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Jun 14, 17, 1:35 pm
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I dropped in to the Global Entry enrollment...

I dropped in to the Global Entry enrollment center at DFW during a layover today to see if I could get my renewal done. The agent working at their "front desk" said that they were having massive...
Jan 13, 17, 2:08 am
Replies: 101
Views: 59,244
Posted By flyermatthew

Saw the same item at the San Leandro Costco...

Saw the same item at the San Leandro Costco yesterday. On checkout, the cashier said, "those bags are indestructible, so you'll never need to replace it."
Oct 4, 16, 1:30 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,084
Posted By flyermatthew

Closest thing I've seen is TrakDot:...

Closest thing I've seen is TrakDot: https://www.trakdot.com/en

It's based on cell tower triangulation, so you don't need GPS, you just need to be able to get a signal. It's too big to be a tag,...
Oct 4, 16, 1:18 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 3,231
Posted By flyermatthew

I had a Baseline in black, and other than scuffs...

I had a Baseline in black, and other than scuffs on the plastic feet it looked as good as new. My main bag right now is a B&R Transcend (mid-range line, got it as a special at Costco) in forest...
Oct 4, 16, 1:13 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 4,489
Posted By flyermatthew

My SO recently donated an 8-y/o Baseline bag...

My SO recently donated an 8-y/o Baseline bag because I made some comment about needing to get it repaired (the wheel bearings were making grinding noises), and it was taken as a "I can take this bag...
Apr 6, 16, 3:53 pm
Replies: 78
Views: 37,126
Posted By flyermatthew

USAA Cashback Rewards Plus Amex - 5% on gas up to...

USAA Cashback Rewards Plus Amex - 5% on gas up to $3000 per year. No AF.

Not sure what USAA's eligibility rules are for their banking products - for a while, credit cards were open to all, but I...
Replies: 18
Views: 2,139
Posted By flyermatthew

One agent told me that there's no Sabre command...

One agent told me that there's no Sabre command to print out the SWU waitlist. You have to find the flight, and then issue a command to see who is #1, then another command to see #2, then another...
Replies: 19
Views: 11,214
Posted By flyermatthew

I've heard there are slight differences between...

I've heard there are slight differences between the two programs. Pre is focused on threats to security, whereas GE adds compliance with customs laws. So if you're a smuggler of something other...
Replies: 20
Views: 1,729
Posted By flyermatthew

I did this very thing just this week. Once you...

I did this very thing just this week. Once you clear the standby list, you can upgrade. IME most agents are good with this. To avoid GAs, I often go the AC to get on the standby or upgrade list. ...
May 21, 15, 8:52 pm
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Views: 202,219
Posted By flyermatthew

I was recently flying MIA-NYC. My original...

I was recently flying MIA-NYC. My original booking to LGA cleared at T-100. When I arrived at the airport 7 hours early (customer canceled a meeting on me), I did a CFC to an earlier flight. ...
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Views: 18,992
Posted By flyermatthew

AA has my KTN and sent me the e-mail twice - once...

AA has my KTN and sent me the e-mail twice - once for my AA account, and once for my US-turned-AA account. My two balance out your zero. ;)
Replies: 60
Views: 8,177
Posted By flyermatthew

Best upgrade route to ICN from West Coast?

I'm based near SFO, and I have an upcoming trip to Seoul in February. Like many here, my company only pays for Y, though I have a full complement of SWUs from my recent re-qualification. I can...
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Views: 4,364
Posted By flyermatthew

I'm too lazy to look up the approach procedures...

I'm too lazy to look up the approach procedures right now, but according to AirNav (http://airnav.com/airport/KMSY), MSY has ILS approaches on 10, 28, and 1, and has only a localizer on 19. Doesn't...
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Views: 9,584
Posted By flyermatthew

I've seen what it takes to get at the waitlist...

I've seen what it takes to get at the waitlist because I watched an AC agent do some Sabre magic once. There's not a "show waitlist" command the agents can run in sabre. My recollection is that...
Nov 7, 14, 9:49 pm
Replies: 193
Views: 32,459
Posted By flyermatthew

In addition to less competition, there's much...

In addition to less competition, there's much less upgrade space. SWUs only work on AA, so you have less competition and only half the planes flying the route are AA's planes...

I didn't really...
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Views: 3,672
Posted By flyermatthew

Given the quality, shouldn't it really be spelled...

Given the quality, shouldn't it really be spelled "Shampain?"
Jul 20, 14, 9:15 pm
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Views: 51,609
Posted By flyermatthew

When I first moved to CA many years ago, they...

When I first moved to CA many years ago, they took my driver's license, and left me without state-issued photo ID. I carried a passport for several months until the DMV got around to issuing me a...
Jul 15, 14, 12:03 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,140
Posted By flyermatthew

I routinely travel with at least one USB battery...

I routinely travel with at least one USB battery pack. In a place like Manhattan, if I use maps to get where I am going the combination of GPS and using the screen a lot drains the battery. Plus...
Jul 15, 14, 12:01 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,952
Posted By flyermatthew

That'd be my guess. A good friend of mine...

That'd be my guess. A good friend of mine naturalized about a decade ago. He described the process as a Byzantine bureaucratic mess until the swearing in...at which everybody at immigration started...
Jul 15, 14, 12:00 pm
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Views: 3,822
Posted By flyermatthew

I am not an expert here, either, but it sounds...

I am not an expert here, either, but it sounds pretty normal. My last passport involved a lot of travel to Southeast Asian countries. Most of them require that you keep your passport in your...
Jul 15, 14, 11:51 am
Replies: 16
Views: 2,352
Posted By flyermatthew

I recently renewed my passport because I have...

I recently renewed my passport because I have eight months left on it, but I'm planning a bunch of travel to places that require six months validity and this was a convenient gap in my planned...
Mar 5, 14, 2:51 am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,170
Posted By flyermatthew

As others have said, the countries you list...

As others have said, the countries you list aren't generally subject to much chit-chat during the interview. In my interview for GE, I was asked about Singapore and China, but they didn't ask about...
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Views: 2,321
Posted By flyermatthew

I buy from Alaska because it's much easier to get...

I buy from Alaska because it's much easier to get seat assignments on Alaska's web site. When you go through the initial booking process, you won't be able to get preferred seats. However, once you...
Nov 9, 13, 3:52 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 31,526
Posted By flyermatthew

I was in the market for a vest, and I went and...

I was in the market for a vest, and I went and looked at the SeV travel vest. In the store, I had trouble with the zippers binding and getting stuck. I figured that was a bad omen if the zippers...
Sep 3, 13, 7:54 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 3,551
Posted By flyermatthew

The quality on a Transcend is probably better...

The quality on a Transcend is probably better than many other so-called high-end bags. I bought a Transcend a couple of years ago at Costco and switched over to it from a Baseline. My Baseline...
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