NEVER EVER AGAIN
Booked a package trip to Bali in 2019, due to leave in May, trip was cancelled due to Covid. This company has done nothing to support a refund, they have never kept me up to date with airlines refunds policies and feels they should keep their commission and a $100 credit and supports the airlines (Garuda) with their ever changing refund policy. Agent cant even send me a copy of the terms of my ticket I have asked 10times. They are rude, unhelpful. NEVER AGAIN.
The worse company I have ever dealt with!
Please read this before you use this company. I had my accomodation cancelled due to Covid. When I requested a refund, Travel online kept insisting the accommodation was holding my money which was a complete lie as proven by the accommodation. Travel online have since told me my refund has been approved and that I would be refunded in 30 days. Well 30 days has since past & they are still coming up with excuses now telling me my refund could take 12 months. I have been lied to, hung up on, told to investigate the matter myself & I have never bee...n contacted unless I contact them. It begs the question, has anyone received a refund from Travel online or is this company simply keeping your money? Standby for the same crap reply from this company - Ref No TOCS313446
Beware if you have a cancellation.
We are still waiting for a refund for flights more than 14 months ago.
They refused to refund our accommodation charges, despite the accomodation provider not charging them. The reason they gave is that we cancelled with 45 days of the booking. We didn’t cancel, The borders shut!!
We have been refunded by another online travel agent within 2 weeks of flights been cancelled, despite being a budget provider. Jeststar has refunded me 3 times during the pandemic within 2 weeks.
It’s beyond a joke now. Much safer to book direct with airlines
Extremely poor service, in fact there was no service at all.
Rang four times, left message four times, not contacted once by anyone.
Will not consider trying to use this organisation again. Promises but no follow through. I know there are better travel agents out there.
Do not go anywhere near this company!
We understand that the current climate is hard for everyone, but these guys are showing their true colours. We booked to go to Vanuatu as we have done many times. We normally book our own flights and accommodation but I received an email from this company and thought I would give it a try. So obviously our trip was cancelled. No problem, to be expected at the moment and I’ve had a few holidays canceled over the years. I had rang this company about the cancellation in December last year which they confirmed. I have over $1900 in credit with them...so I thought I would use them to book new flights. They sent me a quote to fly from Sydney to Brisbane with the same people , at a cost of over an extra $1000 I have tried over and over and over and over to get my credit sorted . I have talked to virgin directly and they informed me that they can provide the credit directly if travel online agree to hand over the control of tickets. When I told the travel online consultant about this their response was; when you ring virgin you deal with a retail representative and when we (travel online) ring we deal with a wholesale team that don’t give us the cheapest flights! On top of that on the phone they where really rude and condescending in manner. If I had of just booked directly like I normally do I would not be writing this right now. You are far better protected going direct, or using one of the major companies such as flight centre ( I’ve had 2 cancellations and never a problem) I really have to ask What value do you add travel online? If I can order directly and get a cheaper deal ? Please be careful people! If you want to book a holiday through a travel consultant, check out the reviews first. I sure wish I had of .
Thieves and a ripoff.
Was given a $3124 credit to use then told I couldn’t. Straight ripoff. They then blamed an ex staff member. Told all veteran websites as well. Don’t use them.
Never book through them
Our flight was cancelled. Virgin claims that TravelOnline are-booked us on a different flight without contacting us, which is illegal. We ended up paying $800 out of pocket for new last minute flights, as the person I spoke to on the phone said they would contact their supervisor and get back to me, but never did. Virgin was able to offer us a cash refund, but stated that it had to be done via TravelOnline as it’s a third party. TravelOnline refused to pass along the cash refund, and was only able to give us a voucher. Oh, and they rely on a system of emails and call-backs, so are impossible to contact if you have a situation at the airport, as we did. Never using or recommending this dodgy service.
A company to avoid.
Last weekend we booked a trip to Hayman Island online. On Monday we received an email enquiring if we were still interested. We phoned the company at 9:29 am Monday. We were informed that the price was now $600 more (less than 48 hrs since the online enquiry. During the phone call we were assured more than once the rooms we requested were available as they could be seen (on the screen). We then completed an online booking including payment information by 9:50am. After waiting over 24 hours for final confirmation, we contacted the company only ...to discover the rooms were not available. I cancelled the holiday over the phone then sent an email requesting confirmation of the cancellation. Yet to receive a reply. I feel this is very poor customer relations.
Sorry I can't leave a 0-star rating
It is plausible that this period of time is showing the best-and-worst of companies. In respect to Travelonline, it won't be Covid that puts their business under, it will be their own lying behaviour, poor communication and poor business practises.
We had a flight to Honolulu cancelled in Oct 2020. We selected a refund via the Jetstar cancellation process. I had upgraded some features of this flight seperately- Jetstar promptly refunded the upgrades directly to us exactly 3wk later. The remaining flight was refunded to Travelonline on that...same date. This was the 6th Nov 2020. I rang Travelonline mid Dec 2020. I was advised the refund was scheduled to be processed mid Jan 2021. I would describe the agent's manner as obtuse, borderline rude. How dare I ask for my money back in a timely manner? I have emailed Travelonline today (mid Jan 2021). They now dispute that they received the Jetstar refund early November and it was actually late November, and now state that we won't see our refund till after 18th Feb 2021.
Appalling Customer service
No one has bothered to return my call or my email dated OCTOBER 29th, it is now December 9th 2020!!!! No follow up, no support, no customer service what so ever during this crisis!! Not once! I highly recommend for consumers to go elsewhere!!! This is a joke and I will never return or engage in their services again.
No communication, poor value
Stay away from this agency. If you have credit with them be ready to be charge more or loose your money.
Booked a room with them 1 year ago, due to covid travel was cancel and credit voucher was gave to me to be spend n any hotel with travel online. I re book with them to go in Fiji, and they refuse as the voucher as to be spent in the same hotel, so I did. However after few day Travel online re contact me saying they need to charge extra due new rates or I can take a cheap room instead
Tried the 'bait and switch' strategy."That is totally booked out I'm sorry", we have something else but....... But it was over double what original holiday was. I am quite unhappy with the experience.
Refund for my Fiji holiday
I had a holiday booked for July this year to Fiji which was obviously cancelled due to the current situation of Covid19.
After a repeated dialogue with TravelOnline, they refused a refund. They stated that the terms of Fiji Airways didn't provide for a refund in this scenario, even though their quote from Fiji Airways stated that they would provide a refund if required to by law. Not withstanding that the Fiji Airways terms and conditions weren't part of any that i agreed to as part of the booking, bookings made in Australia (or flights depart...ing from Australia) are bound by our local laws. Australian Consumer Law does mandate a refund in this scenario. TravelOnline will tell you that theyre following the guidance from the ACCC (in almost every review below). The updated guidance on the ACCC link they provide is clear that they should provide a refund, and that you have rights as provided under law. I paid for my deposit via Paypal, and after a long dispute, I was refunded my deposit. I encourage all of you that have struggled with TravelOnline to lodge a dispute with your bank if you have paid by credit card, or likewise with Paypal. Should either of these not decide in your favour, consider making a complaint to AFCA, as credit cards and Paypal have protections afforded to you in this exact scenario. Unfortunately your options are limited if you paid via BPAY or direct deposit. Short of those options, consider lodging a claim in QCAT, which is cheap and easy to do, is a no lawyer and no cost jurisdiction and plead your case there. Clearly TravelOnline will do everything in their power to avoid their obligations in providing you a refund, but you have rights, and you should pursue them. Do not bow to their pressure of a credit for a later booking.
Do not hand over one cent to travel online - appalling customer service
Distraught, frustrated, disappointed!! This company are full of contradictory information, every single time I email them I get a different response. Was told we could only obtain a credit, then another email stating we could apply for a refund and now another email stating they have washed their hands of my enquiry and have been referred to go to Jetstar direct. Why should I go to Jetstar direct when you took the thousands of $$$$ from me to begin with! Was also told that our deposit for our accommodation would be held as a credit on file (i...n which I have in writing) and no refund will be given. Why should it sit in their bank account earning interest for a situation that is no fault of ours. When the time comes to travel overseas again this company has lost our business. Should have known better and dealt with a more reputable company.
Do Not use this company!!
So we booked flights to Fiji for April this year and had them cancelled due to COVID-19. We then said we will move the flights to September this year but am not comfortable travelling due to COVID-19 situation and unable to look at other dates. We have asked for a refund and have been told in no uncertain terms that it will be kept as a credit or we loose our money!! Having watched what the Australian consumer watchdog is doing with Qantas ensuring that a refund is an option, you would think that this company would follow suit but unfortunately...not. I have even chatted to Fiji airways who advised that if i had booked with them directly, there would have only been a $200 cancellation fee(Which I am happy to pay) but because i have booked with this company, the directive has to come from them-Travel online are claiming that the airline does not offer refunds! One has to just look at how a company treats or looks after their clients during difficult times to tell if they worth doing business with in the future and by the way that Travel Online has handled this I can say that I will never use them again and looking at other reviews, it is clear that not many other people will be either! Shocking to say the least!!
Questions & Answers
I would like to know why it is taking you 61/2 month to refund the airline fares which you cancelled because of the covid you were very quick to take the money, 180days for the airline and then 12 week for you to refund WHY???????? Do I need to go to the ombudsman. I need some answers. When I asked for the refund you said 10 week now you tell me more
We'd certainly be happy to follow this up for you and find out exactly what is happening with your refund. Can you please provide your TOCS reference number so that we can locate your booking in the system and give you an update?
Hi Margaret, I passed your concerns on to our Reservations Manager who was able to locate your booking in our system. I believe she has since reached out to you to update you on the status of your refund. The airline has refunded your airfares way ahead of schedule which is great news! We received your refund request on the 7th of August and are very pleased to report that we received the funds back from the airline on the 28th of September, far ahead of the 180 days the airline had originally told us it would take. Upon receipt of these funds you were immediately added to our refund queue which has an approximate 12 week turn around due to the extremely high volumes of refunds that our accounts department is currently processing. You may receive your funds sooner than this, but we like to give our customers the most realistic timeframes in order to avoid disappointment. We understand this is frustrating, however we appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time. Our team is doing their best to assist all customers as quickly as possible.
Where is my refund. P&O say it has been paid. Why haven't I received it? John Nielsen Ref TOCS289736
I believe your consultant Fiona has reached out to you today to give you an update on this.
Please check your emails for correspondence from her regarding your refund.
Are Travel online going to honour Qantas re booking and Marriot cancellation policy. Ie due to travel to Hawaii but due to quarantines cannot travel. Qantas says no cost changes and Marriot can get full refunds up to 24 hours ahead. Is this going to be an exhausting and arduous task, at minimum cost or are you still going to folllow your less than 45 day out refund.
As I'm sure you can appreciate this situation is changing very rapidly and we are doing our best to keep up with it all and help as many people out as we can. Previously we were bound by the terms of the airlines and hotels however over the weekend the airlines announced they will relax their change or cancellation policies and we are happy to pass that same flexibility on to you. I encourage you to contact your consultant again so that we can assist you based on these new developments.
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