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AARCO Travel Agency

Phone: (773) 363-9500 Fax: (773) 363-7164 View Additional Phone Numbers 2226 E 71st St, Chicago, IL 60649

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Reason for Rating

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Factors that lowered the rating for AARCO Travel Agency include:

  • Failure to respond to 1 complaint(s) filed against business

Factors that raised the rating for AARCO Travel Agency include:

  • Length of time business has been operating
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size

Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 0
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 1
Total Closed Complaints 1

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews on AARCO Travel Agency
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 0

Additional Information

BBB file opened: June 11, 1992 Business started: 09/01/1984 Business started locally: 09/01/1984
Type of Entity


Business Management
Ms. Idella Blackwood, Co-Owner Ms. Vera Smiley, Secretary
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Idella Blackwood, Co-Owner
Business Category

Travel Agencies & Bureaus Cruises Sightseeing Tours Travel Agencies (NAICS: 561510)

Additional Locations


    2226 E 71st St

    Chicago, IL 60649 (773) 363-9500 (800) 445-4611


BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Overview

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Customer Review Experience Value
Positive Review 5 points per review
Neutral Review 3 points per review
Negative Review 1 point per review

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BBB Letter Grade Scale

BBB Rating Value
A+ 5
A 4.66
A- 4.33
B+ 4
B 3.66
B- 3.33
C+ 3
C 2.66
C- 2.33
D+ 2
D 1.66
D- 1.33
F 1
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Star Rating scale

  Average Score
5 stars 5.00
4.5 stars 4.50-4.99
4 stars 4.00-4.49
3.5 stars 3.50-3.99
3 stars 3.00-3.49
2.5 stars 2.50-2.99
2 stars 2.00-2.49
1.5 stars 1.50-1.99
1 star 0-1.49

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Complaint Detail(s)

3/18/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: In Oct 2011, a previous employee used this agency to advertise a trip to the ******* in Apr 2012. On the flyer presented to myself and others, there is a line that says "Air accommodations available upon request". There is nothing stating "No refunds" for deposits on airfare. I put down a $80.00 cash deposit for the airfare on 12/7/11, and was emailed a receipt on 2/7/12. No other payments toward the airfare was made due to the fact that I was unable to have the balance of the airfare by the due date. I asked the employee for a refund of the $80.00 so that I can purchase my own flight and was told that I would have to wait until she was paid from the agency after the trip was completed. Trip was taken in Apr 2012 and shortly after that, I began to question the employee about the $80.00. Got responses that she had not been paid from the agency, or she will be sending it to me by mail. After several months of requesting my money back, I then got a response that the airline does not refund any deposits. However, there is nothing in writing from the advertisement that there is no refunds for airline deposits. I contacted the agency direct in Jul 2012 and spoke with the "owner" and explained the situation to her. Her reply was that the employees have been paid already. I asked her would she be able to help me to get my $80 back. She took down my name and phone number and told me she would call me at the end of the week. ( NO RETURN CALL) I called the agency again about a month later and spoke with her again and she told me that the employee told her that she had given me the money back. (NOT TRUE) I explained that to her and she then asked me for the employees phone number so that she could call her again and give me a call back. ( STILL NO RTURN CALL) I have contacted the agency over and over again and still have not received any assistance from them. On Jul 16,2012 I received a call from the employee asking for my email address so that the money could be Quick Paid to me through Chase Bank. I gave it to her. I checked my account and it was a payment from the employee in the amount of $65 with a message "Acceptance of this funds transfer acknowledges refund in full for airfare deposit 4/20/12 less fee". I DID NOT ACCEPT IT due to the fact that this is not what is owed to me. What fee am I being charged for returning money back to me that is rightfully owed to me?? I am still owed as of today $80. I have contacted the agency several times throughout the 2013 year and have yet to get this issue resolved. I have placed another 2 calls this year and have yet to get anything resolved. How am I able to get this resolved with the agency or the employee. The employee will not answer or return any of my phone calls or text messages, and I have no other information on how t reach her. Whenever I contact the agency, I speak with the owner, she has to always take my number down and say that she will call me back. But I never get the phone call. When I spoke with her on today, I explained to her that I am still waiting to receive my refund of $80. I also let her know that I would be filing a claim with the BBB and her response was " I hope it's against her ( the previous employee) because I don't want that to go on our records with them (BBB). Give me a couple of weeks to get your money" She again asks me for my phone number and also the phone number of the previous employee. I am filing this claim right now just in case this matter has not been resolved by 2/28/14 and it is duly noted for future references.

Desired Settlement: I am hoping that after speaking with the owner on today, that by 2/28/14 I will have my money back, Paid In Full in the amount of $80.00

Customer Review(s)

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