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Forum: TravelBuzz Today, 8:28 am
Replies: 52
Views: 2,663
Posted By pinniped
Who exactly told you this? Someone on a web...

Who exactly told you this? Someone on a web support line? A regular Delta phone ticketing agent? It is still possible that they are incorrect.



Europe wouldn't have any jurisdiction here. ...
Forum: TravelBuzz Today, 8:01 am
Replies: 30
Views: 1,284
Posted By pinniped
And I think the overwhelming response here is...

And I think the overwhelming response here is "no, it isn't unfair."

If they make the VDB offer via a verbal announcement in the language that most people in the boarding area would understand (or...
Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Yesterday, 3:32 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 762
Posted By pinniped
Yeah, my first thought was that's actually a...

Yeah, my first thought was that's actually a reasonable deal for 3 nights at a good hotel plus 2 box seats plus food/bev extras. Shocked it took 2 hours to sell out...

I've done the Derby before,...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 1:56 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By pinniped
A lot of us here are probably happy to help (and...

A lot of us here are probably happy to help (and great resources for you), but keep in mind that we are in no way a representative sample of anything beyond ourselves. :p (In short, we're weird.)
...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 1:41 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 1,284
Posted By pinniped
In a way, it's not much different than flying a...

In a way, it's not much different than flying a domestic flight in some part of the world where they don't announce anything in a language you understand. Sticking around close to the gate and...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 12:02 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 1,284
Posted By pinniped
I believe there's some U.S. regulation that...

I believe there's some U.S. regulation that requires an airline to solicit VDB before it proceeds to IDB. However, I know from two Delta IDB experiences that the airline isn't required to make much...
Forum: Checkpoints and Borders Policy Debate Yesterday, 9:27 am
Replies: 18
Views: 1,846
Posted By pinniped
LOL. It's sort of like when Michigan and...

LOL.

It's sort of like when Michigan and Notre Dame play. I don't really know what to do... ;)
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 7:51 am
Replies: 27
Views: 1,511
Posted By pinniped
I still print them when traveling with family. ...

I still print them when traveling with family. Easier to hand 4 paper BP's to the TSA than to get them out of my phone's photo gallery, one after another, while people are waiting in line.

Flying...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 7:38 am
Replies: 97
Views: 7,023
Posted By pinniped
Whenever a friend or family member asks me for...

Whenever a friend or family member asks me for advice, I generally steer them clear of the major-alliance carriers unless they have status.

UA, AA, and DL will actively make your life miserable as...
Forum: TravelBuzz Mar 30, 15, 7:48 pm
Replies: 55
Views: 3,948
Posted By pinniped
Seems like a decent cell phone lot should cure...

Seems like a decent cell phone lot should cure most of these ills. Airports that don't have a convenient cell phone lot could probably offer 30 minutes free short term parking and kill a lot of the...
Forum: TravelBuzz Mar 30, 15, 7:37 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 1,511
Posted By pinniped
I use a mobile boarding pass and try to...

I use a mobile boarding pass and try to physically hug at least one tree on the way to the airport.
Forum: TravelBuzz Mar 30, 15, 7:32 pm
Replies: 52
Views: 2,663
Posted By pinniped
I agree in some contexts - as when the different...

I agree in some contexts - as when the different segments use the product differently. In a very simple example, a hotel may have three guests at very different price points - a business traveler on...
Forum: TravelBuzz Mar 30, 15, 3:25 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 768
Posted By pinniped
Or, you actually *do* get a childless section of...

Or, you actually *do* get a childless section of the plane...and you're seated next to a guy who's been eating beers since 9AM.
Forum: Checkpoints and Borders Policy Debate Mar 30, 15, 3:23 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 3,555
Posted By pinniped
Watch out for that weaponized scuba manual...

Watch out for that weaponized scuba manual...
Forum: TravelBuzz Mar 30, 15, 2:43 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 768
Posted By pinniped
Yes. You can request anything you like. ;)

Yes. You can request anything you like. ;)
Forum: TravelBuzz Mar 30, 15, 2:35 pm
Replies: 52
Views: 2,663
Posted By pinniped
Well, it certainly works out well for the...

Well, it certainly works out well for the customers who can find their way into the lower-cost segment. ;)
Forum: TravelBuzz Mar 30, 15, 10:28 am
Replies: 52
Views: 2,663
Posted By pinniped
Well, "gouging" is a loaded term, but the...

Well, "gouging" is a loaded term, but the motivation is indeed the same: you're charging different amounts to different market segments based on what that segment will bear.

If the segmentation...
Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Mar 27, 15, 3:44 pm
Replies: 53
Views: 3,047
Posted By pinniped
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that this...

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that this moron wasn't heading to New York for a Mensa meeting.
Forum: TravelBuzz Mar 27, 15, 7:49 am
Replies: 52
Views: 2,663
Posted By pinniped
It's the same effective thing and we all know it....

It's the same effective thing and we all know it. (See discussions about the gas stations with the "discount for cash".)

And yes, their are ways to phrase it to make it legal almost anywhere. ...
Forum: TravelBuzz Mar 25, 15, 2:35 pm
Replies: 52
Views: 4,634
Posted By pinniped
Plus there's the issue that 90% of all rental...

Plus there's the issue that 90% of all rental cars *look* like rental cars. Base model Chevy with the little bar code in the side window...that's probably me, and it was probably the last thing left...
Forum: Budget Travel Mar 25, 15, 12:41 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 787
Posted By pinniped
Since you have the flight that fits, I'd do...

Since you have the flight that fits, I'd do Vancouver.

If you were starting from scratch with no flights identified, SD *might* be my #1 choice for this early in the spring, but Vancouver's a...
Forum: TravelBuzz Mar 25, 15, 12:36 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 782
Posted By pinniped
A week and a half out from a busy travel...

A week and a half out from a busy travel weekend...I'd say $500 sounds about right. Lots of full flights...probably aren't any great deals left.

If SNA works for you and you get $370 for a sane...
Forum: TravelBuzz Mar 24, 15, 10:31 am
Replies: 7
Views: 637
Posted By pinniped
Echo what others said...book the best refundable...

Echo what others said...book the best refundable rate you can find the moment you think you're going to take the trip. (Or, the moment you've bought the nonrefundable airfare.)

For me, Priceline...
Forum: TravelBuzz Mar 24, 15, 10:21 am
Replies: 86
Views: 12,106
Posted By pinniped
I was walking into a hotel in Vegas (Strip...

I was walking into a hotel in Vegas (Strip hotel...I think Treasure Island, circa 2005) and the security guard stopped me because I was carrying a case of beer. He said city ordinance prohibited...
Forum: TravelBuzz Mar 24, 15, 10:06 am
Replies: 34
Views: 3,244
Posted By pinniped
My hatred of junk fees is mainly related to what...

My hatred of junk fees is mainly related to what I see as a breakdown in the relationship I've had with the airlines over the years, in large part due to their deception, deterioration of service,...
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