Last year I earned 2 Truepasses through Jetblue’s frequent flyer program. I used one of those passes last September, the other will expire tomorrow. I had offered my flight to my mother a while ago and she planned to use it, but then they laid off a bunch of people at work and she couldn’t commit to booking a flight this month. I’ve been toying with some ideas, but with surgery scheduled for next month I can’t even think about a trip (did I just say that?). Then to add insult to injury, Jetblue announced this week that they were shutting down their reservation system today and tomorrow – effectively shortening my year at the last moment, thanks!
On Tuesday night I decided to take action and call Jetblue to see if their are any exceptions to the rule – that would be a big fat NO! And, my agent Karen wasn’t terribly sympathetic to my case, it was just – no, their are no exceptions. I tried to explain again, thinking maybe she needed more persuasion, I ended up convinced that she has no heart. I asked to speak to a supervisor and was told I didn’t need one because there are no exceptions. Now I was concerned with the lack of heart thing, and started wondering if she was a computer reading a script. Has Jetblue’s phone been so busy that Karen (or the computer named Karen) forgotten to insert the part about “I’m so sorry about this inconvenience and I understand your frustration, but our policy is that we can not transfer calls to supervisors in regards to extending Truepasses.” No, instead I got, “you don’t need to speak to a supervisor.”
Ya know what, I did, and I still need to.
I promptly went on the website to complain, I submitted my complaint and got a canned response back on Wednesday. Apparently, someone is missing the point. Jetblue is an airline that prides itself on bringing humanity back to air travel – I found that on their website, that’s what they say – there words, not mine. Where is the humanity?
I’ve flown Jetblue many times and I flew with them within the first few months of their launch. I dealt with customer service a couple times and everything always worked out fine and I felt like a valued customer. I’ve had flights delayed with Jetblue and even those were relatively good experiences. My attitude has changed…
I woke up the morning after the call and Jetblue was dead to me, they had broken my heart and I no longer wanted to book a flight with them or fly on their planes. I wrote another letter, a real one, on paper with an envelope and a stamp and a signature (I think my true calling is consumer advocate.) I briefly explained what had happened and how I lost my desire to fly with them. I expressed my concern with customer service – I have NEVER EVER in all the companies that I had called (and trust me I have called my fair share) been told I can’t speak to a supervisor. Then I went into how they weren’t living up to their mission of bringing humanity back to air travel and that I no longer wanted to fly with them that I might as well fly with a legacy carrier because they would at least let me speak with a supervisor.
In the end all I wanted was for Jetblue to act like they cared, to humor me a bit and let me think I’m a special customer to them. Instead, they broke my heart. Jetblue your dead to me!