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Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 3:35 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 939
Posted By pinniped
One other thing I learned using cash in Nepal: ...

One other thing I learned using cash in Nepal:

- I had Canadian $20's that were of such a new design that several moneychangers didn't know what they were. They just pushed them back to...
Forum: Budget North and South American Airlines Yesterday, 2:49 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,714
Posted By pinniped
What happens if I decide I absolutely don't want...

What happens if I decide I absolutely don't want to pay a fee? At what point are seats finally assigned to me? (At the gate?) Assume I'm willing to accept the IDB risk that this entails...

I...
Forum: Budget North and South American Airlines Yesterday, 9:55 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,714
Posted By pinniped
Question: will two of us, traveling together...

Question: will two of us, traveling together next Wednesday afternoon flight that will probably be half-full, have the option of selecting two adjacent seats at T-24 hours, assuming two such seats...
Forum: TravelBuzz Feb 26, 15, 4:03 pm
Replies: 52
Views: 2,014
Posted By pinniped
I think I broke my own record for a regular paid...

I think I broke my own record for a regular paid ticket...yesterday.

Bought two R/T's on Spirit for a base fare of -7 cents each and a total all-in cost of $16 each way for MCI-ORD. I realize...
Forum: TravelBuzz Feb 26, 15, 3:48 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 1,022
Posted By pinniped
I learned a long time ago to two-fist it on the...

I learned a long time ago to two-fist it on the plane: one adult beverage of your choice, one glass of water. (Even if I'm not boozing, I drink lots of water.)
Forum: TravelBuzz Feb 24, 15, 3:57 pm
Replies: 49
Views: 1,785
Posted By pinniped
We have one little town near me that still has...

We have one little town near me that still has smoking in bars. Therefore, if you go to a bar in that town, EVERY smoker from a 100-mile radius is there. Anyone who misses smoking flights should...
Forum: US Airways | Dividend Miles (Pre-Consolidation) Feb 24, 15, 3:37 pm
Replies: 75
Views: 8,116
Posted By pinniped
Awesome...thanks for the excellent explanation! ^

Awesome...thanks for the excellent explanation! ^
Forum: TravelBuzz Feb 24, 15, 2:05 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 1,894
Posted By pinniped
I remember a case when I flew a normal R/T, four...

I remember a case when I flew a normal R/T, four segments, MCI-DEN-SAN-DEN-MCI. When I completed it, miles only posted for three of the four: the SAN-DEN piece didn't post.

So I phoned United,...
Forum: TravelBuzz Feb 24, 15, 11:42 am
Replies: 36
Views: 1,337
Posted By pinniped
Thankfully, never a real long one where we were...

Thankfully, never a real long one where we were snowed in or otherwise couldn't escape the airport.

Only time I've ever been in a transit zone without the ability to enter the country was DEL: we...
Forum: TravelBuzz Feb 24, 15, 10:37 am
Replies: 47
Views: 3,017
Posted By pinniped
+1. I think (hope?) by now that most people wear...

+1. I think (hope?) by now that most people wear their seatbelts while seated. We're reminded on every flight, and we've all read a news story or two (or ten) about clear-air turbulence resulting...
Forum: TravelBuzz Feb 24, 15, 10:25 am
Replies: 32
Views: 1,537
Posted By pinniped
I'd also be hesitant on assuming that my...

I'd also be hesitant on assuming that my definition of "work" is the same as the foreign country's definition of "work". IANAL, but I don't believe the aforementioned "Are you getting paid in local...
Forum: TravelBuzz Feb 24, 15, 10:12 am
Replies: 37
Views: 939
Posted By pinniped
These days, I'm rarely leaving a country with...

These days, I'm rarely leaving a country with enough cash for it to matter. I probably arrived in the country, obtained enough cash from an ATM to handle taxis, streetfood, etc. and just blow any...
Forum: TravelBuzz Feb 24, 15, 9:59 am
Replies: 52
Views: 2,116
Posted By pinniped
Well, I've never spent $10,000 on a trip, but I'm...

Well, I've never spent $10,000 on a trip, but I'm definitely one who will research ways to beat the taxi cartel wherever possible. For me, it's about not feeling like I've been ripped off...not...
Forum: TravelBuzz Feb 24, 15, 9:48 am
Replies: 32
Views: 1,537
Posted By pinniped
I've always followed the correct procedures - no...

I've always followed the correct procedures - no exceptions. The consequences of getting caught are simply not worth it. Any decent corporate travel department should know the rules and demand that...
Forum: TravelBuzz Feb 24, 15, 9:36 am
Replies: 49
Views: 1,785
Posted By pinniped
I remember my first years flying between the U.S....

I remember my first years flying between the U.S. and U.K....early 90's, 3-4 R/T's a year, usually in the first two or three rows of coach. There was always smoke filtering back from J...

I think...
Forum: TravelBuzz Feb 24, 15, 9:32 am
Replies: 24
Views: 1,022
Posted By pinniped
+1. That pub inside DUB definitely pours the...

+1. That pub inside DUB definitely pours the Guinness properly. Just watch 'em on your credit card: they like to push DCC, especially on the half-awake guy ordering a Guinness with breakfast. ...
Forum: TravelBuzz Feb 24, 15, 9:18 am
Replies: 49
Views: 3,833
Posted By pinniped
Actually, I think there's a nugget of truth to...

Actually, I think there's a nugget of truth to it. The interconnectivity of the world has reduced at least *some* of the demand that would have existed for an urgent supersonic trip. Not that the...
Forum: MilesBuzz Feb 23, 15, 2:24 pm
Replies: 40
Views: 5,256
Posted By pinniped
Well, to be fair, "anytime" seats are rather easy...

Well, to be fair, "anytime" seats are rather easy to find... But if that's all you're finding, you're way ahead just taking cash.
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Feb 23, 15, 2:05 pm
Replies: 87
Views: 9,424
Posted By pinniped
Great to know about the airport buses... Is the...

Great to know about the airport buses... Is the Metro also convenient to the property? I was under the impression that it was somewhat close...short(-ish) walk...
Forum: France Feb 23, 15, 8:27 am
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By pinniped
Thanks for the tips...I will look into a few of...

Thanks for the tips...I will look into a few of these. ^ We're actually coming back to Barcelona later in the trip, so we'll want the rental car to originate from BCN...otherwise a scenic train ride...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Feb 20, 15, 1:40 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 660
Posted By pinniped
A wide variety of independent consultants would...

A wide variety of independent consultants would probably *love* to deploy a Travel Package across the two most expensive weeks per year at their client site. I know a couple guys who actually use...
Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors Feb 20, 15, 12:00 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 467
Posted By pinniped
Long way to go for a 1 week trip... I love...

Long way to go for a 1 week trip... I love Hawaii, but even from MCI if I'm going there I want two weeks. Doubly so if I'm bringing along a couple of kiddos and even more likely to be in Y than if...
Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors Feb 20, 15, 11:47 am
Replies: 18
Views: 685
Posted By pinniped
While I agree that our tipping culture is quite...

While I agree that our tipping culture is quite idiotic, you probably only need to carry singles for the valet guy. Breakfast, roomservice, etc. can be billed to your room. Room service probably...
Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors Feb 20, 15, 11:29 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,431
Posted By pinniped
Only advantage Marriott has is that they have...

Only advantage Marriott has is that they have apartments all over the place. In Cairo, I get why you want to be in a large hotel compound. In several of the cities where I lived in Marriott...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Feb 20, 15, 11:22 am
Replies: 27
Views: 660
Posted By pinniped
Add me to those who would expect the GM to say no...

Add me to those who would expect the GM to say no to a generic request from a Plat or even PP.

It's something I could see a GM doing for one of his/her own very frequent guests. Not due to your...
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