One is a Spanish city founded in the 11th century, famous for its moorish architecture; the other is a Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela and a world-leading producer of spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. You say Granada; I say Grenada.
Edward Gamson, an American dentist, had his heart set on the former — Granada, Spain — but flew to Grenada instead on a recent vacation. Now, he's suing British Airways, alleging that the airline's bookers made the mistake. Gamson told the Independent:
"I have a lifelong interest in Islamic art. I'm also of Spanish Jewish heritage so it was something I had always wanted to do to visit Granada and the Alhambra. I made it absolutely clear to the booking agent I wanted to go to Granada in Spain. Why on earth would I want to go to Grenada in the Caribbean if I was flying back to America from Lisbon?
"It's just so sad. A trip we had been really looking forward to was ruined and ... [British Airways] won't do the decent thing."
Gamson and his partner never made it to Spain, and British Airways refused to reimburse their $4,5o0 first-class tickets. The lawsuit seeks $34,000 in damages.
Judge James Boasberg waxed literary in a ruling against the airline, which attempted to have the suit partially dismissed earlier this month. He wrote in his decision:
"This case proves the truth of Mark Twain's aphorism that 'the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug'. Except here only a single letter's difference is involved."
If this story sounds eerily familiar, it's because last year, a 62-year-old woman with cancer made the same mix-up after putting a visit to the Alhambra — Granada's famous historic Islamic temple — on her bucket list. Her tickets were reimbursed.
No word on whether the Gamsons had any fun on their accidental Caribbean vacation. I hear Grenada has beautiful beaches.