1: Intimate the aggrieved party via legal notice.
Step 2: Draft the consumer complaint
Step 3: Attach all the relevant documents and proofs to support your complaint.
Step 4: Select the appropriate court for filing the complaint.
Step 5: Pay the prescribed court fee that is required to be paid along with the complaint.
Step 6: Submit the case along with the affidavit & fees in the court.
If you feel uncomfortable doing all this yourself, then you should use Voxya to file a complaint against travel company. We will send Legal Notice and prepare Case for filing in consumer court. We, at Voxya, are generally receiving more than 100 travel consumer complaints every month.
Most Common Issue Reported for Travel Complaints
Goibibo has not transferred refund initiated by Indigo against cancelled flight (PNR # BI**TM). Since *th Sep **** , Goibibo is showing the same status " Refund has been initiated and will take *-* days to reflect in your account" I want my m...
Oct 08, 2020 by Abu Asim Ansari
I had booked a room with AC in a hotel via Oyo rooms. ID: DIPY**** They asked to pay via Google I paid. Having proper ID still they booked at * km far and it's * am. When I reached the hotel manager denied to give room as it's not AC. Because, ...
Oct 08, 2020 by Pranjal Garg
Ticket NO: ***************** This is against my registered profile in the name of the undersigned with you. I am a frequent traveller and have been regularly availing the services of your portal for all my travel needs for the past many year...
Oct 08, 2020 by NITESH SUNNY GUPTA
I Booked An AirIndia Flight, Which Was Canceled By The Airlines. I Contacted The Airlines And They Referred Me To The Rules That I'd Be Provided With A Full Refund. Http://Www.Airindia.In/Images/Pdf/Business-Rules-For-WEB.Pdf However, HappyEas...
Oct 07, 2020 by Chakshu Goyal
Dear Sir / Madam, I Made International Booking From Akbar Travels For The Month Apr ****. Due To COVID ** Situation All Flights Have Been Cancelled. And Now Akbar Travels Didn't Give Full Refund For My Booking. I Need To Get A Full Refund...
Oct 07, 2020 by Yadhukrishnan
I had booked flights for family from Goa to Ahmedabad for travel date **th May ****,through makemytrip account. As holidays were postponed and Indigo airline kept money with them to be reused within next year, I was okay with that. I had paid a...
Oct 07, 2020 by Manish Ashokkumar Madnani
I have booked my tickets from BLR to DEL for round trip between ** to ** April ****. But due to covid-** lockdown the flight got cancelled. Now as per policy I should get transferable shell credits in my account. But I have not received any. I ...
Oct 07, 2020 by Ayush Gupta
Had booked a flight from ( mannihat vacations & travel triangle) and had paid rs*****, for * may **** But neither i received the refund from them neither a voucher so that i can book the flight later...
Oct 07, 2020 by agam sharma
I had booked a hotel from goibibo ( HTLCEQLP*F) for Mandarani, check in date was **th March, check out data was *st April. But due to corona outbreak I called them up and they asked me a new date. So I rescheduled it to Aug *th(HTLCEQLP*F). But...
Oct 06, 2020 by Arkapratim Laha
I booked a flight from Nagpur to Udaipur on *st October **** from travolook.in, but ticket got cancelled automatically and money got deducted from my account. customer care called me instantly about cancellation of transaction and send me the c...
Oct 06, 2020 by shubham
I booked a flight ticket on *st Oct through travolook. The payment got processed through cashfree payment gateway but did not recive any msg or mail regarding ticket confirmation. Later after ** mins got a call from a lady saying that payment g...
Oct 06, 2020 by Akshay Takey
Indigo has given the refund to cleartrip on July and August and i have not yet got the refund into my account even till date (Oct *th). Cleartrip has closed all customer support options and is giving a standard computer reply that there is no b...
Oct 06, 2020 by Joel Jose
I visited wwics mohali in **** in regards to student visa but due to gap i could not apply thereafter i got a call fromm Yuvraj sobti employee of wwics mohali that I should apply undr skilled cateogry.I had scored *.* bands in general ielts and...
Oct 06, 2020 by Shubhneet
I have booked a ticked on travolook.in on **-**-**** from Hyderabad to Bangalore. The payment was debited from my account but i have not received any flight confirmation. After a half n hour i got a call from travolook customer team that my tic...
Oct 05, 2020 by Amit Goyal
I had mailed it about Hard Disk Drive replacement on **.**.**** but till today there is no reply from Company side. The External Hard Disk is under warranty period. Unable to contact to the customer care number. ...
Oct 05, 2020 by Dharmendra Kumar Behera
I booked * rd oct **** for * tickets from chennai to tirukadaiyur... But the ticket was booked *th oct ****. I have all screenshots for booking *rd oct.. Redbus is not responding for the issue and the travels also not responding.. Kindly refund...
Oct 05, 2020 by Vijayanandham T
I book a ticket for the train and the train automatically cancelled then it was declared by railway department that refund will be given when the lockdown opens after * months till * months but since it was window ticket we waited for the offic...
Oct 05, 2020 by Shital Ruprao Damle
I booked round trip flights via makemytrip. Due to pandemic i rescheduled the flights through airlines as makemytrip could not be reached for rescheduling via phone. The flights however got cancelled by the airlines and they have refunded the a...
Oct 05, 2020 by Manisha Bhteria
I have booked a flight from jammu to delhi , they send me a mail that booking process has been started, but after a hour i got a message that the flight has been cancelled from the airline, and refund had been initiated but no refund is credi...
Oct 04, 2020 by rohit singh
I had booked one Indigo air tickets with the website GOIBIBO from Allahabad to Mumbai with date of Journey – **.**.**** & Mob: **********. Subsequently I received a SMS / Mail that above ticket has been cancelled due to COVID ** on account of...
May 29, 2020 by Sandeep Gupta
I had booked a flight for **th April from bangalore to kolkata and airlines cancelled the flight due to COVID-**. Booking ID -************* PNR- S*J**G The same was under cancellation protection policy from yatra. In their app, they hav...
May 29, 2020 by Asmita maity
Booked flight tickets from Jaipur to Bangalore against PNR number: ZNB*YA, which got cancelled on **st March by airline due to nationwide lock down. Airline had refunded the money to Yatra.com and I could see the credit shell amount on the Mana...
May 29, 2020 by Amit Maheshwari
On ** April I cancel my flight booking and I was informed by Yatra by ** days refund will be into my bank Account but still I didn’t get my refund whereas Indigo has confirmed long time back they have given refund to Yatra for cancellation. ...
May 28, 2020 by Subhojit biswas
Booked flight tickets for * people, NDLS -> BBSR, in Vistara via Yatra.com on **-Feb-****. Travel Date: April-**-****, PNR#SXCV*B, Booking ID# *************. Lock-down was declared, flight was automatically cancelled. Vistara sent a message tha...
May 28, 2020 by Subhashree Das
I am SAUMYARANJAN SARANGI . My train tickets got cancelled by IRCTC on **may,**** and as per communication received from Irctc that they will refunded my ticket amount already to make my trip on May **th . But make my trip not refunded money o...
May 26, 2020 by SAUMYARANJAN SARANGI
I dr.navendu agarwal with my wife dr ankita garg opted for and bought club mahindra holidays white membership on ** november **** . I requested for cancellation of same on ** december **** due to false claims of benefits by the company represe...
May 26, 2020 by Dr. Navendu Agarwal
I have booked ticket from Baroda to lucknow on ** March and my booking is not confirm and my amount was deducted and even i have not cancelled my booking and yet goibibo is not replying and giving my amount . so please refund my amount **** ...
May 24, 2020 by pooja
My PNR zi*uyx booking I'd PRL**BA*VJK Sir maine airline ki is agency se **/**/** ko **/**/** ki ticket book kiya tha but flight cancel ho gaya covid-** ki wajah se aur airline ne **/**/** ko refund kr diya Ebix travel Ko lekin yeh log refund n...
May 23, 2020 by Naresh pal
I have made a booking today for my travel from Bangalore to Patna on **th June. The amount has been deducted but the booking id and the details has not been generated till now. Please look into this urgently else refund my to my account. ...
May 22, 2020 by Ravi Kumar
My PNR ZI*UYX.booking id PRL*B*A*VJK .aap log hame befkoof bana kar rkha h SBI bank bola koi refund nhi aaya hai.aap log jaisa fraud agency nhi dekhi. Itna time nhi lagta h refund krne me jitna aap log laga rhe ho...........**/**/** se account ...
May 22, 2020 by Naresh pal
Hello, I have booked a flight from Bangalore to Patna for **th April **** in spicejet airlines from Yatra.com. Flight got cancelled due to covid**. As per spicejet they have refunded the full amount to yatra on **th may ****. I have emailed a...
May 22, 2020 by Manash Kumar ghosh
I have booked flight ticket for Bangalore to dibrugarh through yatra . com ..My flight got cancelled and i claimed refund on ** May..However I haven't received my credit shell in yatra app despite many complaints ..I have to book my tickets aga...
May 20, 2020 by Sayanika Handique
I booked my ticket on * march **** from goa to surat For * April **** in spicejet by EaseMyTrip.com. Due covid-** pandamic lock down was started from ** march. So i cancelled ticket on *st april ****. I purchased free cancellation insurance opt...
May 20, 2020 by Chetan Lad
Sent: Monday, May **, **** **:** To: 'Yatra.com'; firstname.lastname@example.org; 'Yatra.com' Subject: RE: 'YA:********' CDXDFGVCJVCHGFJHNB**-International Flights - Cancellations - Cancellations - Complaint * Importance: High To Yatra team...
May 20, 2020 by Dikul
I cancelled my * flight tickets booked on easemytrip.com for flights scheduled in March. Even though the airlines have refunded back the amount to EaseMyTrip (as mentioned in an e-mail by the airlines), neither EaseMyTrip has refunded back the ...
May 18, 2020 by Sudeep Sukla
Its more than a month and did more than ** time follow-up and they are not resolving the issues and my refund is still pending. Booking ref-: ************* ...
May 18, 2020 by Manik Chandra
I booked ticket on easemytrip march due to coronvirus pendmic indigo has been refunded my amount **** rupees on ** march till I didn't get my refund. I raised ** times compaint but one hear my complaint. Watsapa service is worst service. If y...
May 16, 2020 by Sazid alam
i have been complaining again and again i want my refund now its almost * months now...
May 15, 2020 by simran mutreja
My train had been cancelled on ** march **** due to covid-** pandemic, But i didn't get my refund amount yet. When i tried to contact IRCTC many times.....they make many excuses like....*.contact to your bank *.wait for a week *.Contact your pa...
May 15, 2020 by Vikrant Singh