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Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: $825 us airways travel vouchers for sale
« on: November 21, 2011, 12:12:25 PM »
Do these vouchers need to be redeemed at the airport, or can you use them online?

Tech Talk / Re: If not Sprint, who else?
« on: September 26, 2011, 02:19:58 PM »
Yes.  There are also some additional credits available in the app store, for mp3 and from Kindle, I think.

If the store won't match, then it will be through Amazon Wireless for me.

Do you have any idea whether I can pull my card from the Evo and use in Bionic?  Or what the going rate for a new Evo would be on Craigslist?

Tech Talk / Re: If not Sprint, who else?
« on: September 26, 2011, 01:47:09 PM »
Do you need 4G?

4G isn't even available where i live, but I travel a lot and is usually available when I am out of town.

Tech Talk / Re: If not Sprint, who else?
« on: September 26, 2011, 01:32:31 PM »
VZW phones are cheaper from places like amazon wireless.
Sure it's more expensive, but it's not Sprint.  'Nuff said.


Right after I posted this, I started searching around and found the deal on Amazon Wireless for the Motorola Droid Bionic, which would end up being about the same $100.  It just adds to the hassle factor - I liked the idea of walking into the VZ store and walking out with a new phone.  Any chance they'll match Amazon?

Also, assuming that I do switch to VZ, you would, no doubt, recommend still getting the brand new Evo for $100, yes?

Tech Talk / If not Sprint, who else?
« on: September 26, 2011, 01:04:04 PM »
Maybe you guys can give me some advice....

Myself: Has 1st gen Evo 4G; cracked the screen; has Sprint's unlimited 450 mins plan ($69+10), with a 15% corp discount + TEP plan; not too techie a guy, but I get by.

Question: I took the phone to the local Sprint store and they told me that they could not just replace the cracked screen on-site - needed to call the insurance company and they would replace for $100 co-pay.  OK, fine.  Realizing that I could technically get out of my Sprint contract due to changes in the terms and conditions this month.  That would make me a free agent.  But, I guess I'm not sure if there is another reliable provider who can match Sprint for service and quality of phone.

What bugged me is that they could  have fixed the screen on-site, hassle-free.  Instead, they make me go through the insurance company, which is a hassle.  They are offering the same Evo 4G to new subscribers for the same $100.  So, if a new subscriber can get the same deal that I can get - after having paid the insurance premiums for the last year and change, it would seem that I could get a similar phone elsewhere as a new customer, no?

I went to a Verizon store today and their phones seem much more expensive than the Sprint equivalents.  Their HTC Thunderbolt (closest thing to Evo) was $249 with new subscriber agreement, and the monthly service would be about $20 more than I am paying now - for "less" service, even though I don't use the "unlimited" nature of my data/text plan to their fullest.  Their new Motorola handset was $300, with new agreement, while Sprint's Photon (seemingly equivalent) is $200.

So, my questions are this....

(a) Should I just suck it up, pay the $100 and keep Sprint?
(b) Try to find something else equivalent from another provider?  Who might that be?
(c) Get the new $100 Evo; port my number to a pre-paid company; get new phone from Sprint (Photon? Evo 3D?) and sell the new $100 Evo on Ebay/Criagslist?

Honestly, from a financial perspective, (c) sounds like the best of all options - but, it sounds like a hassle.  I would be interested in the most hassle-free option, as well.  I travel for a living and am currently in Austin, TX, but based out of central Florida.  So, hassle would also have to fit into  an aggressive, on-the-road work schedule.

Any insight would be much appreciated.


Up In The Air / Re: avoiding aa expedite fees
« on: March 17, 2011, 10:05:37 AM »
When changing the award ticket, can any AA member do this, or must you be an elite to make the change with no fee?

Up In The Air / Re: Need Help booking domestic flights!
« on: December 13, 2010, 03:27:09 PM »
An emergency came up and now I have to fly from LA to NY this week. As ANA search isn't letting me search partner flights right now, I was wondering if someone here can give me some advice. I have under 50000 Continental miles and over 100000 AA Miles. I need to fly either this thursday(16th), saturday night or sunday morning, arriving in the afternoon sunday at latest. To return Tue(21st) is the best for me. I am having a hard time fiiguring this whole system out. If anyone would be kind enough to help me out, I would really appreciate it!

Unfortunately, I don't have time to search availability on CO, UA and AA to find flights, this is the one time I have found use for the usually maligned Delta SkyPesos.  Outbound LAX-JFK has availability in the afternoon on the 16th at the cheapest award level.  The return on the 21st is tougher, due to the proximity to the heavy Christmas travel season.  Still, there are "medium" awards available for 32,500 miles total for the combined award.

If you don't have DL miles, you could possibly find someone around here to trade with (if that is allowed on this site?). 

Well...a quick check on CO (not logged in, so it is not an issue of "extra" award space for an elite traveler) shows plenty of outbound availability in coach on CO partner, USAirways at the cheapest level (12,500/one way).  The return is still a little tough, but there is right now first class availability at the saver level - even on a non-stop.  So, for 37,500, you could use your CO miles to fly US coach outbound and UA return in first-class - all at the saver level.

Up In The Air / Re: NYC-Orlando Tickets
« on: August 16, 2010, 05:59:42 PM »
I am all about using alternative airports when appropriate, but the OP should consider the added cost of getting from NYC --> PHL and from TPA --> MCO.  At $236, s/he is saving about $100, but it would be pretty hard to not spend that same $100 commuting round trip between NY and Philly and between Tampa and Orlando.

If the OP's dates are flexible, it would appear that it is the Sunday departure that is driving the price of the ticket.  You could shave about $75 off the cost by flying ex-NYC on Monday, 8/23, and shave over $100 off the total by flying 8/23-31 instead of 8/22-30.

This is the last week of possible vacation time for those that have families before school starts up north, so flights NY-FLA are generally not cheap at this time. 

Up In The Air / Re: Using ITA Codes.
« on: July 07, 2010, 06:09:44 PM »
Ironically, I happen to be going to NY this weekend and a friend asked how much it would cost to buy a last-minute ticket to join the group.  I got on ITA and searched MCO-NYC+150.  The cheapest flight returned was MCO-EWR on US for $367 r/t.  Honestly, I thought that was pretty good.  I am not sure what made me look, but I realized that the airports searched included JFK, LGA, EWR, PHL (OK), and BDL (?????!!!).  Huh.  So, I re-ran the search with only a 75 mile radius, and that brought up 93 flights that were cheaper than $367, including 2 different choices for non-stop flights MCO-HPN for $259 ai on JetBlue.

I do find ITA to be a heck of a powerful tool, but you also have to know and work with its limitations.  It is not always designed to find you the absolute cheapest flight (if the parameters are too wide) - you need to know to be thorough in your search.

On The Road / Re: Car Rental Corporate Codes Roundup
« on: July 07, 2010, 01:38:01 PM »
What about colombus, OH?

Don't know.  I have never flown into CMH, but it CANNOT be as bad as Denver!  :-)

Up In The Air / Re: Using ITA Codes.
« on: July 07, 2010, 01:30:50 PM »
are you sure because i think it didnt check for me but maybe it was just so expensive that nothing came up until page 15 (which i obviously didnt check)

When you complete your search, above the results grid, you will see tabs for "airlines," "flight times," and "airports."  If you click on the airports tab, it will show you which airports were included in your search.

Just as an example, I tried searching MCO-ORD+300 and the alternate airports were CVG, DTW, MKE, STL.  That means that they didn't even search MDW as an option for Chicago.  I did the same search with a 150 mile variance and the returned airports were MSN, MKE, MDW, GRR.  The most surprising thing to me, in this little random experiment, was that GRR provided the second-cheapest price (after MKE, which I suspected all along would be cheapest) - and doesn't show up in the 300 mile search. 

So, I guess the lesson here is that if you are just searching for a random destination, it is not enough to just search +300, but you should maybe do a search at 200, 150, and 100?

Up In The Air / Re: Using ITA Codes.
« on: July 06, 2010, 04:11:21 PM »
Not accurate. For example dtw::nyc to nyc (including airports within 300 miles) on aug 4 the best fare is 561 on co to iad with a stop in ewr however if you check dtw::nyc to bwi then the best is 106 on co even though the original search should include bwi which is closer to nyc then iad is and under 300 miles

I THINK (I am not sure) that the issue is that no matter how far from center you search (100 mi, 200 mi, 300 mi, etc.), ITA can only search a given number of airports at once, so it uses the most likely alternative airports.  Just as an example, sometimes when I am checking flights for NYC, I search +/-150 miles, which may yield results for PHL, but not ABE or HPN, which are both much closer.

On The Road / Re: Car Rental Corporate Codes Roundup
« on: July 06, 2010, 04:07:10 PM »
anyone know what would be the cheapest place to rent from for denver co, july 25- july 30, for 23 year old? and would it be cheaper to rent outside the airport locations? So it seams from avis.....

As Monsey27 says, it is often cheaper to rent from off-site facility, but it is especially tough to do at Denver, given the extreme remote location of the airport.  There just isn't a lot around there.  It is easier to do with airports that are more convenient to their nearest downtown areas (Houston/Hobby comes to mind, as I have done this before).

Up In The Air / Re: Using ITA Codes.
« on: June 30, 2010, 11:52:30 AM »

You surely wouldn't advise using your FF number on this type of flight, no?  Would you think you could get away with it once and have the miles post (say, with a reasonable excuse), or would it be worth risking having your account frozen?

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