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Up In The Air / Re: Does Global Entry Include TSA presecreen?
« on: June 06, 2019, 07:38:35 PM »
I'm not sure why this is so complicated. Even if you have a KTN and are approved for Pre check it's not a guaranteed benefit - there will be times you don't get it.

I actually had it a few months ago on the same PNR as my wife, she didn't get it and I did.
I think Occam's Razor on this one is that the computer system dorked it up somehow, not that there's some secret TSA algorithm that randomly omits TSA Pre from people with a KTN as some crafty kind of security measure!

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Up In The Air / Re: Does Global Entry Include TSA presecreen?
« on: June 06, 2019, 01:21:16 PM »

No. Even on airlines that it's offered and in airports that it's offered.
What exactly do you mean by that? I've flown literally hundreds of flight with my Global Entry derived KTN and never had a problem with TSA Pre not showing up on my boarding pass given that its a participating airline and airport. What specific scenario are you envisioning?

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Up In The Air / Re: Does Global Entry Include TSA presecreen?
« on: June 06, 2019, 07:48:41 AM »
I am a little bit confused.  I have applied for Global Entry, and just need to do the interview.  When I called to get information on TSA prescreen (just making sure that I have the terms correct, I mean whereby I can bypass the standard security lined before check in) they told me that it is included in GE.  A friend of mine just went thru the TSA pre screen in the airport and they told him that they would not allow someone with GE to use that line.  What gives, is it included or not? Can someone educate me please?
Keep in mind that officially the only way to use the TSA Precheck line is to enter your KTN with the airline and have them print TSA Pre on your ticket (or use something like Clear). So it's very possible that a TSA employee was completely correct in telling someone without TSA Pre on their ticket who wanted to wave their Global Entry card to get in the Precheck line that the Global Entry card wasn't going to work. Dumb rule probably favoring the lowest common denominator TSA "agent" who would be confused by such things, but it is the rule as of now and it's not surprising that whoever told them they couldn't use the line didn't explain further given the caliber of folks they use to "guard" the entry to Precheck.

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Up In The Air / Re: Norwegian Solvency
« on: May 31, 2019, 08:08:00 PM »
Iíve been wondering the same. Part of the issue of giving these shaky airlines bad press is that that bad press is to some extent a factor in doing these airlines in by perpetuating the negative sentiments and driving consumers to take their business elsewhere.

Positive factors for Norwegian (in the short term) :
Money theyíre getting from aircraft (and engine?) manufacturers to compensate them for grounded jets due to design flaws (IIRC this is applicable to 737Max and 787).
Strong summer yields
Revenue from short term leasing, as a result of the recent equipment shortages
Acquisition talks with IAG, though realistically I donít think this is going anywhere anytime soon

Negative factors for Norwegian:
Rising fuel costs
Increase in CC holdbacks due to issuers concerned about their solvency (this factor alone has done in many an airline)
Jet fuel prices are 20% lower than this time last year (https://www.iata.org/publications/economics/fuel-monitor/Pages/index.aspx)

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Up In The Air / Re: Lufthansa Miles and More devaluation 2019
« on: May 24, 2019, 06:40:02 AM »
By looking at some airlines financials, the only area they are making money is points, so why mess?
This is a pet peeve misunderstanding of managerial accounting. No airline "only makes money from points" They all make money from flying people and stuff from point A to B, as evidenced by the fact that every one of them would cease to make money if they stopped flying people and stuff regardless of how robust their FF programs are. It's much like saying an airline "makes it's money flying people who's last name begins with A-H". If you want to apply all your revenue of the I-Z folks to your cost centers and consider the revenue from A-H folks your profit...sure. Doesn't make any sense, but makes a nice sound bite if you don't stop to actually think about it.

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Up In The Air / Re: Lufthansa Miles and More devaluation 2019
« on: May 24, 2019, 06:30:21 AM »
Airline mergers. Many (most?) travelers only have 1 or 2 airline/flight options so there is not much competition to drive the price down.
The transatlantic market is one of the most competitive in the world with dozens of major and a few low cost carriers, and Europe has dozens of low cost carriers and dozens of national carriers that compete with LH. It's absurd to claim LH no longer faces a competitive environment! In fact the world is far more competitive now than when airline loyalty programs were first introduced, heck prices were literally regulated the year before the first program came out!

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Up In The Air / Re: Lufthansa Miles and More devaluation 2019
« on: May 23, 2019, 07:52:15 PM »
I think it comes down to the fact that airlines don't really need loyalty anymore, that's why they keep devaluing both loyalty programs and elite status benefits.
Why don't they need it anymore? Is there a structural shift in the airline space that has changed this? What exactly caused them to "need" it before and now now?

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I wonder if issuing a single use credit card number with a balance of $1 or maybe the actual room price like $250 in your case to hold your reservation is a good idea (using virtual cards you can generate with citi, bofa, and others)? Then they're the one's who would have to fight to collect an unexpected amount from you rather than the other way around, and you're more likely to end up speaking with a human than dealing with an algorithm. And if they won't take the $250 limit card you know in advance that they're planning to charge you more.

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Up In The Air / Re: AA Dynamic Awards Are Coming In Near Future
« on: April 11, 2019, 07:00:36 PM »
Just like delta is so useful with no close in fee.
The problem is that whenever there's only a reasonable mileage level award available when the price of.buying is super low. They are all switching to effectively a JetBlue and Southwest model where you're just getting a fixed "cents per mile" value. Not necessarily awful but it turns it into a not very lucrative rebate program and takes the fun out of finding good redemption opportunities.

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On The Road / Re: Hawaii housing for 5 near Honolulu?
« on: March 15, 2019, 11:31:58 AM »
Thx everyone for comments.  I'll check Air B&B & the usual web sites tonight & book something as we're 3.5 weeks out.  It would be nice to find housing that includes parking but that's probably not likely.  Probably do some off shore SCUBA too.  Thx.
Pretty much everything on the North Shore will have parking. Less likely Waikiki. There are only 2 real reef sites to dive on in Oahu and one is, no joke, the outlet of the big power plant on the Island where stuff is growing on the warmer coolant water. Did I mention the island-wide landfill is right next to it, as well as a refinery? Again, gorgeous island (not!). There are some interesting wrecks to dive.

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On The Road / Re: Hawaii housing for 5 near Honolulu?
« on: March 08, 2019, 10:35:31 PM »
Lived on Oahu for 3 years, seriously, go to any other island! There's plenty to do, for sure, it's just not nearly as fun to do any of it with the trash and graffiti everywhere, even remote trailheads, the meth addicts living on the beaches, or the horrendous traffic, just to name three delightful things about Oahu. The place is a dump, and the rest of the islands so nice, it's almost criminal to waste your 5 days in Hawaii there.
But, if you insist, there are some reasonable VRBO/AirBnB houses on the North Shore and the North Shore is the least crappy part of the island, so highly recommend that. Whatever you do stay away from the Waianie coast, if you drive by Ko Olina you've gone too far!

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On The Road / Re: Green Motion in Gatwick
« on: March 05, 2019, 07:54:26 AM »
Not Gatwick but used them in Iceland last year and it was horrible, over an hour to both check in and return the car, plus another 30 minutes waiting for a shuttle each way. Easily 50 customers milling around a small office that didn't even look like an office with 2 staff very slowly working. And the car we rented went into "limp home" mode repeatedly, although that could have just been bad luck on our part getting a lemon. The painful thing in Iceland was that although it was the cheapest option it was still more expensive than renting a BMW from Avis in Europe! I will never use them again. Also, service in Iceland everywhere else was outstanding leading me to believe it was the company not the culture.

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On The Road / Re: Master Thread of Discussion on Marriott / SPG Merger
« on: February 14, 2019, 03:43:14 PM »
Not sure but I think not rather it seems they feel they can get away with paying less and only giving 2 ppc
I canceled my business card shortly after they switched and the rep seemed to not grasp why I was canceling. I canceled my personal card last week and they completely understood and had a whole line of BS they were reading from a script that had clearly been designed to counter those of us canceling because of the devaluation. Unfortunately insulting your customer's intelligence by telling them that they're really better off getting 2/3 of what they were getting before isn't a great way to do business, not sure why incentive programs all seem to think it is, so I'm done with them if/until they come to their senses. Hopefully the fact they have a custom script for it now shows that we're hurting them enough for them to pay attention. That had to be a cash cow for AMEX that will largely go away as everyone cuts spending if not canceling their card altogether.

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Up In The Air / Re: Southwest questions
« on: February 10, 2019, 08:39:10 PM »
Another question, if I'm aiming for a CP with 110k RR points, what happens if I use some my points before that? Is the idea of 110k RR points to accumulate that amount as a final number, or is it about earning that amount altogether even if some was spent in the interim?
Earn not have. Spend away!

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Up In The Air / Re: Aborted Landing (with thouchdown) Experience
« on: January 22, 2019, 07:38:07 PM »
I was on DL1770 yesterday evening, and captain announced that due to expected turbulence close to our destination, he will turn on the seatbelt signs early and cabin service will end.

On approach to LGA it was a little turbulent, as plane was wobbling side to side, but no drops or anything of the sort. As the plane was approaching the runway, the wobbling continued, and was more than I recall experiencing ever before, and eventually the rear landing gear touched down, only to have the pilot give full thrust and take off again for a go around. About a minute later the captain came on the PA system and just said that he's doing a go-around in order to land.

Apparently FlightRader24.com intervals doesn't seem to catch the actual touch down, as the lowest altitude it seems to show on the first approach is 350ft.

I wasn't really paying attention to the flight data on the seatback screen on the first approach, but on the second approach I noticed over 40mph headwinds upon approach, and about 25mph headwinds on landing. The second landing was relatively smooth IMHO. Though there was some wobbling on approach, and obviously panicky passengers with every smallest tilt of the aircraft. Upon touchdown of rear landing gear most people began clapping, I waited until the front gear touched down, as I clearly remembered what happened on the first touchdown.

DW slept through the first touchdown with infant in arms, and was awoken by what sounded like panicky gasps with every little tilt from a passenger directly behind her during the go around. Across the aisle from me I could hear a female passenger crying hysterically, and DW says she overheard people mentioning (baseless) fear of running out of fuel. I really didn't know what to make of this, and was wondering if winds made it impossible to land at LGA and we might be diverted to another airport.

I am sure the captain did everything in the most professional way to land the aircraft safely. My only beef with the situation was the lack of transparency. I think it would have been much better (and calming to the passengers) if the captain would have come on the PA system and explained what had happened on the first approach, and why it is safe to make a go-around and land in LGA with the prevailing weather conditions.



Any pilots on DDF that want to share insights, or anyone with similar experiences, please share.

On a side note, my weekend trip was booked quite late, so I ended up going to FL on Southwest with a connection in TPA (seemed like a large percentage of LGA-TPA passengers continued to FLL). It's been a while since I last flew Southwest, and while having free checked bags is nice, and I actually think open seating and their boarding system works very well, I found the DL hard and soft product to be by far superior (though both DW and I were surprised that none of the DL flight attendants ever heard of, or seen, a Yoyo stroller - they couldn't believe when I showed them how it folds up and fits in the overhead bin). On the short hop from TPA to FLL they just made an announcement that due to expected turbulence there will be no snack and beverage service on the flight. Needless to say there was no noticeable turbulence.
Aviate, navigate, communicate, in that order, is what they teach from day 1 of pilot training. There is a heck of a lot going on with a go-around at a big busy airport. Especially if you have to go back into an instrument environment and shoot another approach, which requires a handoff back to approach control, receiving new approach clearance, briefing the appproach internally, and flying what was clearly already a dificult approach and landing. That can be a two pilot job in and of itself and screwing any of that up is a danger to everyone on the flight. Letting passengers know what's going on is a luxury you indulge in if and when you can safely do so. There's a high chance you wouldn't have that luxury in that particular situation, and good on the pilot to recognize that. I was a military pilot and didn't often have pax, but I did on more than one occasion ignore the folks at base ops asking for a status update when we were in a position that we needed to devote all our attention to the cockpit, and they never minded as long as I dropped by for a quick "sorry but we had our hands full when you called" afterward.

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