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Jun 1, 19, 2:41 am
Replies: 796
Views: 98,054
Posted By DesertNomad

I believe they are actually parallel but there is...

I believe they are actually parallel but there is no easy way to designate 4 parallel runways, so like LAX they offset the number (LA has 24R, 24L, 25R and 25L and all are parallel).
May 31, 19, 9:10 pm
Replies: 796
Views: 98,054
Posted By DesertNomad

There are 2 sets of parallel runways west of the...

There are 2 sets of parallel runways west of the terminal, with maintenance areas in between. To get to the western set, they route you all the way around the south end of the eastern set instead of...
May 31, 19, 5:29 pm
Replies: 796
Views: 98,054
Posted By DesertNomad

I have now used the new IST twice. What is...

I have now used the new IST twice.

What is going on with the ridiculous long taxi times? Both times we were routed around the south end of the eastern runway pair. Our taxi was about 30 minutes...
Forum: Africa
May 26, 19, 9:20 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 928
Posted By DesertNomad

I would not spend 3 days in Casa. I was in...

I would not spend 3 days in Casa. I was in Morocco for about 11 days this month and liked Fes the best. We were also in Marrakech, Rabat, Tangier, Casa, Meknes and Moulay Idriss.
Forum: Africa
May 26, 19, 11:38 am
Replies: 36
Views: 8,831
Posted By DesertNomad

I was in Tangier last week and am now in Spain....

I was in Tangier last week and am now in Spain. Tangier seems to have a serious problem with beggars and homeless. From the train station to the waterfront and then along the water to the Medina...
May 3, 19, 6:37 am
Replies: 24
Views: 1,962
Posted By DesertNomad

I would think in general that changing the day of...

I would think in general that changing the day of arrival to an earlier date could be a major problem for people who require visas that may not be valid until the original scheduled day of arrival....
Forum: Asia
May 2, 19, 6:42 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 5,133
Posted By DesertNomad

I gather the emergency passport is different than...

I gather the emergency passport is different than a second passport. I have a second US passport because my main passport got stuck at the Ethiopian Embassy for 3 weeks and I needed to travel. The...
Forum: Africa
Apr 30, 19, 10:59 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 677
Posted By DesertNomad

Republic of Congo and surrounding area

Does anyone have advice on getting a Congo-Brazzaville visa as an American? It is not clear if an online booking of a hotel is enough or if we need something notarized from Congo.

Also looking as...
Apr 21, 19, 4:53 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 815
Posted By DesertNomad

This was a rare occasion when I have purchased...

This was a rare occasion when I have purchased solely on price rather than program so the miles don't matter much as the fare was so good. Are there any Star Alliance programs where miles don't...
Apr 19, 19, 10:07 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 815
Posted By DesertNomad

Thanks for that site - I'd never heard of it. ...

Thanks for that site - I'd never heard of it.

I guess I could sign up for a Miles&Smiles - better than doing nothing I suppose.
Apr 19, 19, 8:54 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 815
Posted By DesertNomad

Best program to collect TK miles?

I mostly fly SkyTeam or OneWorld, but found a good fare (U/W) on TK but it does not earn miles with my UA account (which has basically no miles in it anyway).

Is there a better Star Alliance...
Apr 19, 19, 3:51 pm
Replies: 173
Views: 13,612
Posted By DesertNomad

I am arriving at IST from SFO at 17:10 and...

I am arriving at IST from SFO at 17:10 and departing to CMN the next day at 11:20 (Economy). Do I get to the hotel desk via arrivals or transit? I have a Turkish visa already. I assume they will bus...
Apr 19, 19, 10:09 am
Replies: 15
Views: 762
Posted By DesertNomad

I see the little hotel icon next to "18h 10m"...

I see the little hotel icon next to "18h 10m" when I pull up the flight on the TK site as if I were making a new booking.

However, when I click on my booking reference in the receipt, it goes to a...
Apr 19, 19, 9:44 am
Replies: 15
Views: 762
Posted By DesertNomad

I did book the shortest connection SFO-IST-CMN. ...

I did book the shortest connection SFO-IST-CMN.

Where does one find out about the hotel voucher as I do not see anything on my ticket receipt?
Apr 19, 19, 7:54 am
Replies: 15
Views: 762
Posted By DesertNomad

Well, the price was right - more than $1000 less...

Well, the price was right - more than $1000 less than a connection through AMS/LHR etc. TK does not mention anything about a free hotel, and I would not expect it in economy.
Apr 19, 19, 7:43 am
Replies: 15
Views: 762
Posted By DesertNomad

Hotels near new IST airport

I am booked to do an overnight transfer at the new IST airport in two weeks. Normally I have gone into Sultanahmet, but in this case I arrive at 17:00 and depart at 11:00 so I was thinking to stay...
Apr 18, 19, 9:58 am
Replies: 134
Views: 10,996
Posted By DesertNomad

Transit security at IST?

If I book GVA-IST-ORD, will I need to go through any security in IST? Both flights are on Turkish.

Thanks.
Mar 23, 19, 8:31 am
Replies: 33
Views: 2,897
Posted By DesertNomad

If you've done it 5 times, presumably you've...

If you've done it 5 times, presumably you've saved over having just bought LHR-SYD in the first place. This is simply the cost of doing it with two bookings. I am surprised your travel insurance does...
Mar 13, 19, 10:18 am
Replies: 24
Views: 3,247
Posted By DesertNomad

Might happen here soon. Bloomberg is reporting...

Might happen here soon. Bloomberg is reporting that Transport Canada just grounded all 737 MAX aircraft.
Mar 12, 19, 11:00 am
Replies: 186
Views: 16,425
Posted By DesertNomad

Only Norway (edited my post) Ireland and Iceland...

Only Norway (edited my post) Ireland and Iceland are different countries. :)

Also according to Al Jazeera:

Indonesia
Ethiopia
South Korea
Mongolia

And specific airlines:
Mar 12, 19, 10:24 am
Replies: 186
Views: 16,425
Posted By DesertNomad

And now banned by: China Australia Oman ...

And now banned by:

China
Australia
Oman
UK
Norway
Iceland
France
Germany
Mar 8, 19, 8:17 am
Replies: 395
Views: 45,559
Posted By DesertNomad

Does anyone else think the current globe on the...

Does anyone else think the current globe on the tail looks blurry at first glance? It's an optical illusion but is always there at first. It'll be nice to fix that.
Forum: Middle East
Nov 9, 18, 7:33 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,032
Posted By DesertNomad

How does this work for an anti-malarial like...

How does this work for an anti-malarial like doxycycline? My doctor here will issue an electronic prescription directly to a pharmacy and I go pick it up. I never see the prescription and the...
Oct 14, 18, 5:55 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,099
Posted By DesertNomad

I use mine for D1 fares as I would never pay cash...

I use mine for D1 fares as I would never pay cash for those. If the cash price for a Y fare is cheap enough, I do that over a "free" D1 ticket.
Aug 31, 18, 5:04 pm
Replies: 133
Views: 12,672
Posted By DesertNomad

You need access to your own jet: ...

You need access to your own jet:

https://www.flexjet.com/programs/fractional-jet-ownership/
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