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Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 3:36 pm
Replies: 49
Views: 1,796
Posted By pinniped
OP had to be on Emirates flight 229. Nothing...

OP had to be on Emirates flight 229.

Nothing you can do about it now. You got hosed.
Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus Yesterday, 3:31 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 283
Posted By pinniped
I doubt anyone's loaded any April sale fares yet....

I doubt anyone's loaded any April sale fares yet. You should get that well under a grand, even if you're alliance-picky. ORD obviously has plenty of *A carriers.

How loose is Turkish with...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 3:00 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 1,558
Posted By pinniped
My only complaint is when the price goes up (far...

My only complaint is when the price goes up (far beyond CPI...I'm talking low-inflation U.S./Europe here) *and* the service gets worse.

If there's a route where my baseline expectation has been to...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 1:27 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 1,558
Posted By pinniped
All I want for Christmas is for the airlines to...

All I want for Christmas is for the airlines to not *both* charge high fares *and* offer crappy service. :) But the lack of competition in the industry has led to airlines that charge a premium...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 1:23 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By pinniped
Not sure what else you can do if you're already...

Not sure what else you can do if you're already planning an overnight. Plan two overnights? Perhaps overkill...

I'm with Lost...I'd opt for one of the west coast airports. For weather, for a...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 1:12 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 775
Posted By pinniped
Added curiosity: what exactly *is* the duty on...

Added curiosity: what exactly *is* the duty on imported booze? Say I find 3 liters of Scotch at LHR - all unusual bottles that I really want to have in my cabinet at home. Say I'm happy to declare...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 8:23 am
Replies: 119
Views: 9,206
Posted By pinniped
As long as it's a NEW one, the HIX's aren't that...

As long as it's a NEW one, the HIX's aren't that bad. The brand itself is comparatively new, and most of the ones I've stayed in are tolerable...generally better than other motels around them. (HIX...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 8:19 am
Replies: 19
Views: 775
Posted By pinniped
I brought Scotch back from my study abroad year...

I brought Scotch back from my study abroad year in the UK...just one liter, stuffed into my checked bag. No one inspected me and I never had to talk to anyone about it.

I was mildly concerned...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 8:11 am
Replies: 38
Views: 1,558
Posted By pinniped
Bring airlines' websites up to 2005 standards...

Bring airlines' websites up to 2005 standards from their current 1998 standards. I should be able to book any award an FFP offers, anywhere in the alliance or network of partners, online, period. ...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 8:05 am
Replies: 45
Views: 3,190
Posted By pinniped
My general thought on the topic is that the...

My general thought on the topic is that the airlines are discouraging drinking (at least in Y) simply so they won't have to deal with drunks. Continually deteriorating levels of service and comfort...
Forum: DiningBuzz Dec 18, 14, 4:44 pm
Replies: 592
Views: 104,837
Posted By pinniped
The F terminal also had an outstanding...

The F terminal also had an outstanding Glenfarclas last time I was in FRA. ^ Also had a couple of other top-shelf choices IIRC.

If you're a Scotch drinker with a boatload of *A miles, I highly...
Forum: DiningBuzz Dec 18, 14, 10:52 am
Replies: 592
Views: 104,837
Posted By pinniped
I regularly see it in the $175 range. Costco has...

I regularly see it in the $175 range. Costco has it...

I've had it in a couple different F lounges. I tend to buy single malts so I've never actually bought a whole bottle of Blue. I have a...
Forum: Hertz | Gold Plus Rewards Dec 18, 14, 9:06 am
Replies: 7
Views: 713
Posted By pinniped
I've almost completely abandoned Hertz. It's...

I've almost completely abandoned Hertz. It's fallen into the 2nd tier group of agencies in my experience. If they're significantly cheaper than Alamo, then maybe. If they're equal, the rental...
Forum: TravelBuzz Dec 17, 14, 4:45 pm
Replies: 119
Views: 9,206
Posted By pinniped
I usually look for the best overall hotel value,...

I usually look for the best overall hotel value, skewing slightly towards the upper end of the 3-star range in most cases. A good Marriott or Westin...that kind of thing.

My biz trips are almost...
Forum: TravelBuzz Dec 17, 14, 4:26 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 871
Posted By pinniped
I've had a Florida car at SEA before. I think...

I've had a Florida car at SEA before. I think I've had Florida cars in a bunch of places. I had one from our nearby HLE (Kansas) earlier this year. Also had a Virginia from that HLE.

Had a...
Forum: TravelBuzz Dec 17, 14, 4:14 pm
Replies: 22
Views: 986
Posted By pinniped
I remember it at LAS 20 years ago.

I remember it at LAS 20 years ago.
Forum: TravelBuzz Dec 17, 14, 4:05 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 564
Posted By pinniped
The first thought that came to mind when I read...

The first thought that came to mind when I read the OP was Spain-Gibraltar-Morocco. Fantastic time of year to go.

I wouldn't rule out Italy because of weather...if that's an interest of yours,...
Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus Dec 17, 14, 2:44 pm
Replies: 58
Views: 2,899
Posted By pinniped
And that traffic constitutes about 1/1000th of...

And that traffic constitutes about 1/1000th of what it'll be when AA, UA, DL, B6, WN, and Spirit are all flying packed 737's into Havana every day, directly from the U.S.

The...
Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus Dec 17, 14, 2:06 pm
Replies: 58
Views: 2,899
Posted By pinniped
I don't know...maybe because the U.S. market is...

I don't know...maybe because the U.S. market is ten times the size of the Canadian market *and* it's closer and therefore has a potential to be even *more* than 10x the total Canadian traffic today? ...
Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors Dec 17, 14, 10:10 am
Replies: 77
Views: 4,639
Posted By pinniped
Marriott has lifetime at all levels and it's a...

Marriott has lifetime at all levels and it's a combinations of both nights stayed and points earned. That prevents either an all-credit-card or all-cheap-stays backdoor. From the LT thread over...
Forum: TravelBuzz Dec 17, 14, 9:56 am
Replies: 23
Views: 909
Posted By pinniped
The former just seems like a naive guy who has...

The former just seems like a naive guy who has probably had his accounts locked by now. The latter seems like an excellent way to get mugged. :eek:
Forum: TravelBuzz Dec 17, 14, 9:53 am
Replies: 23
Views: 909
Posted By pinniped
OP, you don't seriously for one nanosecond think...

OP, you don't seriously for one nanosecond think there's a remote possibility you're getting onto an airplane using the kind of deal you describe? :confused:

Please tell me you're just having...
Forum: TravelBuzz Dec 16, 14, 11:51 am
Replies: 67
Views: 2,815
Posted By pinniped
I'm glad there is a new model to compete with...

I'm glad there is a new model to compete with taxis, but the business practices of Uber itself are pretty bad - worse than a lot of other firms.

That said, the political overreaction to protect...
Forum: MilesBuzz Dec 16, 14, 11:02 am
Replies: 224
Views: 35,833
Posted By pinniped
I'm not *quite* that bad, but I think my last...

I'm not *quite* that bad, but I think my last Skymiles award was in 2006 or so.

My issue is that I hold no Skymiles status and don't even fly them enough to bother trying to figure out if there's...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Dec 15, 14, 4:59 pm
Replies: 84
Views: 8,636
Posted By pinniped
Oh, a couple more questions...one of 'em...

Oh, a couple more questions...one of 'em primarily for you, Bob, since you did an almost identical type of stay to us.

- We have 3 adults and 2 children. When I phoned to book the Travel Package,...
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