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Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus Yesterday, 12:17 pm
Replies: 53
Views: 1,987
Posted By pinniped
Do you really need to short check the bag to IAH?...

Do you really need to short check the bag to IAH? Can you just throw a change of clothes in a backpack? Just a one-nighter there...

I would *think* that UA would not double-charge the bag fee...
Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus Oct 23, 14, 3:03 pm
Replies: 53
Views: 1,987
Posted By pinniped
Two crazy ideas: (1) Refund entire trip. ...

Two crazy ideas:

(1) Refund entire trip.
(2) Rebook UA, Dec 15-Jan 10, both one-stop through IAH. Much more pleasant and less weather-risky travel all around. $682 plus costs in IAH on the...
Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus Oct 23, 14, 2:47 pm
Replies: 53
Views: 1,987
Posted By pinniped
Honestly, I think UA is just going to rebook you:...

Honestly, I think UA is just going to rebook you: not give you extra miles. You can try, but don't be surprised to get a form letter and no miles.

However, to United's credit, I've had several...
Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus Oct 23, 14, 2:20 pm
Replies: 53
Views: 1,987
Posted By pinniped
Bunch of options to get you there on the 16th. ...

Bunch of options to get you there on the 16th. Can your buddy run you to the airport on the afternoon of the 15th?

Nice easy one-stop through IAH.... If UA won't spring for an IAH hotel, you...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Oct 23, 14, 12:51 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 889
Posted By pinniped
Yes, you'll get free breakfast, because you'll...

Yes, you'll get free breakfast, because you'll wander over and graze off of the convention's spread before heading to the pool/golf/tennis/spa/etc. :D

Being an S.O. tagging along for a conference...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Oct 22, 14, 1:13 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 889
Posted By pinniped
Yeah, I've been to a couple conventions in that...

Yeah, I've been to a couple conventions in that hotel as well. It's one of my least-favorite Marriotts anywhere to be honest.

I can understand the complaint about how a large convention takes...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Oct 22, 14, 12:20 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 889
Posted By pinniped
I've long wished that Marriott would publish a...

I've long wished that Marriott would publish a set of finite criteria that make a place a resort.

If I get to a place that has a golf course, spa, beach, tennis club, etc., I just sort of know I'm...
Forum: American Airlines | AAdvantage (Pre-Merger) Oct 22, 14, 11:49 am
Replies: 14
Views: 787
Posted By pinniped
The only times in my entire life that e-rewards...

The only times in my entire life that e-rewards hasn't been an utter waste of time have been during very unusual promotions. "Use X partners" promos like NW used to have, the AA 20th anniversary...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 22, 14, 11:38 am
Replies: 31
Views: 1,197
Posted By pinniped
I've done a few domestic awards over the years...

I've done a few domestic awards over the years (plus lots of Canada awards...same award basically, but with a little bit more tax).

Used to use US miles often when I needed to go to smaller...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 22, 14, 10:44 am
Replies: 19
Views: 752
Posted By pinniped
I know we're well into a hypothetical realm here,...

I know we're well into a hypothetical realm here, so I'll just speculate: I suspect that if the government scrutinized FFP's closely, they'd want a lot more transparency and metrics about all of the...
Forum: US Airways | Dividend Miles (Pre-Merger) Oct 22, 14, 9:51 am
Replies: 39
Views: 926
Posted By pinniped
Indeed...it hasn't happened to me either, and I...

Indeed...it hasn't happened to me either, and I usually start most travel searches with a generic travel portal search (just to understand the whole market), even if I already have an idea of which...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 22, 14, 8:48 am
Replies: 31
Views: 1,197
Posted By pinniped
BA Avios: - short-hop flights on AA metal -...

BA Avios:
- short-hop flights on AA metal
- TATL on Aer Lingus, usually in Y because that's what's available
- Occasionally other short- to mid-haul flights in other parts of the world where YQ is...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 22, 14, 8:39 am
Replies: 19
Views: 772
Posted By pinniped
An added benefit of a decent app could also be...

An added benefit of a decent app could also be taking into account various daylight savings times in different regions.

Europe and the U.S. change clocks on different dates, for example. I'm used...
Forum: US Airways | Dividend Miles (Pre-Merger) Oct 22, 14, 8:26 am
Replies: 39
Views: 926
Posted By pinniped
Conspiracy theorists would say you're already...

Conspiracy theorists would say you're already doing that. Travel portals serving up higher hotel rates based on the type of device (or OS, or browser, etc.) you're using to connect to the site, for...
Forum: US Airways | Dividend Miles (Pre-Merger) Oct 22, 14, 8:21 am
Replies: 39
Views: 926
Posted By pinniped
Since this thread is the first I've heard of it,...

Since this thread is the first I've heard of it, I googled it.

So far, there doesn't seem to be much nonpartisan opinion out there about it. You can read the whole resolution, the press releases...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 22, 14, 7:50 am
Replies: 26
Views: 1,339
Posted By pinniped
If you're comfortable enough in Y on a TATL, by...

If you're comfortable enough in Y on a TATL, by all means book it and enjoy the fact that you're getting more total trips out of your miles. That's a good position to be in...having the ability to...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 22, 14, 7:41 am
Replies: 23
Views: 623
Posted By pinniped
I'm sure the U.S. airlines' lawyers are smart...

I'm sure the U.S. airlines' lawyers are smart enough to advise their executives on what constitutes illegal cartel activities.

Technically/legally, they (probably) aren't a cartel. But it seems...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Oct 21, 14, 2:31 pm
Replies: 65
Views: 3,197
Posted By pinniped
Yep...that's me. Marriott becomes non-compliant...

Yep...that's me. Marriott becomes non-compliant if this policy sticks, meaning I'd need to go through an exception process to book them.

Since it's a systemwide thing and we work with one of the...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 21, 14, 2:24 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 772
Posted By pinniped
I'd use UTC. Although GMT should work as...

I'd use UTC.

Although GMT should work as well, I've had cases working with British clients where people confuse it with BST, their local daylight savings time.

UTC should be unambiguous.
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 21, 14, 2:13 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 752
Posted By pinniped
A better informed consumer would be bad for...

A better informed consumer would be bad for travel hackers. That's all I'm sayin'... ;)

I fully concede that transparency and disclosure would be better for the average consumer. I'm just...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 21, 14, 1:48 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Posted By pinniped
Something about the original premise seems...

Something about the original premise seems flawed. I kind of see the point but I don't think the comparison is quite right.

Flying across the U.S. is still about a 5-6 hour flight. That hasn't...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 21, 14, 1:31 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 107
Posted By pinniped
I remember back in my Diners Club years, I used a...

I remember back in my Diners Club years, I used a few lounges where that card gave me access. They mostly outside the U.S. and the "general contract" lounge for a given airport. I was generally...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 21, 14, 12:49 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 752
Posted By pinniped
Actually, in the U.S. it generally isn't: you're...

Actually, in the U.S. it generally isn't: you're forced to buy your miles along with your revenue ticket whether you want them or not, with very few exceptions.

That said, I do not believe it...
Forum: TravelBuzz Oct 21, 14, 12:41 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 623
Posted By pinniped
In markets with real airline competition, it's...

In markets with real airline competition, it's probably good news for travelers if jet fuel drops and stays there long enough for airlines to benefit.

In markets with little real competition and a...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Oct 21, 14, 12:29 pm
Replies: 65
Views: 2,872
Posted By pinniped
I totally get that, but being lied to about a...

I totally get that, but being lied to about a specific policy about award upgrades would potentially set me off.

I don't think I've ever asked for an upgrade at a FI. I doubt I'd ever bother, as...
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