I will travel to London in mid-September to speak at the LSE. As I tried to use my Mastercard to pay for my London plane ticket, I was informed by the British Airways Webpage that my credit card company had blocked my transaction. I called Mastercard and their agent told me that the transaction was blocked because their software had viewed the transaction as “suspicious”. This interests me because I was in Europe in March and in China in July. I used my credit card in both cases and I would think that this paper trail would suggest that I do travel abroad. The Mastercard representative assured me that their sole goal is to protect me from fraud and I appreciate that.
In other news, I am in Berkeley and in this cross-post, I discuss some of things I have recently seen and read.