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Aug 21, 19, 2:57 pm
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Views: 32,743
Posted By Shombolar

I was approved in 30 seconds online, but for a...

I was approved in 30 seconds online, but for a whopping $2,000 credit limit.

The card arrived in about a week. Surprised to find it was metal and not plastic.

I kept the original (now...
Jun 21, 19, 4:48 pm
Replies: 127
Views: 7,405
Posted By Shombolar

Not a crappy choice at all in fact, just the...

Not a crappy choice at all in fact, just the opposite. It gives you a choice, where before BE you had no choice at all. But now it seems so many people want to pay BE fares and get regular economy...
Replies: 4
Views: 1,183
Posted By Shombolar

It's live now for Platinum members, and offering...

It's live now for Platinum members, and offering free cancellation within a few days of checking in.
Jul 29, 18, 11:24 am
Replies: 72
Views: 7,664
Posted By Shombolar

Sorry about your experience, but I find MDW so...

Sorry about your experience, but I find MDW so much easier to navigate than ORD. The food options are terrible, but the ease of getting downtown on a 20 min. train ride vs. ORD's 45 mins. (in a...
Jul 20, 18, 10:35 am
Replies: 89
Views: 13,801
Posted By Shombolar

Yes. I called the number on the back of the card...

Yes. I called the number on the back of the card and they seemed aware of the problem. The upgrade took just a couple of minutes by phone.
Jul 19, 18, 11:25 am
Replies: 89
Views: 13,801
Posted By Shombolar

I got the invite to upgrade to this card this...

I got the invite to upgrade to this card this morning in my email (with the 5K points incentive).

I have the Premier card, but I'm not A-List, so I always add the extra $30 for Early Bird r/t. It...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jun 6, 18, 1:16 pm
Replies: 127
Views: 19,492
Posted By Shombolar

Me at the window, squished in by a large guy in...

Me at the window, squished in by a large guy in the middle seat who uncapped an empty Mountain Dew bottle and proceeded to spit huge gobfuls of chaw into it. For three hours.
May 30, 18, 3:18 pm
Replies: 5,662
Views: 2,618
Posted By Shombolar

Applied and Payment Posted: 5/26 Pending...

Applied and Payment Posted: 5/26
Pending Review: 5/28
Conditional approval: 5/30

That was quicker than I expected. (PreCheck took almost a month.)

The next appointment in my area (MSY) isn't...
May 26, 18, 2:10 pm
Replies: 106
Views: 21,048
Posted By Shombolar

Global Entry on top of PreCheck - any advice?

I've had a TTN through PreCheck for a few years, as I've only been traveling within the US. Now I'll be applying for Global Entry and I'm looking for advice.

Has anyone run into snafus having both...
Apr 2, 18, 1:03 pm
Replies: 130
Views: 9,746
Posted By Shombolar

The Southern practice of using "Mr." or "Ms."...

The Southern practice of using "Mr." or "Ms." with a first name seems to split the difference nicely, but it sounds strange to some. At the doctor's office, for instance, the nurses will call for...
Mar 13, 18, 12:08 pm
Replies: 52
Views: 3,658
Posted By Shombolar

As others have pointed out, booking rewards...

As others have pointed out, booking rewards flights on WN is easier than it is on most other airlines — and when you book with points, there's no change or cancellation fees. If there's a great fare...
Jan 29, 18, 11:59 am
Replies: 21
Views: 3,616
Posted By Shombolar

Targeted offer: Fly 3 RTs by April 2018, get A-list status

Did anyone else get this offer this morning? I have two RTs between now and April already booked on points, and I'm considering rebooking them as revenue fares.

I know WN offered something similar...
Dec 8, 17, 12:27 pm
Replies: 38
Views: 7,482
Posted By Shombolar

Sounds more discreet than the fellow who sat next...

Sounds more discreet than the fellow who sat next me on a cross-country flight, dipping and spitting into a clear plastic soda bottle.
Sep 27, 17, 3:24 pm
Replies: 367
Views: 27,295
Posted By Shombolar

"If I fly with a dog in the plane, I shall die!" ...

"If I fly with a dog in the plane, I shall die!"

"Well, we can't remove the dogs. I'm so sorry. We'll have you exit the aircraft and reaccommodate you."

Faced with that choice, suddenly the...
Sep 27, 17, 12:47 pm
Replies: 367
Views: 27,295
Posted By Shombolar

If it truly was a life-threatening allergy, she...

If it truly was a life-threatening allergy, she would be running to get off the plane, not insisting on staying.

"I'm a professor!" Well, aren't you special.
Jul 22, 17, 7:55 pm
Replies: 76
Views: 8,295
Posted By Shombolar

My scary cab driver story involved going to the...

My scary cab driver story involved going to the airport (OAK), in a branded cab hailed by the doorman at my hotel at about 4 a.m. The driver assured us that he took credit cards, but started...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jun 27, 17, 2:53 pm
Replies: 76
Views: 7,707
Posted By Shombolar

Not a deal breaker, but I like to have both. ...

Not a deal breaker, but I like to have both.

I frequently stay at Kimptons, which have coffee in the lobby in the mornings (and usually good coffee) but what they don't advertise is that they...
Jun 19, 17, 4:12 pm
Replies: 190
Views: 13,247
Posted By Shombolar

I call shenanigans on that claim. What's the most...

I call shenanigans on that claim. What's the most likely response to the statement "I'm traveling with a two-year-old, so I need to be close to the bathroom"?

a) "Of course! Even though you're in...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jun 15, 17, 12:22 pm
Replies: 214
Views: 17,601
Posted By Shombolar

It seems pretty elementary if you're going to...

It seems pretty elementary if you're going to Chicago for a week of business in the middle of winter, you're likely going to check a bag. If you're going to visit family in Florida for the weekend,...
Apr 5, 17, 11:42 am
Replies: 67
Views: 8,774
Posted By Shombolar

Last year I refused a room at a Kimpton because...

Last year I refused a room at a Kimpton because it was directly under the hotel conference room, and when I walked in I might as well have been in the conference room — there was little to no...
Aug 24, 16, 3:59 pm
Replies: 2,806
Views: 388,619
Posted By Shombolar

Exact same here. 48-hour turnaround from online...

Exact same here. 48-hour turnaround from online application to card delivery.

I did have to activate mine -- did it online in 30 seconds.
Aug 23, 16, 6:53 pm
Replies: 2,806
Views: 388,619
Posted By Shombolar

Thanks for the UPS My Choice tip. I was...

Thanks for the UPS My Choice tip.

I was approved online Monday morning and had a UPS message waiting saying that the card would be delivered tomorrow (Wednesday) -- 48 hour turnaround without...
May 30, 16, 6:00 pm
Replies: 380
Views: 482,169
Posted By Shombolar

I applied Thursday, May 12 and got the thumbs-up...

I applied Thursday, May 12 and got the thumbs-up email May 30 — about two and a half weeks. A woman friend applied the week after I did and got her approval in 48 hours.

Anyway, I went ahead and...
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