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May 6, 19, 11:11 am
Replies: 901
Views: 173,140
Posted By Tychian

Bonvoy to Flying Blue (Air France / KLM/ etc)

Unlike my recent Alaska transfers, this was painful.
I initiated the transfer on 4/17 - however, I didn't even get the confirmation email until 4/18, more than 24 hours after I submitted the...
May 6, 19, 11:04 am
Replies: 901
Views: 173,140
Posted By Tychian

Bonvoy transfers to Alaska, two recent reports

Hi,
I recently did two transfers to Alaska, each took 2-3 days, so this seems fairly fast and reasonably consistent.
Interestingly, the dates listed in my Alaska account are the day I initiated the...
Feb 7, 18, 3:04 pm
Replies: 55
Views: 12,676
Posted By Tychian

Depending on when you go, there are actually...

Depending on when you go, there are actually advantages to going then; it's broiling hot, but if you avoid the monsoon, it's generally easier to spot wildlife in the dry season as they stick closer...
Forum: Trip Reports
Nov 14, 17, 10:34 pm
Replies: 455
Views: 107,980
Posted By Tychian

I was denied twice for my Turkmen visa. I was...

I was denied twice for my Turkmen visa.
I was using an Uzbek agency for those two applications; when I applied the third time, I used a Turkmen agency, and was approved.
All 3 cases were me...
Aug 9, 17, 9:50 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 9,024
Posted By Tychian

I think this fare may be gone. No longer seeing...

I think this fare may be gone. No longer seeing LAX-LHR for 4100-ish USD in First for the range of dates in 2018 I'd been following - it's up to around 5600+ USD instead.
Feels like a similar...
Jul 31, 17, 3:11 pm
Replies: 77
Views: 39,551
Posted By Tychian

I think this fare is gone. I was working on a...

I think this fare is gone.
I was working on a west coast (SFO/LAX) routing and around 11 am PST, the fares all jumped (for a wide date range) from around 4300 to 6500.

The fare basis code seems...
Forum: Trip Reports
Sep 27, 16, 12:35 pm
Replies: 455
Views: 107,980
Posted By Tychian

Re:"In all honesty, I hadn't looked much into...

Re:"In all honesty, I hadn't looked much into Africa before this decision to expand my travels so I wasn't aware of the costs, I always imagined it was relatively cheap like most of SE Asia (just...
Forum: Trip Reports
Sep 23, 16, 6:46 pm
Replies: 455
Views: 107,980
Posted By Tychian

My style is quite similar to Haute's; ditto...

My style is quite similar to Haute's; ditto timing. Took me close to 20 years, but that's partly because I didn't initially plan to go to every nation, it sort of evolved as I traveled (I've always...
Forum: China
Aug 17, 16, 7:15 pm
Replies: 6,768
Views: 1,020,512
Posted By Tychian

I've done TWOV a few times from SFO, including...

I've done TWOV a few times from SFO, including earlier this year. I would expect it to be fine, especially as they add more flights to mainland China.

For me, China Air (Taiwanese) seemed to have...
Forum: Trip Reports
Jul 19, 16, 8:20 pm
Replies: 455
Views: 107,980
Posted By Tychian

it sure is! I actually had a ticket there - from...

it sure is! I actually had a ticket there - from Rome - in 2013.
Ah, the good old days when routing to Libya was convenient - Turkish even flow to Sabha for a time, down in Fezzan.
Anyway,...
Forum: Trip Reports
Jul 19, 16, 8:03 pm
Replies: 455
Views: 107,980
Posted By Tychian

Happy birthday! I'm envious of his trip -...

Happy birthday!

I'm envious of his trip - definitely more interesting than our Tunisian grilling/border wall/worrisome-comments-about-Daesh-from-Libyans-with-poor-English experience!
Jun 21, 16, 4:05 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 4,754
Posted By Tychian

I think this is a YMMV situation, but I carry a...

I think this is a YMMV situation, but I carry a US passport and what I was told in 2013 by the LA Consulate was if I had to transfer terminals (from North - which has most (all?) other carriers) to...
Forum: Trip Reports
Jun 11, 16, 2:25 pm
Replies: 220
Views: 92,672
Posted By Tychian

Fantastic experience and great writing, thanks...

Fantastic experience and great writing, thanks for sharing!
Jun 8, 16, 4:01 am
Replies: 189
Views: 45,870
Posted By Tychian

This type of thing has happened frequently to me;...

This type of thing has happened frequently to me; I recently changed a DL award ticket (flying KLM through Europe), a few days after booking it, to get an earlier departure (same origin/destination)...
Jun 4, 16, 11:41 pm
Replies: 189
Views: 45,870
Posted By Tychian

Dunno where the N came from, but pretty sure they...

Dunno where the N came from, but pretty sure they meant ex-CAlifornia. That's where the bargains have been coming from for this sale that I've seen. SFO for sure (I booked SFO-ATH r/t myself) and I...
Jun 4, 16, 3:45 pm
Replies: 189
Views: 45,870
Posted By Tychian

Scotland weather can be unpredictable that time...

Scotland weather can be unpredictable that time (or any time) of year. I personally prefer warmth so I'd look toward the Mediterranean.

Sicily vs Greece depends on what you're looking for, but...
Forum: Trip Reports
Jun 3, 16, 9:07 pm
Replies: 39
Views: 20,138
Posted By Tychian

[QUOTE=hauteboy;26715530]May 25, 2016 Hotel:...

[QUOTE=hauteboy;26715530]May 25, 2016
Hotel: Vaiaku Lagi Hotel; Funafuti, Tuvalu
The runway is the largest open space in Tuvalu, and as flights only come a few times a week, most afternoons there...
Forum: China
Jun 3, 16, 2:07 pm
Replies: 6,768
Views: 1,020,512
Posted By Tychian

Just a note on my experience with TWOV last week,...

Just a note on my experience with TWOV last week, traveling HKG-PEK on China Southern (then 3 days later, PEK-SEA on Delta).

I was able to check in online with CZ; had I been able to print my...
Forum: Trip Reports
Jun 1, 16, 4:54 pm
Replies: 455
Views: 107,980
Posted By Tychian

Congrats man! Like Daniel says, was fun to share...

Congrats man! Like Daniel says, was fun to share a bit of the journey along the way
Forum: Trip Reports
Jun 1, 16, 4:53 pm
Replies: 455
Views: 107,980
Posted By Tychian

I was lucky enough to stay a couple nights in the...

I was lucky enough to stay a couple nights in the old town - at the Dawood - amazing rooftop views, and I also went around the villages, Imam's Palace, etc; the checkpoint guys were both startled to...
Forum: Trip Reports
May 24, 16, 10:50 pm
Replies: 455
Views: 107,980
Posted By Tychian

that must be interesting! I loved my time...

that must be interesting!
I loved my time Yemen, and Sana'a in particular. Heartbreaking what's been going on.
And BTW for those wondering why some of us travel to all these places- this is a big...
Forum: Trip Reports
May 23, 16, 9:43 pm
Replies: 455
Views: 107,980
Posted By Tychian

Requiring permission from both Saudi and Yemeni...

Requiring permission from both Saudi and Yemeni authorities is interesting.

I wonder which airport near Sana'a they're using; the info posted claims Sana'a, but that seems risky at best, my last...
Forum: Trip Reports
May 13, 16, 12:28 pm
Replies: 455
Views: 107,980
Posted By Tychian

Various iterations of Libyan have been clinging...

Various iterations of Libyan have been clinging to life - Afriqyah, Buraq, Libyan, and so on.
They had been flying to Istanbul (unreliably) last I knew, as well as Tunisia (Tunis then Sfax when...
Forum: Trip Reports
May 12, 16, 9:39 pm
Replies: 455
Views: 107,980
Posted By Tychian

Syria has the advantage of a functioning (if...

Syria has the advantage of a functioning (if reprehensible) government, tho I certainly agree that is impressive.
Libya's managed much less well, but that has as much to do with the near-anarchy...
Forum: Trip Reports
May 11, 16, 1:57 am
Replies: 455
Views: 107,980
Posted By Tychian

I liked Syria and Yemen a great deal (Sana'a is...

I liked Syria and Yemen a great deal (Sana'a is fantastic), but you're lucky enough to have been to both places.
Of places you haven't been: DRC (Congo) was fascinating - North Kivu - Virunga...
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