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Just want to point out that some Flying Blue...

Just want to point out that some Flying Blue award tickets are now issued on 074 ticket stock -- particularly through the KLM mobile app, it appears.
Oct 14, 19, 4:07 pm
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The industry-wide standard is for a flight to...

The industry-wide standard is for a flight to enter departure mode (and thus, be available for check-in and related actions) at T-48. UA and NZ adhere to this technical standard, even if the...
Oct 14, 19, 1:12 pm
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The ability to standby on most air tickets -- as...

The ability to standby on most air tickets -- as we're used to in North America -- is a distinctly North American quirk of air travel. Doesn't work the same way in the UK. If the event is truly worth...
Oct 14, 19, 10:10 am
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At 48 hours before departure, scheduled flights...

At 48 hours before departure, scheduled flights are transitioned into the operating airline's departure control system, meaning 1) the operating carrier has full access to the relevant e-ticket; 2)...
Oct 14, 19, 9:29 am
Oct 10, 19, 9:56 am
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Sure, and that too helps United. CX (and SQ) rely...

Sure, and that too helps United. CX (and SQ) rely in part on connecting pax from the likes of MNL, CGK, BKK, KUL, TPE, SGN, etc. through their hubs to the USA, while most (but not all) pax boarding...
Oct 10, 19, 9:21 am
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Corporate contracts play a large role, as does...

Corporate contracts play a large role, as does the connective power of United's network. For all the criticism (some deserved, some not) about UA's inflight services on FT, United continually manages...
Oct 9, 19, 3:26 pm
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The agent is not at all correct. Within 48 hours...

The agent is not at all correct. Within 48 hours of departure, schedule disruptions and IRROPS are the responsibility of the operating airline. The agent and/or supe came up with an utterly BS excuse...
Oct 9, 19, 2:24 pm
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I'm a little confused. Is the entire trip to Oz...

I'm a little confused. Is the entire trip to Oz on one ticket? If so, UA should have control (or can easily obtain control) of the coupons for the journey to reroute you as needed. Worst case, the UA...
Oct 9, 19, 11:13 am
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The best answer is "None of the Above"....

The best answer is "None of the Above". Seriously. It's a roughly five-hour drive from Boston to Montreal, not much slower than flying south 200 miles to connect to fly north 350 miles. True, long...
Oct 8, 19, 2:37 pm
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Get away with what, exactly? The orderly...

Get away with what, exactly? The orderly consolidation of the US airline industry did not change the decades-long trend of declining airfares (relative to inflation in broader economy). Flash sales...
Oct 7, 19, 3:54 pm
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IAD, hands down. It is, by far, the more reliable...

IAD, hands down. It is, by far, the more reliable hub in terms of on-time performance.
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A large, sophisticated airport catering kitchen...

A large, sophisticated airport catering kitchen (like those found at IAH) can cook/produce virtually anything to specifications. The limiting factor is most often an airline's catering budget...
Oct 4, 19, 12:19 pm
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I booked a KHI-TAS fare using EK and EK* flights...

I booked a KHI-TAS fare using EK and EK* flights a month ago using an OTA...eDreams (don't laugh, they got the job done).
Oct 4, 19, 8:56 am
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If SQ cuts any service from SFO, it would almost...

If SQ cuts any service from SFO, it would almost certainly be the nonstop SFO-SIN flight. SFO-HKG is one of SQ's few consistently profitable longhaul routes (contrary to FT perceptions, SQ's bread...
Oct 3, 19, 5:40 pm
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A bottle of semen in the hotel bathroom? Some of...

A bottle of semen in the hotel bathroom? Some of us would consider that top notch customer service and compliment the hotel. #justsayin...
Oct 1, 19, 4:15 pm
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AS faces three structural shortcomings for award...

AS faces three structural shortcomings for award redemptions that cannot be remedied as a non-aligned/unaffiliated carrier:

1. Members of global alliances typically have "most favored nation"...
Oct 1, 19, 3:58 pm
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Thanksgiving period flight schedule should be...

Thanksgiving period flight schedule should be firmed after this weekend's sked change run. Xmas and NYE will firm up in early November (but is also a bit more susceptible to closer-in schedule...
Sep 30, 19, 7:19 pm
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AS and its FFers will increasingly find...

AS and its FFers will increasingly find themselves disadvantaged in international partner redemptions so long as AS is not part of a global airline alliance.
Sep 25, 19, 10:09 am
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United is very interested in onward connections...

United is very interested in onward connections with Air China, to the point that the carriers want to eventually pursue a joint venture in the future when regulatory conditions will (hopefully)...
Sep 25, 19, 7:55 am
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This point can't be emphasized enough: the only...

This point can't be emphasized enough: the only authoritative document for knowing one's trip baggage allowance is the e-ticket itinerary and receipt provided by the issuing airline. Nothing else...
Sep 24, 19, 4:10 pm
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Profitable in the context of being part of a...

Profitable in the context of being part of a larger holding company that can shuffle around assets, liabilities, and cash flows? Sure, but an entirely different animal than being profitable as a...
Sep 24, 19, 11:07 am
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Oh yes, it is, if requested. The EK schedule...

Oh yes, it is, if requested. The EK schedule change policy has no minimum time change threshold that must be met before a passenger may change to an alternate flight. The only major consideration is...
Sep 20, 19, 11:41 am
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On this point, UA is entirely correct in its...

On this point, UA is entirely correct in its approach. For IRROPS re-protection, the global airline industry standard is to AVOID using codeshare flights whenever possible, for at least four reasons:...
Sep 20, 19, 8:30 am
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Posted By nerdbirdsjc

I would have warned against ever routing the trip...

I would have warned against ever routing the trip EWR-IAD-LHR in the first place (that's always an option begging for trouble), but that's water under the bridge now. Above all else, highly recommend...
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