Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Undiscovered Country

I am trying to buy an airline ticket on a certain airline. I've been working on it for two days now. I recently spoke with a very nice representative of the airline about why my credit card was not working:


Rep: Could you please tell me the billing address of your card?


Me: Yes, it's (street and house number), Vancouver, Washington, 98686.


Rep: Oh! There's the problem, sir. We can only process cards which have a billing address in the United States--


Me: But it is in the --


Rep: -- we're not able to process cards with international addresses.


Me: Yes. I understand. But I live in Vancouver, Washington, not in Vancouver, Canada. It is in the United States.


Rep (after a brief pause): I will have to send this to the billing department so that they can confirm that.


So, as soon as they figure out I live in the United States I guess I can do business with them. In the meantime I am going to go find a hockey game.