Do remember though that not many want to pay upfront when doing a pre order. I would not do it at all as i rather pay it onmy bill. That gives me a bit time to collect all the moneys. Some rather pay it all at once but not many have that much in their CC or debit Visa.
You can always call in & explain a situation & try & get the connection fee waived. I & others have done this many times. The pre ordering system while it sounds good, it nothing compared to the reservation which gives u more options.