Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Does Air Deccan really sucks???

I have been repeatedly listening foul about Air Deccan, their service and refund policy. You tend to ignore the reviews/feedbacks until you yourself go through the pain. Recently I booked tickets online for my parents from Katra to Vaishnodevi and back. When they reached the venue, the flight got cancelled due to bad weather and they were told that full refund will be done within 14 days. Bad weather! Few of my relatives could not visit the temple inspite of being there due to time and health reasons. That you cant help. माता का जब तक बुलावा नही आता तब तक कोई दर्शन कैसे ले सकता है!!! खैर ...

Air Deccan staff at Katra told my parents that for online tickets, the refund will be automatically done to my credit card. When they reached back, they had the tickets with the refund stamp on it. Since I had heard a lot about Air Deccan not refunding the amount inspite of things like bad weather, I wanted to be cautious. So I called their customer care. Mind you! Air deccan call support is always flooded and you have to wait atleast 30 minutes to get your complaint addressed. So I waited. For the first time I talked, they asked me to mail the scanned copy of the tickets with the stamp to eshwar.singh@airdeccan.net . I did! And they promised that they will refund the amount in 14 days.

To be extra cautious, I again called them in 10 days to find the status. By now, it was 20 days. There is nothing written on their website www.airdeccan.net that you have to mail the scanned copy of the tickets to them. SAD. Had my parents thrown it away, what would have happened! Because the staff there didn’t tell them to mail it to them! No computerization, no synchronization between the refund section and the ticketing section.. huhhh.
Ok, so when I called them to ask the status, (again waited for around 30 minutes for my turn!), the lady told me to mail the scanned copy to refunds@airdeccan.net. Wow. She told me its compulsory to send it to this address. So another flaw. They don’t give all the addresses at one go and neither do they have their staff trained to give complete information to the customer. Again, I mailed to refunds section twice. Now, I got my case number [J ;)]

In next 4 days, I was worried, if ever I will get the money back. I again called them, this time I had my book and pen and some work with me. I knew it will take 30 minutes. It did take 25 minutes and my turn came. I explained my case to the lady. Guess what??? This time she gives me a third email id… Winnie.vas@airdeccan.net . This time I was furious and at the same time I could not help laughing. What a nice idea to not refund. Everytime a customer calls, first ask him to wait for 30 minutes and then give a new email id to mail your tickets to. (तारीख पर तारीख ... Looks like they have adopted from the Sunny Deol movie :)) I asked her to tell how many more email ids I should mail it to. I pleaded to please tell me how many more times I should call. I asked if she can give me any higher authority’s number and she gave – 080-67760123. So, this is Eshwar Singh’s / Winnie’s number. Call this number and ask the operator to connect to these people – the Air deccan refund section people. I thought, why not mail it to more people this time. Lets not depend on them to give me a fourth email id. I searched the internet to find Gopinath, Air Deccan CEO, email id and I got it – gopi@airdeccan.net and I also mailed it to feedbacks and press and media.

So when I mailed to Winnie, Eswar and refunds, I made sure that I also cc to Gopinath, Feedback and Press and Media. Now, 25 days had passed, and according to Airdeccan refund policy, it should not take 14 working days to get the refunds.
I get a reply (this time this man bothered to reply me back! Is that due to the CEO’s email id in the cc [:)]). I got a reply that they have refunded the amount this minute and gave me the reference number and all and that it will come to my account in 2-3 working days… Lets hope it comes.. I will definitely update you in 2 days J. Its celebration time for me and Air Deccan (for successfully refunding a customer’s(that too like me :)) money).!!!!!!!

जो बोले सो निहाल!!!

8 comments:

Sweta said...

I have received the refund. do follow the above post to get ur refund from air deccan!

Anonymous said...

Thats quite an interesting and useful Info !!
And REally Air Dhakkan sucks bigtime... but when its on time.. it saves money [;)]

~ SK.

Sheetal said...

Actually i had good experience with refunds from air deccan.. ( probably i was lucky :) ) though it was always related to cancellation from my side and not from theirs so i didn't need to send the copies of tickets and stuff like that..

But i had terrible experience with air sahara in that matter.. I had tickets booked for hyd-calcutta and due to some reason i had to cancel it.. It took them 4 months to actually refund the amount after several follow up calls from my hubby.. and even then they have transfered only half the amount.... and now its almost 4 more months and am still struggling to get remaining money back..

moses pawar said...

good one :)

Anonymous said...

junk customer care......last 4 months i am following them......

Anonymous said...

Annoying. Just waiting for 30 minutes every time you call them is crass.

Anonymous said...

terrible experience, Air deccan cancelled flight in march 2008 and I am still waiting for refund, everytime I call they say that money is on the way and I get the within four days. This time I am sending copy of my letter to BBC and international media.... this is annoying and not reliable company....

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