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Forum: Starwood | Starwood Preferred Guest Aug 3, 17, 11:45 am
Replies: 234
Views: 47,687
Posted By bedelman
I'm at the property now. Room is fine. ...

I'm at the property now. Room is fine. Nonetheless, I'm underwhelmed.

Breakfast in the main area (level 1) was too crowded, with disorganized staff failing to keep even the basics available. ...
Forum: Qatar Airways | Privilege Club Jul 13, 17, 5:03 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 617
Posted By bedelman
Matters for some other purposes. For AAdvantage...

Matters for some other purposes. For AAdvantage (AA frequent flyer status), booking AA codeshares in premium cabins yields 200% accumulation of elite qualification miles, versus 150% on partners. ...
Forum: Qatar Airways | Privilege Club Jul 5, 17, 10:46 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 396
Posted By bedelman
an example of when tariff matters

For an example of why this might matter:

Tariff defines Infant as follows: "A PERSON WHO HAS NOT REACHED HIS/HER SECOND BIRTHDAY AS OF THE DATE OF COMMENCEMENT OF TRAVEL" (Canada tariff page 9...
Forum: India Jul 5, 17, 8:44 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 2,633
Posted By bedelman
Travelmad478, the US no longer adds extra pages. ...

Travelmad478, the US no longer adds extra pages. Effective January 1, 2016. https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/news/visa-pages-no-longer-issued.html
Forum: Qatar Airways | Privilege Club Jul 5, 17, 8:21 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 396
Posted By bedelman
Qatar Airways US General Tariff?

Airlines that travel to/from the US are required to provide their "general" tariff -- a comprehensive listing of important rules, including rights of both airline and passengers -- anywhere where...
Forum: India Jul 4, 17, 12:45 am
Replies: 31
Views: 2,633
Posted By bedelman
Absolutely agreed that I need a new passport...

Absolutely agreed that I need a new passport anyway. Incremental cost is the expedite fee plus time in person doing the expedite -- or expedite fee plus passport service to handle the details for me.
Forum: India Jul 4, 17, 12:21 am
Replies: 31
Views: 2,633
Posted By bedelman
Thanks, Doc. Certainly that is the conservative...

Thanks, Doc. Certainly that is the conservative advice and perhaps the wise advice.

Just to be clear, as I understand it, the India e-visa stamp is affixed to the passport in person at the...
Forum: India Jul 4, 17, 12:14 am
Replies: 31
Views: 2,633
Posted By bedelman
Full-page visa when passport is full

Planning travel to India. I understand India's e-visa system to yield a full-page sticker-style visa that gets affixed to an empty page in a passport... except I have no empty pages.

Anyone have...
Forum: American Express | Membership Rewards Jun 24, 17, 2:26 pm
Replies: 119
Views: 19,639
Posted By bedelman
Called Amex to get a sense. Was offered a JL...

Called Amex to get a sense. Was offered a JL fare at the exact same price available through OTAs -- pointless to waste time with the Amex rep and pay a booking fee for that. Was then offered a QR...
Forum: American Express | Membership Rewards Jun 12, 17, 10:28 am
Replies: 119
Views: 19,639
Posted By bedelman
If agents don't know, they should say they don't...

If agents don't know, they should say they don't know. Weaseltown says "The rep was adamant that IAP tickets confer all of the same mileage earning benefits as tickets purchased straight from the...
Forum: American Express | Membership Rewards Jun 11, 17, 5:16 pm
Replies: 119
Views: 19,639
Posted By bedelman
I think the bolded text (bold added by me)...

I think the bolded text (bold added by me) answers the question of whether these tickets earn PQDs. They do and they must, if the agent is correct. And if the agent is telling customers things that...
Forum: American Express | Membership Rewards Jun 11, 17, 8:45 am
Replies: 119
Views: 19,639
Posted By bedelman
I too have faced some errors by Amex PTS. In my...

I too have faced some errors by Amex PTS. In my experience, Amex records all calls, and the right people at Amex can listen to these calls to confirm agent errors. Not saying it's easy to reach...
Forum: American Express | Membership Rewards Jun 10, 17, 10:22 am
Replies: 119
Views: 19,639
Posted By bedelman
Interesting. One distinctive characteristic of...

Interesting. One distinctive characteristic of the old program was that the first ticket was roughly full price (sometimes less) while the second was free (plus taxes and sometimes carrier-imposed...
Forum: Qatar Airways | Privilege Club May 21, 17, 5:55 am
Replies: 77
Views: 5,830
Posted By bedelman
There is a way! Her boss is the BA Boston...

There is a way! Her boss is the BA Boston station manager, whose name and email can be found through diligent online research.
Forum: Qatar Airways | Privilege Club May 18, 17, 7:54 pm
Replies: 77
Views: 5,830
Posted By bedelman
You were told wrongly. Policy is clear, and even...

You were told wrongly. Policy is clear, and even on a Boston-specific page. https://www.oneworld.com/ffp/lounge-access/-/loungeaccess/BOS/-1 : " oneworld lounge access for First Class or Business...
Forum: Qatar Airways | Privilege Club May 18, 17, 11:59 am
Replies: 1
Views: 443
Posted By bedelman
I tried to avail myself of this benefit last...

I tried to avail myself of this benefit last year. I found QR res staff totally unable to assist. A real shame and quite possibly falling short of DOT regulations including the obligation to follow...
Forum: American Express | Membership Rewards May 16, 17, 9:28 pm
Replies: 377
Views: 35,623
Posted By bedelman
I have had problems strikingly similar to what...

I have had problems strikingly similar to what the original poster sbededelman reports. 10-message customer service threads with a different Uber rep each time. Uber reps saying crazy things...
Forum: American Express | Membership Rewards May 10, 17, 11:42 pm
Replies: 377
Views: 35,623
Posted By bedelman
Another month arrives, and yet again I have...

Another month arrives, and yet again I have trouble with the Uber-Amex benefit. Same problem as last month: I still have a non-expiring credit balance from Uber, and Uber again took from the...
Forum: American Express | Membership Rewards Apr 29, 17, 8:57 am
Replies: 377
Views: 35,623
Posted By bedelman
Is there a good way to get feedback to the Amex...

Is there a good way to get feedback to the Amex staff who designed this promotion with Uber? Surely they'd be disappointed to learn that, two months in, smart folks like patrick, justdoinjjs, and...
Forum: American Express | Membership Rewards Apr 28, 17, 3:01 pm
Replies: 377
Views: 35,623
Posted By bedelman
I had a small ($25) Uber credit from something...

I had a small ($25) Uber credit from something that went wrong on a prior ride. No expiration on this credit.

Also had this month's Uber-Amex $15 credit, expiring April 30 of course. Took a $20...
Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus Apr 12, 17, 9:59 pm
Replies: 428
Views: 63,895
Posted By bedelman
Basic coach level would have been 75k PP points. ...

Basic coach level would have been 75k PP points. Intermediate business (what passenger booked) was 250k PP points. So difference is 175k.

But, passenger was downgraded on one of three segments. ...
Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus Apr 12, 17, 8:59 pm
Replies: 6,772
Views: 471,961
Posted By bedelman
I'm suddenly remembering United throwing a...

I'm suddenly remembering United throwing a passenger off for taking a single photo with his iPhone. ...
Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus Apr 11, 17, 10:33 pm
Replies: 428
Views: 63,895
Posted By bedelman
I'm trying to help a passenger who was ticketed...

I'm trying to help a passenger who was ticketed and confirmed HNL-LAX-IAD in front cabin using a United PerksPlus redemption. At HNL, he was downgraded involuntarily, provided a $500 travel credit,...
Forum: Qatar Airways | Privilege Club Apr 11, 17, 8:05 am
Replies: 77
Views: 5,830
Posted By bedelman
Thanks for flagging my typo, teemuflyer. "once...

Thanks for flagging my typo, teemuflyer. "once on BA" should have been "once on QR". Have never been turned away when flying on BA.
Forum: Qatar Airways | Privilege Club Apr 10, 17, 11:56 am
Replies: 77
Views: 5,830
Posted By bedelman
I have been turned away from the old BA BOS...

I have been turned away from the old BA BOS lounge twice, when flying on other Oneworld carriers ex-BOS. Once on IB, once on QR. I knew the rules and showed lounge staff the appropriate documents. ...
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