For three weeks I've made reservations and plans to travel to the Philippines
for the umpteen time to prepare for the boat arrival and family
doings. I've never had a problem in 40 years.
I made reservations thru Expedia which required my passport number, but they never asked the expiration date, which was the middle of June this year (2014). Sooo, I thought no sweat. Assumption, the ultimate killer!
As I arrive to do the electronic ticket it took my wife's passport but not mine. I thought maybe because of technology changes in the past 10 years it just wouldn't scan. The wife's passport was only 6 YO.
I went to the check in counter and they tell me that I have to have, at least, 6 months left on the passport. I says "How in the hell was I supposed to know that?"
She tells me "If I had gone to the airline web site and searched I would have found the info"
I told her "I ordered the tickets thru Expedia and it said nothing about passport expiration dates."
But it didn't matter, I still got bumped from the flight even though my wife is Filipina and we have property in Cavite. So, I gave the wife all the pesos and the hotel
reservations for the night of arrival and set her on her way as I made a mad dash for downtown to expedite a new passport, at $170.
As well, my cheap
ticket was only credited towards the price
of a new one at the full rate, plus a $300 rebooking fee. Which ended up costing me a the price
of another whole ticket.
To add to the chaos, I wasn't dressed to take on an adventure in the very windy, just above freezing rain. I finally found parking downtown (another$13) about a half mile from the State Department to get a new passport. And I had to find a local place to do PP photos, another $16. Which gave me about an hour to get back and fill out the forms. If I had taken a shuttle I'd be up a creek. I'd be here another day.
All in all it cost me around $1100 for making an assumption. Plus, this scurvy $65 hotel
next to the reserved & paid for Park & Fly lot. With wet socks and a chill. I just hope I don't get sick from all this BS. All this crap is a lot rougher on a 65 YO with sciatica then a sail in a stormy sea.
This modern age really sux. Technology isn't up to par with the times. You would think that web sites would make sure their customers get what it intended. I know I'll be sending Expedia a nasty gram let them know what it cost me for their lack of diligence.
One hellofaday! But tomorrow I fly out.