The trouble started when Tom King’s cellphone died on his way to a job interview last year. He saw a public phone at Washington’s Bainbridge Island Ferry and was relieved when a sticker reassured him that he could make a four-minute call for $1, he says.
When it comes to “gotcha” fees, the cellular phone industry makes travel companies look like rank amateurs.
Last night, while buying a ticket on US Airways’ site, the final payment step would not complete. The screen instructed me to try again and then instructed that if the problem continued call the ticketing 800 number. I did, and was charged $25 for ticketing by phone.
As a general rule, I know enough not to use the telephone in my hotel room. But at the Villa del Palmar in Puerto Vallarta the phone in the lobby uses only phone cards they sell at a ridiculous price.