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Sep 25, 19, 12:09 pm
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Posted By speed.skater

LLN tell us something about asymptotics. In...

LLN tell us something about asymptotics. In statistics, 30 or 100 might be close to infinity but let's hope check-in lines don't get quite as long. ;) But yeah, I think queuing theories more...
Forum: MilesBuzz
Sep 25, 19, 9:21 am
Replies: 37
Views: 17,764
Posted By speed.skater

You need to be a better player, that's for sure!...

You need to be a better player, that's for sure! And even then, wins aren't as massive anymore.

This reminds me of the poker boom. In 2003-06, everbody got started playing online poker,...
Sep 25, 19, 7:52 am
Replies: 171
Views: 42,623
Posted By speed.skater

I agree. In fact, it looks as if the entire...

I agree.

In fact, it looks as if the entire TC Airlines division is profitable, not just the part Condor. (However, one might argue Condor is the cherry on the cake.)

But yeah, as previous...
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Views: 4,783
Posted By speed.skater

IANAL but I am skeptical this would be a breach...

IANAL but I am skeptical this would be a breach of contract. The contract from which you enjoy points earning and elite benefits is with Six Continents Hotels, Inc. (which runs IHG Rewards Club). And...
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Views: 301,480
Posted By speed.skater

Keep in mind in many *A mileage programs, low...

Keep in mind in many *A mileage programs, low booking classes will earn nothing. When flying on LH or OS, booking classes K, L, and T (economy) and P (business) might be excluded. Some booking...
Sep 25, 19, 7:07 am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,498
Posted By speed.skater

According to the DL website...

According to the DL website (https://www.delta.com/us/en/skymiles/how-to-earn-miles/airline-partners):

So this does suggest the ticket carrier may matter.
Sep 25, 19, 6:44 am
Replies: 14
Views: 5,961
Posted By speed.skater

If you're doing it for the status miles, not...

If you're doing it for the status miles, not really. That works out to 7.7 euro-cent per status mile.

With short-haul flights, I would aim to pay at most 6 euro-cents per status mile. In fact, the...
Replies: 27
Views: 6,804
Posted By speed.skater

But the actual value of $50 in F&B spend at an IC...

But the actual value of $50 in F&B spend at an IC is like what, one-third of the nominal value? Especially considering you have club access.


Could mean anything. It's known to be used for actual...
Sep 25, 19, 1:36 am
Replies: 171
Views: 42,623
Posted By speed.skater

I view it differently. It's not just that...

I view it differently.

It's not just that Condor is profitable on its own, owns decent slots in FRA, and that the EUR 380 m credit takes care of the liquidity issues caused by the parent, TC. But...
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Views: 6,804
Posted By speed.skater

Take the 10k points for sure. It's gonna annoy...

Take the 10k points for sure. It's gonna annoy them perhaps a tiny bit. (I believe it's gonna be costlier for the hotel to pay for the points than to provide the F&B or spa credit.) And you don't...
Sep 25, 19, 12:11 am
Replies: 23
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Posted By speed.skater

I read OMAAT's evaluation of that change and have...

I read OMAAT's evaluation of that change and have to say that I come to fundamentally different conclusions. I think the overall goal with these things is to flatten out the redemption value of such...
Replies: 41
Views: 4,783
Posted By speed.skater

IHG can kick hotels out. Hotels can decide to...

IHG can kick hotels out. Hotels can decide to leave. Both is possible.

I agree that in this instance, it's probably the hotel that decided to switch. I don't think anybody ITT assumed IHG kicked...
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Views: 4,783
Posted By speed.skater

This is such a static way of looking at it. ...

This is such a static way of looking at it.

If I hurt my brand by signing poor properties, I reduce future fees from other ventures (both existing and prospective).
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Posted By speed.skater

Reputation. (And, IMO, they're doing a lot more...

Reputation. (And, IMO, they're doing a lot more than "endorsing the location" by signing with a property.)
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Views: 4,783
Posted By speed.skater

Where did I get it from? I was bored and looked...

Where did I get it from? I was bored and looked at the TA reviews of the properties. I found them to be quite positive, perhaps suspiciously though. (The Staybridge is the #2...
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Posted By speed.skater

The story 'the property isn't commercially viable...

The story 'the property isn't commercially viable due to its poor location' conflicts with the professional opinion of both IHG and Hyatt.

I don't think IHG would have signed had they thought the...
Sep 23, 19, 11:29 am
Replies: 900
Views: 613,027
Posted By speed.skater

"Unbundling" is a buzz word with various...

"Unbundling" is a buzz word with various meanings. But I think there is empirical evidence a growing number of consumers want more individualized products.

You cut the cable, stop getting that...
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Views: 4,783
Posted By speed.skater

BrightlyBob: Btw, I do agree with many points you...

BrightlyBob: Btw, I do agree with many points you make in the OP. For example, I do believe that for Hyatt, it's a bit iffy to put up their first two properties in a city so far away from the city...
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Posted By speed.skater

Yeah, this was slightly broached on FT here and...

Yeah, this was slightly broached on FT here and there.

I still think the story is that IHG has oversupply in Manchester, creating problems for the properties. Hyatt certainly doesn't have a strong...
Sep 23, 19, 6:24 am
Replies: 171
Views: 42,623
Posted By speed.skater

Two points: One, the planes DE is flying...

Two points:

One, the planes DE is flying don't belong to them. See the post from irishguy28 above.

Two, Thomas Cook Group Airlines was supposedly in ok-ish shape right until the collapse of the...
Sep 23, 19, 3:48 am
Replies: 900
Views: 613,027
Posted By speed.skater

I think HBO fares are a pro consumer business...

I think HBO fares are a pro consumer business practice. They give consumers a choice. Those who fly HBO get a lower price. Those who travel with most of their household effects pay more.

I elect...
Sep 23, 19, 3:30 am
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Views: 563
Posted By speed.skater

Evergreen.... The search function is your friend,...

Evergreen.... The search function is your friend, as are the sticky threads.
Sep 23, 19, 2:21 am
Replies: 171
Views: 42,623
Posted By speed.skater

I wrote they aren't in good shape. Obv, I...

I wrote they aren't in good shape.

Obv, I don't see them anywhere near bankruptcy. But they have a lot on their plate right now. Pilots and crews which are unhappy with working conditions and...
Sep 23, 19, 1:10 am
Replies: 171
Views: 42,623
Posted By speed.skater

No, part of the discussion was about DE. For now,...

No, part of the discussion was about DE. For now, at least, all DE flights are operating as scheduled. No cancellations.
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