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Oct 8, 20, 1:21 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,922
Posted By MikeBOS

Almost...you need the Covid test within a week...

Almost...you need the Covid test within a week before, so you have more than 72 hours to get results back. Ours, taken in MA and sent to Labcorp, came back in just a day after they were sent to the...
Oct 8, 20, 12:02 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 1,922
Posted By MikeBOS

We stayed a few weeks ago and were actually very...

We stayed a few weeks ago and were actually very happy. We'd been to the property pre-Covid, though it had been a few years since our last visit, and were pleasantly surprised on this stay,...
Oct 6, 20, 7:30 pm
Replies: 98
Views: 7,076
Posted By MikeBOS

+1. The US airlines (except Delta) make it...

+1. The US airlines (except Delta) make it simple: if you can't wear a mask, you can't fly. IMHO no travel is so urgent that it can't be postponed to a time when there is no threat to others'...
May 3, 20, 7:54 am
Replies: 46
Views: 4,070
Posted By MikeBOS

+1. My experience with JL J catering from Boston...

+1. My experience with JL J catering from Boston is pretty terrible; food quality is somewhere between fair and awful across several flights in the last 2 years. I take the flight because it's the...
Apr 30, 20, 1:15 pm
Replies: 28
Views: 3,082
Posted By MikeBOS

I will be one of the earlier people back in the...

I will be one of the earlier people back in the air; I fly 2x/month BOS-SFO r/t (paid Mint/Business so decently high margin for the airlines) for work, and will be resuming as soon as guidelines...
Jan 14, 20, 6:02 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,614
Posted By MikeBOS

Also on the desserts sometimes they offer both...

Also on the desserts sometimes they offer both (fruit and ice cream generally), not always as they used to, but you can always ask for both and I've never been turned down. I fly Mint at least once...
Nov 2, 19, 4:35 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 6,125
Posted By MikeBOS

I always ask for feather or down pillows...they...

I always ask for feather or down pillows...they feel very different from polyester or foam, which are much more "elastic" for lack of a better word. Feather and down pillows adapt to the shape of...
Aug 31, 19, 8:14 pm
Replies: 35
Views: 7,543
Posted By MikeBOS

IMHO the Milk Bar cookies are vile (sickeningly...

IMHO the Milk Bar cookies are vile (sickeningly sweet) and should be dumped entirely, so losing their decorative packaging is certainly not a big deal.
Aug 25, 19, 3:48 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 5,876
Posted By MikeBOS

I have comparable status on both AA and UA, and...

I have comparable status on both AA and UA, and have had top tier status on both. At this point upgrades are few and far between on all the legacy airlines, particularly if you don't have the...
Aug 11, 19, 9:22 am
Replies: 17
Views: 2,662
Posted By MikeBOS

I'd take the voucher if you have any way to use...

I'd take the voucher if you have any way to use it in the next year. Using the miles can require a fair amount of planning to get more than $.01/mile, and if you hold them for a while they will...
Jul 24, 19, 12:15 pm
Replies: 39
Views: 6,283
Posted By MikeBOS

Agreed. I feel much better taken care of as a...

Agreed. I feel much better taken care of as a Mosaic than I do as AA Platinum or UA Premier Gold (both roughly equivalent if not harder to obtain than Mosaic).
Jul 22, 19, 2:33 am
Replies: 1,272
Views: 440,461
Posted By MikeBOS

I understand why they are doing it but in...

I understand why they are doing it but in practice it means I effectively had no insurance in this instance when I thought I did. If they would be willing to wait through the BA hold times they...
Jul 21, 19, 8:42 pm
Replies: 1,272
Views: 440,461
Posted By MikeBOS

It was non-refundable and the only changes...

It was non-refundable and the only changes allowed (for a fee) were date changes. The fare could not be used as a credit toward a ticket to another destination. I will not be able to return to the...
Jul 21, 19, 6:37 am
Replies: 1,272
Views: 440,461
Posted By MikeBOS

I have called BA and eclaimsline has called BA. ...

I have called BA and eclaimsline has called BA. When I called, they said they could provide nothing in writing other than the fare rules, which I provided to eclaimsline. The fare rules clearly...
Jul 20, 19, 8:34 pm
Replies: 1,272
Views: 440,461
Posted By MikeBOS

I ask this question in all seriousness: has...

I ask this question in all seriousness: has anyone actually been successful in getting eclaimsline to pay a CSR Trip Cancellation claim? I have a simple claim; my wife had a knee injury requiring...
Jul 20, 19, 8:22 pm
Replies: 28
Views: 5,481
Posted By MikeBOS

OT, but let me be a dissenting voice on the Chase...

OT, but let me be a dissenting voice on the Chase Sapphire Reserve travel insurance. Their customer service is abysmal and they try every means they can to avoid paying claims. I have a simple...
Jul 18, 19, 5:24 pm
Replies: 39
Views: 6,283
Posted By MikeBOS

For what it's worth, I've had better luck getting...

For what it's worth, I've had better luck getting compensation via email than by phone (I am also Mosaic). Specifically, I had a flight that was delayed for 7 hours due to a mechanical issue; I...
Jul 13, 19, 8:45 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,303
Posted By MikeBOS

If you buy an Even More Space seat you will get...

If you buy an Even More Space seat you will get priority boarding and pretty much guarantee your bag goes in the cabin with you.
Jun 24, 19, 4:20 pm
Replies: 28
Views: 2,910
Posted By MikeBOS

I disagree on these points. Both are extremely...

I disagree on these points. Both are extremely variable; I have had surly crews and great crews on both. This is over hundreds of flights covering several years; I would consider the two equivalent...
Jun 2, 19, 8:38 am
Replies: 23
Views: 7,321
Posted By MikeBOS

Agree with the sentiment above. At a value of 1.4...

Agree with the sentiment above. At a value of 1.4 cents each for TrueBlue points, the cost of an EMS seat even on a transcon for a Mosaic is less than $20, and on shorter flights in the $5 range....
Mar 9, 19, 6:06 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 2,253
Posted By MikeBOS

I realize this is a bit OT but I would take CX J...

I realize this is a bit OT but I would take CX J food over JL J (at least comparing BOS-HKG and BOS-NRT) in a heartbeat. I've flown CX 2 round trips in the last 18 months and JL 1, and the CX food...
Mar 7, 19, 6:02 am
Replies: 17
Views: 2,789
Posted By MikeBOS

I am a huge JetBlue fan overall (Mosaic for...

I am a huge JetBlue fan overall (Mosaic for several years) but would hesitate to bet on them for a weekly commute. Their achilles heel, IMHO, is operational reliability. As someone else noted,...
Jan 23, 19, 5:06 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,412
Posted By MikeBOS

I went through security there yesterday at about...

I went through security there yesterday at about 5:30pm and it was desolate. Walked right up to the TSA ID checker, then to the belt. In general the lines are longest in the morning, but with...
Jan 21, 19, 8:05 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 3,817
Posted By MikeBOS

I disagree on Mosaic. I have lifetime Platinum...

I disagree on Mosaic. I have lifetime Platinum on AA, and have been as high as 1K on UA. There were times when those programs were valuable for upgrades, but at this point if you are not top tier...
Jan 18, 19, 5:52 am
Replies: 453
Views: 132,377
Posted By MikeBOS

Another Marriott NY alternative

I posted above a few weeks ago about a pretty unsatisfactory stay at the St Regis, suggesting the Peninsula across the street as an alternative. I just returned from another NY trip where I stayed...
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