After much back and forthing, stressing, and weighing of options, I decided to just pull the trigger and charter a jet for the cross-country flight to Toronto. Expensive, yes, but at least this way, I would only have to do one trip, wouldn’t have to cram the dogs under any seats, and wouldn’t have to worry about major flight delays (and even if there were delays, I’d have the option of actually taking the dogs for a walk rather than keeping them sealed up in their individual little carriers).  Instead, of commercial, I’d be kicking back and flying private in a Learjet 35.  It has the distinction of being the type of aircraft golfer Payne Stewart perished aboard!

So, the charter company sent me the paper work.  I signed the proper documents, scanned, and emailed them back.  At which point we came to the “payment” portion of the show.  I assumed I could pay by credit card – in spite of the outrageous 5% “administrative fee”.  Unfortunately, the company doesn’t take VISA; only American Express.  My only other option was to pay by wire transfer.  So, late yesterday, armed with their banking info, I headed off to my bank (CIBC), got a bank draft, and went to their bank (TD) to make the transaction.  Unfortunately, this proved impossible because, even though they share the same name, the TD bank in the U.S. and the TD bank in Canada aren’t quite the same.  I could still wire the money, but it wouldn’t be an instantaneous transaction. I briefly reconsidering the whole thing, but the company rep Isuggested we could move forward with the wire transfer provided I fax them a copy of the completed transaction and use my VISA credit card as a back-up.  And so, I headed back to my bank (CIBC), cashed the bank draft back into my account, completed the wire transfer, faxed the company a copy of the paperwork, provided them with whatever other information they required, then redirected my focus to packing.  We were scheduled to leave at 12:00 noon.   I…

Cancelled my standing reservations with Air Canada.

Informed my friend who was to join me on my planned second trip, next week, that we wouldn’t be going after all.

Called up my dog sitter and informed her that I wouldn’t need her to stay after all.

Contacted the shipping company scheduled to pick up my car on Monday to change the Vancouver contact number from my dog sitter’s phone to Lawren’s phone –

And contacted Lawren to tell him he would be taking possession of the house one week early.

It was a little after 11:00 p.m. when I finally finished packing.  I headed downstairs and found a message awaiting me from the company rep informing me that they had yet to receive the wire transfer and without the funds, they would be unable to offer me my scheduled flight.  I pointed out that wire transfers usually take a few days to clear but, according to him, they’d had transfers go through almost immediately in the past.

Well, with the banks closed, there was nothing to do but get a good night’s sleep – or stay up all night wondering whether we would, in fact, be flying out tomorrow.

This morning, I went to the bank.  I spoke to the manager who informed me that wire transfers are never immediate, they always take a couple of days, and, in this instant, the time lag is compounded by the fact that the transaction was completed late Friday night – which would push things to the next business day = Monday.  However, she assured me that she would be happy to speak to a company rep or provide them with any supporting documentation required.  I called up the company rep.  They talked.  And talked.  And talked.  No dice.  The flight was cancelled.  Alas, the same can’t be said for the wire transaction which, once initiated, cannot be stopped.  So, I –

Rebooked with Air Canada.

Informed my friend who was to join me on my planned second trip, next week, that we WOULD be going after all.

Called up my dog sitter and informed her that I WOULD need her to stay after all.

Contacted the shipping company scheduled to pick up my car on Monday to change the Vancouver contact number from Lawren’s phone back to my dog-sitter’s phone –

And contacted Lawren to tell him he WOULDN’T be taking possession of the house one week early after all.

Flying out tonight on a 10:30 p.m. flight that will get us in to Toronto for 5:55 a.m.

And await my refund.

Boy, that year off in Vancouver is looking real good right about now.

59
Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Tammi K
Tammi K

Wow, Joe. So sorry to read about your difficulties. I hope that things settle down soon and you can begin to enjoy the new adventure.

Maureen
Maureen

WOW! Hope your flight goes well. You are due for some good luck.

Shannon
Shannon

Woohoo for wire transfers. In the US they can be same day (but there are a list of things that have to happen – I work for a payroll company and when people hit a certain threshold we require funds to be wired to be secure for the check date). But an international wire? Yeah…I can see a delay happening there. You’d think that in our era it’d be a fast as a click, click, and boom conversion done…(and who takes Amex over Visa? That’s an odd one IMO…)

Ponytail
Ponytail

God bless Lawren.
God bless the dog sitter.
God bless the 2nd flight flying buddy.
God bless you Joe and dogs.
Screw the banking system.
Screw the Jet Charter Company.
but, God bless Payne Stewart.
To be determined: Air Canada.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Joe – it’s a super moon tonight! You know what that means??! You’re gonna get yer period. wink

Either that, or…ya know…you’re plans are gonna fall through. razz

Happy travels! See you on this side of the planet!

das

Gilder
Gilder

(((Joe)))

Airelle
Airelle

wow, Joe, I hope today is better. sweet dreams of macarons and chocolate and happy dayz…

Luvnjack
Luvnjack

Dude! I thought I had a crappy day! sad Sending you hugs from Montana! You sure sound like you need them, and since they’re virtual hugs, they don’t violate that pesky restraining order. wink

Fangurling from afar!
LJ

Deni
Deni

Holy crap, Joe! So now 2 dogs are stuffed under the Air Canada seats? As for the charter company? What a shitty way to do business. Drop us a line when you get in so we know the pups are ok!

majorsal
majorsal

see, joe! you know what this means, right?

STAY IN VANCOUVER!

shock

paloosa
paloosa

I don’t think Vancouver wants you to leave.

Best wishes to you and the pups for a safe and uneventful trip.

BMc
BMc

9:53 Mountain time, 8:53 your time, probably in the throes of getting to/through the airport… holding good thoughts for you and the fur-faces.

Narelle from Aus
Narelle from Aus

I would have gone postal by now. Safe travels. Let me put that charter company in touch with a potential new customer in the form of a Nigerian Prince. Seems they have a lot in common.

JeffW

I once had a bank clerk screw up one digit on an international wire transfer…it took two months to find the money.

Safe travels to you and the dogs, Joe!

Bailey
Bailey

Yikes! And I thought I had a bad day…

otros ojos
otros ojos

Best of luck. Hoping that the excitement of a new project will soon be able to negate all the stress from a crap deal, plus everything else.

Debra
Debra

I don’t know what to say… my mouth is wide open, brain can’t process appropriate response except the f word. Unreal. I do hope, once you get your money back, you will reveal the idiots behind this fiasco. Of course right NOW I am waiting for you to blog that you actually got on the plane, they didn’t bump you for dog weight or something. I’ll be relieved when you post you are THERE so please let us know you are safely underway if you can.

josephmallozzi
josephmallozzi

Check in and security was great. Airport personnel very nice. Minimal whining from the dogs. Waiting to board.

Kymm
Kymm

Which two pupsters are with you this trip?

K

for the love of Beckett
for the love of Beckett

Are you in the terminal now, waiting to board? Have a nip of the doggie/baby gravol medicine.

Safe flight. Deep breaths. Cuddles for the puppies.

Ditto what Ponytail said. God bless everyone helping you out. What a day! My nephew was born during a full moon. This is your new life getting born. It’s never easy, but it’s always worth it.

sylvia
sylvia

Bon Voyage Joe and traveling companions!
See ya on the other side.
Wow, what a day!

ganymede
ganymede

You DON’T have AMEX??!! Dude!! duh!

You can get the No Fee AIR MILES one…

Anyhoo… hope you guys survived your flight! And, WELCOME TO ONTARIO!!

archersangel

to Ponytail i second all of that.

to Debra
I don’t know what to say… my mouth is wide open, brain can’t process appropriate response except the f word.
that was my reaction too. and a lot of head-desk.

to josephmallozzi keeping my fingers crosses.

Sean D.
Sean D.

Hi Joe,

Glad to hear things are going well with the dogs. I’ve considered the possibility of a new job outside North America and have a couple cats that even the thought of them traveling – flying – 9,000+ miles scares me half to death. The cost isn’t a concern but their health and sanity during and post-flight definitely is. So, who knows.

It sounds like all the red tape with the traveling cross-country has been way too much of a hassle. All the back and forth, that’d make my eyes pop out.

A concern of mine, even if I end up moving within North America for the new job (finishing my doctorate in May, so I am on the job hunt) would be having to keep the 2 felines sealed up in their individual carriers. They get really stressed out from an approximate 400 mile road trip (and round-trip), I suspect it’d be worse if it was 1,000+ miles. Maybe hotel stops overnights during the move would help (or make it worse?), I don’t know. Maybe just one long road trip would be better. If moving within America I’ll probably stick with travel via road.

It’s pretty silly that a wire transfer wouldn’t be an instantaneous transaction. Weird.

On another note…

March 20 = my birthday!

Woohoo! grin

…and first day of spring!

(And yet it’s still in the low 40s (fahrenheit) (about 5 degrees celsius)… “fun!”) wink

Okay, have a nice day!

Sean D., “birthday boy” and soon to be “Dr. D.” (…and going to a very nice restaurant as part of the b-day celebration. Might make a trip to Vegas or out of the country in late May to celebrate the Dr. thing (being hooded on May 15.)) grin

PBMom

It’s 12:44 a.m. on Sunday so you should already have left Vancouver. I hope everything goes well. What an crazy, insane day you had. You know that fate thing. Perhaps if you took that chartered flight, you would have crashed. Of course, you’ll never know since you altered your own timeline. Peace, blessings and SLEEP.