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Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 17, 14, 2:01 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 245
Posted By pinniped
I don't believe Costco has any discounted...

I don't believe Costco has any discounted standalone airfare offers...at least I've never seen any.

They do have rental car discounts, which may or may not be better than your typical AAA,...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 17, 14, 1:56 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 638
Posted By pinniped
Travelocity, perhaps? I queried Windsor, and the...

Travelocity, perhaps? I queried Windsor, and the Windsor hotels come first, with Detroit being far down the page. Then queried Detroit, and Detroit comes first, and I didn't even scroll far enough...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 17, 14, 1:43 pm
Replies: 159
Views: 38,694
Posted By pinniped
I have to imagine that they do...the schools that...

I have to imagine that they do...the schools that legitimate service animals have to go through are quite extensive, so I'm sure it's well documented when a particular dog "graduates".

But it...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 17, 14, 1:28 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,061
Posted By pinniped
Welcome to monopoly pricing. Anybody on this...

Welcome to monopoly pricing.

Anybody on this board based in ATL, DTW, MSP, or another fortress hub can tell you all about Hidden City Ticketing's pros and cons.

Several highly entertaining...
Forum: USA Oct 17, 14, 1:23 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 747
Posted By pinniped
I've actually only flown through JFK one time: ...

I've actually only flown through JFK one time: MCI-JFK-FCO on TWA in 1977. There might've been some other stop in between MCI and JFK but I don't remember it.

AA and UA flyer out of the...
Forum: Hertz | Gold Plus Rewards Oct 17, 14, 1:03 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 853
Posted By pinniped
I've had to decline upgrades in Germany for this...

I've had to decline upgrades in Germany for this very reason...our trips always include Slovenia. Won't be any big deal when you get there: big stations like FRA will have lots of cars that you can...
Forum: Hertz | Gold Plus Rewards Oct 17, 14, 12:42 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 371
Posted By pinniped
On such a small amount, I'd probably give Hertz...

On such a small amount, I'd probably give Hertz an opportunity to sort it out. I've had two or three billing issues over the years with them and they've gotten it right after a phone call.

If...
Forum: USA Oct 17, 14, 9:59 am
Replies: 30
Views: 747
Posted By pinniped
Of the top 50, I'm missing PDX, BNA, and RSW. ...

Of the top 50, I'm missing PDX, BNA, and RSW.

Portland is also the only major U.S. city that neither my wife nor I have ever been to at all. In early 2015, we're going to find some random...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Oct 17, 14, 9:11 am
Replies: 10
Views: 472
Posted By pinniped
LOL...I have noticed that my MR Visa is by far...

LOL...I have noticed that my MR Visa is by far the most indestructible thing in my wallet. I have a power saw in the garage that would probably do the trick, but it's definitely tougher than any...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Oct 17, 14, 9:05 am
Replies: 45
Views: 1,549
Posted By pinniped
Travel Packages. They may have been mentioned...

Travel Packages. They may have been mentioned somewhere on this board before, but if not the Marriott.com site covers them pretty well.
Forum: American Airlines | AAdvantage (Pre-Merger) Oct 17, 14, 7:57 am
Replies: 21
Views: 952
Posted By pinniped
AA isn't going to give the OP a free change on...

AA isn't going to give the OP a free change on the outbound...only the return. (I'm assuming that only the return was auto-rebooked.)

Especially on a peak travel day. Honestly, the best defense...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Oct 16, 14, 7:50 am
Replies: 49
Views: 2,188
Posted By pinniped
This will kill off a lot of my business stays at...

This will kill off a lot of my business stays at Marriott. Our corp travel engine flat out won't allow us to book a hotel without a 4PM (or later) day-of-arrival cancel policy. We do not have a...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Oct 16, 14, 7:42 am
Replies: 85
Views: 3,740
Posted By pinniped
I'm not worried about the "at this time"...

I'm not worried about the "at this time" language...I'm usually somewhat cynical but in this case I believe them, from the corporate level, when they say they aren't changing it. This rumor probably...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 15, 14, 8:59 am
Replies: 25
Views: 1,407
Posted By pinniped
In parts of the world where airline competition...

In parts of the world where airline competition exists, it'll mean lower fares. Asia, Middle East, perhaps some of Europe, etc.

In parts of the world where the industry behaves as an oligopoly or...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 14, 14, 1:38 pm
Replies: 50
Views: 2,301
Posted By pinniped
In the U.S., I'd nominate DCA. Easy in/out,...

In the U.S., I'd nominate DCA. Easy in/out, short walk to Metro and short Metro ride to all of the attractions in DC. BOS, SEA, and SFO aren't bad either. OAK is supposed to be getting a BART...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 14, 14, 1:18 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 2,482
Posted By pinniped
Kansas: - Grocery stores can sell 3.2% beer...

Kansas:
- Grocery stores can sell 3.2% beer only
- Liquor stores can sell *nothing* besides beer, wine, and liquor.
- Limited times on Sundays, varies slightly by city/village. (Until the early...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 10, 14, 2:51 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 1,069
Posted By pinniped
Generally, no, I don't see package deals cheaper...

Generally, no, I don't see package deals cheaper than buying separately. Quite often, they are substantially more expensive than booking separately.

My one personal exception was similar to...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Oct 10, 14, 1:23 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 326
Posted By pinniped
I'd go Ballston. 1K, 2Q, sofabed...and it's easy...

I'd go Ballston. 1K, 2Q, sofabed...and it's easy Metro access to DC. Nice area in and of itself as well.

Agree...it's disappointing to see two-bedroom suites that are 1Q-1Q. At least throw us...
Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Oct 10, 14, 10:09 am
Replies: 43
Views: 13,352
Posted By pinniped
I don't think it matters *much*, but with a small...

I don't think it matters *much*, but with a small sleepy airport, there probably aren't as many other (non-desirable to you) reroutes in the event of irrops.

(Your specific example smells like an...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 10, 14, 9:55 am
Replies: 54
Views: 3,582
Posted By pinniped
Bummer. I quite like the J lounge at NRT, so in...

Bummer. I quite like the J lounge at NRT, so in my mind I was envisioning an amazing F lounge two floors up, hoping one of these days to book an F award through there to try it.
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 10, 14, 9:43 am
Replies: 44
Views: 1,924
Posted By pinniped
I think the outbound answer is an easy one: AMS....

I think the outbound answer is an easy one: AMS.

Inbound from Berlin, going back through AMS would be fine if you wish to stick to same alliance. Or coming back through FRA on LH would be...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Oct 10, 14, 7:16 am
Replies: 45
Views: 1,549
Posted By pinniped
With the Travel Packages, you're just moving...

With the Travel Packages, you're just moving miles to the program of your choice. Once the miles land there, they're treated like any other miles in that program. The user doesn't have to use the...
Forum: National | Emerald Club Oct 9, 14, 3:21 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By pinniped
You can definitely snag a car off the Compact...

You can definitely snag a car off the Compact aisle without going inside. A more common application of this is an Exec member booking "up" a category or two...SUV, van, or even confirming a...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Oct 9, 14, 2:40 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 1,136
Posted By pinniped
I'm not familiar with the latest technologies: ...

I'm not familiar with the latest technologies: can these things fully charge a dead smartphone in a few minutes?

My only experience with wireless charging was with a Palm mobile phone I had back...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Oct 9, 14, 12:58 pm
Replies: 45
Views: 1,549
Posted By pinniped
Points for merchandise is always a bad value per...

Points for merchandise is always a bad value per point...same holds true for any miles/points program that offers to book or buy stuff outside their ecosystem for you. That option is mainly there...
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