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Oct 13, 19, 12:11 pm
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Posted By chalf

I did the 24 hour transit visa earlier this year,...

I did the 24 hour transit visa earlier this year, arriving into PEK and CAN (had a domestic connection on CZ). BA had no issues for the LHR-PEK, though I had printouts from TIMATIC and, at LHR, a...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Oct 5, 19, 9:19 am
Replies: 40
Views: 9,231
Posted By chalf

As others have noted, it happens all the time in...

As others have noted, it happens all the time in some fields, particularly where one's expertise is not necessarily linked to the geography of the meeting. On occasion I have even been asked why I...
Sep 8, 19, 12:34 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 2,887
Posted By chalf

That room looks like a completely different hotel...

That room looks like a completely different hotel to where I stayed last week! My room was more like the first reviewer: adequate, but nothing luxurious. Generally I found the public spaces to have...
Sep 8, 19, 6:26 am
Replies: 39
Views: 8,371
Posted By chalf

Cool Isn't the only other airline on this route (i.e.,...

Isn't the only other airline on this route (i.e., LHR-IST) BA? ;) That said, I have no complaints about any of the widebody aircraft, and even the narrowbodies are far superior to BA's offering.
Sep 2, 19, 3:49 pm
Replies: 96
Views: 46,049
Posted By chalf

If itís ex-AB metal, as some have speculated,...

If itís ex-AB metal, as some have speculated, then the J seats are quite acceptable. They are fully flat, and more private for single travellers than CW.
Jun 21, 19, 6:43 pm
Replies: 115
Views: 41,806
Posted By chalf

I recently tried AA PE for a LHR-JFK return, and...

I recently tried AA PE for a LHR-JFK return, and was generally pleased. The seat was quite good - the side bulkhead seats on the 77W was almost as good as the business class seats on the old BD...
Nov 21, 18, 4:15 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 2,591
Posted By chalf

I regularly have the same name issues as the OP...

I regularly have the same name issues as the OP on my tickets (most recently today); it has never been an issue. It seems to occur most frequently when booked through my corporate travel department...
Forum: SkyTeam
Nov 15, 18, 2:15 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 6,244
Posted By chalf

That was my interpretation as well. The FF...

That was my interpretation as well. The FF reciprocity arrangements may well extend beyond CZexit, and/or there may be a transitional period for earnings, etc. It seems somewhat abrupt for ~45 day...
Forum: SkyTeam
Nov 15, 18, 6:03 am
Replies: 26
Views: 6,244
Posted By chalf

I was hoping to be able to rely on the vague...

I was hoping to be able to rely on the vague language about 2019 transitional arrangements. Itís probably best to view it like Brexit ( CZexit?): expect the worst, and have some possibility for...
Forum: SkyTeam
Nov 15, 18, 4:40 am
Replies: 26
Views: 6,244
Posted By chalf

Does anyone have any guess as to when FlyingBlue...

Does anyone have any guess as to when FlyingBlue earnings may cease, after exiting SkyTeam? I am looking at a flight on CZ in early January 2019, and getting Flying Blue credit is highly desirable. ...
Forum: China
Nov 14, 18, 8:12 am
Replies: 6,732
Views: 911,295
Posted By chalf

Similar query to the above, relating to TWOV. I...

Similar query to the above, relating to TWOV. I am flying LHR-PEK (or PVG) on BA, contemplating a connection PEK-CAN-xxx, returning yyy-CAN-PEK / PEK-LHR (BA). Both xxx and yyy are in a third...
Aug 18, 18, 5:47 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,634
Posted By chalf

Don't bother calling back - just write a letter...

Don't bother calling back - just write a letter (yes, the old fashioned type, with a signature at the bottom and sent by post). I find that most UK businesses take written post far more seriously...
Aug 13, 18, 3:36 am
Replies: 89
Views: 7,975
Posted By chalf

Southampton to Alderney on the Trislander was...

Southampton to Alderney on the Trislander was definitely memorable. Starting with the airplsne, which looks like something a child imagined , then skimming just above the Channel with a direct view...
Aug 12, 18, 7:19 pm
Replies: 272
Views: 36,650
Posted By chalf

I doubt a Yak 40 is airworthy on less than all 3...

I doubt a Yak 40 is airworthy on less than all 3 engines--it's barely airworthy on all 3! Cruising speed for the Yak40 and An24 is likely comparable.

I was once told that the Yak 40 is...
Aug 11, 18, 9:17 am
Replies: 24
Views: 2,990
Posted By chalf

In my experience, there are any number of reasons...

In my experience, there are any number of reasons why a gate agent may be able to exercise discretion and bend the rules of the HBO fare to permit you to check the bag: full flight, compensation for...
Aug 7, 18, 3:48 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 3,208
Posted By chalf

I had a similar experience last year. My LGW-JFK...

I had a similar experience last year. My LGW-JFK was cancelled and rebooked as LHR-JFK, within the EU Compensation period. The arrival and departure times of the new flight were within 15 min. I was...
Aug 5, 18, 11:22 am
Replies: 93
Views: 21,669
Posted By chalf

I have seen speculation that YUL and PIT are the...

I have seen speculation that YUL and PIT are the frontrunners. I saw DUB-PIT as more likely than LHR-PIT, relatively speaking, and would be surprised to see IAG launch both DUB and LHR within one...
Aug 3, 18, 2:18 am
Replies: 185
Views: 21,583
Posted By chalf

Another vote for sleeping at home and then a...

Another vote for sleeping at home and then a morning minicab, unless the OP is time rich and cash poor, and finds a hotel + transport + incidentals for less than the minicab fare.

Shop around on...
Oct 1, 17, 1:43 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,283
Posted By chalf

I think it got dropped in favour of Kazakhstan...

I think it got dropped in favour of Kazakhstan Yachting Monthly. But Business Traveller, the Times Literary Supplement and the New Statesman are all available.
Aug 2, 17, 2:13 pm
Replies: 280
Views: 53,013
Posted By chalf

i spoke with BA today, as the website and app...

i spoke with BA today, as the website and app were having trouble reconfirming the new flight. I inquired about compensation, and was immediately transferred through to customer service. I was...
Aug 1, 17, 4:47 pm
Replies: 280
Views: 53,013
Posted By chalf

By my reading of the rules, arguably no...

By my reading of the rules, arguably no compensation is due regardless of the reason, as I was offered a flight within 30 minutes of the original departure and arrival times, though the cancellation...
Jul 31, 17, 5:52 pm
Replies: 280
Views: 53,013
Posted By chalf

I was booked on the lgw-jfk flight on 4 August. I...

I was booked on the lgw-jfk flight on 4 August. I was informed today the flight has been cancelled. I was rebooked on the BA113 lhr-jfk, departing 30 min earlier. Was this strike related?
Jul 17, 17, 4:59 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 8,044
Posted By chalf

Norwegian operates BOS-LGW, which is at least...

Norwegian operates BOS-LGW, which is at least technically long-haul (though I concur flight time is not much more than BOS-LAX).

Norwegian food is fine, but the portions are a bit small. It is...
Jul 14, 17, 10:27 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,056
Posted By chalf

The non-honeymoon middle seats on AB are quite...

The non-honeymoon middle seats on AB are quite distant from each other. Have you considered across the aisle from each other? You may actually end up closer than were you in row 1 or 5.
Jul 10, 17, 6:01 pm
Replies: 106
Views: 34,565
Posted By chalf

+1, particularly at the end of day that started...

+1, particularly at the end of day that started with an early morning car to LHR.
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