I just wanted to give the readers of this forum a heads up so they don't make the same mistake as I did.
In March 2006, I contracted to take 6 people out on a fishing trip with <a charter fishing company on the Kenai>. We agreed on a price and I sent full payment. In May I called and asked if I could add 7 more people (total of 13). They agreed and again I paid in-full in advance. I got a confirmation in the mail.
Now it is 2 days before our fishing trip. I got a call from <the owner's wife> saying she wanted an additional $15 per person to cover fuel costs. I told her we already paid in full, but she said "Too bad. You can either pay the additional $195.00 or not go."
I chose to not go and contracted with another company to do the trip.
I want everyone to know about the unscrupulous business practices of <this company>. Never did they mention that they are now collecting a fuel fee (additional profit) until two days before the trip. <The owner's wife> told me that they have just been asking people to pay as they boarded the boat. So if you think the fee is unfair, you have no option other than to not go.
I understand that fuel prices have increased and the boats have to make up for it some how. But the practice of accepting your payment and later surprising you with an additional fee is, in my opinion, illegal, unscrupulous and immoral.
Don't book with <name removed>. They tried to scam me.
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We removed the company name, but the issue is a good one for fishermen to be aware of, so we have retained the message. In these days of rapidly increasing fuel prices, it may be important to check with your charter company to find out how they are dealing with this.