I used Kayak to research a flight: Austin-Pittsburgh-Boston. The best option price and schedule- wise was an American Airlines/USair combo sold by American Airlines for $US357.60 ($A345) in Economy.
Kayak gave me a link to American Airlines which I clicked on. This deposited me on the onto the American Airline homepage (www.aa.com). I entered all my personal data and scrolled through to payments page where I entered my Credit Card details. The form asked for my country. I discovered there was not a drop down box for “Australia”. I could enter USA, Canada, UK but no Australia. So I called American Airlines. Turns out I cannot book and pay for a ticket on AA.com with an Australian Credit Card. I had to start the whole booking process again at the Australian American Airlines site: http://www.americanairlines.ie/intl/au/index.js
This I did. The cost to fly on the same flights was $574.60- that is $US594.81. This is a massive $US 237.21 difference. Excessive? Solutions:
- Get a US Credit or Debit Card
- Get a friend to pay
- Book and put on hold and pay for the ticket at the airport. They wont let me pay over the phone. How bizarre is that?