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Yesterday, 8:28 pm
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Posted By craigthemif

Perhaps a tiny bit of value. But absolutely not...

Perhaps a tiny bit of value. But absolutely not smart to book TPs speculatively, as was done previously. For maximum value you simply:

1. just book whatever hotel you want in 5-night chunks
2....
Jun 23, 19, 7:23 pm
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Views: 14,040
Posted By craigthemif

Thanks for the great report. This hotel has...

Thanks for the great report.

This hotel has been on my radar for ages, but I can never quite figure out whether there is actually much of a "dry season" in eastern Malaysia...
Jun 23, 19, 7:15 pm
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Views: 1,280
Posted By craigthemif

I can't see the "cheap" Alila in Jakarta either. ...

I can't see the "cheap" Alila in Jakarta either.

The nice hotels will be 6 or 7. But there are a handful in the 2-4 range...
Jun 23, 19, 7:09 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By craigthemif

Normally I try to avoid hotels "where the package...

Normally I try to avoid hotels "where the package vacationers go"... YMMV...

Of course, with Platinum status you can just choose a hotel with a good lounge and get 80+% of the way to...
Jun 23, 19, 7:00 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By craigthemif

Yes, you would make it non-refundable, but as...

Yes, you would make it non-refundable, but as mentioned an award on AA isn't going to happen anyhow.

You can't combine revenue and award on a single ticket.

Is MIA-MAD in Business Class? I...
Jun 23, 19, 8:58 am
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Posted By craigthemif

Iberia or Expedia won't care in the slightest...

Iberia or Expedia won't care in the slightest whether you skip an AA flight or not. But it's not clear whether you've booked or not.

As for AAdvantage, I don't think they make a big deal about a...
Jun 23, 19, 7:25 am
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Posted By craigthemif

Considering you want to earn AA miles on AA...

Considering you want to earn AA miles on AA flights (regardless of codesharing), you're probably better off asking in the AAdvantage forum.
Jun 22, 19, 7:49 pm
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Views: 212
Posted By craigthemif

Somebody might come along and correct me, since...

Somebody might come along and correct me, since it's been awhile since I looked at beneficiaries.

However, I believe that when the member is actually travelling on the reservation, they can book...
Jun 22, 19, 8:03 am
Replies: 235
Views: 27,328
Posted By craigthemif

Haven't noticed it at all. No idea what is being...

Haven't noticed it at all. No idea what is being mentioned. Certainly not worth cancelling any trips.
Jun 22, 19, 2:58 am
Replies: 30
Views: 2,296
Posted By craigthemif

As long as people keep staying at resort fee...

As long as people keep staying at resort fee hotels, hotel chain management will keep saying that customers don't mind paying, or even worse garbage about appreciating the value received.
Jun 22, 19, 2:52 am
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Views: 27,328
Posted By craigthemif

I ended up using Golden Bird myself. An initial...

I ended up using Golden Bird myself. An initial quote of 300 something was quickly discounted to 250k when I started moving onwards... It simply comes down IMO to whether you prefer to pay $10 more...
Jun 22, 19, 2:47 am
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Posted By craigthemif

If we gaze forward a year or two, we'll probably...

If we gaze forward a year or two, we'll probably end up complaining that TK made it too easy for others to grab "our" upgrade space. :D
Jun 21, 19, 8:12 pm
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Views: 788
Posted By craigthemif

Potentially a 15th brand that would allow me to...

Potentially a 15th brand that would allow me to avoid the hideous all-inclusives in the Caribbean...
Jun 21, 19, 8:08 pm
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Views: 27,328
Posted By craigthemif

No construction noise at all. Pool is not...

No construction noise at all.

Pool is not busy. Perhaps 40-50% of sun loungers are occupied.

There isn't a huge difference between what the Bali airport taxi mafia will try to charge and the...
Jun 21, 19, 7:23 pm
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Views: 279
Posted By craigthemif

If you had come to Flyertalk earlier, we would...

If you had come to Flyertalk earlier, we would have been able to tell you that transfers from BA do not count as new activity and that you would lose your Avios.

Tough lesson, but the rules are...
Jun 21, 19, 4:48 am
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Views: 47,589
Posted By craigthemif

If you can potentially hit Platinum with...

If you can potentially hit Platinum with Marriott, then that might be worth considering.

Otherwise Hyatt is quite worthwhile up to 100 nights per year. 10k points per 10 nights is far more...
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Posted By craigthemif

I know, but only 5k are expiring so they need to...

I know, but only 5k are expiring so they need to be spent ASAP.
Replies: 5
Views: 428
Posted By craigthemif

Can't you book a one-way to at least solve the...

Can't you book a one-way to at least solve the imminent issue of the expiring miles?

As for the missing miles, LH are obviously doing everything they can to avoid any cash equivalence via...
Jun 21, 19, 3:19 am
Replies: 10
Views: 574
Posted By craigthemif

+1. I can fully understand just wanting to reach...

+1. I can fully understand just wanting to reach the final destination and being done with it.

But with three children in tow I would just stay overnight near Atocha station, let them run around...
Jun 20, 19, 7:59 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 6,276
Posted By craigthemif

I have learned to never check loads. It just...

I have learned to never check loads. It just isn't worth the feeling of disappointment when your cabin appears oversold and yet you still don't hear the magic beep.

Obviously the algorithm has...
Jun 20, 19, 7:49 pm
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Posted By craigthemif

What is presumably meant is that you book two...

What is presumably meant is that you book two separate tickets, something like the following:

LHR-SOF-LHR going out on a Saturday and returning the following Saturday (or whichever day is...
Forum: oneworld
Jun 20, 19, 7:41 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By craigthemif

S7 sell status. It costs far more than the...

S7 sell status.

It costs far more than the value of some waived baggage or seat selection fees though...
Jun 20, 19, 7:36 pm
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Views: 360
Posted By craigthemif

Considering that you cross-posted the exact same...

Considering that you cross-posted the exact same question in the Hilton forum, might I humbly suggest that you simply choose the city you would like to visit and choose appropriate hotels...
Jun 20, 19, 4:47 am
Replies: 9
Views: 866
Posted By craigthemif

9 times out of 10 the only effective way to...

9 times out of 10 the only effective way to approach IB is to call... clasica @ iberia is the only real email address and you probably won't get anything sensible out of them, certainly not anything...
Jun 20, 19, 3:31 am
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Views: 6,195
Posted By craigthemif

I was going to suggest the same thing. As...

I was going to suggest the same thing.

As much as I enjoy taking a rhetorical scalpel to wildly incorrect statements and those who double down on them instead of accepting reason, it's not getting...
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