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Feb 4, 13, 11:56 am
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Posted By smackie

Old-Style Companion Tickets?

Folks,

I used to use the old Chase 2-for-1 ticket deal for buying full-fare companion tickets on BA. This worked for me because we usually needed the flexibility of a full fare and Avios...
Jan 8, 12, 10:24 am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,112
Posted By smackie

My wife's vegetarian so I've seen a lot of...

My wife's vegetarian so I've seen a lot of special meals in F and CW. What she does these days is book the Vegan meal as a backup and, if there's something on the F menu that looks suitable, she'll...
Aug 31, 08, 7:21 pm
Replies: 46
Views: 5,542
Posted By smackie

Mr Smackie just changed her special meal option...

Mr Smackie just changed her special meal option to the non-dairy vegetarian option after a few years of getting fairly hideous portions of stuffed pasta (in F on one of the SFO flights). The...
Aug 31, 08, 6:59 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 2,671
Posted By smackie

If you're still browsing, I can throw a wild card...

If you're still browsing, I can throw a wild card in and strongly recommend the Hotel Vitale? It's fairly new and run by a small hotel chain here in Northern CA.

http://www.hotelvitale.com

The...
May 21, 08, 11:09 am
Replies: 26
Views: 2,661
Posted By smackie

As others have mentioned, this is all about...

As others have mentioned, this is all about intent. I'd suggest that he's pretty screwed if they do happen to notice his visa application when entering under the visa waiver program. They'll...
Nov 8, 07, 11:14 am
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Views: 1,052,371
Posted By smackie

Not anymore they don't. I flew out F from LHR on...

Not anymore they don't. I flew out F from LHR on Tuesday and got to queue for 15 minutes with everyone else in the queue thru' security at R. The queue was back from the checkpoint and out into the...
Nov 8, 07, 11:06 am
Replies: 2
Views: 1,351
Posted By smackie

As Irish Lad said, it's likely to be pasta. Mrs...

As Irish Lad said, it's likely to be pasta. Mrs Smackie is vegetarian and I've seen the entire litany of pasta dishes that BA offer up as special meals in J and F. Stuffed pasta in a heavy...
Sep 17, 07, 8:15 am
Replies: 42
Views: 10,211
Posted By smackie

I wouldn't set your expectations too high, to be...

I wouldn't set your expectations too high, to be honest. We flew back from SFO last week on the later flight and were delayed getting on to the stand (due to some kind of issue with the jetway). By...
Sep 5, 06, 10:29 am
Replies: 4
Views: 2,473
Posted By smackie

Where there's in-flight power available, BA use...

Where there's in-flight power available, BA use the EmPower connector. You've got a couple of choices of how to hook up your laptop to one. It's possible to buy a direct EmPower cable for many...
Sep 5, 06, 6:31 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,088
Posted By smackie

This just made me laugh out loud. :) One of...

This just made me laugh out loud. :)

One of the best things about BA moving the SFO flights from T4 to T1 is that the First lounge in T1 is a lot nicer. Still gets a bit busy but finding a seat...
Aug 31, 06, 7:03 am
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Views: 7,995
Posted By smackie

Had a laugh reading this thread. Nice to know I'm...

Had a laugh reading this thread. Nice to know I'm not the only one who's been challenged in a brusque way about what section I'm in.

The most memorable experience I had for this was a few years...
Nov 4, 05, 1:28 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 1,489
Posted By smackie

If you want a simple and hassle-free morning...

If you want a simple and hassle-free morning before you fly out to JFK, it's pretty much got to be the Hilton at T4 (as everyone else has said). If you've got bags, definitely pick up a trolley for...
Sep 16, 05, 6:33 am
Replies: 37
Views: 2,961
Posted By smackie

The visiting the UD cabin policy seem to be...

The visiting the UD cabin policy seem to be fairly randomly applied on BA, as far as I can see. I flew last year on the UD (LHR->SFO) and discovered in the lounge that I had friends flying in F on...
Sep 1, 05, 12:16 pm
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Views: 84,134
Posted By smackie

Hmm. This is definitely odd. There's been juice...

Hmm. This is definitely odd. There's been juice and water offered on all the J flights I've taken in the past week or two...

Scott...
Aug 31, 05, 2:00 pm
Replies: 906
Views: 84,134
Posted By smackie

Nope. Haven't heard a thing from BA other than a...

Nope. Haven't heard a thing from BA other than a form email two weeks ago. I've been pretty loyal to BA for the past few years but I'm starting to get ticked off with the fact that they've made no...
Aug 25, 05, 8:10 am
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Views: 84,134
Posted By smackie

I flew LHR->SFO yesterday on BA287 in J. There...

I flew LHR->SFO yesterday on BA287 in J. There was some confusion on the ground about exactly what was going to be on-board. Not everyone behind the counter had read the current BA update letter and...
Aug 18, 05, 12:13 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,698
Posted By smackie

I've got the Madsonline and iGo adaptors. The...

I've got the Madsonline and iGo adaptors. The Madsonline one is what I continue to use - it's worked just fine with my old 500Mhz 15" TiBook and my newer 1.5Ghz 15" AlBook. As noted, it doesn't...
Aug 18, 05, 11:03 am
Replies: 17
Views: 2,882
Posted By smackie

SFO is pretty decent these days. They've...

SFO is pretty decent these days. They've restarted boarding from the lounge (they suspended this for while), which is pretty convenient. They also have wi-fi now (t-mobile), which is very nice. The...
Aug 17, 05, 5:50 am
Replies: 113
Views: 5,644
Posted By smackie

Yup. I'd definitely add reliable priority...

Yup. I'd definitely add reliable priority boarding and baggage to the list. Too often at LHR it's hard to see which side of the desk (if any) is dealing with CW/F/Gold boarding. This is a simple...
Jan 11, 05, 9:10 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,670
Posted By smackie

64K is definitely my favorite choice when...

64K is definitely my favorite choice when travelling alone in NCW. It's very private and easy to hide out in. I'd definitely always pick 64K over 64A. The window bins in 64K are also bigger than 64A...
Jan 6, 05, 1:24 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 3,560
Posted By smackie

Boo, If the entire US non-resident entry...

Boo,

If the entire US non-resident entry system relied on the ability of the US government to get 100% of those green tags back from every international check-in desk in the US, I doubt *any* US...
Dec 21, 04, 5:30 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,233
Posted By smackie

Yup. I had friends in F last year who were...

Yup. I had friends in F last year who were stopped from coming upstairs to say "hello" to me in NCW. However, I was allowed to go down and see them. The rule seemed to be that no passengers were...
Apr 21, 04, 12:58 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 2,058
Posted By smackie

Nope. Or at least they weren't on BA287 on...

Nope. Or at least they weren't on BA287 on Saturday. Mind you, I've probably gotten one invite to the T4 lounge in the past few years of flying J between SFO and LHR. I've always put it down to my...
Apr 21, 04, 6:19 am
Replies: 31
Views: 2,058
Posted By smackie

Used the new arrivals lounge at T1 on Saturday on...

Used the new arrivals lounge at T1 on Saturday on the way back from SFO. Took us a while to find as there's truly horrible signposting from the arrivals hall. Basically, go upstairs to departures and...
Apr 19, 04, 4:49 am
Replies: 6
Views: 744
Posted By smackie

Altho' the kosher meal sounds a bit better in J,...

Altho' the kosher meal sounds a bit better in J, the lacto-vegetarian meal in J is pretty horrible and seems to be identical (which nicer plates) to the Y service.

I flew back from SFO on Friday...
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