In case you did not read my other post. I bought tickets online yesterday on Rail Europe for mid Oct 2007, but they said that they needed to further research my purchase and will let me know by email in two days.
Well I got a confirmation from them today that they were able to confirm 2 of 3 of my reservations, but one of the reservations was going to cost $75 more because prices had changed. What, since yesterday that I booked?
Then they said that one of the reservations was not going to be available until Aug 27th. Sure then prices would probably change some more and by then they will charge a S&H and want more money.
I very patiently called them, because you have to hold for almost 30 mins, and told them that I was not going to pay more for the reservation. I am aware that prices can change but BEFORE you purchase something not AFTER, and I was not going to wait until Aug 27th because on their website that ticket was available.
I cancelled the whole thing, or like they said "deleted" the entire request. I also called my credit card to make sure they did not charge anything to it. Although they assured me they had not.
After I posted about their 2nd class reservations being "sold out" for certain days in October and other TA members replied to it, I now realize that these people are running a scam. They do not have the reservations, they want to entice you to buy 1st class. We wanted first class anyways, but I want those out there to be aware of this. They cannot sell you these tickets now. So what they're doing is holding them for you, but then they show you one rate now and something else later once you are "confirmed".
I am glad of two things....
(1) first and foremost that this is an american owned company, even if partly, because now i am going to make it my business to report this to whatever beaureu or agency that deals with this type of unethical business practice
(2) that TA has forums like this where people can warn each other. All the comments I received from my other posts at least warned me on how to deal with this because I was able to pick up right away that it was a scam and not be taken for a fool.
Dont let Rail Europe do this to you.