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Forum: Europe
Oct 29, 19, 10:40 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 731
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

Not only are there many flights FRA-VIE but there...

Not only are there many flights FRA-VIE but there are basically trains every hour all day that cover that route in about 7 hours. Lots and lots of options, ESPECIALLY if you leave a day early.
Forum: Europe
Oct 8, 19, 12:20 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,195
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

Love this!

Love this!
Forum: Europe
Oct 1, 19, 9:23 am
Replies: 9
Views: 514
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

For US cardholders this isn't really an option as...

For US cardholders this isn't really an option as far as I can tell.

However I can say that my "chip and sign" cards work fine all over, including in some kiosks. NFC payment (Garmin watch or...
Forum: Trip Reports
Sep 30, 19, 12:10 pm
Replies: 83
Views: 49,608
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

Cool update - we spend a lot of time in the...

Cool update - we spend a lot of time in the Lucerne region so that trip (the boat portion anyway) is familiar.

Another nice trip from there is to get off the boat in Vitznau and take the Rigi-bahn...
Forum: Europe
Sep 22, 19, 12:05 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,198
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

IME passport control in ZRH takes a few minutes...

IME passport control in ZRH takes a few minutes at most. We typically land, go through passport control, get checked bags, and make it to a train in Zurich airport within 45 minutes or so. You should...
Sep 12, 19, 1:00 pm
Replies: 49
Views: 4,556
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

OP I hear you - you want what you want and that's...

OP I hear you - you want what you want and that's cool. Personally I've tried to move away from having anything local on portable computers (tablets, laptops, chromebooks). I'm able to do 90% of...
Forum: Europe
Sep 9, 19, 8:19 am
Replies: 30
Views: 2,803
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

We've been going to both Vienna and Bratislava...

We've been going to both Vienna and Bratislava for decades.

With only a few days, I'd stay in Vienna - there's so much to see and do you can easily fill the two days you'll have there.

Walk in...
Sep 4, 19, 1:31 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 745
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

Personally I look on United.com first, starting a...

Personally I look on United.com first, starting a bit before the tickets will be available (330 days ahead). So looking just now, award booking IAD-MOW (Moscow all airports) for four travelers, I...
Forum: Trip Reports
Sep 1, 19, 7:01 am
Replies: 43
Views: 8,780
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

Very interesting report! Do you have any...

Very interesting report!

Do you have any photos of the VIP bus?
Aug 26, 19, 7:49 pm
Replies: 94
Views: 9,430
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

Let's just say we came to an understanding.

Let's just say we came to an understanding.
Forum: Trip Reports
Aug 26, 19, 12:04 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 10,088
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

Beautiful photos and trip report! Happy smiles...

Beautiful photos and trip report! Happy smiles all around.
Aug 26, 19, 11:43 am
Replies: 94
Views: 9,430
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

The problem with this approach is that sometimes...

The problem with this approach is that sometimes airlines require the passenger, on check in, to provide the credit card that was used for paying fees on the award ticket. In this case the fees...
Aug 23, 19, 3:53 pm
Replies: 94
Views: 9,430
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

In the moment I was mostly thinking that I was...

In the moment I was mostly thinking that I was within the 72-hour no-refund window, and also that even trying to make a change back to the original dates might disrupt the trip or cause some other...
Aug 23, 19, 1:56 pm
Replies: 94
Views: 9,430
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

Not a member of any mile program nor holder of...

Not a member of any mile program nor holder of any miles.
Aug 23, 19, 8:00 am
Replies: 94
Views: 9,430
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

FWIW, I'm sort of leaning toward lack of...

FWIW, I'm sort of leaning toward lack of understanding by traveler and poor/unclear/nonstandard explanation by DL.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon%27s_razor

(I had always heard/read it as...
Aug 22, 19, 8:31 pm
Replies: 94
Views: 9,430
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

No not a romantic thing at all lol. (but not an...

No not a romantic thing at all lol. (but not an unreasonable question). More an acquaintance than friend tbh.

Regarding fraud or confusion/inexperience the bottom line for me is that either way...
Aug 22, 19, 6:53 pm
Replies: 94
Views: 9,430
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

A few points. She didnít ask - I offered the...

A few points.

She didnít ask - I offered the original ticket.

I personally believe that Delta did state the fare/fee/mile difference. Whether friend heard or understood is totally beside the...
Aug 22, 19, 1:56 pm
Aug 22, 19, 11:28 am
Replies: 94
Views: 9,430
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

Unhappy Choose your friends well (A Skymiles Redemption Lesson)

So I got an IAD-JNB ticket in Y for a friend using my hard-earned (mostly via Amex bonuses, which takes some time) Delta miles. 117k round trip which seemed like a pretty good deal to me. Good faith...
Aug 21, 19, 8:19 pm
Replies: 1,931
Views: 361,068
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

As it turned out while I was on the phone waiting...

As it turned out while I was on the phone waiting I compared the train connections from both BSL and ZRH and the BSL connection had fewer changes and arrived at the same time as the ZRH one.
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Aug 21, 19, 4:02 pm
Replies: 1,931
Views: 361,068
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

Yeah BWI doesn't seem to have any better options....

Yeah BWI doesn't seem to have any better options.

I do see a routing IAD-AMS-BSL (Basel) but DL.com won't offer me IAD-AMS-ZRH. BSL sort of works (I have to take the train anyway) but I get to...
Aug 21, 19, 3:47 pm
Replies: 1,931
Views: 361,068
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

Yes - saw that. And for 1/2 the miles! That's...

Yes - saw that. And for 1/2 the miles! That's probably the sensible option.

I was curious about comfort+ and comparing it to UA Economy+ (I almost never fly DL or partners).

Thanks for the...
Aug 21, 19, 9:55 am
Replies: 1,931
Views: 361,068
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

I'm looking at some award travel on a Saturday in...

I'm looking at some award travel on a Saturday in late January.

Option 1: IAD/DCA - JFK (1:07 connection time) JFK-ZRH First flight is in the evening.
Option 2: IAD/DCA - JFK (7:15 connection...
Forum: Europe
Aug 11, 19, 6:07 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 398
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

Somewhat unrelated, but if you feel inspired to...

Somewhat unrelated, but if you feel inspired to go beyond Vienna note that there's a chunk of the cycleway that's under construction around Schloss / Hainburg.
Aug 10, 19, 3:50 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 7,938
Posted By CarlTheWebmaster

My favorite combos: Holiday iPhone XS -...

My favorite combos:

Holiday
iPhone XS - almost don't need the iPad with this; it's also my main (only) camera these days.
iPad Mini 5 - better than the phone for watching video and for NYT...
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