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Apr 13, 21, 4:41 pm
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Views: 151,232
Posted By eastbysouthwest

One recent data point: booked SFO to JAC on...

One recent data point: booked SFO to JAC on United as an Avianca Lifemiles award, charged taxes to my UA Chase Business card. Did NOT get the free checked bags.

Not for lack of effort. I did get...
Jun 7, 20, 10:44 am
Replies: 24
Views: 3,415
Posted By eastbysouthwest

I agree all these are real factors. But in each...

I agree all these are real factors. But in each case, I made the reservation one to three days ahead of pickup. At that point, they should have a pretty good idea of what's available. If they don't...
Jun 7, 20, 8:23 am
Replies: 24
Views: 3,415
Posted By eastbysouthwest

renting a car in Manhattan is tough

I used to think of National as one step above Hertz/Avis in terms of quality and customer service. My recent experiences trying to rent with National in Manhattan have been anything but. I know...
May 2, 20, 12:33 pm
Replies: 1,464
Views: 417,078
Posted By eastbysouthwest

I made three rentention calls recently: ...

I made three rentention calls recently:

Mid-March: called about Prestige, said I wanted to cancel, transferred to retention. Got an offer but it wasn't very appealing (I think it was 10,000 points...
Mar 6, 20, 7:16 pm
Replies: 211
Views: 47,425
Posted By eastbysouthwest

That's a bit harsh. As long as the hotel is...

That's a bit harsh. As long as the hotel is strict about dogs being on a leash, it's not really their fault if someone gets bitten.



I'd be curious to hear your perspective as an owner: do you...
Mar 6, 20, 1:09 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 756
Posted By eastbysouthwest

Thanks for the data point. Aspen is a small...

Thanks for the data point. Aspen is a small location so I expected them to act faster, especially after I called multiple times. I only started to worry after my third phone call, when their employee...
Mar 5, 20, 10:43 am
Replies: 5
Views: 756
Posted By eastbysouthwest

I'd like to save a tree, but paper is best. Once...

I'd like to save a tree, but paper is best. Once I got charged for gas even though I returned the car with a full tank. By the time I got the email receipt and noticed, I was already on the shuttle...
Mar 4, 20, 8:03 pm
Replies: 277
Views: 52,261
Posted By eastbysouthwest

I assure you I did not make a mistake. The...

I assure you I did not make a mistake. The confirmation page clearly had the cost at 155K. My balance was and is higher than that.

If the lurkers can help, great. Not worth my time to escalate...
Mar 4, 20, 7:51 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 756
Posted By eastbysouthwest

Trouble returning car at ASE

Did a one way rental with National, Denver to Aspen. The drive itself was uneventful. Then...

DAY 1, 7pm. I drive into the parking lot at Aspen airport to return the car. Normally you park the car...
Mar 4, 20, 7:25 pm
Replies: 211
Views: 47,425
Posted By eastbysouthwest

Got bitten by a dog while hiking in Eastern...

Got bitten by a dog while hiking in Eastern Europe about 15 years ago. Not the worst bite, but probably worse than yours - deep gash under the knee, bled for a few hours. I was in the boonies, so...
Mar 4, 20, 6:59 pm
Replies: 277
Views: 52,261
Posted By eastbysouthwest

I did not do point advance, because I had enough...

I did not do point advance, because I had enough points to cover the old price. I booked it, entered my credit card, got the confirmation page, got the email. At this point I expected the points...
Mar 4, 20, 3:53 pm
Replies: 277
Views: 52,261
Posted By eastbysouthwest

​​​​​​ I guess I'll be the first.

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I guess I'll be the first.
Mar 4, 20, 3:50 pm
Replies: 277
Views: 52,261
Posted By eastbysouthwest

Made a reservation on 3/3 at 10:30 pm hotel time...

Made a reservation on 3/3 at 10:30 pm hotel time (US mountain time). Hotel category is going up from 5 to 6. The confirmation page showed the category 5 price, which was 155K points for 5 nights....
Jan 15, 20, 9:49 am
Replies: 1,646
Views: 213,704
Posted By eastbysouthwest

Best way to request missing points

I had the Air France offer in September 2019 (spend $1,000, get 20,000 MR points) and never got the points. I tried to follow up via Amex chat and it's been like pulling teeth. Each time I am told,...
Feb 28, 19, 10:49 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 5,776
Posted By eastbysouthwest

I used my expiring dining certificates on Feb 28...

I used my expiring dining certificates on Feb 28 for dinner at the Berkeley Fairmont (outpatient dinner; not staying at the hotel). When I told the waiter I wanted to use the certificates, the...
Feb 25, 19, 5:20 pm
Replies: 335
Views: 97,945
Posted By eastbysouthwest

Thanks for your reply. It would be 'spring'...

Thanks for your reply. It would be 'spring' skiing so March or April 2019. Originally wanted to come sooner but it looked brutally cold. Planning to stay 3-4 nights at CLL (and ski Lake Louise) and...
Feb 25, 19, 3:47 pm
Replies: 335
Views: 97,945
Posted By eastbysouthwest

Planning a trip to Fairmont Lake Louise this...

Planning a trip to Fairmont Lake Louise this spring, but sadly won't make it before the end of February, so my upgrade certificates will die unused. Any idea what the odds are for getting an upgrade...
Nov 8, 16, 7:57 am
Replies: 2,329
Views: 469,763
Posted By eastbysouthwest

Trying to decide whether to keep the credit card...

Trying to decide whether to keep the credit card (annual fee due this month). I was/am Fairmont Premier prior to getting the credit card, so I don't see much benefit in keeping it.

One possible...
Oct 21, 16, 8:32 pm
Replies: 1,303
Views: 203,718
Posted By eastbysouthwest

Can the 12F free days be used for one-way...

Can the 12F free days be used for one-way rentals? And if they do, would a one-day, one-way rental be completely free, or would they still charge a large drop-off fee?

Also: what are the...
Aug 21, 16, 9:14 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 5,310
Posted By eastbysouthwest

Thanks for your replies. We thought about Quebec...

Thanks for your replies. We thought about Quebec City, but couldn't make the flights work this weekend. In the end we opted for a staycation at the Conrad in downtown Manhattan. It was pleasant...
Aug 19, 16, 11:13 am
Replies: 12
Views: 5,310
Posted By eastbysouthwest

What is the best Hilton hotel in the northeast?

I have a Citi HHonors free weekend night certificate expiring on Monday 8/22, and I would like to use it for a last minute escape this weekend.

Me and my wife live in New York City. We have a...
Mar 20, 16, 1:07 pm
Replies: 3,429
Views: 715,122
Posted By eastbysouthwest

I signed up for a Gold Medallion challenge in...

I signed up for a Gold Medallion challenge in early January, but due to some unforeseen circumstances I had to postpone several planned trips, so I probably won't make the MQM threshold.

I am...
Nov 23, 15, 1:58 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 2,940
Posted By eastbysouthwest

In fact, I have just tried to make bookings in...

In fact, I have just tried to make bookings in NYC for several weekends in January / February / March 2016, and I could not find anything at the standard points rate.
Nov 23, 15, 1:48 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 2,940
Posted By eastbysouthwest

Follow-up, one month later: weekend availability...

Follow-up, one month later: weekend availability in NYC seems erratic. I was able to book standard rewards for Saturday Nov 7, and for Monday Nov 23. But for the weekends of Oct 31 and Nov 14, the...
Oct 27, 15, 1:56 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 2,940
Posted By eastbysouthwest

Cannot book Hertz standard reward in NYC

I seem to be unable to book a Hertz standard reward rental in New York City. I tried multiple dates (Oct/Nov 2015, Jan/Feb 2016), locations (Manhattan, JFK, Jersey City), car sizes (intermediate,...
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