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Southwest Airlines - Southwest Airlines sucks
Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 at 12:48am CST by 8f040f6c
Company: Southwest Airlines
I now see shy they are so cheap: their website crashes, their phone agents are TOTAL idiots and --after they waste your time with the most moronic 'suggestions', then they plain tell you they are NOT going to honor their advertised specials *AND* that's it your own damn fault anyway that you missed their specials!!! (even though I was still on time--if they could only get their website up and running -or- honor the specials on the phone)
It is worth the money to go somewhere where else.
I was at the computer for 2 1/2 hours continuously trying to make reservations for a special offer that would expired that night at midnight. Their reservations site went down. After trying continuously to see if it was up again, I called their reservations desk.
Calling experience 1:
1) Long hold,
2) tell agent their website is down and would she honor the special on the
3) more hold
4) reservation agent stupidity: she had wasted my time just so she could go and confirm that the website is down. They treat their customers like they are total idiots who have never heard of a computer or the internet. Their website plainly tells you that their reservations desk is down--try again later. I don't need patronizing agents 'confirming' this for me and sending me on my way!
1) Long hold
2) Agent tells me their website is *not* down, even though I am at the
computer trying and trying and getting the same "reservations site is down"
3) More reservation agent stupidity. I try to tell her that I know that it
is down, I've had another rep. confirm that it is down, would she honor
special offer. She just argues with me and tried to tell me to shut down my computer and start all over. Where do they get these morons?! She's treating me like I don't know how to work a computer?? or like I need their 'confirmation' to validate what I already know --that their reservations site is down?! WHY DOES SOUTHWEST INSIST ON INSULTING THE INTELLIGENCE OF THEIR CUSTOMERS?! ***AND*** you have to wait on hold a long time to be treated like you're an idiot.
4) sends me to "help desk". I ask that person if she is going to tell me
that the website is not down. She INSISTS on backing up to social niceties
of introducing ourselves. By this time I've been waiting for more than two hours trying the website and their phone agents. WHY waste *more* of my time with social niceties. I needed intelligent responses, not BS social niceties. She tells me that she is going to hang up on me if I don't give her my name. I ask her if she is going to make a reservation for me. She says no, that she will not start addressing my problem until I give her my name. I ask her to address the internet problem or take my reservation. She tells me she can not proceed without taking my name and hangs up on me when I want to discuss the actual internet problem.
When companies care more about presenting an appalling social interface for their customers rather than handling their business in a way that
works----RUN to another company.
Yet another call:
Repeat steps 1) long hold and 2) idiots think I want them to confirm or not whether their website is down INSTEAD of addressing the issue of honoring their advertised special on the phone.
but this version "step 3) AGENT STUPIDITY" is the worst. The asshole
gives me a sermon and a browbeating that it is my own damn fault for waiting til the last minute, what do I expect, blah, blah blah ---even though I still had time, if ONLY they would honor their special on the phone since they couldn't get their website up and running.
I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT! Is your aggravation worth a slightly cheaper price. Mine isn't. Fly anywhere else, BUT NOT Southwest!