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Sep 19, 17, 10:31 pm
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Posted By Savvy Traveler

Crossed 75 recently - should be across the 100...

Crossed 75 recently - should be across the 100 hump and requalifying for Ambassador by early November or so.
Nov 26, 14, 3:01 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,444
Posted By Savvy Traveler

For me it depends entirely on whether or not I...

For me it depends entirely on whether or not I will continue to be interrogated. I have stopped all flying AMS-US because of these idiotic shenanigans. It's none of their g*******d business how I can...
Nov 26, 14, 2:17 pm
Replies: 42
Views: 3,454
Posted By Savvy Traveler

I would also venture that status matches to 75K...

I would also venture that status matches to 75K are much rarer compared to MVP and MVP/Gold.
Nov 26, 14, 2:09 pm
Replies: 42
Views: 3,454
Posted By Savvy Traveler

^ Even better, having talked to a source at...

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Even better, having talked to a source at AA a few weeks ago (when they announced their 2015 program) they said AA is more concerned with merger integration than making changes. AA and AS make a...
Nov 26, 14, 1:46 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 3,735
Posted By Savvy Traveler

YES. While United follows every Delta devaluation...

YES. While United follows every Delta devaluation like a lemming over a cliff, Alaska just today reaffirmed its commitment to elites by raising benefits (at the top level, at least). The lower levels...
Nov 26, 14, 1:42 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 4,454
Posted By Savvy Traveler

My misunderstanding... It's happy hour on Central...

My misunderstanding... It's happy hour on Central European Time, after all. :)
Nov 26, 14, 1:41 pm
Replies: 42
Views: 3,454
Posted By Savvy Traveler

Did I miss something? How so? Can't hold AS...

Did I miss something? How so? Can't hold AS accountable for DL's actions, after all...
Nov 26, 14, 1:32 pm
Replies: 215
Views: 22,070
Posted By Savvy Traveler

Adios, DL. The irony for them is that when I do...

Adios, DL. The irony for them is that when I do book premium (long-haul business class) tickets, I'll purposely avoid them now because they're dicks. AA, BA and Emirates thank you, Delta.
Nov 26, 14, 1:25 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 4,454
Posted By Savvy Traveler

If you mean that Delta elites will continue to...

If you mean that Delta elites will continue to earn one mile per mile flown, that's not quite right. Elites will earn higher than general members (at five miles per dollar spent) but will max out at...
Sep 13, 14, 8:28 am
Replies: 123
Views: 3,433
Posted By Savvy Traveler

Next time tell your "friend" not to go via...

Next time tell your "friend" not to go via Toronto. Flights that enter U.S. airspace (even transiting) must submit complete passenger manifests to DHS. That means there is a record somewhere that...
Sep 13, 14, 8:14 am
Replies: 507
Views: 133,956
Posted By Savvy Traveler

Any reason not to check CX availability on their...

Any reason not to check CX availability on their own site, versus going to JAL?

Or is that a case of them providing better availability to their own program members than to partners?
Sep 13, 14, 7:41 am
Replies: 7
Views: 975
Posted By Savvy Traveler

In business or first, you do. Anyone know...

In business or first, you do.

Anyone know the gratuity etiquette in Dubai for this?
Sep 13, 14, 7:38 am
Replies: 4,410
Views: 734,729
Posted By Savvy Traveler

This always struck me as especially ridiculous. ...

This always struck me as especially ridiculous. Why not go through the metal detector and then receive the patdown? I've had some fairly cursory patdowns where I could have brought contraband...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jul 13, 14, 2:27 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 2,478
Posted By Savvy Traveler

I agree with most in this thread that it's very...

I agree with most in this thread that it's very unlikely. Here are a few forces at work:

1. Ongoing devaluations. You know the pattern - every year or two airlines slightly (and sometimes...
Jul 13, 14, 2:07 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 2,624
Posted By Savvy Traveler

Very interesting - thanks for the report. I just...

Very interesting - thanks for the report. I just moved to CPH so I'm interested to see how this plays out as I travel around Europe.

Thus far I've only heard of something similar with intra-New...
Mar 29, 14, 3:44 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 4,454
Posted By Savvy Traveler

That is interesting. Although of all the evils...

That is interesting. Although of all the evils of the recent changes in various programs (especially DL and UA) I found minimum spending requirements the least objectionable, as long as great...
Mar 29, 14, 12:34 pm
Replies: 4,410
Views: 734,729
Posted By Savvy Traveler

So now we have two stories (from ATL and DTW) of...

So now we have two stories (from ATL and DTW) of PreCheck-cleared travelers being subject to the nude-o-scope. There has also been mention of a new SOP.

If anyone else has further details or...
Replies: 71
Views: 10,697
Posted By Savvy Traveler

So, so, SO true. I really hope AA's leadership...

So, so, SO true. I really hope AA's leadership has the intelligence to see that there's an opportunity to capture business from people who are sick of DL and UA's antics.
Nov 21, 13, 10:27 pm
Replies: 32
Views: 3,169
Posted By Savvy Traveler

With apologies and credit to bdschobel, "Am I...

With apologies and credit to bdschobel, "Am I under arrest? Then am I free to go?"

^^
Nov 21, 13, 10:10 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,411
Posted By Savvy Traveler

Sadly, I don't have the skills or time to do this...

Sadly, I don't have the skills or time to do this entirely on my own, so it looks like I'll stick to steering millions in client revenue away from UA, and personally giving my own pittance to...
Nov 21, 13, 9:22 pm
Replies: 2,279
Views: 244,951
Posted By Savvy Traveler

I got MVP/Gold, and am happy enough with that. By...

I got MVP/Gold, and am happy enough with that. By this time next year I'll be MVP/Gold 75K. But for now the 100% mileage bonus and priority services/seating on AA and DL will do nicely. Thank you,...
Nov 21, 13, 9:20 pm
Replies: 869
Views: 158,660
Posted By Savvy Traveler

This is - tentatively - good news. It would be...

This is - tentatively - good news. It would be nice to have LHR back as a viable transit alternative. I've been avoiding it ever since I found out the scanners were "mandatory" (for those selected)....
Nov 19, 13, 9:59 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,411
Posted By Savvy Traveler

Excellent. I'm glad you hit them where it hurts....

Excellent. I'm glad you hit them where it hurts. I have also redirected clients (worth millions in spend) away from them. Most had no idea what United had done, and were pissed when I explained it to...
Nov 18, 13, 10:52 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 4,894
Posted By Savvy Traveler

Absolutely correct. Here in Oregon the Port of...

Absolutely correct. Here in Oregon the Port of Portland once tried to shut down concealed handgun license (CHL) holders from carrying in the public area of the airport, and the state legislature...
Nov 18, 13, 10:47 pm
Replies: 116
Views: 14,725
Posted By Savvy Traveler

Agree 100%. If that thing locks me in, it is...

Agree 100%. If that thing locks me in, it is getting obliterated.
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