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Nov 17, 19, 8:31 am
Replies: 346
Views: 74,424
Posted By smithrh

4 recent segments, no enforcement on any of them....

4 recent segments, no enforcement on any of them.

I will note sizers do seem to be positioned a bit more prominently, but that could just be a figment...
Forum: Japan
Nov 14, 19, 2:59 pm
Replies: 49
Views: 2,883
Posted By smithrh

High-quality good to excellent food is absolutely...

High-quality good to excellent food is absolutely abundant in Tokyo; service is great - and no tipping.

Price isn't necessarily a qualifier either - I've had excellent food for 1000-2000 Y. Kobe...
Forum: Japan
Nov 14, 19, 12:24 pm
Replies: 49
Views: 2,883
Posted By smithrh

Good to know about TSH - I'm now officially...

Good to know about TSH - I'm now officially tempted to give it a whirl.

Shinjuku area (east of the station) has that "over-the-top in Japan" vibe that I'm entirely sure you'll get in Ginza, but if...
Forum: Japan
Nov 14, 19, 9:23 am
Replies: 5
Views: 479
Posted By smithrh

The next time I see Fujisan from the Shinkansen...

The next time I see Fujisan from the Shinkansen will be the first time...
Forum: Japan
Nov 14, 19, 9:19 am
Replies: 49
Views: 2,883
Posted By smithrh

If OP is going for 1K, then one would hope the...

If OP is going for 1K, then one would hope the budget isn't too tight...

Hilton Shinjuku is a nice joint, completely serviceable. I like the idea of the Tokyo Station hotel as well, but I had the...
Nov 13, 19, 1:13 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,056
Posted By smithrh

I must disagree - #12...

I must disagree - #12 (https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=12) ,000 is far far too high.

I'm much much more of a privacy advocate than the average bear, and have...
Forum: Japan
Nov 13, 19, 12:56 pm
Replies: 49
Views: 2,883
Posted By smithrh

Absolutely worth it, no question at all. ...

Absolutely worth it, no question at all.

Transport makes getting to/from the airport pretty easy, so while it's not terribly close, it's not all that bad either.

Normally I tell people...
Nov 8, 19, 10:03 am
Replies: 346
Views: 74,424
Posted By smithrh

I saw this in action in one of the previous times...

I saw this in action in one of the previous times when AA got serious about carryons.

Someone brushed by this person monitoring the entry to security, and well, she (the monitor) had a hissy fit,...
Nov 7, 19, 3:11 pm
Replies: 707
Views: 581,109
Posted By smithrh

Going to be arriving on a Friday night for one...

Going to be arriving on a Friday night for one night.

Two questions - how might I figure out if Admiralty is a no-go when I land (or has the possibility of being problematic)? I remember there...
Nov 6, 19, 5:44 pm
Replies: 796
Views: 405,303
Posted By smithrh

It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure...

It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure this out... it's a nice touch.
Nov 5, 19, 1:08 pm
Replies: 346
Views: 74,424
Posted By smithrh

Especially if you're not flying on AA...

Especially if you're not flying on AA...
Forum: Japan
Nov 3, 19, 10:55 am
Replies: 21
Views: 1,900
Posted By smithrh

Like a good deal of other travel-related items,...

Like a good deal of other travel-related items, one can search YouTube and get other views and takes on just about anything which can be highly illuminating. Even so, Japan is a bit of a (positive)...
Oct 22, 19, 9:30 am
Replies: 796
Views: 405,303
Posted By smithrh

Been to both, breakfasts are comparable. Hilton...

Been to both, breakfasts are comparable. Hilton is geared a bit more towards handling lots of people at breakfast and the breakfast is on lobby level/no view. Conrad has windows and somewhat better...
Oct 5, 19, 9:50 am
Replies: 855
Views: 132,442
Posted By smithrh

Conrad is certainly the nicer hotel to be sure,...

Conrad is certainly the nicer hotel to be sure, but for a first-time trip to Tokyo, Hilton Shinjuku is a much better location.

Not a bad idea to buy your return limo bus ticket when you arrive,...
Forum: Africa
Oct 4, 19, 12:45 pm
Replies: 896
Views: 299,869
Posted By smithrh

How is JNB as a mileage run airport? By...

How is JNB as a mileage run airport?

By that, I mean arriving from a destination (likely either LHR or HKG) and transiting through JNB immediately back to the origin airport - so never exiting the...
Oct 4, 19, 12:36 pm
Replies: 855
Views: 132,442
Posted By smithrh

Another vote for both the Hilton Shinjuku and...

Another vote for both the Hilton Shinjuku and Limousine Bus.

No logistics required.

Also, check out the Japan forum on this site, plenty of experts there.
Oct 1, 19, 12:50 pm
Replies: 695
Views: 402,007
Posted By smithrh

^ Yep. I arrived around 2 PM, took a taxi...

^ Yep.

I arrived around 2 PM, took a taxi (lots of luggage) and waited for the much-vaunted horrible traffic to materialize, which it never did.

No waiting for a train, no switching lines, no...
Sep 30, 19, 12:49 pm
Replies: 1,798
Views: 276,387
Posted By smithrh

Have both a regular Hilton Honors AMEX as well as...

Have both a regular Hilton Honors AMEX as well as an Aspire.

When I'm in my account, there's an "upgrade" button by the Surpass card. But there's no mention of 130,000 bonus points. And In fact,...
Sep 24, 19, 3:08 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,041
Posted By smithrh

Unfortunately, if you were to have a glance at...

Unfortunately, if you were to have a glance at various threads outside of Flyertalk, it's a common theme. I was trying to get ahead of it.
Sep 23, 19, 5:33 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,041
Posted By smithrh

CNN: A 21-year-old college student worked at a Texas hotel for 32 hours alone during

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/22/us/man-worked-texas-hotel-32-hours-imelda-flooding-trnd/index.html

Whether or not the Homewood Suites goofed up by not getting other staff there before the roads...
Sep 12, 19, 11:52 am
Replies: 102
Views: 30,986
Posted By smithrh

Like it's a binary choice. Another option -...

Like it's a binary choice.

Another option - prefer this aborted takeoff didn't happen, flight took off without incident.

Not so hard, right?
Sep 10, 19, 5:06 pm
Replies: 87
Views: 27,739
Posted By smithrh

Not sure, but even at that rate it's overpriced. ...

Not sure, but even at that rate it's overpriced.

Sadly, I'm being serious; this isn't a hotel worthy of the Conrad name. I have to think this is some sort of temporary setup while they manuver...
Sep 5, 19, 12:10 pm
Replies: 796
Views: 405,303
Posted By smithrh

Yep - this is a good tip, one that I got from a...

Yep - this is a good tip, one that I got from a good agent on the Diamond desk. Worth a call to them if you've got status as they can see availability in this type of situation that we can't.
Sep 4, 19, 7:54 pm
Replies: 165
Views: 18,026
Posted By smithrh

Average Handle Time (AHT) is an extremely common...

Average Handle Time (AHT) is an extremely common call center metric.

Not a great metric, but one that's commonly used and agents with out-of-whack numbers get attention.
Sep 4, 19, 12:30 pm
Replies: 44
Views: 5,952
Posted By smithrh

QR is the only airline I've ever had to fight to...

QR is the only airline I've ever had to fight to get credited. I also got the "We can't tell if you were on the flight or not" response.

In the end, I'm not sure but I suspect the AA rep I was...
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