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Today, 9:16 am
Replies: 355
Views: 23,451
Posted By pinniped

Interesting! Downgrade offers are sort of a test...

Interesting! Downgrade offers are sort of a test of the Endowment Effect.

Would I pay $2000 cash right now to upgrade from PE to J? No way, that's crazy!
Would I accept $2000 cash to downgrade...
Today, 9:06 am
Replies: 327
Views: 16,595
Posted By pinniped

That makes sense. Ethical property that you like...

That makes sense. Ethical property that you like doing business with, delivers on its fundamental promises, you're willing to pay more.

But that's sort of the inverse of the prior assertion that...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Today, 8:16 am
Replies: 11
Views: 398
Posted By pinniped

OP is venting about the U.S. (I'm going to go...

OP is venting about the U.S. (I'm going to go ahead and assume that based on the 3 U.S. airline memberships and nothing else.)

It's one of those things that is super-annoying when it happens, but...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Today, 8:09 am
Replies: 7
Views: 253
Posted By pinniped

So it sounds like the solution proposed yesterday...

So it sounds like the solution proposed yesterday (in super layman's terms is): (a) train everybody about MCAS, (b) fix these two sensors that appear to be faulty at an apparently alarming rate, (c)...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Today, 8:04 am
Replies: 25
Views: 2,411
Posted By pinniped

Triple Upgrade is probably the name of some local...

Triple Upgrade is probably the name of some local casino rewards program unrelated to Marriott Rewards. Errr, Bonvoy, sorry.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Today, 8:02 am
Replies: 28
Views: 1,471
Posted By pinniped

May also just suggest that the airline doesn't...

May also just suggest that the airline doesn't deliver a J/F product that people find valuable. I'm not willing to pay much - maybe $30-40/hr - to ride upfront on a U.S. carrier's narrowbody. Even...
Today, 7:43 am
Replies: 25
Views: 1,730
Posted By pinniped

FWIW, I find this to be a completely valid...

FWIW, I find this to be a completely valid question that a new Diamond - or even someone new to seeing the NOR1 offers - would ask.

The program advertises upgrades to some extent, so it's natural...
Replies: 411
Views: 49,208
Posted By pinniped

Are you similarly banned from tipping a...

Are you similarly banned from tipping a traditional metered taxi driver?
Yesterday, 3:43 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 566
Posted By pinniped

I'm overdue for an email telling me I've been...

I'm overdue for an email telling me I've been hand-picked to receive a 20% discount at hotels in Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus, Kalamazoo, or Akron.
Yesterday, 2:57 pm
Replies: 327
Views: 16,595
Posted By pinniped

Somebody please explain the economic mechanics of...

Somebody please explain the economic mechanics of this. :confused:

Let's assume I feel like I'm entitled to the Presidential suite. How does that affect hotel rates?
Forum: TravelBuzz
Yesterday, 2:51 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 2,411
Posted By pinniped

Somewhat apples & oranges to compare upscale...

Somewhat apples & oranges to compare upscale Asian hotels, presumably ones in a major city catering to an international clientele, to a Crowne Plaza in East Podunk, USA. The top hotels in New York...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Yesterday, 2:41 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 398
Posted By pinniped

This is my first thought. If DFW (the place...

This is my first thought. If DFW (the place where this always seems to happen) started routinely using bus gates, we'd have a 50-page rant thread about it on the AA board.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Yesterday, 2:37 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 560
Posted By pinniped

I can see why. That kind of thing would simply...

I can see why. That kind of thing would simply cause me to tip less on a "normal" ride and make me irritated enough to lower the threshold for little things I'd actually take the time to complain...
Yesterday, 2:31 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 383
Posted By pinniped

I have only stayed at the Creek. Had a nice one...

I have only stayed at the Creek. Had a nice one night stay there in a gigantic suite. Rooftop pool was cool. Adequate breakfast spread. Excellent choice for a quick stay near the airport, but I...
Yesterday, 2:25 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By pinniped

I'm using it for almost all of my stays now. I...

I'm using it for almost all of my stays now. I rarely have an issue. My regular Marriotts aren't enabled for this at all - it's a pretty substantial advantage for Hilton IMHO.

If I don't care at...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Yesterday, 11:27 am
Replies: 18
Views: 560
Posted By pinniped

Currency exchange places in the U.S. are almost...

Currency exchange places in the U.S. are almost always a huge ripoff.

The amount of cash you'll need in most U.S. cities is pretty low. One ATM withdrawal once you're in a city should be enough...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Yesterday, 10:44 am
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By pinniped

It's probably because many of those screens are...

It's probably because many of those screens are utter crap hardware and are unresponsive to light touches. If the quality, speed, and responsiveness was simply as good as the average tablet, people...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Yesterday, 10:42 am
Replies: 24
Views: 1,842
Posted By pinniped

Yeah, certain train routes are worth it just for...

Yeah, certain train routes are worth it just for the scenery itself. Flying, for me, is just to get somewhere. Occasionally I'll get lucky and get a scenic approach but it's fleeting and hard to...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Yesterday, 10:39 am
Replies: 28
Views: 1,471
Posted By pinniped

I think it was a former CEO of Japan Airlines who...

I think it was a former CEO of Japan Airlines who made a point to fly coach on the various types JAL flew, talking to passengers and getting their feedback on the product. His take was that if he...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Yesterday, 10:32 am
Replies: 105
Views: 3,842
Posted By pinniped

Heathrow to Central London? ;) That would be a...

Heathrow to Central London? ;) That would be a rather scenic afternoon stroll...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Yesterday, 10:21 am
Replies: 5
Views: 543
Posted By pinniped

No. Honestly never had this happen on any...

No. Honestly never had this happen on any airline.
Yesterday, 9:43 am
Replies: 87
Views: 4,231
Posted By pinniped

There's something to be said for just selecting...

There's something to be said for just selecting independent boutique hotels that deliver a really unique experience without a loyalty program. I find myself doing this often in Europe, but haven't...
Yesterday, 9:19 am
Replies: 411
Views: 49,208
Posted By pinniped

I've never given a cash tip to anyone on Uber or...

I've never given a cash tip to anyone on Uber or Lyft and it has not affected my rating. I'm close to 5 on both - close enough that Lyft sends me "5-star rider" promotions every now and then.
...
Yesterday, 9:16 am
Replies: 25
Views: 1,730
Posted By pinniped

I do it when I know I want a large suite. I've...

I do it when I know I want a large suite. I've done it a few times after booking a standard award.
Yesterday, 8:56 am
Replies: 87
Views: 4,231
Posted By pinniped

Hilton hands out Diamond like candy, but the...

Hilton hands out Diamond like candy, but the benefits are still roughly in line with Titanium.

(1) Diamond gets 2 breakfasts per day every day pretty much everywhere in the system. I do not need...
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