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Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Yesterday, 9:34 pm
Replies: 311
Views: 18,910
Posted By pinniped
Nothing feels friendly about Frontier's garbage...

Nothing feels friendly about Frontier's garbage fees. They are completely impractical for me for any trip longer than a daytrip.

I don't really see Frontier as a threat to Southwest or the...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 6:05 am
Replies: 22
Views: 1,267
Posted By pinniped
Does it matter in 2014? Only time it could...

Does it matter in 2014? Only time it could possibly matter is international calling, and then I'd probably just Skype them whether their number was toll-free or not. So even that hardly matters.
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Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors Jul 29, 14, 10:29 pm
Replies: 297
Views: 36,017
Posted By pinniped
You guys really pay $299 for this place during...

You guys really pay $299 for this place during normal flight ops?

If, just as you were about to check in on the $299 rate, someone stopped you and said quick - I'll pay you $140* right now to take...
Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Jul 29, 14, 12:58 pm
Replies: 311
Views: 18,910
Posted By pinniped
I somewhat agree...if we're talking something...

I somewhat agree...if we're talking something like A15 vs. C30. Then, boarding order can matter. A15 vs. A18 isn't going to subject the A18 person to a middle seat between two people of any size.
...
Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Jul 28, 14, 9:24 pm
Replies: 311
Views: 18,910
Posted By pinniped
Actually, whatever bag fees apply to an elite on...

Actually, whatever bag fees apply to an elite on a given PNR usually apply to the whole PNR. In other words, there's pretty good precedent that airlines typically allow the perks of elite status to...
Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors Jul 28, 14, 9:07 pm
Replies: 297
Views: 36,017
Posted By pinniped
I wonder what changed with this hotel. The staff...

I wonder what changed with this hotel. The staff seemed disinterested in hospitality, they clearly don't have an interest in providing good treatment to HHonors regulars, and it was just an...
Forum: MilesBuzz Jul 28, 14, 4:46 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 8,085
Posted By pinniped
The other modification I'd make: the first...

The other modification I'd make: the first "real" elite level at the programs is often one or two higher than the first one they give a precious metal to.

First actual elite levels:
- MR Gold
-...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Jul 28, 14, 4:21 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 2,686
Posted By pinniped
Here now. I was indeed offered an Atrium-view...

Here now. I was indeed offered an Atrium-view room without asking. They have a separate check-in area for MR Elites. The Silver member next to me also received Atrium-view. The hotel is sold out...
Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors Jul 28, 14, 4:14 pm
Replies: 297
Views: 36,017
Posted By pinniped
Stayed at this hotel Saturday night. I was given...

Stayed at this hotel Saturday night. I was given coupons valid for either items in the cafe or $10 per person food credit in the restaurant.

$10 won't buy anything in that restaurant. There was...
Forum: TravelBuzz Jul 28, 14, 4:06 pm
Replies: 40
Views: 1,858
Posted By pinniped
Indeed, Angolan showers are notoriously...

Indeed, Angolan showers are notoriously dangerous. Everybody knows that.

I don't worry about airplane crashes in the slightest. In fact, I have great sympathy for Malaysia Airlines: what was...
Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Jul 28, 14, 3:53 pm
Replies: 311
Views: 18,910
Posted By pinniped
One thing I find interesting: this topic is, of...

One thing I find interesting: this topic is, of course, mainstream buzz at this point. People have talked about it at work (we all travel a bit but are not in the travel industry), and it was an...
Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Jul 24, 14, 3:43 pm
Replies: 311
Views: 18,910
Posted By pinniped
OK, silly straw man aside, what's the worst seat...

OK, silly straw man aside, what's the worst seat you've ever gotten with A30? On a packed-out flight with 60 thrus, have you ever gotten a truly bad seat with A30? I just want to make sure we have...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Jul 24, 14, 2:53 pm
Replies: 55
Views: 2,137
Posted By pinniped
+1: if you tend to stay in the HGI range, where...

+1: if you tend to stay in the HGI range, where the suburban Marriott counterparts tend to be Courtyards and Fairfields, you can't go wrong with HH. Even if you have to book the occasional Hampton,...
Forum: TravelBuzz Jul 24, 14, 2:06 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 1,301
Posted By pinniped
+1. My last couple phones have been Samsungs. ...

+1. My last couple phones have been Samsungs. The day I get a new one, I jump on eBay and order a couple extra batteries, usually for about US$3-4 each including slow-boat shipping from Hong Kong. ...
Forum: TravelBuzz Jul 24, 14, 12:32 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 1,301
Posted By pinniped
None are very good. A few have installed banks...

None are very good. A few have installed banks of charging kiosks...a few others have those little towers with dongles hanging off of them.

A couple years ago, I started carrying external battery...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Jul 24, 14, 12:19 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By pinniped
Just completed a brief one-night stay at the...

Just completed a brief one-night stay at the Residence Inn Sioux Falls. Nice, clean property...updated interiors...good stay overall. I was one of the only Golds in the building (no Plats at all)...
Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Jul 24, 14, 12:12 pm
Replies: 311
Views: 18,910
Posted By pinniped
But that's not how it works. If that was how it...

But that's not how it works. If that was how it works, then an A-lister on a PNR with a non-A-list minor would not receive an auto-checkin. The "official" answer from Southwest is that everybody...
Forum: TravelBuzz Jul 24, 14, 10:30 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,010
Posted By pinniped
I visited the cockpit of a BA 757 flying over...

I visited the cockpit of a BA 757 flying over Russia once. I was part of a basketball team coming back from a tournament in Moscow...we chatted with the pilots for 15-20 minutes.

And I've sat...
Forum: TravelBuzz Jul 24, 14, 10:18 am
Replies: 31
Views: 1,372
Posted By pinniped
Late 90's, when NetsAAver fares were new and...

Late 90's, when NetsAAver fares were new and often VERY enticing, I booked probably a dozen ORD-Europe long weekend trips over the course of 3 years.

Advance purchase was anywhere from 1 day to...
Forum: TravelBuzz Jul 24, 14, 10:09 am
Replies: 43
Views: 1,426
Posted By pinniped
Most of these things require significant...

Most of these things require significant long-haul to long-haul connecting traffic to make sense, which is why they are often found in the largest Asian hubs more than anywhere else.

But that PDX...
Forum: TravelBuzz Jul 24, 14, 9:48 am
Replies: 24
Views: 1,672
Posted By pinniped
31" is awful. United Economy Minus is what that...

31" is awful. United Economy Minus is what that is. Even for one hour, it isn't fun.

I see Spirit listed as having 28" pitch. I don't care how thin the seats are: I can't even envision how...
Forum: TravelBuzz Jul 24, 14, 9:44 am
Replies: 13
Views: 561
Posted By pinniped
^ That's actually a pretty good club. If I had...

^ That's actually a pretty good club. If I had more than a couple hours, I might be tempted to pay $40 even if I had complimentary AA access.
Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Jul 24, 14, 9:33 am
Replies: 311
Views: 18,910
Posted By pinniped
Here's the ultimate irony: the actual approved...

Here's the ultimate irony: the actual approved procedure, per Southwest and per most of the opinions of those on this forum (as if that matters...) is for the A-list customer to board by himself and...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Jul 24, 14, 9:01 am
Replies: 3
Views: 438
Posted By pinniped
To this day, I don't fully understand the pros...

To this day, I don't fully understand the pros and cons to converting my account, nor what converting to RC Rewards even means to begin with.

I figure maybe it'll trigger different promos. Is...
Forum: TravelBuzz Jul 24, 14, 8:56 am
Replies: 13
Views: 561
Posted By pinniped
My personal take on AAdmiral's Clubs in general: ...

My personal take on AAdmiral's Clubs in general: I feel like they are friendlier than United Clubs and often less crowded. They won't win any awards globally as compared to international airlines...
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