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Forum: TravelBuzz May 22, 15, 3:20 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 1,124
Posted By pinniped
Reality: I imagine most of us consider a little...

Reality: I imagine most of us consider a little bit of each of the OP's two choices *and* we do a little bit of our own qualitative assessment as LondonElite suggests.

Example: I have two of...
Forum: TravelBuzz May 22, 15, 1:43 pm
Replies: 82
Views: 4,501
Posted By pinniped
Except that it really isn't. Yes, you get access...

Except that it really isn't. Yes, you get access to the business lounge, but for these short-hauls I hope you aren't spending hours in an airport anyway. (Besides, picking up free or very cheap...
Forum: TravelBuzz May 22, 15, 12:36 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 521
Posted By pinniped
How long until it expires normally? You...

How long until it expires normally?

You presumably aren't wasting 70 pounds by renewing it...you're only giving up some fraction of that by renewing it earlier than you really have to.
Forum: TravelBuzz May 22, 15, 10:59 am
Replies: 16
Views: 581
Posted By pinniped
If you want those exact airports, I think it's WN...

If you want those exact airports, I think it's WN only.

Me personally? I'd never buy a more expensive fare than necessary on a given flight, but of course on a one-day business trip you'd be...
Forum: TravelBuzz May 22, 15, 10:55 am
Replies: 27
Views: 2,581
Posted By pinniped
LH was the first one that came to mind for me.

LH was the first one that came to mind for me.
Forum: TravelBuzz May 22, 15, 10:50 am
Replies: 82
Views: 4,501
Posted By pinniped
In my AA Plat years in the 1990's, there was a...

In my AA Plat years in the 1990's, there was a "courtesy seat block" on lightly-loaded flights. In '95-'96 it was actually pretty effective...I flew a few ORD-LON flights with an aisle/window to...
Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus May 22, 15, 10:46 am
Replies: 169
Views: 9,855
Posted By pinniped
There's a weird irony at play in the airline...

There's a weird irony at play in the airline industry...one that goes contrary to many other consumer goods/services industries.

The airline industry intentionally designs systems to ensure that...
Forum: United Airlines | MileagePlus May 22, 15, 9:58 am
Replies: 169
Views: 9,855
Posted By pinniped
JD Power's use of "LCC" and "traditional" seem...

JD Power's use of "LCC" and "traditional" seem dated. Why is Alaska in one and Jetblue in the other? I get why WN is still in the "LCC" category (from its startup history in Texas), but now it...
Forum: USA May 22, 15, 9:36 am
Replies: 278
Views: 17,040
Posted By pinniped
I've only done the NYC-Philly bus thing one time:...

I've only done the NYC-Philly bus thing one time: I think I tipped a porter a buck to throw my bag onto the bus. It was a bigger bus...I didn't interact with or tip the driver.

In this case,...
Forum: TravelBuzz May 22, 15, 9:29 am
Replies: 82
Views: 4,501
Posted By pinniped
+1000 to these. When you're talking about 31"...

+1000 to these. When you're talking about 31" pitch in Y, every freaking millimeter matters!! Same holds true for shoulder room on a full flight, and most flights are full these days.

The seat...
Forum: USA May 22, 15, 8:17 am
Replies: 278
Views: 17,040
Posted By pinniped
For restaurant waitstaff in the U.S., I don't...

For restaurant waitstaff in the U.S., I don't think of it this way: it's so ingrained in the culture and in the underlying mechanics of the labor market for waitstaff that it's simply part of the...
Forum: TravelBuzz May 22, 15, 8:06 am
Replies: 27
Views: 1,124
Posted By pinniped
I'd pick the one that I perceived to be better...

I'd pick the one that I perceived to be better for me for that stay. That could include any number of factors ranging from location to how they treat elites. For example, at the brand at the very...
Forum: TravelBuzz May 22, 15, 7:58 am
Replies: 237
Views: 20,726
Posted By pinniped
I think they're pretty empowered and given a lot...

I think they're pretty empowered and given a lot of leeway. Lots of threads here about someone having a mild disagreement with an FA about pretty much anything and it turning into a "security"...
Forum: American Airlines | AAdvantage (Combined Airline and Program) May 22, 15, 7:49 am
Replies: 10
Views: 660
Posted By pinniped
OK, tried Twitter. Failed. They said "work with...

OK, tried Twitter. Failed. They said "work with reservations". Tried to have a conversation...thought they might say "send us details", but they did not.

So before I DM them anyway, let me step...
Forum: TravelBuzz May 22, 15, 7:38 am
Replies: 82
Views: 4,501
Posted By pinniped
Totally agree with Mats observation on catering,...

Totally agree with Mats observation on catering, especially on medium-length narrowbody flights, which all airlines basically treat the same as they do an RJ.

If the F cabin is where the yields...
Forum: TravelBuzz May 21, 15, 1:01 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 791
Posted By pinniped
There was the AA "More Room Throughout Coach"...

There was the AA "More Room Throughout Coach" period...I believe about that time. MRTC was in the 33-34" range, but the rest of the industry didn't follow suit.

I believe AA instituted MRTC...
Forum: TravelBuzz May 21, 15, 12:54 pm
Replies: 44
Views: 3,737
Posted By pinniped
Interesting...I guess I've never had to do it...

Interesting...I guess I've never had to do it *quite* that late. Have you found a particular app that does better than the others at finding rooms?

I had to book a room at 8PM a couple weeks ago...
Forum: Hilton | Hilton HHonors May 21, 15, 12:48 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 1,468
Posted By pinniped
I've stayed at a lot of Homewoods (and Embassies,...

I've stayed at a lot of Homewoods (and Embassies, and Residence Inns, and one or two others that do complimentary evening food/bev) and never encountered one where the food was in any way memorable. ...
Forum: TravelBuzz May 21, 15, 9:16 am
Replies: 237
Views: 20,726
Posted By pinniped
For what it's worth, they already are empowered...

For what it's worth, they already are empowered to do this, and every few weeks we see a news story where they use this empowerment for various reasons.

We've had some threads here that question...
Forum: TravelBuzz May 21, 15, 9:08 am
Replies: 237
Views: 20,726
Posted By pinniped
I have to admit, I laughed at both of those. :D

I have to admit, I laughed at both of those. :D
Forum: TravelBuzz May 20, 15, 4:09 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 3,141
Posted By pinniped
That train left the station many years ago: US...

That train left the station many years ago: US Airways doesn't block empty F seats for the sake of increased comfort for paid F pax. (I'm not sure if they ever did.)

My personal experience with...
Forum: TravelBuzz May 20, 15, 3:35 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 3,141
Posted By pinniped
They were unaffected. The OP, not the obese...

They were unaffected. The OP, not the obese person, was upgraded. (Not that an obese person would likely affect other people in most domestic F configurations. At least not in the 300lb range...)
Forum: TravelBuzz May 20, 15, 2:19 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 974
Posted By pinniped
Individual property GMs: I wouldn't expect it...

Individual property GMs: I wouldn't expect it too much.
Corporate representatives: they're definitely here.

The hotel manager/owner responses on TA seem to be from small independent hotels,...
Forum: TravelBuzz May 20, 15, 12:35 pm
Replies: 44
Views: 3,737
Posted By pinniped
I do have a couple of generic travel apps on my...

I do have a couple of generic travel apps on my phone....Orbitz, Tripadvisor, Booking.com, etc. I also have all of my usual branded apps...Marriott, SPG, HHonors, etc. My first step would have been...
Forum: US Airways | Dividend Miles (Pre-Consolidation) May 20, 15, 11:21 am
Replies: 19
Views: 1,313
Posted By pinniped
I've always thought of CLT as a rather sane,...

I've always thought of CLT as a rather sane, well-run hub (as hubs go). Sometimes busy, but the wide, modern concourses give it a more pleasant feel. When I think "crazy busy", I think...
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