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Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Today, 12:44 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By pinniped
If we've learned anything, I think it's to *not*...

If we've learned anything, I think it's to *not* complain about Southwest Airlines via social media while you're traveling. In fact, I probably wouldn't do it afterwards, either.

Are they sure...
Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Today, 9:29 am
Replies: 37
Views: 2,761
Posted By pinniped
Oh, I know. I wouldn't either. I'd get a gate...

Oh, I know. I wouldn't either. I'd get a gate pass and stick around until I had either physically observed or viewed through Flightaware that the plane was airborne. So would everybody reading...
Forum: Hertz | Gold Plus Rewards Today, 9:15 am
Replies: 3
Views: 396
Posted By pinniped
Similar problem. I have ~3000 points, looking to...

Similar problem. I have ~3000 points, looking to book a 1-week Premium car. The site will allow a 1-day or 2-day rental at 675 or 1350 points, but nothing more. I have had a rental this year: I...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 11:30 am
Replies: 20
Views: 857
Posted By pinniped
I too wonder why those two you mention (B6 and...

I too wonder why those two you mention (B6 and VX) are often lumped in with LCCs. Do they operate at a lower CASM than others? (The investment community sometimes defines LCCs purely on this,...
Forum: Travel Technology Yesterday, 8:44 am
Replies: 42
Views: 928
Posted By pinniped
I just booted up a Win8.1 laptop for the first...

I just booted up a Win8.1 laptop for the first time last night. I absolutely hate it already. I know there's probably a setting somewhere that makes everything look like XP, but I got so frustrated...
Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Yesterday, 8:03 am
Replies: 37
Views: 2,761
Posted By pinniped
For those who put more of the blame on the family...

For those who put more of the blame on the family here: I'd agree, if the family was comprised of Flyertalkers. We know better. @:-)

Flyertalkers know you can easily get a gate pass, but the...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 7:24 am
Replies: 20
Views: 857
Posted By pinniped
I also wonder about the Middle East. Multiple...

I also wonder about the Middle East. Multiple carriers trying to establish themselves and their hub airports/cities as global brands...actively marketing to North Americans and Europeans who...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 7:20 am
Replies: 20
Views: 857
Posted By pinniped
+1. For some hypothetical collection of LCCs...

+1.

For some hypothetical collection of LCCs to "dominate" - or even rise to the level of a viable fourth alliance - they'd need to become more much linked than they are today. As it is, they're...
Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Aug 27, 14, 3:41 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 2,761
Posted By pinniped
Southwest is much better than other airlines at...

Southwest is much better than other airlines at keeping "direct" flights on the same plane. Since that's their normal MO, I imagine they are fairly diligent about keeping track of UM's in the event...
Forum: Travel Technology Aug 27, 14, 3:16 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 686
Posted By pinniped
I'm in the same boat as the OP. We had a few...

I'm in the same boat as the OP. We had a few choices and I went with a small traditional Blackberry on Verizon.

My current personal phone is a Galaxy S3 on Sprint, contract ending in 5 weeks. ...
Forum: TravelBuzz Aug 27, 14, 3:02 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 857
Posted By pinniped
LOL... :D

LOL... :D
Forum: TravelBuzz Aug 27, 14, 2:11 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 857
Posted By pinniped
I don't think you can just throw out two of the...

I don't think you can just throw out two of the four largest airlines in the world as "badly run" and exclude them from the point at hand.

And it's not as if AA and LH - the other two of the...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Aug 27, 14, 12:58 pm
Replies: 421
Views: 50,776
Posted By pinniped
For what's it worth, I still consider the...

For what's it worth, I still consider the Marriott Travel Package one of the best hotel awards you can get. It has been only minimally devalued over the course of the past 5-10 years, with the...
Forum: Travel Technology Aug 27, 14, 10:27 am
Replies: 102
Views: 5,520
Posted By pinniped
For what it's worth, I'm personally unlikely to...

For what it's worth, I'm personally unlikely to buy a $500 phone from anyone for any reason and I can't vouch for that particular seller. If I went with a BYOD plan, it would be because I felt like...
Forum: TravelBuzz Aug 27, 14, 8:48 am
Replies: 59
Views: 5,172
Posted By pinniped
I wonder if the FA's themselves appreciate being...

I wonder if the FA's themselves appreciate being asked to hawk E+ onboard. That instruction would have had to go through their union at some point, right?
Forum: TravelBuzz Aug 27, 14, 8:29 am
Replies: 20
Views: 857
Posted By pinniped
I don't think "loyalty" (in a traditional sense)...

I don't think "loyalty" (in a traditional sense) matters anymore. After all, none of the airlines are loyal to me and won't hesitate to exploit me however they can within legal or legalish means.
...
Forum: TravelBuzz Aug 27, 14, 8:26 am
Replies: 13
Views: 877
Posted By pinniped
Survey worked fine for me...took less than 10...

Survey worked fine for me...took less than 10 minutes.

A little strange that it only focused on the two airports that happened to be involved in my most recent trip. That happened to be a...
Forum: TravelBuzz Aug 27, 14, 8:12 am
Replies: 59
Views: 5,172
Posted By pinniped
I think there are two separate issues here. One...

I think there are two separate issues here. One is airlines in general trying to carve out an E+ product to sell...although asking the FA's to sell it onboard feels a bit crass. One could argue...
Forum: TravelBuzz Aug 26, 14, 11:57 am
Replies: 59
Views: 5,172
Posted By pinniped
This is Flyertalk Gold...I'm sure there's a...

This is Flyertalk Gold...I'm sure there's a vibrant UA thread about it.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/26/travel/united-flight-knee-defender/index.html

Only thing that could have possibly made this...
Forum: American Airlines | AAdvantage (Pre-Merger) Aug 26, 14, 7:20 am
Replies: 105
Views: 7,060
Posted By pinniped
If you can actually book the ticket upfront...

If you can actually book the ticket upfront without paying the fee at that time, then yes, that starts to feel a bit more like a greedy money-grab.

I still get the sense that, long-term, airlines...
Forum: American Airlines | AAdvantage (Pre-Merger) Aug 25, 14, 2:25 pm
Replies: 105
Views: 7,060
Posted By pinniped
Hey, I'm normally right there with you on airline...

Hey, I'm normally right there with you on airline fees. But this one is so far beyond sanity that I truly believe that they want completely out of this particular niche business. It has to drive...
Forum: Information Desk Aug 25, 14, 1:34 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 790
Posted By pinniped
For an infrequent traveler, I might do something...

For an infrequent traveler, I might do something like A3 + AS + WN. You've got a place to bank almost any major-airline mile you earn and the freedom to shop on fare.

If you felt like you had a...
Forum: MilesBuzz Aug 25, 14, 1:28 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 2,278
Posted By pinniped
Marriott Vacation Clubs - the timeshare villa...

Marriott Vacation Clubs - the timeshare villa properties.
Forum: TravelBuzz Aug 25, 14, 8:36 am
Replies: 59
Views: 5,172
Posted By pinniped
Maybe I'm dissecting this too much, but I...

Maybe I'm dissecting this too much, but I associate BMW with the image that its owner wants to project.

The ironic thing is that the (few) people I know who are truly wealthy actually don't drive...
Forum: Travel Technology Aug 25, 14, 8:15 am
Replies: 102
Views: 5,520
Posted By pinniped
This thread prompted me to dig into coverage maps...

This thread prompted me to dig into coverage maps a bit...

Right now at home with Sprint, I get about 12MB down using a Galaxy S3. That's 4G LTE, usually with 3-4 bars. My complaints with Sprint...
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