Like most frequent travelers, I switched from the paper version to the online version of the Wall Street Journal many years ago—for something like $79 per year. Then the rate magically went up to $99. Last year I think it was $119. I just got my Amex bill, and guess how much the standard renewal is now? $197! With no prior warning of a price hike!
I called the WSJ to dispute, and they told me to access my account information online and click on “Renew for $156,” and the $41 difference would be refunded to my credit card. We’ll see if the refund shows up. I’m tempted to cancel and renew at the “new subscriber” rate of $103.
What’s up with this? I’m more than happy to pay for the excellent content the WSJ provides, but to double the price and then charge my card without any notice seems like a shady business practice.
Has anyone else noticed?