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Unorganised, Unprofessional and Poorly trained staff
I've used this airline twice, first time I experienced rude staff, uncomfortable seating, a dirty plane with an odour and poor service. I decided to give the airline a second opportunity due to their competitive pricing, this was an even worse experience. I had an incident where the flight schedule had been changed and when I attempted to make alternative arrangements, the expenses were exorbitant, I was confronted once again with apathetic and rude staff who also were unfamiliar with their own policies which resulted in me being overcharged. A headache I could have done without, never again.
We have just completed our journey from Perth – Denpasar return, and must say that I was disgusted with the flight and service.
We have travelled many times with Garuda and they have always been our airline of choice, however, after this last journey, I am not sure that we will ever travel with you again.
We booked our flights in May 2019 and was really looking forward to travelling with them based on past experiences.
We received an email advising us that the plane had changed, however, what we did not expect was a small cramped and dirty ex...
Similar problem to others - Impossible to make a change in booking!
I am a GFF
Tried to change a reservation on a flight from Sydney to Yogyakarta via Jakarta.
Not possible to phone anyone in Australia after Garuda office closing hours.
First time I got through on one of the Call Centre numbers in Indonesia using Australia land line. Got a lengthy ad for one of the shows to take place in Indonesia and only after 30 seconds or so was able to go through the numbers menu to reach a live assistant. Explained my interest in changing flight date. Person put me on hold and there was only empty noise for five minut...es or so. No indication of any kind if my call was ever going to get answered so I hung up. Using Skype, I later rang the two numbers on the website. The 0804 1807 807 was answered with 'not functioning message' the other Indonesian landline number rang out. Tried multiple times over the hour. Each time at an admittedly low charge of Euro 0.11. They also advertise a chat line but they mentioned that they have zero chat assistants available. The words "boose up", "organize" and "brewery" come to mind, not in that order...
What a Shocker!!!
Our recent flight from Denpasar to Perth was a shocker... perhaps the worst flight we have ever been on. Flight GA728 was the very old 737 series...crammed in like sardines. The food was disgusting and inedible. Two small toilets at the rear to service a full flight is just not good enough. We travel to Bali regularly and will not use Garuda again if we are forced to fly in such confined spaces as experienced last Tuesday. Garuda needs to lift its game and provide to Bali/Perth route with decent aircraft
I think Garuda has simply gone mad. I was on a flight back to Melbourne a few days ago but then had to be admitted to a hospital because of its hideous breakfast. I was shocked by how low the food standard is now as I had no issue previously. Surely though, it was going to be my last time flying with this airline!
Why cant I rate less than 1 star.
Our Family is absolutely disappointed with this airline, Garuda Indonesia.
We will never, ever fly with you again. 50% the cost of our tickets to change the dates? No refund? Truly a heartless company. I will be truly happy to see your company wiped off this earth forever.
Michelle from Perth
We always fly with Garuda,
For many years have seen them change for the better,
I really love what you are now cabin crew are so friendly
Food and everything I really could not complain not really not even when
We had problems with the plane in Bali because you looked after us very well,
At the airport. Thank you so much you have a regular customer with me I will be flying again soon
Terrible Service Avoid this company!
I booked a flight in May from Melbourne to London, they then cancelled flights to London, I asked for a refund which took them weeks to respond and agree but they've never refunded me and will no longer reply to emails or answer phone calls it's now been 2 months
Refund money way too long in process
Because of the web site error, the unsuccess booking was get charge. So we had double booking. I did call to call center and cancel 1 of the booking and it done. The travel assistant said they will refund our money. First call they mention 14 days but after a months not get any refund and no email, I call them again and the answer is the refund is on process will take 14 days until 3 months!! Why they not explain it at the first call, so disappointed and I just hoping they will refund our money ASAP. Cause it was a big money for 5 tickets.
First and last
Booked flights to Incheon via Jakarta, but got changed a week before fly to via bali then Jakarta. I was planning to stop over 12 hours in Jakarta, left me only 4 hours in Jakarta so had to cancel everything planned in Jakarta.
Wasn’t happy when transit in Bali as I have to colllect all lugage clear customs walked to domestic. Realised one of my luggage got damaged when arrived in hotel, Incheon.
The in-flight wasn’t that bad. Entertainment from bali to Jakarta was an issue. The screen didn’t work.
This my first flight with Garuda but would be the last too.
BAD experience - no refund processed
This airline is pathetic. We've been advised that the refund will be processed within 14 days - however when we called to follow up about the refund, we've been knocked back that the process will be 14-30 days. Fine, we wait for another days....After 30 days, we called again for a follow up and we've been informed that it's still AGAIN IN PROCESS, and the process can take to 2 months!!!....what an unbelievable experience...We feel that they keep try to prolong the refund as there is nothing we can do from here apart than calling to their call centre - and everytime we called to their call centre, their answer is just the same "In progress" ; "we don't know when, but it's in progress"
Extremely poor with some things, good with others
I flew to Bali from Melbourne recently - their online booking system was in shambles, always crashing and coming up with error messages. I paid extra money for two return tickets with extra legroom seats, only to be displayed an error message and I wasn't allocated those seats - but I was of course charged for them. I emailed the Garuda team and received a response that this would be sorted before the flight, or that I would receive a refund for the extra legroom seats. A few days later - no changes - I emailed again twice. No response. I used ...their online chat facility which was AWFUL - the staff there will actually stop chatting midway and you won't know that you've been disconnected until you realise after half an hour that there's probably no one there. At this point, I admit, I was really annoyed with their poor customer service and just in general having them say they are fixing something when in fact they aren't. LUCKILY, the day before the flight I called the Australian call centre and got put through to [name removed] from Sydney who was an absolute life saver and so professional and courteous. He sorted out the issue for us within a day and we got the seats we paid for. I honestly can't thank him enough, he really redeems this company's customer service. Funnily enough,I still received an email AFTER my flight from Garuda Indonesian branch saying please be patient, we're processing your refund - I mean, really??? Do they even look into the customer booking reference before sending out silly emails like that?? But anyway, to anyone who may be having booking problems or similar I would strongly advise you speak to the Melbourne or Sydney booking office, hopefully you get [name removed] or someone equally competent to sort out your problem. And in terms of the flight itself, it was satisfactory - I slept through most of the flight so I can't really comment on the staff or food provided. The bathrooms were clean when I used them. The extra legroom seats are worth the money.
- Verified customer
Terrible customer dispute service is nonexistent
Terrible customer service, if anything goes wrong they will divert you to an email customer service format and you will be bombarded with email but no resolution to your issues. Their goal is to prolong your dispute so it elongates the process past the time limit for the credit card company to retrieve your funds. Be wary of the bid-upgrade process as well, it sounds good unless you have a problem with the process. or need to cancel it. If it is not 49 out you forfeit your funds. If a representative tells you its canceled verify in advance or ...you will be screwed over and they will keep your money and resale the seat to get more money. If you call the phone representative can't help you and will only tell you to mail e-booking email representative. You will get the run around until you get frustrated and give up as this is their goal. I was told that this upgrade could not be canceled or that I would forfeit my funds, I was never properly responded to but instead strung along with continuous emails from different people until the dispute time elapsed so Garuda could claim it took to long and that the fees were justified.
Flew Sydney to Bali, return in November 2017. They exceeded our expectations and the whole experience was excellent. The check in staff at both ends were helpful and the flight crew were pleasant and seemed genuinely happy to be there.
It is definitely worth the small amount extra it costs to fly to Bali with Garuda, compared to Jetstar and Virgin as the service and extra room between rows in economy (the person in front of me insisted on fully reclining their seat for the whole journey, even during meals!, and I still had enough space) is more than worth it.
- Verified customer
Very bad airline on practically everything!
I was on Garuda flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam in September 2017. I was very disappointed and appalled for the following reasons:
1. Before take-off, a passenger had his seat reclined with the seat fully extended forward. The flight attendant ignored this situation. Only at the very last few minutes before take-off did the flight attendant ask this passenger to adjust his seat back to upright position. He only very slightly adjusted (still pretty much reclined) and the flight attendant ignored this.
2. Seat space and adjustment were not as ...
- Verified customer
They broke my luggage when I flew from Perth to Lombok transiting in Bali. They promised to contact me but I didn't receive any word. I tried to contact them via email, phone, twitter and got no resolution. Their call center is always busy and very difficult to contact.
Also their in-flight entertainment is horrible. They got too many advertisements. I don't recommend this horrible airline.
- Verified customer
Impressive customer service A+
I’m thoroughly impressed with Garuda and look forward to flying with them again.
Not only did they provide good meals amoung other treats, the inflight staff were also very helpful. We required a bassinet and they were great setting it up/putting it away and working the tv around it.
The best part of all was when I lost my car keys. No it wasn’t great that I lost my keys but it was truly terrific how it was handled.
I spoke with Murray from the Sydney office. He was very thorough in taking the details and communicating with the flight and ot...
- Verified customer
Exceeded my expectations
I’ve flown with Jetstar Perth to Bali 3 times over the last 3 years. For the extra $100 against the budget airlines, I went with Garuda.
Why - you get check-in luggage, a meal plus alcohol and drinks without paying any extra. The chairs on Garuda are far more comfortable (Jetstar seats where terrible) they vary plane to plane)), pillows, rug, more leg room, newspaper, plus we had inhouse movies and games to choose from on the “Free” Tv screen. Landings where smooth. There are plenty of staff (they’ve won the latest international award for ho...
Questions & Answers
Havent read a lot of good reviews about Garuda flying Perth to Denpasar recently one even stating a prop jets are sometimes used has anyone actually flown on one of these between Perth and Bali
I haven’t yet struck the prop-jet but am booked again for early March (booking was made last October before they started flying them) but half expect it could happen this time. If it does, it will most certainly make me decide to not fly Garuda again. Even the 737 is very cramped and not up to the standard of the A330 which they used to fly. I don’t know why they don’t cut down the flights per week and then use the larger, more comfortable plane.
Is it true that Garuda is no longer serving alcohol? I wont be be booking my flight for next year if this is true
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