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Yesterday, 6:58 pm
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Posted By ElmhurstNick

Pick one next to a big office park or in an...

Pick one next to a big office park or in an office-heavy suburb. Preferably near nothing else, and without an indoor pool (no family staycations). Stay during the week, not on weekends. If you...
Nov 21, 20, 7:52 pm
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Taking what would be considered a "traditional"...

Taking what would be considered a "traditional" urban vacation would be no fun for me right now. I have a three week driving vacation to the Atlantic Maritimes planned for July 2021,

I took a...
Nov 21, 20, 7:36 pm
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Views: 18,916
Posted By ElmhurstNick

Midway has been busy for the brief connection...

Midway has been busy for the brief connection period a few times a day, but at many other times you can shoot a cannon through it and not hit a soul. There are generally free gates on the A side...
Nov 21, 20, 7:11 pm
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Posted By ElmhurstNick

Flying, I have traveled RDU-CHI seven times from...

Flying, I have traveled RDU-CHI seven times from late June to mid-November to visit my elderly father. Mostly 1 or 2 night stays, a couple of day trips, one 3 night trip to avoid flying on Sunday. A...
Nov 21, 20, 6:19 pm
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Views: 193,016
Posted By ElmhurstNick

I had a stay reserved at the HGI Oak Brook last...

I had a stay reserved at the HGI Oak Brook last week. When I got there, the building was closed and the manager sent me to the older Hilton Suites across the Drury Lane parking lot. Maybe 10 cars...
Nov 19, 20, 5:32 pm
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Posted By ElmhurstNick

RDU-MDW Tuesday AM, COVID full minus 3, -700 ...

RDU-MDW Tuesday AM, COVID full minus 3, -700
MDW-RDU Wednesday PM, COVID full, -800
Nov 13, 20, 1:08 pm
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Views: 1,383
Posted By ElmhurstNick

I own several products from both Tom Bihn and...

I own several products from both Tom Bihn and from Red Oxx. What I have learned is that there are subtle design philosophy differences between the two firms, even though the build quality,...
Nov 12, 20, 8:03 pm
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Views: 1,113
Posted By ElmhurstNick

I would definitely expect MDW as Sarasota,...

I would definitely expect MDW as Sarasota, Bradenton, and Siesta Key have a great following of retirees and winter dwellers from the Southwest side of Chicago. But I doubt that Southwest starts...
Nov 1, 20, 8:59 pm
Replies: 112
Views: 9,587
Posted By ElmhurstNick

My core strategy for trying to stay healthy is to...

My core strategy for trying to stay healthy is to avoid stupid people and desperate people. The latter in planes is the person flying home who has a bunch of kinda sorta symptoms but can't afford to...
Nov 1, 20, 4:05 pm
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Posted By ElmhurstNick

It's not the connection time, it's just fuller...

It's not the connection time, it's just fuller planes and more elites so lower upgrade chances. RDU-DTW-ORD is CR9 to CR9, so there is a high chance of getting an upgrade with all the business...
Oct 31, 20, 4:35 pm
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Views: 7,108
Posted By ElmhurstNick

Very little is worse than A4. I don't know why...

Very little is worse than A4. I don't know why Southwest hasn't negotiated to trade A4 A/B for C1-C2 at Midway.

The bigger challenge is that T5 is not connected to the CTA station and requires...
Oct 30, 20, 8:10 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 7,108
Posted By ElmhurstNick

​​​​​​Those are the least desirable gates,...

​​​​​​Those are the least desirable gates, similar distance from security as H15 is in Terminal 3
Oct 28, 20, 6:57 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 7,108
Posted By ElmhurstNick

Three reasons: 1. Look at it the other way...

Three reasons:
1. Look at it the other way around: from hub cities with lots of loyal fliers, they are serving western Cook, Lake, and McHenry counties. It beats serving Fargo.
2. They don't...
Oct 28, 20, 11:58 am
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Posted By ElmhurstNick

20 flights a day is a pretty ambitious schedule...

20 flights a day is a pretty ambitious schedule and puts ORD as a decently sized spoke. For comparison, WN at RDU doesn't have that many right now, they are at 12 most days. DL at MDW was at about...
Oct 24, 20, 1:04 am
Replies: 112
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Posted By ElmhurstNick

Thats not quite right: they are blocking the B...

Thats not quite right: they are blocking the B seat on the 2-2 CR9/CR7. Not sure about the 717, I believe they are blocking the middle on the 3 side, and leaving the 2 side intact.

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Oct 24, 20, 12:57 am
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Views: 1,714
Posted By ElmhurstNick

Prior to COVID, I would stop at Nicky's on Archer...

Prior to COVID, I would stop at Nicky's on Archer and Austin before my evening flight and pick up a double cheeseburger and a pizza puff, double bagged, to eat while waiting for boarding to complete....
Oct 23, 20, 1:46 pm
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Views: 13,180
Posted By ElmhurstNick

I am just hoping that the EQD waiver via AMEX can...

I am just hoping that the EQD waiver via AMEX can be either in 2020 or 2021. I will hit it in 2020 as I had heavy Q1 travel and then household improvements, but with business travel and personal work...
Oct 23, 20, 11:47 am
Replies: 112
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Posted By ElmhurstNick

I had already booked my early December trip on...

I had already booked my early December trip on Delta earlier this week in anticipation of this Southwest announcement. Even though I have to make a connection on the way home, it is all CRJ-900 or...
Oct 15, 20, 12:18 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 3,235
Posted By ElmhurstNick

Probably not. MDW-DFW was a dog of a flight on...

Probably not. MDW-DFW was a dog of a flight on ex-TW MD-83s. At best it would be CR9 if they could get two gates.

WN has a stranglehold on the gates there. Only gates not used by WN are A1-A3...
Oct 13, 20, 1:41 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 7,108
Posted By ElmhurstNick

I am assuming 2-3 gates because that is how they...

I am assuming 2-3 gates because that is how they have typically started elsewhere (BOS was 3 gates, IAD was 2). T5 only has 21 gates and has to accomodate both the internationals which are not moving...
Oct 13, 20, 12:44 pm
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Views: 3,235
Posted By ElmhurstNick

ORD-DAL would cause AA some annoyance... They...

ORD-DAL would cause AA some annoyance... They aren't going to fly ORD-IAH nonstop, but WN can cause a little havoc by adding frequencies to high value mainline coach routes. Does AA really want to...
Oct 13, 20, 12:24 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 7,108
Posted By ElmhurstNick

It is a creative way to gain at least two more...

It is a creative way to gain at least two more gates with the reallocation of T5 next year. The only gates not really used at MDW pre-COVID were A12 (Delta's overflow gate) and maybe C1 (I forget if...
Oct 13, 20, 12:04 pm
Replies: 80
Views: 5,932
Posted By ElmhurstNick

On the 738, AA in coach is definitely worse than...

On the 738, AA in coach is definitely worse than WN, equal planes. Even the exit row is worse although it can be reserved. WN 737-800 is noticeably better than their -700, however. I only fly UA...
Oct 12, 20, 8:39 pm
Replies: 89
Views: 7,108
Posted By ElmhurstNick

ORD won't start until the new T2 is done and...

ORD won't start until the new T2 is done and carriers swap to and from T5, so if business travel isn't at least partially back in 9-12 months, it's likely that they won't really start.
Oct 12, 20, 6:50 pm
Replies: 80
Views: 5,932
Posted By ElmhurstNick

Yes, both ORD and MDW. When I had a project...

Yes, both ORD and MDW. When I had a project that took me near downtown Houston a couple of times and the Galleria a couple of times, I ended up resorting to Lyft or renting a car.
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