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Forum: Trusted Travelers Today, 2:36 pm
Replies: 80
Views: 4,356
Posted By pinniped
No, it probably doesn't matter a whole lot. ...

No, it probably doesn't matter a whole lot.

As much as I'm cynical about many things DHS, I still don't see the angle here about "servicing the privileged". The nominal paid fee for GE is the...
Forum: Trusted Travelers Today, 1:26 pm
Replies: 80
Views: 4,356
Posted By pinniped
They're statistical anomalies.

They're statistical anomalies.
Forum: Trusted Travelers Today, 9:29 am
Replies: 80
Views: 4,356
Posted By pinniped
Neither the truly wealthy nor the truly...

Neither the truly wealthy nor the truly underprivileged are standing in many TSA or immigration queues with a bunch of commercial airline travelers. @:-)
Forum: American Airlines | AAdvantage (Pre-Consolidation) Today, 8:09 am
Replies: 130
Views: 7,944
Posted By pinniped
You'll have to go through the GE interview, but...

You'll have to go through the GE interview, but it is super simple. (Mine lasted 10 minutes, including the fingerprinting and the agent explaining the program.)
Forum: Trusted Travelers Today, 8:02 am
Replies: 80
Views: 4,356
Posted By pinniped
Is the goal of GE really to "enhance" security? ...

Is the goal of GE really to "enhance" security? I guess I've always thought of the program as a way to increase throughput in the immigration hall by siphoning off the most "routine" entry...
Forum: Trusted Travelers Today, 6:52 am
Replies: 80
Views: 4,356
Posted By pinniped
Is this a trick question? :confused: Do you...

Is this a trick question? :confused: Do you have some reason to believe Precheck or Global Entry would reject your application?

Neither one are "hard" to get, provided you are willing to accept...
Forum: TravelBuzz Yesterday, 3:25 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 2,173
Posted By pinniped
1. The incredibly limited functionality of...

1. The incredibly limited functionality of airline websites.

2. Inability to redeem miles, even for extremely off-peak routes/dates. I get why finding 4 J seats together to Paris in July is...
Forum: American Airlines | AAdvantage (Pre-Consolidation) Yesterday, 3:00 pm
Replies: 130
Views: 7,944
Posted By pinniped
I'm curious about the 5%. When I got my GE a...

I'm curious about the 5%. When I got my GE a couple months ago, the agent explained the kiosks for international and the Precheck part for domestic, and simply said "additional random checks can...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Yesterday, 9:18 am
Replies: 44
Views: 2,141
Posted By pinniped
I've seen gross buffet behavior at regular...

I've seen gross buffet behavior at regular Marriotts too.

And since Courtyards are often the cheapest properties in the entire system, I don't think you're going to avoid a particular "crowd"...
Forum: Delta Air Lines | SkyMiles Yesterday, 9:13 am
Replies: 51
Views: 6,937
Posted By pinniped
Best you'll find airside in the U.S. is a little...

Best you'll find airside in the U.S. is a little cubicle/pod. Even those are rare.

I can't think of any kind of significant hotel inside the secured area at a U.S. airport for either domestic or...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Yesterday, 7:45 am
Replies: 44
Views: 2,141
Posted By pinniped
I'm not a germ freak in the slightest, but...

I'm not a germ freak in the slightest, but someone standing at a buffet eating sliced meat with their fingers would gross me right the f out.

Anyone with even the remotest shred of class should...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Apr 15, 15, 12:49 pm
Replies: 223
Views: 30,235
Posted By pinniped
I've stayed at the Marriott East Side during...

I've stayed at the Marriott East Side during weeks when the lounge was a circus. (Not really because of kids...it was just a circus because of the number of elites there.)

I've stayed in a lot of...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Apr 15, 15, 10:45 am
Replies: 37
Views: 3,582
Posted By pinniped
All chains' elite lines have granted me a free...

All chains' elite lines have granted me a free after-6PM cancel for one reason or another over the years. It required a phone call, usually my explaining some unusual circumstance that impacted my...
Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus Apr 15, 15, 10:40 am
Replies: 48
Views: 2,515
Posted By pinniped
I also wonder if the entire seat is getting...

I also wonder if the entire seat is getting thinner - a way to get 1 more row of seats into the plane while still advertising 31-32" pitch.

Or did they already do that with their last round of new...
Forum: Marriott and Ritz-Carlton | Rewards Apr 15, 15, 9:17 am
Replies: 44
Views: 2,141
Posted By pinniped
Yeah, that's awful on all fronts. :( Did...

Yeah, that's awful on all fronts. :(

Did the hotel employees say anything to you afterwards? I mean, not that they have to apologize on behalf of awful guests, but was there a vibe of sympathy...
Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors Apr 15, 15, 9:01 am
Replies: 806
Views: 93,951
Posted By pinniped
Business trip next week...seems like a lot of...

Business trip next week...seems like a lot of PHX-area hotels are booked up to pretty high rates. Guess we're still in the tail end of the busy season there...

One exception is Doubletree Tempe...
Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus Apr 15, 15, 8:45 am
Replies: 48
Views: 2,515
Posted By pinniped
Importance order for me: 1. Legroom 2....

Importance order for me:

1. Legroom
2. Footroom
3. Limitation or absence of recline from in front of me
4. Shoulder room
5. Cushioning
6. Total width of butt space

(Never really thought of...
Forum: Travel Technology Apr 15, 15, 8:31 am
Replies: 9
Views: 377
Posted By pinniped
Worst case, she can always fall back to the...

Worst case, she can always fall back to the low-tech solution: get a cheap unlocked dumb phone (probably 10-20 Euro) and a pay-as-you-go SIM. Not elegant, but she shouldn't have to go without cell...
Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors Apr 15, 15, 7:29 am
Replies: 32
Views: 2,371
Posted By pinniped
The reference to these mysterious phone bookings...

The reference to these mysterious phone bookings is unusual. I think we all agree that the booking method is irrelevant* to who gets walked in an oversell situation. However, I think of the primary...
Forum: Southwest Airlines | Rapid Rewards Apr 14, 15, 1:09 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 537
Posted By pinniped
LGA is an utter dump. I flew WN out of there for...

LGA is an utter dump. I flew WN out of there for the first time 2 weeks ago: I literally will never book another flight out of that terminal again. I will fly AA from LGA (different terminal) or...
Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors Apr 14, 15, 1:01 pm
Replies: 32
Views: 2,371
Posted By pinniped
If that person is there (e.g., didn't actually...

If that person is there (e.g., didn't actually walk out ) and convenient for me to talk to, then great.

Otherwise, my relationship is really with corporate and that's probably where I'd be looking...
Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors Apr 14, 15, 12:29 pm
Replies: 32
Views: 2,371
Posted By pinniped
The original clerk should be fired immediately,...

The original clerk should be fired immediately, no questions asked. Not sure how much Hilton (corporate) can legally do to ensure this happens, but it very much needs to happen. Absolutely...
Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors Apr 13, 15, 3:58 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 2,233
Posted By pinniped
I remember once here a couple years ago I mused...

I remember once here a couple years ago I mused about how much waste the daily breakfast process at all of these limited-service hotels was generating. (Across all brands/chains...) They all have...
Forum: CommunityBuzz Apr 13, 15, 3:44 pm
Replies: 44
Views: 3,395
Posted By pinniped
I'm a probable for some of the Saturday...

I'm a probable for some of the Saturday festivities. Going to Billy Joel on Friday night... :)

Certainly don't *need* to add any new destinations, but I've become a big fan of Q39, a newer place...
Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors Apr 13, 15, 3:03 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 2,233
Posted By pinniped
HGI is my favorite of the lower-end HH brands,...

HGI is my favorite of the lower-end HH brands, but for a rural stay I'll take Hampton every day over Fairfield, Four Points, or any of the other random motel brands out there.

Holiday Inn Express...
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