My hitch with Lastminute.com is that it tries to perform all, so does not execute any single thing exceptionally well. For example, I know of better internet sites for hotel deals (http://www.theholidayhotels.com)
Got £250 worth of vouchers as a wedding present - very busy year (getting married and all that), tried to book something, hit technical problems and gave up. Tried again a couple of months later, and discovered they had expired a few days previously. Tried to email them, they will do nothing about it - expired vouchers will not be reinstated. Since I had emailed trying to resolve the issue, they then started sending me spam (which I had not consented to).Under no circumstances buy lastminute.com vouchers as a gift - the expiry dates are a massive scam. Reputable companies have vouchers without expiry dates.
My own single experience of this outfit has been awful. I had to book a return to Rio at short notice just before Xmas, and this lot made a small mistake (one letter in my middle name) in the booking. I advised them of this and they decided that my booking (£1760) had to be cancelled and rebooked (£1685). They informed me that I would be reimbursed for the cancellation in 8-16 weeks, but meantime they also charged me a fee for investigating whether they or I had got my name wrong. A pretty easy decision you might have thought. Anyway they made the new booking with my middle name run into my surname this time, giving an odd-looking surname. I also found when I got to the airport that my new booking had been cancelled, but fortunately the airline's booking staff were able to sort the matter out. I thought it was the airline's fault, but the airline now tell me that it was Lastminute who had not attached my reservation properly to my new booking. I had a similar problem in returning from Rio 3 week later.
In the first place it was lucky that I could afford to lay out 2 payments, and in the second place I was lucky with the airline staff I found. However it was all supposed to be refunded, and when 14 of the 16 weeks had passed I reminded them. They then tried to refund the cheaper flight and not the one they had cancelled. When I pulled them up for this they refunded the total £30 short, and 10 days or more later I an still waiting for the £30.
So it's my Lastbooking using Lastminute. If you're in a hurry do the thing yourself.
WE BOOKED AND PAID FOR A 3 NIGHT BREAK IN PALACE HOTEL ANTICO DOGE IN VENICE. LAST MINUTE CONFIRMED THE BOOKING 2 DAYS BEFORE WE LEFT HOME, WE ARRIVED TO BE TOLD LASTMINUTE HAD NOT BOOKED OUR ROOM AND THAT THEY WERE FULLY BOOKED. THE HOTEL COULD NOT REFUND THE £700 AND WE WERE FORCED TO SPEND 3 NIGHTS IN THEIR SISTER HOTEL CASANOVA. DONT BE FOOLED BY THEIR PHOTO'S EITHER,WE WERE IN A SMALL SQUALID ROOM AT THE TOP WITH A SOFA BED AND DISGUSTING MOULDY SHOWER ROOM, OPPOSITE A NOISY LIFT. LASTMINUTE WERE VERY RUDE AND DENIED ANY RESPONSABILITY FOR THEIR FAILURE TO BOOK THE ROOM. THEY REFUSED TO REFUND OR TO COMPENSATE US . ALWAYS PAY BY CREDIT CARD AS LUCKILY WE DID, AND KEEP CLEAR OF THIS LYING UNSCRUPULOUS OUTFIT.
My experience with Lastminute.com is horrendous, I would advice to keep well clear of this outfit.
We took them to small claims and unfortunately lost, we are rather annoyed by the old judge who did not seem to be able to retain much information, but anyway even he admitted (I believe) that lastminute.com rating of a hotel as 'objectively' 5 star, was not correct, you would think that this misrepresentation would make the contract voidable, but not according to British Justice.
Lasminute.com even send us a cancellation confirmation , later retracted, but that was an 'error' the judge said, which did not count even though unilateral error does not affect the validity of contractual actions., go figure.
A Consumer Unfriendly judge in my opinion, I am not an expert, only done business law and jurisprudence in university.....
Why do i get the impression that big business just rule the place and laws don't matter ? seems that lasminute.com is covered in legal teflon, nothing sticks, must be my ignorance , surely...
I and my family will stay well clear of lastminute.com and their parent company travelocity.com.
Another bitter taste from British justice and Big Business. Yep, the legal system being what it is, if you want an easy life avoid sharks. It can be costly and impossible to find redress.
One more tick in my book for Rip-Off Britain
Just my opinion folks.
I booked the second most expensive tickets for Phantom of the Opera as a gift for my wife and as time was running out i decided to use last minute. The booking process seemed easy and the tickets were to be collected at the theatre, On the night the seats were terrible, restricted view in front and above. Other people around me cleary hadn't paid the same amount yet had far better seats. About a week after the event, Lastminute.com e-mailed me regarding satisfaction and i took the tiem and effort to answer their survey, outlining my dissatisfaction but i am yet to even get an acknowledgement.I would not reccommend that anyone buys theatre tickets via Last Minute unless you are not bothered about the view.
This company should be renamed lastoption.com as I would use any other service than theirs! Booked a hotel through them on my iphone and when it came to purchasing the booking it did not complete so I used another service instead. A week later I noticed I was charged 137 pounds for a hotel I did not use. They maintain the booking went through and that I received a confirmation email (which I did not). They are now checking to see if I stayed at the hotel (which I did not). It took much longer than the 2 minutes specified on the customer service helpline to speak to an adviser who then told me that I had to email them regarding my complaint! When I did email through their website, no confirmation email appeared and so I manually emailed them and this did receive an automated confirmation email with a number on it (interestingly, the adviser never supplied this number). Called the number and spoke to a representative instantly but still the saga continues.....apparently I will hear from them on Wednesday (gives metimeto prepare for the Ombudsman!)
We have been notified two days before our holiday - which I spent ages choosing that the hotel had overbooked and offered in my opinion a sub par alternative. On the original email it stated that we were in our rights to get a refund for the accommodation part of the booking, and it says this is the case in the T&Cs, however calling them they claim this is not the case. The alternatives offered were only to the same price and as you can imagine a month after booking the hotel selection remaining is not great previously cheaper hotels are now the range we are entitled to the day before (a complete con)
I attempted to call their office back to enquire about this but it is only open 9-5, leaving us one day to debate this and sort an alternative holiday. I feel totally conned and will never use them again following this poor experience.
I have booked my flight through last minute and had to change my flight suddenly and found out that any changes to the flights must be through last minute. For that they charge you a service fee of £45 plus the airlines fees (which with last minute are much higher than if you do it yourself online) and any additional cost related to the change of dates. They also told me that I could only change the dates until the end of the following month. I called the airline and was informed that the tickets can be amended and are valid for 12 months, which means that they do not have any restrictions on the re booking dates. Summarising, the service provided was awful and all my money was wasted since it did not worth to change the dates. I would not advise lastminute to any one.
Tried to book a spa offer online only for it to come up with 'Ajax Error' whatever that is. Rang the 0800 number to book (not free as I rang from a mobile). I was on the phone for an hour to an overseas call centre. Complete chaos, the operative could not find the offer, then there was a problem with Mastercard bookings (had I got a Visa card? - no). I was placed on hold several times for periods of up to ten minutes at a time (operative taking other calls during this time? Who knows). After an hour they informed me that I would have to call again using someone else's Visa card!This was a gift that I promised to someone otherwise I would not have persevered for so long.
I was looking to book a holiday to New York and I was comparing whether it would be cheaper to book a package holiday (Flights + Hotel) or book seperately. I managed to look at many websites and lastminute.com attracted by eyes to its low prices for package holidays to New York. The hotel was very nice in Manhatten and it was 4*.
However, when I booked it, it soon become apparent that it was becoming a big mistake. Firstly, when I rang the Hotel in New York, they said our names were not on the system. Then I rang the flight operator and they did say we were confirmed.
I had to call to Lastminute.com but I was talking to an office in India, which had no sympathy or no understanding of the situation. They kept telling us we needed to pay an extra fee for the change in the room. Having previously said on their website that they would give us 2 beds, now saying they wouldn't do that.
I kept calling the Hotel in NY who were very nice and polite and they said they would even call us if our names showed up in their system.
In total we called the Lastminute.com office in India over 10 times with no good response to fix their mistakes. They left us so stressed and they told us even when we reach NYC we would not get the hotel. In my opinion the long hour flight to NY was the worst ever thinking about getting there and having no where to sleep.
In the end we just went to the hotel explaining our issue and that we paid for the room, the Hotel manager was so nice she explained that she would offer us 2 beds and we would not pay any fees also she said they finally received the confirmation on the day of arrival.
In my opinion if you do see a great deal to Europe than you could consider it but a great deal to the USA is very stressful since its a long distance from the UK, and "great deals" would usually start from £700 plus in comparison to European great deals which start from £150+
I was accidently presented with a bill containing a nightly charge for a booking I had made and paid for through last minute.com. I was staggered that the difference was £30 per night, needless to say I contacted last minute as soon as I got home. I was told that the hotel had reduced their rates since my booking due to low room occupancy take up. I knew that this was rubbish as if there are times that a hotel is not going to have a problem with occupancy it is when one of the town's most attended annual events is taking place.
When I followed up my phone call with an e mail, the summarised response was that lastminute.com acts as an agent and the charges are those that have been negotiated with the hotel management plus their commissions. They also apologised that I was misinformed by one of their customer service representatives regarding the reason for the price variance.
I have verified this with the hotel and they confirm that the commission charge is just under 32%.
You may of course think that is reasonable, if so. fine, but I don't. So my suggestion is that you go to lastminute and check availabilty and price, then call the hotel direct and negotiate. I would suggest a 50/50 spilt on the commission- then everyone is a winner. This will only work when someone at the hotel has the power to negotiate, but well worth a try as hotel occupancy is reportedly suffering in these austere times.
I've just got the worst experience in my entire life with "last minute"! No other services were so poor and non-professional and representative+supervisor were so ignorant! They sent me email two days prior the trip (international destination) that the reservation was canceled without any apparent reason! Honestly, neither the rep nor the supervisor did explain me what was the reason.... They claimed that they called me, but it's far from truth as I did not receive any voicemail. They started giving some other stupid excuse saying my bank was closed on the weekend! My bank - TD - is the only one that actually is open 7 DAYS a WEEK! And there is always a representative who will assist you on the phone even during the weekend! So what they say it's B.S. And lie!!!! When I spoke to supervisor she put the phone away and so when I didn't speak there was silence!no answer! After sometime you could hear her picking up the phone from the table and saying repeat it again.... This is soooooooo beyond my understanding! Now the tickets are much more expensive as the date of the trip is soooo close ( 2 days away). No one will pay me a difference! So you guys make your mind and don't use that poor service!!!!!!!
ich habe zwei Nachts im Hotel in Barcelona über Last Minute gebucch. Ich fragte sie, für die Rechnung aber sie sagen dass sie kein Recht zu das machen haben, und es sollte das Hotel die das tun, obwohl ich zum Lastminute den Betrag bezahlt habe und in meinem Bankkonto steht ihre Namen als Empfänger
Das war ein geschäftsreise und jetzt muss ich selbst die Kosten zu bezahlen.
Es ist nutzlos an die Nummer 902 52 52 52, es ist total nutzlos.
I book two nights of Hotel in Barcelona via last minute. I asked them for the bill and they say they have no right to print out the bill, since it should be the hotel who do it, although I have payed the amount to them and in my bank account it´s their name there.
That was a company´s travel and now I will have to pay by myself the expenses.
It is desperating to call to the number 902 52 52 52, it is useless.
Reservé dos noches de Hotel en Barcelona por last minute. Les pedí la factura y ellos dicen que no tienen los derechos para hacer factura, y que tiene que ser el hotel quien me la proporcione, aunque he pagado la cantidad a lastminute y en mi cuenta figura que ellos han cobrado el pago.
Se trataba de un viaje de empresa y tendré que hacer cargo personalmente con las expensas.
Es desesperante llamar al numero 902 52 52 52, es totalmente inutil y no sirve de nada hablar con la gente de allí, ya que no te proporcionan nada de informacion.
I intially attempted to book a pair of longhaul flights through lastminute.com over the internet, but was unable to, so I tried over the phone. I was put through to a woman in England who told me their system was down, and advised me to call back later. I did so, but reached a call centre in the Indian subcontinent. I found the accent of the man on the phone very difficult to understand.
I work with many colleagues from that part of the world, and the gentleman in the call centre was much more difficult to understand than average.
The confirmation email showed me that my very common British surname had been mis-spelt, so it now resembled no surname I had ever come across. I immediately phoned lastminute.com, before the e-ticket was issued, to correct the mistake. I was told the surname on the ticket that did not yet exist could not be changed, and that I would have to cancel the ticket and purchase a new one at full cost. I would receive a refund, this was the refund from the actual airline, minus the lastminute.com administration fee, in total approximately 6% of the full cost of the ticket. These conversations on their premium rate phone number cost about £20.
I complained and was sent a letter telling me the incident would be investigated. I chased this up with several letters and many emails.
I have not received any refund or any further correspondence regarding their investigation. I contacted watchdog. I booked my replacement ticket through another company.
I would advise against using lastminute.com as I found their customer service utterly unacceptable. They took my money without apology. One can only hope that by boycotting these irresposible companies they will be forced to change the industry rules.