Another surge in consumer complaints for February

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By Christopher Elliott

It was yet another surge in consumer complaints for February, with American Airlines, United Airlines and Expedia leading.

Here’s what happened:

✓ For the month, we had a total of 383 cases, up 54 percent from a year ago. American Airlines, United Airlines and Expedia topped the list.

✓ Pageviews rose 28 percent to 774,285 from the previous February.

✓ The final count for our winter fundraiser is $21,840, a new record. Our next fundraiser starts in May.

Another surge in consumer complaints for February
A surge in complaints for February as cases rise 54 percent

We track monthly consumer complaints received through this form. These tend to be the most difficult cases that beg to be mediated by our advocacy team.

 February 2018 
RankTop 25 CompaniesTotal ComplaintsPercent
1American Airlines328.36%
2United Airlines164.18%
3Expedia102.61%
4Allianz92.35%
5Southwest Airlines92.35%
6Sears Holdings82.09%
7Hertz Rent a Car71.83%
8Best Buy51.31%
9Delta Air Lines51.31%
10Royal Caribbean (RCCL)51.31%
11Spirit Airlines51.31%
12TripMate51.31%
13Alaska Airlines41.04%
14American Home Shield41.04%
15Enterprise Rent-A-Car41.04%
16Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)41.04%
17Orbitz (Expedia)41.04%
18Turkish Airlines41.04%
19Walmart41.04%
20AT&T30.78%
21Air France (Air France-KLM Group)30.78%
22Alamo Rent a Car (Enterprise)30.78%
23Amazon.com30.78%
24Avis Car Rental30.78%
25DirecTV (AT&T)30.78%
 Total Cases:383 
 Total Cases February 2017:249 
 Percent Difference Year Ago:53.82% 

Traffic soars 28 percent

Pageviews were up 28 percent to 774,285 from the previous February. Sessions rose 24 percent to 378,282. Our number of pages per session were up 3 percent to just over two, and the average session duration was up 14 percent.

Meanwhile, our bounce rate fell almost two full percentage points, meaning people are staying on the site longer and reading more.

AirAdvisor is a claims management company. We fight for air passenger rights in cases of flight disruptions all over the world. Our mission is to ensure that air passengers are fairly compensated for the inconvenience and frustration caused by delays, cancellations, or overbooking.

These are great numbers for February. We’re close to consistently reaching our 2018 goal of 1 million pageviews a month. We’ve been publishing “encore” stories in the afternoon and optimizing our pages a little better, but we have some new features launching a little later this year that will really be game-changers. (Here’s everything that you need to know about travel and money.)

And more good news: A few hours ago, Google News accepted this site as a news source. We’re on Google News!

What it means for you

Besides another surge in consumer complaints for February, you mean? Your favorite consumer advocate is reaching more readers and helping more people than ever. That’s good news, but there’s even better news ahead. As we pick up momentum and gain readers, supporters and volunteers, our reach expands and we can spread our message of self-empowerment and help even more consumers. (Related: If I move, do I still have to pay an early termination fee?)

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Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is the founder of Elliott Advocacy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers consumers to solve their problems and helps those who can't. He's the author of numerous books on consumer advocacy and writes three nationally syndicated columns. He also publishes the Elliott Report, a news site for consumers, and Elliott Confidential, a critically acclaimed newsletter about customer service. If you have a consumer problem you can't solve, contact him directly through his advocacy website. You can also follow him on X, Facebook, and LinkedIn, or sign up for his daily newsletter.

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